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Canola producer shipping in wake of import refusal for Salmonella

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American officials recently stopped a Canadian shipment of canola meal destined for the U.S. because of apparent Salmonella contamination, but the producer says subsequent shipments have tested negative. “Bunge Canada is shipping as usual to customers in the United States,” communications director Deb Seidel said Jan. 8. “In December 2015, FDA notified Bunge that one… Continue Reading

E. coli O26: The Emerging Pathogen Bugging Chipotle’s Customers

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“When you’re only No. 2, you try harder,” was Avis’ slogan for 50 years. It could be picked up at some point in the future by E. coli 026, the pathogen that has sickened Chipotle customers in nine states. It’s been just a dozen years since 026 began to get recognition as a new killer… Continue Reading

CDC: Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Pork Apparently Over

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According to a Dec. 2 update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Salmonella outbreak this past summer linked to recalled pork products “appears to be over.” CDC stated that 192 people from five states were reported to be infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- (188) and Salmonella Infantis (4)…. Continue Reading

Costco: FDA Tests Indicate Vegetables in Chicken Salad May Be E. Coli Source

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Initial testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) points toward a vegetable mix sourced from a California produce wholesaler as the potential source of E. coli connected with Costco’s rotisserie chicken salad. At least 19 people in seven states have so far been sickened with E. coli infections linked to the chicken salad, which Costco… Continue Reading

Salmonella Found in Raw Milk Sample From New York Farm

Consumers are being warned not to consume unpasteurized raw milk from the Jerry Dell Farm at Freeville in Tompkins County, NY, because it could possibly be contaminated with Salmonella. According to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, no illnesses associated with the product have been reported. A routine sample of the milk… Continue Reading

FDA Ramping Up Microbiological Sampling of Cucumbers, Hot Peppers

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is increasing its microbiological testing of cucumbers and hot peppers, two vegetables that have been linked with several foodborne outbreaks. The agency has a more robust surveillance sampling approach under development, and one piece of it is the new microbiological surveillance sampling model designed to identify patterns that could… Continue Reading

Don’t Forget Food Safety When Preparing for Thanksgiving

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As you’re preparing Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends this year, remember the food safety basics: clean, separate, cook and chill. Don’t risk making any loved ones sick with a foodborne illness! Clean: Wash your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds throughout the cooking process, especially before handling food and after handling… Continue Reading

Costco Chicken Salad Linked to E. Coli Outbreak in CO, UT, MT and WA

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In a statement posted Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced that it is working with other western states and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate illnesses due to E. coli O157:H7 from chicken salad purchased at Colorado Costco stores in late October. The… Continue Reading

Dishing Up Disease: Food Server Follies

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(This article was originally posted here and is reposted with permission.) Few jobs are busier than being a food server during peak eating hours. And for many waiters and waitresses, the job includes more than just taking orders and delivering food. It also includes busing tables, taking money to the cashier, and some minor food preparation, such… Continue Reading

Putting Salad Bar Safety to the Test

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A South Carolina TV station recently had 15 different salad bar items tested for pathogen contamination, and while lab results indicated that no E. coli, Listeria or Salmonella were present, relatively high numbers of microbes and total coliform bacteria were. WMBF in Myrtle Beach, SC, shipped a cooler packed with samples of four types of items… Continue Reading