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Korean Scientists Report Second ‘Kill Step’ for Salmonella in Peanut Butter

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American consumers lost their innocence about peanut butter when manufacturers of such well-known brands as Peter Pan, Great Value, King Nut, and Organic Trader Joe’s Salted Valencia all failed to remove the Salmonella contamination from their once-trusted products. Peanuts are grown in fields, along with manure and mud and other materials, so the presence of… Continue Reading

Nearly Half of Denmark’s 2014 Salmonella Infections Linked to Overseas Travel

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Every other Salmonella infection recorded in Denmark in 2014 came from overseas travel. Trips to Thailand (17.5 percent), Turkey (15.4 percent) and Spain (6.4 percent) were the most common destinations for traveling Danes to pick up a Salmonella infection. Those were among the findings of an annual report Denmark publishes on the occurrence of diseases… Continue Reading

E. Coli Infects 24 People, Hospitalizes 5, in 4 Canadian Provinces

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The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is warning the public about an outbreak of a potentially deadly form of E. coli after at least 24 people became infected and five of them ended up being hospitalized. The 24 cases of Escherichia coli O157 occurred between July 12 and Aug. 8, 2015, with the “peak… Continue Reading

Criminal Trial Delayed in Australian Outbreak Linked to Raw Egg Mayonnaise

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A criminal trial involving a Salmonella outbreak which sickened more than 160 people in Australia in May 2013 has been delayed until February 2016. The trial was delayed in order to acquire more expert evidence, sources told a Canberra newspaper. The outbreak was reportedly linked to raw egg mayonnaise served in potato salad at the Copa… Continue Reading

Food Fraud a Bigger Problem Than Many Realize, Experts Say

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Pick up any item in the supermarket and read through the ingredient labeling. Nearly all of the ingredients listed have the potential to be vulnerable to food fraud, according to food fraud investigator Mitchell Weinberg. “Around the world, food fraud is an epidemic. In every single country where food is produced or grown, food fraud… Continue Reading

Australia’s Foodborne Illness Rates Falling Except for Salmonella

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Recent reports show that foodborne illness rates in Australia are falling except for Salmonella. According to an Aug. 12, 2015, story posted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, there has been a 50-percent increase in Salmonella infections in Victoria since 2012, and Salmonella infections have doubled in Queensland so far this year. Salmonella bacteria can be found in… Continue Reading

31 Vibrio Cases Prompt BC Health Officials to Require Cooking of BC Oysters

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Health officials in Vancouver, British Columbia, are requiring area restaurants to cook oysters harvested in that province before serving them. Only oysters harvested outside of British Columbia may be served raw at this time, according to a statement issued Aug. 12 by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). Public health ordered this step in response to an ongoing… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Interview with Mitchell Weinberg, CEO of Food Fraud Firm INSCATECH

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Food Safety News recently sat down with Mitchell Weinberg at IAFP 2015 in Portland, OR, to discuss the extent of global food fraud and how we can combat it. Weinberg is the founder, president and CEO of INSCATECH, a food fraud investigation firm. Watch the video interview here or find highlights below: On the scope of… Continue Reading

Review of Safe Food Australia Standards Extended Through Sept. 18

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Food safety standards with obligations for Australian food businesses to produce food that is safe and suitable to eat are undergoing a couple of changes, according to Food Standards for Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ). FSANZ is reviewing the new version of Safe Food Australia because of changes involving shopping trolleys (carts) and companion dogs…. Continue Reading

83 Cases of Cyclospora Infection Reported in Canada

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According to a public health notice issued Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is collaborating with provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Health Canada to investigate 83 cases of Cyclospora infection in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec. A total of 83 cases have been reported in British… Continue Reading