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Research Helps Explain Why Noroviruses are Often Hard to Contain

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If being booked on a cruise ship has you worried about Noroviruses, taking along respiratory protection masks or a mobile air filtration device might be a good idea. That’s because new research out of Quebec suggests that Noroviruses can spread in the air. As reported by Gastroenterology and Endoscopy News, a team led by a… Continue Reading

Citing Fecal Contamination, FDA Issues Import Alert for Some Mexican Cilantro

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Import Alert on Tuesday about cilantro from the state of Puebla, Mexico, due to concerns about fecal contamination which investigators reportedly found in fields and in cleaning and processing facilities in that area. The alert affects cilantro being imported to the United States between April 1-Aug. 31,… Continue Reading

Toronto Public Health Sets Up Anonymous Website to Track Foodborne Illness

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In order to track food poisoning cases that might otherwise never get reported, Toronto Public Health has set up an anonymous, voluntary and confidential website called GastroBusters. Health officials said many Canadians with foodborne illnesses just stay home and don’t report it to anyone, making it harder to get an accurate picture of the problem. “In a report… Continue Reading

Two Salmonella Cases Confirmed by Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

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Two cases of Salmonella infection were confirmed Friday by the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. According to the announcement, the council’s Community Health Program has contacted 50 community members and 11 have been advised to seek medical attention and further lab testing for the bacteria. The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is located in southeastern Ontario, Canada, near… Continue Reading

More Food Safety Issues Popping Up on WTO Committee Agenda

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China, Costa Rica, and the European Union earlier this month put new food safety-related issues on the agenda at the World Trade Organization’s Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures. China told the SPS Committee that it plans to amend its safety assessment of agricultural genetically modified food and feed, sometimes referred to as biotech… Continue Reading

UK Retailer Sets Aggressive Targets for Campylobacter Reduction in Chicken

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Tesco has made some of the strongest progress among U.K. retailers with regard to reducing Campylobacter levels in store-bought chicken — currently a major problem in the country, where 73 percent of chicken sold in stores is contaminated with the bacteria. Despite its progress, the company is making continued pledges to reduce Campylobacter rates and is now setting… Continue Reading

Test Results Show Philippines Outbreak Linked to Candy Caused by Staphylococcus

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The illness outbreak connected to fruit candies that sickened nearly 2,000 people in the Philippines was likely caused by poor worker hygiene at the production facility, resulting in contamination by Staphylococcus aureus, according to newly released test results. After health authorities ran tests of samples of candy in search of foodborne bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella, results turned… Continue Reading

Current UK Controls on Raw Milk Found Sufficient

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The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the United Kingdom has decided to keep current restrictions on the sale of raw milk in place. It is legal in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland to supply raw or unpasteurized milk directly to consumers, but it may not be sold at retail or through supermarkets. FSA decided against… Continue Reading

‘Poisoned’ Candy Sickens Nearly 2,000 People in the Philippines

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At least 1,925 people — most of them children — have fallen ill in the Philippines after eating candies said to be intentionally poisoned, according to numerous reports. At least 66 people are currently hospitalized. Scores of children have experienced diarrhea, stomach cramps, and vomiting after eating the fruit-flavored candies, which were reportedly sold by… Continue Reading

DNA Sequencing Helps FDA Project Combat Seafood Fraud

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In the 1990s, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) used proteins to identify seafood, but the profiling method could only match to a standard sample. They had to have frozen tissues from all of the species they wanted to compare and the agency did have a collection to work with, but no matter how… Continue Reading