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UK Study: Campylobacter Remains the Most Common Foodborne Pathogen

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An updated study commissioned by the UK’s Food Standards Agency reports that Campylobacter remains the top foodborne pathogen there and that poultry is the most common food item associated with foodborne illness. Researchers at the University of Liverpool estimated that, in 2009, there were more than 500,000 cases of foodborne illness in the UK due… Continue Reading

Study Looks at Connections Between Socioeconomic Status and Foodborne Illness

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A study from the Emerging Infections Program at Yale School of Public Health found that, in adults, campylobacteriosis is more common among those of higher socioeconomic status, but, for children younger than 10, more cases occurred among those of lower socioeconomic status. Researchers Kelley Bemis, Ruthanne Marcus and James Hadler grouped cases of campylobacteriosis reported… Continue Reading

UK Launches Campylobacter Education Campaign

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To kick off Food Safety Week on Monday, Britain’s Food Standards Agency launched a campaign to educate consumers about Campylobacter and particularly to get consumers to stop washing raw chicken in order to reduce the risk of infection. The call comes as new figures show that 44 percent of people always wash chicken before cooking… Continue Reading

FSIS Reports Enforcement Actions and Quarterly Pathogen Test Results

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Criminal convictions topped enforcement actions by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service during the first quarter of 2014. A jury on March 18, 2014, found Linda Chen Mai, an employee of the Trinh Company in San Jose, CA, guilty on four counts of causing meat food products to become misbranded and falsely representing the meat… Continue Reading

FSIS Drafting Campylobacter Performance Standards for Chicken Parts

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is planning to release new safety standards for Campylobacter in poultry, in addition to the Salmonella performance standard already in the works. Both are expected to be finalized by the end of the current fiscal year. “The Agency is developing a performance standard for… Continue Reading

FDA Approves Campylobacter Vaccine for Human Trials

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A vaccine to protect against Campylobacter jejuni was recently approved for human clinical trials by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Campylobacter is a major cause of bacterial diarrhea worldwide — estimated to be the cause of 4-15 percent of cases. It’s a problem in both developed and developing countries and is associated with unpasteurized dairy… Continue Reading

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

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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

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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

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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