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Beach Beat: Superbugs and science projects

Opinion

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Headlines out of the European Union this week warned that superbug versions of foodborne pathogens have become more resistant to antibiotics than was previously thought. Campylobacter is the most commonly reported cause of food poisoning in the EU and is increasingly able to survive ciprofloxacin, an antibiotic commonly used against foodborne pathogens, according to a… Continue Reading

USDA, Obama commit to food safety research

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing grants totaling more than $30 million to fund 80 research projects aimed at improving food safety, reducing antibiotic resistance in food and increasing the resilience of plants. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the grant awards Wednesday, also saying that President Obama’s 2017 budget proposes investing $700 million for… Continue Reading

Consumer survey shows changing definition of food safety

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A recent survey of 5,000 consumers nationwide that asked about food buying decisions showed changing attitudes about food safety. People still want toxin-free and pathogen-free food, but they also want more transparency from food producers and retailers about those and other food safety issues, according to the 2015 Food Value Equation Survey by Deloitte Consulting… Continue Reading

Flint Water and Citizens Contain Lead

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services today issued its bi-weekly summary report on lead testing in Flint. Preliminary data indicate that 43 of 2,182 adults and children tested had elevated blood lead levels since Oct. 1. “In partnership with the Genesee County Health Department, we are working to engage and provide resources to… Continue Reading

Bacteriophages: An Old Antibiotic Alternative Becomes New Again

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The increasing global attention to the threat of antibiotic resistance has spurred research and development of antimicrobial alternatives. Once such alternative is bacteriophages. Bacteriophages are viruses that infect and kill bacteria. There are thousands of different types and they are so abundant in the environment – an estimated 1030 live on the planet – that… Continue Reading

2015 in Review: Animal Antibiotics

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It’s difficult to summarize what happened on the animal antibiotics front this year. There were lots of pledges, lots of discussions and lots of reports, but not very many actions. Still, we still wanted to recap what happened in the 2015 regarding animal antibiotics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that antibiotic-resistant infections… Continue Reading

Norovirus Hitting California Much Harder Than Last Year

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Dr. Karen Smith, the state public health officer who is also director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)  yesterday said California is experiencing a sharp increase in norovirus cases, commonly referred to as stomach flu or winter vomiting disease. CDPH disclosed the occurrence of  32 norovirus outbreaks  in California since Oct. 1, 2015 –… Continue Reading

EFSA: Campylobacter and Listeria Cases Rise Again in the European Union

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Human cases of listeriosis and campylobacteriosis rose again in 2014 in Europe, continuing an upward trend that began in 2008, reports the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). It stated that salmonellosis cases increased slightly for the first time since 2008. These are the main findings of the latest annual report by EFSA and the European… 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

What’s Wrong With the Food System?

Opinion

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According to the government of Canada, one in eight Canadians will come down with a case of foodborne illness this year. How is it possible that so many Canadians fall victim to a preventable condition? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the situation is worse in the United States, with one… Continue Reading