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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

More raw milk sold by vending machine at the farm gate in NZ

A family-owned raw milk dairy with a new name in New Zealand has installed an Italian made dispenser at its farm gate, hoping people passing by on the road will purchase the output of its 520-cow herd. The dairy farm is 112 years old, located at Turua on the Hauraki Plains, and owned by Neil… Continue Reading

British retailers to self-report chicken Campylobacter results

England’s top nine retail grocers are going to begin publishing results of the Campylobacter retail survey of fresh shop-bought chickens produced in the United Kingdom on their store websites. The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) said the change follows discussions involving the industry and the agency. The retailers will sample and analyze fresh chicken for… Continue Reading

New York finds Campylobacter bacteria in Yoder Farm raw milk

Unpasteurized, “raw” milk from the Martin Yoder Farm should be immediately discarded because it is contaminated with Campylobacter jejuni bacteria. New York officials have prohibited the farm from selling raw milk until further notice. The farm immediately stopped selling the unpasteurized milk on Sept. 13 when state officials notified the owner of a preliminary positive… Continue Reading

FSA warns consumers about those trendy raw chicken dishes

The London-based Food Standards Agency is worried people may believe what they read in the newspaper. A report that ran last weekend in the lifestyle section of The Daily Mirror about a celebrity chef who claims to love eating raw chicken has the FSA “reiterating our advice not to eat raw chicken.” In a splashy… Continue Reading

Puppies from Petland stores linked to Campylobacter outbreak

A year-long outbreak of Campylobacter infections has been traced to puppies sold by Petland Inc., according to a Monday notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Ohio Department of Health, several other states and the USDA’s Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are collaborating with the CDC on the… Continue Reading

More Campylobacter cases in Seattle; poultry possible source

For the second time this week public health officials in the Seattle area have disclosed an investigation into Campylobacter infections suspected to have been foodborne. Wednesday the Seattle & King County Public Health Department reported two people had been confirmed by laboratory analysis with campylobacteriosis. Multiple other people reported illnesses consistent with Campylobacter infection, but… Continue Reading

2 Camplyobacter cases linked to restaurant; foie gras suspected

A restaurant in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, WA, has been confirmed as the source of two recent Camplyobacter infections, causing health officials to warn the public about the dangers of eating foie gras. Public health officials investigated an outbreak infecting “a single meal party” at Café Juanita, according to a notice posted by Seattle & King County Public Health. “On July 24th, Public… Continue Reading

Steer clear of fair foibles — pun intended; pigs problematic, too

It’s fair season, and a new crop of parents is taking excited youngsters to county and state fairs across the country so they can see the farm animals. Not only see them, but pet them as well. Maybe even kiss them. Stop right there, many veterinarians and fair directors will say. Before heading to the… Continue Reading

Pew report encourages investments to reduce contamination

Citing an estimated 2 million U.S. illnesses caused annually because of contaminated meat and poultry and resulting health care costs of almost $6 billion, a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts is calling for renewed commitment from government and industry to reduce microorganisms before animals reach the slaughterhouse. In its report “Food Safety From Farm… Continue Reading