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Driscoll’s using new technology to improve flavor, food safety

Agriculture companies are always striving to produce better-tasting, longer-lasting, safer fruits and vegetables, which diminish in value the minute they go from stalk or vine to market. Driscoll’s, a $3.5 billion provider of berry plants, is turning to emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, the internet of things (IoT) and blockchain, to produce… Continue Reading

Update: CDC Says Salmonella Outbreaks in Michigan, South Carolina Are Not Related

UPDATE: An investigation by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) into both the Michigan and South Carolina Salmonella outbreaks has concluded that they are not related and are not part of any multi-state outbreak. Dr. Ian Williams, who heads up CDC’s foodborne outbreak unit, told Food Safety News on Thursday that genetic fingerprinting is… Continue Reading

Last Year’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Sickened 1,444 People in Europe

At least 1,444 cases of Hepatitis A were reported in 12 European countries in connection with a variety of mixed berry products last year, according to the final outbreak report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The first signs of the outbreak emerged in May 2013, when Germany reported seven infections in people who… Continue Reading

Another Hospitalization Linked to Multistate Hepatitis A Outbreak

Outbreak 'tapering off,' according to CDC

While the case count in the multistate hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen pomegranate seeds has been leveling off over the past week, new information on illnesses continues to trickle into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today that included a report of one more hospitalization, one less case in New Mexico, and one… Continue Reading

Pomegranate Seeds in Frozen Berry Mix Have Infected 143 with Hepatitis A

Three more illnesses were reported Tuesday in the multistate hepatitis A outbreak linked to pomegranate seeds from Turkey, bringing the case count up from 140 to 143. These newly reported cases occurred in two of the eight states affected by the outbreak: Arizona (which reported one new case) and Colorado (which reported two new cases)…. Continue Reading

Almost 600 Sick from Hepatitis A in Frozen Berries in 3 outbreaks

Opinion

It’s enough to turn me off to frozen berries – he says while experimenting with a batch of gluten-free crepes filled with previously frozen berries. As the case count for Hepatitis A linked to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend reaches 140, outbreaks in Northern Italy and Northern Europe have sickened 352 and 103 respectively. All linked… Continue Reading

132 Sickened by Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked to Pomegranate Seeds in Berry Mix

Update: As of July 2 at 6:30 PM EST, 132 illnesses had been reported by CDC.  Another four people are now known to have been sickened in the ongoing hepatitis A outbreak linked to pomegranate seeds from Turkey, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday. A total of 131 people have fallen ill,… Continue Reading

Case Count Climbs to 120 in Frozen Berry Mix Hepatitis A Outbreak

The hepatitis A outbreak linked to a frozen berry mix sold at Costco has now sickened 120 people in 8 states, reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday. This count includes one more case than Monday’s count of 119. The new case was reported in Wisconsin, a state that had previously reported no… Continue Reading