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FoodNet Report: Pathogen Infection Rates Still ‘Well Above’ Government Targets


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its latest report card on the trends in foodborne illnesses on Thursday, and, in general, not much has changed from previous years. According to the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet), there were a total of 19,056 infections, 4,200 hospitalizations and 80 deaths reported in 2013…. Continue Reading

Blog: U.S. Gets Gold Medal in ‘Food Safety Olympics’ With EU


Usually it’s David Acheson, a former top Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official, who stirs things up with his speeches or guest commentaries from The Acheson Group. But, this time, it’s the consulting firm’s chief science officer, Jennifer McEntire, who came up with a sort of food safety Olympics between the United States and the… Continue Reading

100-Plus Groups Ask Obama to Ditch New Poultry Rules

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More than 100 organizations signed a letter sent to President Obama on Thursday asking the White House to withdraw the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed rule on the “Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection.” The organizations signing on to the letter cover a range of interests, from organic food retailers such as Hummingbird Wholesale to groups… Continue Reading

UK Food Safety Agency Purchasing Raw Chickens at Retail for Campylobacter Testing


Raw chickens are being purchased out of grocery store poultry coolers in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland for the United Kingdom’s most aggressive retail testing for Campylobacter to be conducted by the Food Standards Agency since 2008. Human Campylobacter illnesses hardly moved last year off peak levels that have FSA officials concerned. As a… Continue Reading

Campylobacter, Salmonella Down; Listeria Up in EU


In 2012, the European Union saw infections from Campylobacter and Salmonella fall, while those from Listeria rose, according to a yearly report on foodborne illness outbreaks published Wednesday by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Campylobacter is still the most commonly reported foodborne disease in the E.U., though rates of infection fell slightly in 2012… 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

The Food Safety News Top 10 News Stories of 2013

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Editor’s Note: Each year, the writers and editors of Food Safety News pick the top 10 news stories based on the story’s overall importance within the food safety community. This year, we’ve added a separate listing of the top 10 foodborne illness outbreaks, as compiled by managing editor James Andrews and published on Dec. 27…. Continue Reading

UK’s FSA Publishes 2014 Food Safety Priorities


Last week, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the U.K. published its Forward Evidence Plan for 2014, outlining priorities for the coming year. The plan is meant to draw the attention of potential research funders and inform stakeholders. A major portion of the plan addresses Campylobacter, Britain’s most common cause of food poisoning. In the… Continue Reading

Gut Bacteria on 97 Percent of Retail Chicken Breasts


It won’t all harm you, but some of it might. That’s the caveat in the latest Consumer Reports analysis of tests on raw chicken breasts purchased at retailers nationwide. The analysis found that 97 percent of tested chicken breast samples “harbored bacteria that could make you sick.” While it is true that the detected bacteria… Continue Reading

MN Study: Raw Milk Illnesses Greatly Underreported


Despite the somewhat commonplace occurrence of illness outbreaks associated with unpasteurized milk, the number of illnesses linked to drinking raw milk is much higher than those counted in outbreak reports, according to an analysis published by the Minnesota Department of Health on Wednesday. Looking at 10 years of health department data between 2001 and 2010,… Continue Reading