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Scotland bans sales by Errington Cheese amid deadly outbreak

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An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak and an associated recall have both expanded in Scotland. As a result, Errington Cheese Ltd. must destroy cheese worth at least $334,000, while a top E. coli expert questions whether health officials are “over-interpreting scientific evidence.” The addition of two more confirmed cases brings the number of ill people in the outbreak… Continue Reading

Hawaii’s Hepatitis A count hits 276, including school cafeteria worker

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The number of new cases of Hepatitis A being reported in Hawaii appears to be slowing, with only five additional patients being confirmed in the past week. However, foodservice workers at restaurants and an elementary school cafeteria have been confirmed as among the 276 victims, spurring public health and school officials to urge the public… Continue Reading

Ready-to-eat ham recalled for possible rubber material

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Algona, WA-based 502 Boundary Blvd. Inc., formerly known as Fletcher’s Fine Foods Ltd., is recalling approximately 8,694 pounds of ham products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically rubber, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Wednesday. The products were produced and packed by Sofina Foods, a London, Ont.,… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Lessons about trade and food safety

Opinion

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One of my many pleasant memories of Chile is the sunny Sept. 1 lunch served for 350 people in a huge white tent during the “Conference International Berries 2016” held in Talca. Most of the conversation was in Spanish, putting me at a disadvantage. Every few minutes, I was getting some translated summaries from international… Continue Reading

CDC reports 119 people from 8 states have Hepatitis A linked to smoothies

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated this outbreak on Friday afternoon to a total of 119 cases of Hepatitis A from eight states. Forty-seven of these individuals have been hospitalized, but no related deaths are being reported. As of Sept. 14, CDC gives the state-by-state breakdown of the 119 total cases… Continue Reading

World’s food facilities must renew their registrations to distribute in U.S.

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One of the biggest enforcement tools the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the power to withdraw a food facility’s registration. That’s what the agency did to shut down an organic peanut butter plant in New Mexico in 2012 to help bring a 20-state Salmonella Brendeney… Continue Reading

Update: Confirmed cases in Hawaii’s Hepatitis A outbreak now total 271

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Sept. 14 update: The Hawaii State Department of Health has identified 19 new cases of Hepatitis A since the most recent update a week ago. The total number of confirmed cases as of Wednesday is 271. All of those sickened in this outbreak have been adults, and 68 of them have required hospitalization, according to… Continue Reading

Protecting vulnerable populations goal of new FSA guidance document

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New non-binding guidance for reducing the risk to vulnerable groups from contracting listeriosis was released Tuesday for the United Kingdom by the country’s Food Standards Agency. The guidance applies directly to England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, and it is also being promoted by the independent Food Standards Scotland through its website. The guidance is for health… Continue Reading

Part 1: Protecting a diversified food chain

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(Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a four-part series. Subsequent parts will post on the next three Mondays.) Foodborne illnesses and food recalls seem to dominate the news these days. All across the globe, we hear about people being sickened by contaminated milk, flour, fresh produce, raw seafood, frozen entrées, and myriad other products. Some… Continue Reading

Change is what’s predictable about the future of food safety

Opinion

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The third-annual Food Safety and Analysis Congress, held earlier this week at Cripps Court Auditorium on the beautiful campus of the University of Cambridge in England, brought together leaders from industry and academia to discuss the latest on foodborne illness surveillance and food fraud. I traveled to the event to serve as one of only three… Continue Reading