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Safer wings than yesterday’s for the big game next year?

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Standards to prevent 50,000 illnesses through reductions in Salmonella and Campylobacter set by USDA last week might just work. If they do, Americans who yesterday are said to have dined on 1.3 billion chicken wings during Super Bowl 50, are likely to take notice. And one year from now, it’s also likely Secretary of Agriculture… Continue Reading

Patchwork of state regs on raw milk blankets the country

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There’s more than one way to skin a cat. That’s especially true when looking at how states are tangling with the dilemma of how to regulate the sale of raw milk. Even though federal law requires any milk that’s sold across state lines to be pasteurized and prohibits the sale of raw milk across state… Continue Reading

EFSA: Campylobacter and Listeria Cases Rise Again in the European Union

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Human cases of listeriosis and campylobacteriosis rose again in 2014 in Europe, continuing an upward trend that began in 2008, reports the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). It stated that salmonellosis cases increased slightly for the first time since 2008. These are the main findings of the latest annual report by EFSA and the European… Continue Reading

New FSIS Guidelines Seek Better Beef Tracking and Cleaner Poultry

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USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is not usually thought of as a quick-moving policy shop. But, in the past two days, the agency has posted new guidelines for poultry processors to better prevent Salmonella and Campylobacter in raw products during slaughter and processing and new record-keeping requirements for beef producers to make it… Continue Reading

About 30 Sickened With Campylobacter at NJ Boarding School

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About 30 people were recently sickened by Campylobacter at Blair Academy, reports the New Jersey Herald. The school is a private boarding and day school for high school students located in Blairstown, NJ. “In mid-November, our health center saw an increased incidence of gastrointestinal-related illness and we alerted all parents by email on November 20… Continue Reading

Salmonella Found in Raw Milk Sample From New York Farm

Consumers are being warned not to consume unpasteurized raw milk from the Jerry Dell Farm at Freeville in Tompkins County, NY, because it could possibly be contaminated with Salmonella. According to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, no illnesses associated with the product have been reported. A routine sample of the milk… Continue Reading

Managing ‘Black Gold’: Animal Manure and Antibiotic Resistance

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Many farmers refer to manure as “black gold” and rightly so because it adds nutrients to the soil, which helps crops grow and be more productive. In earlier times, before the advent of synthetic fertilizers, crop farmers would often buy a cow solely for the manure it would produce and use the manure for fertilizer…. Continue Reading

ID Raw Milk Dairy Back in Business After Being Linked to Eight Cases of Illness

Oct. 28 update: Natural Farm Fresh Dairy has restarted bottling. “We are pleased to be bottling again,” the dairy announced on its Facebook page on Monday. “All of our test results came back clean.” Deliveries were set to begin again on Tuesday, the company stated, with its raw milk back on store shelves by Wednesday. Previous Oct. 21 coverage… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Recalled in California for Campylobacter Contamination

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Raw milk produced by Organic Pastures Dairy of Fresno County, with a code date of OCT 24, is the subject of a statewide recall and quarantine order announced by California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones. The quarantine order followed the confirmed detection of Campylobacter bacteria in raw whole milk. No illnesses have been reported at… Continue Reading

Could the UK Chicken Price War be Adding to the Campylobacter Problem?

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Some critics say that the health of British families is being put at risk because an ongoing retail “price war” on chicken is keeping investments from being made to help reduce Campylobacter contamination. Professor Chris Elliott, who conducted the British government’s inquiry into the 2013 horse meat scandal, says that U.K. chicken farms could limit the Campylobacter incidence by not “thinning”… Continue Reading