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Penn State aims to improve global health with food safety training

Like extension offices at land grant universities across the country, Penn State Extension offers classes on topics that include food safety. But the public research university is taking it a big step further. With a trial run in Armenia completed, Penn State wants to take its Extension Service’s food safety program international to combat conditions that… Continue Reading

EFSA: No Ebola Virus Threat From Legally Imported African Foods

Raw foods that legally reach Europe, including plants, fruits, and vegetables, pose no risk of Ebola virus transmission, according to a new report by scientists with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). And no human has ever been known to become infected with the Ebola virus from consumption of legally important foods into the European… Continue Reading

Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella a Rare but ‘Growing Concern’ in Canada

Antibiotic resistance among species of Salmonella remains an extremely rare phenomenon in Canadian health, but it’s a “growing concern” worth monitoring, according to a new study led by researchers at the Public Health Agency of Canada published in the June 2013 edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases. The resistant strains also do not appear to be coming from… Continue Reading

African Union Makes Plans for Food Safety Authority

A group of international food safety experts and regional representatives met this week to lay the groundwork for an African food safety authority. The two-day workshop, hosted by the Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources Monday and Tuesday in Kigali, Rwanda, focused on how to carry out the African Union Commission’s (AUC) call for a pan-African food… Continue Reading

Deadly African Ebola Virus Linked to Bushmeat

“There’s a live animal caught in a poacher’s snare!” yelled Isaac Maina as he took off running through the bush to reach it. Maina leads the African Network for Animal Welfare’s monthly “desnaring” operations, removing snares in areas of Kenya where poaching is rampant. Guns are illegal for most people in Kenya, so poachers seeking… Continue Reading

Africa Gets Places at World Food Safety Table

Africa is getting chairs at the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) table where food safety and animal and plant health issues are decided. WTO is giving observer status to three regional organizations of African counties on its Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Committee.  WTO’s new observers are the Economic Committee for West African States (ECOWAS), the Committee… Continue Reading