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JIFSAN: FDA-University Partnership Helps Enhance the Safety of Imported Food

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A significant portion of the food that Americans consume comes from overseas, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t have the ability to inspect all imports, so it’s not a bad idea to intervene with preventive measures before the food reaches our ports. “It’s much better and more efficient to control the problem… Continue Reading

Cronobacter Infections May Be More Common Than Previously Thought

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Infections from a lesser-known foodborne pathogen most commonly associated with infants may be more common in elderly populations — and even adults and adolescents — than previously thought, according to a new study by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study, set to be published in the September issue of… Continue Reading

IAFP Interview: Wiedmann on Big Data in Food Safety

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Dr. Martin Wiedmann, professor of food science at Cornell University, spoke with Food Safety News at the 2014 Conference of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) held Aug. 3-6 in Indianapolis, IN. The discussion covered advancements in the field of whole genome sequencing, a technology expected to significantly improve foodborne illness outbreak detection and… Continue Reading

What to Expect From Future NARMS Reports

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The 2011 National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) Executive Summary was released on Monday, and while it may have been a bit dense for the average consumer, FDA is planning to revamp the format of these reports to make them more accessible. The reports summarize information on Salmonella, Campylobacter and generic E. coli from all… Continue Reading

Study: Shoppers Spread Raw Poultry Juices at Store, Home

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Shoppers may want to be more mindful of what they touch after handling packages of raw poultry at the grocery store, according to a new study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on consumer safety behavior when shopping for poultry. Researchers in the study found that few people used either the plastic bags intended… Continue Reading

How Health and Food Safety Risk Communicators Can Engage Social Media

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“With the ubiquitous nature of social media in current society, health and food safety risk communicators should be taking advantage of these platforms to provide information and engage the public,” reads a recent article in the journal Perspectives in Public Health. To help health information providers navigate social media, researchers at North Carolina State University reviewed current… Continue Reading

Global Microbe Genome Database Represents ‘Some Exciting Science’

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If the world’s food safety scientists act now, they have the opportunity to create a global network of microbial data that will dramatically improve the ability to track and combat disease outbreaks of all sorts, including foodborne illness outbreaks, significantly tackling the spread of disease worldwide. That was the argument put forward at the International… Continue Reading

UK Survey Finds Campylobacter on 59 Percent of Chicken

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The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the U.K. has published its first-quarter results from a survey of Campylobacter on fresh whole store-bought chickens and the associated packaging. The agency found that 59 percent of the birds and 4 percent of the outside of the packaging tested positive. Campylobacter is the most common form of food… Continue Reading

Looking Back: 100 Years of U.S. Food Safety History

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In the winter of 1924, oysters grown in polluted waters near Long Island, NY, caused an outbreak of typhoid fever from Salmonella Typhi that killed 150 people and sickened at least 1,500. To this day, it holds the record for the highest body count of any foodborne illness outbreak in U.S. history. At the time… Continue Reading

Big Island’s Rainbow Papaya Growers Say Exemption From New GE Ban Isn’t Enough

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Being exempted from the Big Island’s new ban on genetically engineered crops will not protect Rainbow papaya growers from dramatic harm, says a top industry leader. Ross Sibucao, president of the Hawaii Papaya Industry Association, is among several farm and ranch leaders from the County of Hawaii who have filed declarations in U.S. District Court… Continue Reading