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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

Costco, Diamond Pet Food pay dog owners for poison pet food

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The Ottawa-based Consumer Law Group says Diamond Pet Food and Costco are now paying out varying amounts to settle damage claims from Canadians whose pets required screening and/or treatment when some were exposed to Salmonella in 2011 and 2012. A class action law firm first announced the settlement in March. Consumer Law Group led the class action… Continue Reading

UK suspends retail-level poultry tests after industry’s sidestep

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The British poultry industry has found one way to put a stop to all that testing for campylobacter at the retail level in the United Kingdom. They’ve yanked the necks off the birds before they make it to retail counters. That’s a problem for the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the United Kingdom, which has been doing… Continue Reading

Barriers go up against shrimp and prawns from Malaysia

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American consumers are scooping up more shrimp than ever at lower prices, but it is not all good news because some aquaculture-grown shrimp and prawns from Malaysia contain residues from unapproved animal drugs and unsafe food additives. The combination of the huge consumer demand in the U.S and the growing potential for unsafe product getting… Continue Reading

Hong Kong experiences routine year for foodborne outbreaks

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The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s Center for Food Safety reports 2015 was a fairly routine year for outbreaks and illnesses from foodborne diseases. In collaboration with the Department of Health (DH), the Center for Food Safety received 256 referrals from the DH on foodborne disease outbreaks affecting 993 people. During the past decade, the number of… Continue Reading

Irish food businesses hit with closure orders for violations

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Ten closure orders and one prohibition order were served last month on Irish food businesses, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). The actions were taken for breaches of the FSAI Act of 1998 and the European Commission’s  Official Control of Foodstuffs Regulations of 2010. The enforcement orders were issued by environmental health… Continue Reading

CFIA extends warning period for packaged salmon product

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Marinated salmon sold only in Quebec was first recalled in January for packages with “Best Before” dates up to and including Feb. 14. A second “notice not to consume” for the product has now extended that date to all “Best Before” dates up to and including April 20, 2016. Potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes is… Continue Reading

FSA begins reporting on recent food safety incidents in UK

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The Food Standards Agency for the United Kingdom has for the first time published a summary of recent food incidents. It covers the period between October and December 2015. The list is a summary of alerts issued by the FSA to recall or withdraw products. It also includes information about the agency’s work on foodborne outbreak… Continue Reading

Would you like to supersize your gut bacteria with that?

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London’s Solution Sciences Ltd. is not going to be stopped by the “ick” factor. It’s plans on making the bacterium M. aurum a “novel” food ingredient in Europe. The application is currently before the Food Safety Authority (FSA) in the United Kingdom. “The applicant wants to market M aurum as a concentrate of heat-killed M aurum in… Continue Reading

Deliberate act cannot be ruled out for Germany’s 2011 outbreak

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Yes, the German E. coli O104:H4 was a pathogen of a high virulence that suddenly emerged, and that might point to an unnatural phenomenon. But might it have been a deliberate act? Or some kind of accident? To be sure, the 2011 outbreak centered on Northern Germany was large, severe, and deadly. Out of the… Continue Reading