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12 Sickened in Canada From E. Coli Possibly Linked to Leafy Greens

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Canada’s Public Health Agency is investigating an outbreak of E. col O157:H7 possibly linked to leafy greens (lettuces, kale, spinach, arugula or chard). According to a statement released by the agency on Wednesday, there are currently 12 people sickened in four provinces (Alberta, 9; Saskatchewan, 1; Ontario, 1, and Newfoundland and Labrador, 1). Illness onset dates range… Continue Reading

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

Canadian Halal Processor Pleads Guilty in Tainted Meat Case

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The owners of a British Columbia meat processing plant pleaded guilty Monday in the B.C. Supreme Court to one count of selling E. coli-tainted meat in 2010. Pitt Meadows Meats, now known as Meadow Valley Meats, had originally been charged with 11 counts of selling meat unfit for human consumption, a violation under Canada’s Food and Drugs Act…. Continue Reading

UK Retailers Begin Offering ‘Roast in the Bag’ Whole Chickens

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Retailers in the United Kingdom are beginning to offer whole chickens sold as “roast in the bag” options, meaning that consumers don’t have to directly touch the raw meat and potentially expose themselves to pathogens commonly found on chicken such as Salmonella and Campylobacter, according to Farmers Weekly. The bags are reportedly designed in a way that will… Continue Reading

European Union Expands COOL Requirements Beyond Beef

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Almost a decade after the first country-of-origin labeling (COOL) of beef was required in Europe, no packaged unprocessed meat product may now be legally sold in any European Union member country without a label stating where the animal was reared and slaughtered. Europe’s new law, effective April 1, covers fresh, chilled and frozen meat from sheep, goats,… Continue Reading

Dutch Court Sends Meat Trader to Jail in European Horse Meat Scandal

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A Dutch meat trader is the first person sentenced to jail for the role he played in Europe’s horse meat scandal. Willy Selten, 45, will be jailed for 2.5 years after being convicted of selling 300 tons of horse meat labeled as beef. He was convicted on the details — forging invoices and labels, faking declarations, and… Continue Reading

WHO Uses World Health Day to Shine Light on Food Safety

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Food safety is so important to everyone around the world that the World Health Organization (WHO) dedicated this year’s World Health Day — celebrated each year on April 7 — to spreading awareness of it. As readers of Food Safety News know, food contaminated with harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances can lead to long-lasting… Continue Reading

Scotland’s New Food Safety Authority Sets Up Shop

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Effective April 1, Scotland has established its own food safety agency, taking the responsibility of food safety regulation out from under the oversight of the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency. Food Standards Scotland is intended to focus on the unique food safety needs of Scotland, said Maureen Watt, the country’s public health minister. Responsibilities of… Continue Reading

Costco Canada Recalls Kirkland Brand Roasted Chicken Salad for Listeria Risk

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On Friday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) posted a food recall warning about Kirkland Signature brand roasted chicken salad due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The product was distributed in all Canadian provinces except Prince Edward Island by the company involved, Costco Wholesale Canada Inc. CFIA noted that there have been no reported illnesses… Continue Reading

2011 Outbreak of Rare E. Coli Strain was Costly for Europe

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has totaled up some economic costs of the 2011 outbreak of the rare and deadly E. coli O104:H4 centered on Northern Europe. Farmers and industries lost $1.3 billion, and emergency aid provided to 22 European states cost another $236 million, according to WHO. The novel E. coli strain was the… Continue Reading