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Briefly: Ultraviolet decon — ‘Rotten’ on Netflix — Puppy update

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. Ultraviolet pulses prove promising Fort Valley State University in Georgia is researching uses of a $35,000 pulsed ultraviolet… Continue Reading

CDC: Outbreak bacteria traced to Petland is antibiotic resistant

Year-long Campylobacter outbreak picks up speed; CDC warns public about infected puppies

With the victim count having jumped 40 percent in the past three weeks, the CDC has nothing but bad news to report today on a multi-state Campylobacter outbreak traced to Petland puppies — the outbreak strains are antibiotic resistant. Since its initial outbreak announcement on Sept. 11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has… Continue Reading

Health Officials Say Raw Milk Probably Caused Campylobacter Outbreak at Wisconsin High School

Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services say that unpasteurized (raw) milk served at a potluck team meal is the likely cause of a Campylobacter outbreak that sickened close to a couple dozen Durand High School football players and coaches this past month. At least 22 members of the football team were sickened after… Continue Reading

WI Campylobacter Cases at 22, List Compiled of Possible Sources

As of Thursday, the Campylobacter outbreak case count in Wisconsin’s Durand School District was at 22, those sickened who had been hospitalized had been released, and “kids were starting to feel better,” according to the local county health officer. Pepin County Health Officer Heidi Stewart said that all of those sickened were associated with the… Continue Reading

Pâté Sickens Six in Washington, Oregon and Ohio with Campylobacter

Illnesses linked to Heathman, Wildwood and Market of Choice store

Lynne Terry at The Oregonian reports that, since December 2013, Oregon health officials have been looking into the source of Campylobacteriosis that has sickened six individuals in Oregon, Washington and Ohio. All cases report eating undercooked or raw chicken livers; most cases consumed chicken livers prepared as pâté. The cases in Ohio ate chicken liver pâté… Continue Reading

Oregon Campylobacter Cluster Prompts Raw Oyster Recall

The Oregon Health Authority has announced the investigation of a cluster of three Campylobacter cases among Oregon residents who consumed raw oysters. The oysters came from two different markets in Lane and Coos counties and were harvested from Coos Bay Oyster Company of Charleston, OR. Campylobacter is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes… Continue Reading

Campylobacter Sickened Food Festival Goers in Southeastern New York

Several people who attended an outdoor food festival at the Kenisco Dam in Valhalla, New York earlier this month fell ill with Campylobacter infections, according to health officials. The Westchester County Health Department confirmed Monday that Campylobacter was the source of the many illnesses that affected festival goers in the days following the June 6… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Campylobacter Outbreak on Kenai Peninsula Sickened 31

Products from cow-share linked to outbreak still pose risk

At least 31 residents of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula were sickened early this year in a Campylobacter outbreak linked to raw milk, according to a report from state health officials. While this outbreak, which lasted from early January to mid-February, appears to be over, the farm whose raw milk caused the outbreak could still be serving… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Sickens 4 with Campylobacter in Alaska

The Alaska Division of Public Health announced Friday that a recent and potentially ongoing outbreak of Campylobacter infections on the Kenai Peninsula has been traced to the consumption of raw (unpasteurized) milk. According to a press release, 6 people have confirmed or suspected Campylobacter infections.  Four cases have been confirmed and two are suspected; one of… Continue Reading

Campylobacter Screening Method Holds Promise for Detecting Outbreak Source

In a new study, a team of California-based scientists shows that by targeting and analyzing a specific gene in Campylobacter, labs can screen dozens of isolates of the bacteria to find the handful most likely to be the source of an outbreak. Unlike other enteric bacteria, such as E. coli O157:H7, Campylobacter is so diverse… Continue Reading