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EU Illness Report: Campylobacter Leveled Off, Listeria Increased

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The number of Campylobacter cases has leveled off in Europe, while Listeriosis is still on the rise, according to a report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The European Union Summary Report on Trends and Sources of Zoonoses, Zoonotic Agents and Food-borne Outbreaks in… Continue Reading

Norway Detects Country’s First Case of ‘Mad Cow Disease’

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Officials in Norway have announced that nation’s first-ever case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the neurological disease in cattle more commonly known as “mad cow disease,” according to Reuters. The disease was found in a 15-year-old cow that had been slaughtered for food, but no portion of the cow reached the consumer food system. The… Continue Reading

Belgium Takes a Serious Look at the Food Safety of Insects

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Neither Belgium nor the European Union has any specific regulations regarding breeding and marketing insects for human consumption, but the trade is tolerated. And why not? Insects, according to the Scientific Committee of the (Belgium) Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain, “offer great potential” as alternative sources of dietary protein. But what… Continue Reading

White House Wants to Nearly Double Funding for Antibiotic Resistance Fight

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President Obama wants to nearly double — to more than $1.2 billion — federal funding for combating and preventing antibiotic resistance. The administration is expected to release its full 2016 budget proposal next week, but a fact sheet released Tuesday provided a blueprint for investments in fighting antibiotic resistance — an issue it referred to… Continue Reading

Study Suggests Country-of-Origin Labeling Has Not Hurt U.S. Meat Imports

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Mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) has not impaired meat exports to the U.S., says Auburn University professor Robert Taylor. In new analysis of COOL’s impact released Thursday, he wrote that, “COOL has not had a significant negative effect on the price paid for imported slaughter cattle relative to comparable domestic cattle, COOL has not had a… Continue Reading

EFSA Risk Assessment on Bisphenol A Finds No Consumer Health Risks

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On the heels of the 2014 favorable safety assessment for bisphenol A (BPA), another major reevaluation has found that the epoxy resins used to line metal food cans pose no health risk to consumers of any age group at current exposure levels. Sounding the all-clear signal for BPA this time is the influential European Food… Continue Reading

Research: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria May Travel Via Feedlot Dust

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There have been many concerns raised in recent years about the overuse of antibiotics on farms, but the effect such uses have on human health is not fully understood. Researchers at Texas Tech University are now suggesting that airborne dust could be a pathway for antibiotic-resistance bacteria to travel from feedlots to human environments. Scientists… Continue Reading

Salmonella Lubbock Discovery Gains International Confirmation

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The Pasteur Institute in Paris, the international center for Salmonella, has confirmed that a new serotype has been discovered at Texas Tech University. Salmonella Lubbock will be the newest entry in the Salmonella Atlas, published periodically by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. The research that led to the discovery… Continue Reading

After Man’s Death, Doctors Give Food Safety Advice to Liver Transplant Recipients

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After overseeing a routine, uneventful liver transplant in a 52-year-old man in July 2013 at a hospital in Marseille, France, Dr. Catherine Sartor and her colleagues expected him to fully recover without complications. When the patient’s liver condition began worsening five days after surgery, they suspected his body was rejecting the new organ and adjusted… Continue Reading

Swedish Study Finds STEC in 13 Percent of Imported Beef

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Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) has been detected in 13 percent of beef samples tested from meat imported to Sweden between 2010 and 2011. The country’s National Food Agency tested both beef and leafy greens to obtain data that will help assess the public health risk of STEC in food and could help in developing… Continue Reading