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U.S. joins Canada in investigation of outbreak linked to oysters

A Canadian outbreak of norovirus traced to raw oysters is now on the U.S. radar as federal and state officials report they are investigating a multistate outbreak in this country. More than 170 people across three Canadian provinces, Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, had been infected by the highly contagious virus as of the most… Continue Reading

Iodine-131 (I-131) radiation testing of Japanese food no longer required

A requirement put into effect six years ago after the Fukushima earthquake for Iodine-131 (I-131) radiation testing of food from East Japan has been lifted by the Hong Kong Center for Food Safety. The half-life of I-131  is only about eight days. More than seven years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake with a magnitude of… Continue Reading

Brazil vows to contest EU’s punitive poultry ban with WTO

The European Union is punishing Brazil for alleged deficiencies in the country’s control system by banning imports from 12 BRF S.A. poultry plants. Brazil is the world’s second-largest poultry producer, and its Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi promises to take the EU to the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) Dispute Settlement Body. He says the EU is… Continue Reading

Tiger Brands tells shareholders it found Listeria outbreak strain

Tiger Brands told shareholders Wednesday that its testing confirms the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) findings that the outbreak strain Listeria monocytogenes ST6 was present in its processed meat plant. That is the strain responsible for the largest listeriosis outbreak ever recorded with 1,119 confirmed cases and 199 deaths to date. “To Tiger Brands’… Continue Reading

Greenbelt Greenhouse recalls microgreens Listeria risk

Greenbelt Greenhouse Ltd. of Ottawa, Canada, is recalling certain Greenbelt brand microgreens because of the risk of Listeria contamination, according to an April 24 recall notice posted on The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website. The recalled microgreens are labeled with various expiration dates ranging from April through May of 2018, so there is concern retailers… Continue Reading

South Africa sees listeriosis cases drop; ramps up prevention

When the world’s worst rampage of listeriosis was at its peak, more than 30 confirmed cases were added to the outbreak weekly. After South Africa’s health officials identified the source and recalled the product from the market, the number of new confirmed cases was cut in half. And during the first week of April, it… Continue Reading

Listeria outbreak likely burning out; politicians still adding fuel

Update:  The world’s worst listeriosis outbreak now includes 1,019 laboratory-confirmed cases including 199 deaths. (Listeriosis outbreak situation report_22April 2018_fordistribution) The 1,011 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases, including 193 deaths, in South Africa are still creating political fissures in the country. Last week, there was another dust-up with a Member of Parliment (MP) from the opposition Democratic Alliance… Continue Reading

Canadian officials still searching for source of E. coli outbreak

An E. coli outbreak in Canada that was initially linked to a restaurant in Edmonton, Alberta, has grown to include people who do not have any connections to Mama Nita’s Binalot, and one of them has died. Described as “extremely complex” by Dr. Chris Sikora, medical officer of health for the Edmonton Zone, the ongoing… Continue Reading