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Good and bad news about Salmonella in retail meat, poultry

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A new interim report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) measuring antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella isolated from raw retail meat and poultry found both encouraging and concerning trends. The report included whole-genome sequencing data for the first time, FDA noted, and analyzed data from January 2014 through June 2015 collected through the National Antimicrobial… Continue Reading

Canadian research finds that soy can limit growth of Listeria

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Recent research from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, has found that soy can limit the growth of some bacteria, such as Listeria and Pseudomonas, and that it does it better than chemical-based agents. “Current synthetic-based, chemical-based anti-microbial agents kill bacteria indiscriminately, whether they are pathogenic or beneficial,” researcher Suresh Neethirajan, Ph.D, told CBC News…. Continue Reading

Is that the answer blowin’ in the wind, or pathogen drift?

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“The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.” — Bob Dylan The question in the case of food safety is: “What’s blowing in the wind?” Turns out it can be dangerous pathogens such as E. coli, Campylobacter and Salmonella when manure is spread on the land, which is a common agricultural practice. At least that’s… Continue Reading

CFP’s sidebars drive food safety in ‘No Action’ atmosphere

Opinion

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Editor’s note: The Conference for Food Protection is managed by an executive board that includes 23 voting members who represent: state food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; local food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; the FDA; USDA/FSIS; the CDC, the food industry; an academic institution; and consumers. BOISE, ID —… Continue Reading

Rapid lab tests likely hampering some public health efforts

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The next generation of rapid lab tests is helping doctors diagnose and treat foodborne illnesses faster than ever, but health officials are concerned increasing use of the tests is decreasing their ability to detect and investigate outbreaks. Known as CIDTs, the “culture-independent diagnostic tests” provide big picture results in hours, indicating whether a person’s illness… Continue Reading

Better hand washing is possible and necessary

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One of the best tools to prevent foodborne illnesses — effective hand washing — is frequently rendered ineffective because of poor execution. New methods of monitoring and improving employees’ hand washing are available, however, and are on the agenda for the Norovirus Summit III Workshop at the Nevada Food Safety Task Force conference later this… Continue Reading

Lawmaker seeks increased access amid raw milk warnings

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As Louisiana lawmakers consider whether to allow on-farm sales of raw milk, health officials in Utah and Tennessee are echoing last month’s federal warning about the dangers of drinking raw milk, citing outbreaks and deaths. As many as 3 percent of the people in the United States drink raw — aka unpasteurized — milk, according… Continue Reading

New Stanford center targets Salmonella with $10M grant

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A new center at Stanford University has Salmonella in its crosshairs, with a $10 million grant to use against the bacteria that causes more than 100 million infections annually. The Allen Discovery Center for Multiscale Systems Modeling of Macrophage Infection will be directed by Markus Covert, an associate professor of bioengineering. The center takes its… Continue Reading

2 million base pairs later: CDC stands by DNA evidence

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Last month, when health officials reported they discovered a pathogenic connection between raw milk from a Pennsylvania dairy and two illnesses in 2014 — one in California and the other in Florida — a wave of disbelief and condemnation began rippling out from the raw milk community. News stories about the announcement from the Centers… Continue Reading

Meat substitutes: Safer and just as tasty as the real thing?

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Portland, OR — On a recent rainy evening, Native Foods Cafe in Bridgeport Village was bustling. Customers crowded around the counter to order burgers, nachos, chicken wings and other dishes, and people were happily digging in after being served. The “Soul Bowl,” a mélange of beans, rice and veggies, had what looked and tasted like… Continue Reading