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UK Woman Sickened by Norovirus From Oysters Despite Not Eating Them


A British woman was recently sickened with norovirus from oysters, although she hadn’t eaten any. It turns out that she got the infection from a friend who got it from eating the oysters. Natalie Dye, 49, of Esher, Surrey, reportedly dined at a restaurant with friends after a seaside holiday and consciously avoided eating any oysters,… Continue Reading

German Egg Farmer Arrested in Fatal UK Salmonella Outbreak


A German egg farmer whose contaminated eggs caused a Salmonella outbreak at a hospital in Birmingham, England, has reportedly been arrested in connection with the death of an Austrian man. Five patients died at Heartlands Hospital in the Bordesley Green area of Birmingham, and the bacteria were traced back to eggs from the Bayern Ei (Bavarian Egg)… Continue Reading

China’s FDA is Busy Proposing, Finalizing Food Safety Regulatory Rules


Working at lightning speed compared to their U.S. counterparts, officials with the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) have reportedly issued several proposed rules and finalized three, and it’s only been about four months since revisions to the country’s Food Safety Law were adopted. These revisions become effective Oct. 1, 2015. The responsibility for regulating food safety… Continue Reading

Foodborne Illness Sickens More Than 80 Ontario Child Protection Employees


More than 80 child protection employees in Brantford, Ontario, were reportedly sickened by a foodborne illness after a recent day-long stress management conference. Andy Koster, executive director of Brant Family and Children’s Services, said Thursday, Sept. 17, that between 80-100 workers had called in sick starting last Friday, Sept. 11. “Some people have symptoms that… Continue Reading

Imported Dietary Supplements Recalled for Elevated Lead and Mercury Levels

Butala Emporium

Butala Emporium Inc., of Jackson Heights, NY, is voluntarily recalling 11 Ayurvedic (dietary) supplements (listed below) because the products were found to contain elevated lead and mercury levels which, if consumed, may cause health problems to consumers, particularly infants, small children, pregnant women, and those with underlying kidney disorders. The products were distributed in NY through… Continue Reading

Low- and Middle-Income Countries Suffer Most From Foodborne Illness


There are hundreds of millions of cases of foodborne illness worldwide every year, costing billions of dollars. It’s believed that low- and middle-income countries bear the brunt of these illnesses. Evidence is limited, but the author of a new report believes this to be the case because of the high level of hazards often reported… Continue Reading

Turkey’s Food Safety Problems Magnified by Unregistered Facilities

Turkish street food

Only about one in 10 food producers and/or retailers in Turkey have an official license issued by the state, which means that the vast majority are never inspected. According to a recent media report, a survey called “Adulterated Foods” from the Turkish Agriculturists Association found that only about 40,000 of the estimated 400,000 food establishments… Continue Reading

New Research Shows Salmonella Strain Can Also Infect Mice

Triple Threat graphic Salmonella

In a new study, Cheryl Nickerson and her colleagues at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University and NASA’s Johnson Space Center have demonstrated for the first time that a distinct form of Salmonella which has emerged in sub-Saharan Africa can cause lethal infections not only in humans but in mice. The Salmonella strain used in… Continue Reading

North Carolina Produce Dealer Sues Supplier of Mexican-Grown Cilantro


A Wilmington, NC-based produce dealer known as Farmer’s Friend is suing Don Hugo Produce Inc., its Texas supplier of cilantro from farms in Puebla, Mexico. The litigation was brought because that Mexican cilantro has been contaminated with Cyclospora, a parasite which has caused the diarrheal illness known as cyclosporiasis for each of the past four seasons…. Continue Reading

38 Sickened in UK E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Prepackaged Salad


Health officials in England are tracking an outbreak of E. coli O157 linked to prepackaged salad that has sickened 38 people. The Verocytotoxigenic E. coli (VTEC) cases were first identified in early August 2015 by whole genome sequencing. As of Sept. 3, the cluster includes 38 confirmed cases, with one additional probable case and four possible cases for… Continue Reading