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Cyclospora cases drop after FDA monitors Mexican cilantro

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is linking its program to more closely monitor fresh Mexican cilantro to a drop in domestically acquired Cyclospora cayetanensis infections. According to a Sept. 19 update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Sept. 16 there were at least 134 confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis with illness onset… Continue Reading

Kansas researchers develop nanosensor for faster E. coli detection

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Researchers at Pittsburg State University (PSU) in Pittsburg, KS, have developed a hybrid nanosensor to detect bacterial contamination from E. coli or other pathogens at concentrations as low as one colony-forming unit and to do it more quickly than existing methods. According to an abstract posted Sept. 4 by ACS Infectious Diseases, the nanosensor uses a… Continue Reading

Proximity food challenge shows it’s usually safe to be near allergy triggers

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Of the estimated 15 million people in the U.S. with food allergies, nearly 6 million are children. And those who are severely allergic to a particular food item, especially kids, can become very anxious when they run into the problem food in any form. For example, someone with a peanut allergy who gets close to anyone… Continue Reading

Research reveals eggs from small flocks more likely to contain Salmonella

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Penn State researchers have found that eggs from small flocks of chickens are more likely to be contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis than eggs sold in grocery stores, which typically come from larger flocks. That conclusion was drawn from a six-month study done last year in Pennsylvania. Researchers from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences collected and… Continue Reading

Feds offer prizes for innovative ways to fight drug-resistant bacteria

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Two federal programs are coordinating on $20 million in prizes for all phases of competition for new, innovative, and novel laboratory diagnostic tests to combat the development and spread of drug-resistant bacteria. Announced Sept. 8 by the National Institutes of Health and the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the competition —… Continue Reading

Change is what’s predictable about the future of food safety

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The third-annual Food Safety and Analysis Congress, held earlier this week at Cripps Court Auditorium on the beautiful campus of the University of Cambridge in England, brought together leaders from industry and academia to discuss the latest on foodborne illness surveillance and food fraud. I traveled to the event to serve as one of only three… Continue Reading

Oceana going overboard on fish fraud, according to seafood industry group

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The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) is calling into question both the findings and motives of the latest fish fraud study by Oceana, a global environmental group. The action marks a break between the two groups since they previously were largely in sync with one another over the worldwide problem of fish fraud, which is where lesser-value… Continue Reading

Tests find E. coli on 24 percent of chicken from seven UK supermarkets

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Cambridge University researchers have found antibiotic-resistant E. coli on 24 percent of chicken samples tested from the seven largest supermarkets in the U.K. That contamination level is four times higher than results from a similar study done last year. The researchers tested 189 U.K.-sourced pork and poultry samples from the grocery chains ASDA, Aldi, Co-op,… Continue Reading

Project explores whether data-mining can predict food recalls

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A research project at the University of Washington to see whether analyzing food product reviews on Amazon.com might help to predict recalls is showing promise, and the team leader hopes it will have practical applications for illness outbreak investigations. Project lead Elaine Nsoesie, Ph.D.., assistant professor of global health at the university’s Institute for Health… Continue Reading

FFD 2.0: USP updates its Food Fraud Database

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Food fraud has become an international problem, and the cost to the industry is estimated at $10-15 billion each year, according to the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP). In an effort to enhance its Food Fraud Database to better track the problem, USP recently launched an updated version known as FFD 2.0. The FFD 2.0 version can identify… Continue Reading