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Ross Anderson

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Cancer Patients, Pregnant Woman at High Risk for Listeriosis

Pregnant women and people with leukemia and several other types of cancer are as much as 1,000 times more susceptible to Listeria infections, French researchers report. Doctors at the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance (Institut de Veille Sanitaire) summarized the results of a major study of French listeriosis patients, concluding that pregnant women and cancer… Continue Reading

FDA Agrees to Respond on BPA Risk by March 31

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has agreed to decide by March 31, 2012 whether bisphenol A, the controversial chemical known as BPA, should be banned from use in food and beverage packaging. The FDA agreed to the deadline as part of the settlement of a lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC),… Continue Reading

NRC Opens Door to Online Posting of FSIS Inspection Data

Posting the results of government meat, poultry and egg inspections and testing data could have “substantial benefits” to food safety, according to the highly respected National Research Council. An NRC committee made up of agriculture experts and food safety advocates studied the possible consequences of publishing such detailed information on the Internet, and concluded that… Continue Reading

Apple Juice Is Still Safe, FDA Says

The Food and Drug Administration has reiterated its finding that apple juice sold across the U.S. is safe to drink, with naturally occurring arsenic levels well below the agency’s “level of concern,” but says it may set new guidelines on an appropriate level for inorganic arsenic. “FDA monitoring has found that total arsenic levels in… Continue Reading

Korean Oysters Linked to Norovirus in Washington State

Consumers throughout the west should avoid ASSI brand frozen oysters from Korea, which have been linked to an outbreak of norovirus in Washington State, the Food and Drug Administration said. An FDA warning, released at the close of business Friday, advised consumers not to eat frozen, shucked oysters packed in three-pound bags and labeled ASSI… Continue Reading

One-Fifth of Americans More Vulnerable to Foodborne Illness

As many as 20 percent of Americans — 60 million people — are more vulnerable to foodborne illness due to their age or health conditions that affect their immune systems, according to a newly published study by British medical researchers. In addition to the elderly, susceptible people include young children, pregnant women, alcoholics, diabetics and… Continue Reading

Ground Turkey Outbreak Leads to Cargill Layoffs

A Salmonella outbreak traced to Cargill Inc. ground turkey has claimed 130 more victims – workers laid off at the company’s Springdale, Ark, processing plant. “We have people who don’t have any work,” Cargill spokesman Mike Martin told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The Minnesota-based meat company, which employs a total of 1,200 people at the… Continue Reading