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GAO: USDA Needs to Tighten Up Salmonella and Campylobacter Standards for Poultry

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The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is recommending that the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) take action to reduce pathogen contamination on chicken and turkey products, make sure that agency food-safety standards are being met, and better assess whether on-farm practices are effective in reducing pathogens in live poultry. In a… Continue Reading

80 Sickened in Utah Campy Outbreak Linked to Raw Milk

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At least 80 people fell ill this summer with Campylobacter infections linked to the consumption of unpasteurized milk from a farm in Utah, according to Utah health officials speaking with state lawmakers on Wednesday. Health officials said that the outbreak also contributed to the death of one immunocompromised man. Twenty percent of cases were hospitalized…. Continue Reading

WI Campylobacter Cases at 22, List Compiled of Possible Sources

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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

Update: Nine Confirmed Campylobacter Cases in Wisconsin School District

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(Update: There are now nine confirmed Campylobacter cases in the Durand, WI, school district, according to a Thursday afternoon press release. The release noted that not all of those sickened have been tested for the bacteria.) State and county health officials are investigating an outbreak of Campylobacter infections in the Durand School District in Pepin… Continue Reading

NRDC Releases FSIS Inspection Reports on Foster Farms

Group calls many of the reports 'incredibly unsavory'

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At first blush, it might seem like overkill to go back five years collecting noncompliance reports (NRs) from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for all Foster Farms facilities. That’s exactly what the New York City-based National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) did Thursday in dumping 300 pages of NRs on Foster Farms in the public square…. Continue Reading

Strong New Pathogen Standards Would Save Lives

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Each year, one in six Americans contracts a foodborne illness. Of those who become sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die. American families shouldn’t have to worry that the food they eat will make them sick. However, we have a long way to go to reach that goal. In 2012, testing by the U.S. Department… Continue Reading

Utah Reports 45 Campylobacter Illnesses Linked to Raw Milk Dairy

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Utah is investigating a cluster of 45 cases of Campylobacter infections associated with the consumption of raw or unpasteurized milk from Weber County. According to public health officials, those reporting illnesses were people who said they drank raw milk before getting sick. Reports include cases from Cache, Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Utah and Weber counties,… Continue Reading

Federal Data Show Increases, Decreases in Antimicrobial Trends

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A day before its 2014 Scientific Meeting at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) released its latest Executive Report, detailing the trends in antimicrobial resistance. NARMS is a partnership between FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Agriculture to track antibiotic resistance in foodborne Salmonella,… Continue Reading

Study: Shoppers Spread Raw Poultry Juices at Store, Home

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Shoppers may want to be more mindful of what they touch after handling packages of raw poultry at the grocery store, according to a new study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on consumer safety behavior when shopping for poultry. Researchers in the study found that few people used either the plastic bags intended… Continue Reading

UK Survey Finds Campylobacter on 59 Percent of Chicken

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The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the U.K. has published its first-quarter results from a survey of Campylobacter on fresh whole store-bought chickens and the associated packaging. The agency found that 59 percent of the birds and 4 percent of the outside of the packaging tested positive. Campylobacter is the most common form of food… Continue Reading