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Virulent Newcastle Disease means backyard chicken craze needs to clean up its act

Homeowners with backyard chickens have now given federal agriculture officials reason to worry. A contagious viral disease affecting the respiratory, nervous and digestive systems of birds and poultry is spreading through backyard exhibition chickens in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties in California. Virulent Newcastle Disease or vND is not a foodborne illness, but humans working with… Continue Reading

CDC says Rose Acre Farms egg outbreak ‘appears to be over’

A 10-state Salmonella Braenderup outbreak associated with the largest egg recall since 2010 is apparently over, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Originally announced April 16 as a nine-state incident with 23 illnesses, the outbreak ended up with 45 confirmed cases in 10 states with 11 of the sick people requiring… Continue Reading

71st Salmonella outbreak this century linked to backyard poultry

Backyard poultry flocks infected with six strains of Salmonella are responsible for 124 illnesses in 36 states, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. A third of the victims are children younger than 5. It is the 71st Salmonella outbreak linked to backyard poultry since 2000. CDC says those outbreaks… Continue Reading

Memorial Day meal musts

Don't let food poisoning disrupt your fun with family and friends this holiday weekend

Fly feet, under-cooked burgers and room-temperature potato salad aren’t the only food poisoning threats on the menu for Memorial Day weekend gatherings. Pools, puppies, and playgrounds are just three of the other potential pathogen vectors that can bring bacteria to the table. But, as with so many foodborne foes, a few simple precautions provide a… Continue Reading

Cargill survey finds grillers are food safety conscious

Cargill’s Feed 4 Thought Grilling Survey of 1,000 adults in the United States found consumers “somewhat savvy about food issues” with “room for even more care in this area.” The outdoor grilling season kicks off during Memorial Day in most parts of the country and Cargill’s Food 4 Thought Survey found food safety was “an… Continue Reading

Norovirus found in almost 70 percent of oysters for sale in UK 

About 12,000 people in Briton are poisoned by contaminated oysters each year; 11,800 of which are due to norovirus, according to the researchers at the Centre for Applied Marine Sciences on Anglesey. According to recent findings from two studies “more than two-thirds of the shellfish on sale is infected with the contagious norovirus.” Scientists at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) checked more than… Continue Reading

Stericycle report shows ‘foreign material’ top cause of recalls

The Stericycle Recall Index has been tracking product recalls in the United States for five years. Recently, Stericycle announced its quarterly research findings, which most notably includes foreign material as the leading cause of recalled FDA units. Recall data provided by the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture placed heavy metal… Continue Reading

FSIS extends comment period on labeling for ‘lab’ meat

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Services is extending the comment period for a petition submitted by the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) requesting that FSIS exclude so-called lab meat from the definitions of “beef” and “meat.” “USCA has learned that some major U.S. meatpackers and companies in other countries are heavily investing in creating alternative… Continue Reading