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Claravale Farm Raw Goat Milk Linked to Three Campylobacteriosis Cases

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Health officials in Orange County, CA, have confirmed three cases of campylobacteriosis infection associated with consumption of raw goat milk distributed by Claravale Farm of San Benito County, CA. All three patients are young children younger than 5. One patient was hospitalized, and all of them are expected to recover. The raw goat milk was… Continue Reading

Senators Want USDA to Finalize Poultry Pathogen Standards

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Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are asking Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to finalize USDA’s Salmonella and Campylobacter performance standards as soon as possible. In January, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) proposed changes to the Salmonella and Campylobacter Verification Testing Program created brand-new standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter levels in chicken breasts, legs and wings, and for… Continue Reading

Several Campylobacter Cases Linked to Raw Milk Reported in Indiana

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According to the health department in Daviess County, Indiana, Campylobacter cases have been reported in several children younger than 2 in the Odon and Montgomery areas of the county. Some of the cases have been linked to drinking unpasteurized, or raw, milk, reports the Washington Times Herald. Bacteria such as E. coli O157, Campylobacter and Salmonella can contaminate milk during the… Continue Reading

Year-Long Survey Finds Campylobacter on 73 Percent of UK Chicken

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After a year of testing store-bought chicken in the United Kingdom for Campylobacter, the Food Standards Agency there has published the results — and they’re pretty dismal. More than 4,000 samples of fresh whole chilled chickens and packaging were collected between February 2014 and February 2015, and 73 percent of the chickens tested positive for the… Continue Reading

Exotic Kosher Cuisine Event in New York City Results in Illness Outbreak

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Approximately 20 people have reported symptoms of foodborne illness after attending an event at a Manhattan synagogue dedicated to exotic kosher cuisine, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. The incident, which occurred on May 5, is under investigation by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The event showcased rarely consumed foods… Continue Reading

Yearly Economic Burden of Foodborne Illness Estimated at $15.5 Billion

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The latest estimates from the Department of Agriculture suggest that foodborne illnesses cost the U.S. $15.5 billion each year. “Economic burden of a disease is not the same thing as the impact of a disease on economic indicators like gross domestic product or even the out-of-pocket cost of treating illness,” states USDA’s Economic Research Service report released… Continue Reading

UK Launches Food Safety Week With Chicken Challenge

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According to new data from the Food Standards Agency (FSA), one-third of the U.K. population could contract food poisoning from Campylobacter over the course of their lifetime. FSA released the figure — based on the current infection rates of approximately 280,000 people per year — to kick off its 2015 Food Safety Week and the… Continue Reading

FoodNet Data for 2014: E. Coli O157 Down, Mixed Results for Other Pathogens

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As in previous years, the latest federal data on trends in foodborne illness rates are a mixed bag. “The overall outlook is that there is some good news and I think we can learn from that, but that the news is not all good and there’s still a lot of work to do,” said Patricia… Continue Reading

Mixed Results Shown in USDA Quarterly Tests for Salmonella and Campylobacter in Poultry

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Last summer’s preliminary data from Salmonella and Campylobacter testing of raw meat and poultry for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are out, and there were mixed results. During the July-September quarter, FSIS collected and tested 3,985 samples for its Salmonella and Campylobacter verification program. The percent-positive rates for both Salmonella and Campylobacter in… Continue Reading

FDA Finds ‘Encouraging’ News in Antimicrobial Resistance in Retail Meat

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According to a federal report released Monday, there’s some “encouraging” news regarding antimicrobial resistance in foodborne pathogens. The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System’s (NARMS) published its 2012 Retail Meat Report and an interim report for 2013 solely focused on Salmonella. The reports stated that there was a decrease in third-generation cephalosporin resistance among poultry meats in… Continue Reading