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Fighting slime: Researchers develop bacteria-killing plastic film

Plastic films made with bacteria-killing polymers have been proven effective as a frontline defense — not to mention offense — in the battle against biofilms in food production operations. A preferred place of residence for pathogens such as Listeria and E. coli, biofilms form easily and are extremely difficult to eradicate, according to the Food… Continue Reading

OIE reports on antimicrobial agents, animals in 130 countries

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) is out with a first-time overview of the use of antimicrobial agents in animals. The 67-page report includes the first annual reporting on the use of antimicrobial agents in animals with global and regional analysis based on data ranging from 2010 to 2015. A total of 130 OIE… Continue Reading

Apply now for the 2018 Dave Theno Fellowship for Food Safety

Stop Foodborne Illness is now accepting applications for the Dave Theno Fellowship for Food Safety. “Thanks to the generous outpouring from Dave’s family, friends and colleagues, the staff and board of Stop Foodborne Illness have created the Dave Theno Fellowship for Food Safety,” according to a news release from the non-profit organization. A man of action,… Continue Reading

Blow out your birthday cake candles, unless you’re sick

Opinion

Editor’s note: A recent experiment at Clemson University examined the potential spread of bacteria from people blowing out candles on birthday cakes. We all look forward to that one day a year when family and friends gather around in song to watch you blow out the candles on your birthday cake. In my house, it wasn’t just once a… Continue Reading

Increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria blamed on use

Three European agencies concerned about the impact antibiotic use on the increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria are reporting new data on antibiotic consumption and antibiotic resistance across the continent. The new report comes from the European Food Safety Authority, the European Medicines Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. “To contain antibiotic resistance… Continue Reading

Antibiotic resistance, the food industry and animal agriculture

CDC reports foodborne antibiotic-resistant bugs cause 1 out of every 5 resistant infections in U.S.

Every year more than 400,000 people in America get sick from infections caused by antibiotic-resistant foodborne bacteria, which cause more serious illnesses than other pathogens found in food. People infected by antibiotic-resistant foodborne bacteria can develop symptoms that are harder treat and more severe, leading to more hospitalizations and deaths than non-resistent pathogens, according to a recent report from the Centers for… Continue Reading

EU to set acrylamide benchmarks in 2018: Don’t burn the toast

The European Union and the United States are taking different approaches to a fairly recently discovered chemical that’s been in food as long as men and women have been cooking with fire. By 2018, Europe will likely be enforcing mandatory limits on acrylamide in food. In 2016 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration came out with non-binding… Continue Reading

Food safety regulation in UK to undergo change during Brexit

What’s going to happen after food safety in the United Kingdom is separated by Brexit from the European Food Safety Authority’s mothership in Parma, Italy? “Along with the EU (European Union) Exit, changing the way food businesses are regulated is one of our two key priorities for the years ahead,” says Heather Hancock, chairman of… Continue Reading

Foodservice: Front lines of food safety require sacrifices

Opinion

His day had just begun but already he was headed back home. The look of defeat in his eyes, the slight grimace on his face, and the sweat on his brow gave it all away: He was going home sick. During the past several months I have had the privilege of interviewing and surveying dozens of… Continue Reading

Steer clear of fair foibles — pun intended; pigs problematic, too

It’s fair season, and a new crop of parents is taking excited youngsters to county and state fairs across the country so they can see the farm animals. Not only see them, but pet them as well. Maybe even kiss them. Stop right there, many veterinarians and fair directors will say. Before heading to the… Continue Reading