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Could a Norovirus Vaccine Become Reality?

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If you’ve ever suffered through food poisoning, odds are that the bug you caught was norovirus, the most common foodborne illness in the world. Just in the United States, norovirus causes an annual estimated 19 to 21 million illnesses and contributes to 56,000 to 71,000 hospitalizations and 570 to 800 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for… Continue Reading

FDA Finds ‘Encouraging’ News in Antimicrobial Resistance in Retail Meat

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According to a federal report released Monday, there’s some “encouraging” news regarding antimicrobial resistance in foodborne pathogens. The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System’s (NARMS) published its 2012 Retail Meat Report and an interim report for 2013 solely focused on Salmonella. The reports stated that there was a decrease in third-generation cephalosporin resistance among poultry meats in… Continue Reading

New Database of Food Safety Inspections Includes About Half of All U.S. Counties

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If you’ve ever tried to find a recent inspection report for a particular restaurant, you’ll know that the ease of accessing and understanding that information can depend on what city or county you live in. University of Maryland Economics Professor Ginger Jin and UCLA Associate Professor of Business Management Philip Leslie have been doing research… Continue Reading

Study Finds Some Breast Milk Sold Online is Diluted with Cow’s Milk

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The practice of buying breast milk online has gained significant traction in recent years, as more parents who can’t produce enough breast milk on their own turn to nursing mothers on the Internet to fill the need. But some breast milk purchased online might be topped off with cow’s milk, which could cause allergic reactions… Continue Reading

CDC: Shigella Infections Becoming Resistant to Recommended Antibiotic

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Research conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests a greater proportion of Shigella infections in the United States are now resistant to a very important antibiotic. Shigella causes an estimated 500,000 cases of diarrhea in the United States annually and is transmitted easily from person to person and through contaminated food and recreational… Continue Reading

USDA Awards Food Safety Research Grants

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Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the recipients of its latest round of food safety research grants. The nearly $19 million awarded to 36 institutions through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, which is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, will help in understanding antimicrobial… Continue Reading

Oceana Study: 38 Percent of Supposed Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Cakes are Fraudulent

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The Chesapeake Bay’s iconic blue crab is said to carry a distinctly fresh taste that’s prized by locals and tourists alike. But the crab cakes sold as authentically local at some restaurants in the Chesapeake region might actually be fraudulent crab shipped from as far away as Indonesia, according to a new study by Oceana… Continue Reading

Report to MD Government: Raw Milk Benefits Don’t Outweigh Health Risks

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Drinking raw milk has an increased risk of foodborne illness, according to a report prepared for the Maryland General Assembly. Last year, the House of Delegates’ Health and Operations Committee was considering a bill to legalize the on-farm sale of unpasteurized milk in Maryland and asked researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future… Continue Reading

Critics Call White House Antibiotics Action Plan a ‘Missed Opportunity’ on Farms

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The White House released its National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria on Friday, but some critics say it doesn’t do enough to tackle antibiotic use on farms. “Antibiotic resistance is one of the most pressing public health issues facing the world today. It causes tens of thousands of deaths and millions of illnesses every year —… Continue Reading

UK Foodborne Virus Reports Identify Areas Needing More Research

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There were two reports published Wednesday on the status of viruses in the UK food chain. The first, a report by Food Standards Agency (FSA) Chief Scientific Advisor Guy Poppy, explores what viruses in food are, how they cause disease, how FSA is working with others to use science to understand them, and some of… Continue Reading