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Iowa lawmakers look at raw milk again; previous efforts failed

A subcommittee of three state legislators in Iowa voted 2-1 Tuesday to advance a bill that would allow dairy operators in the state to sell unpasteurized milk direct to consumers. Similar bills have not survived in the Iowa Legislature in recent years. This year the effort in the Iowa House was assigned to a subcommittee… Continue Reading

Slaughter practices more significant than poultry line speeds

Opinion

Editor’s note: This opinion column offers a differing view from that presented by guest columnist Brian Ronholm in “Eschewing obfuscation on poultry slaughter line speed.”  Poultry slaughter would flunk HACCP 101. The primary hazards from raw poultry are the pathogens Salmonella and Campylobacter spp. FSIS visible poultry inspection does not yet detect those hazards. The… Continue Reading

CDC names top five foodborne illnesses in United States

The top five germs that cause illnesses from food eaten in the United States are norovirus, Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, Campylobacter and Staphylococcus aureus, aka staph. Some other germs don’t cause as many illnesses, but when they do, the diseases are more likely to lead to hospitalization. Those germs include E coli, Clostridium botulinum (which causes botulism),… Continue Reading

Briefly: Ultraviolet decon — ‘Rotten’ on Netflix — Puppy update

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. Ultraviolet pulses prove promising Fort Valley State University in Georgia is researching uses of a $35,000 pulsed ultraviolet… Continue Reading

Briefly: Dating game — Info shortage — Down the drain

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. Ignoring the dates across the pond Billing it as a move to reduce food waste, 125 East of… Continue Reading

Outbreak traced to puppies in 13th month; new states involved

Although officials with Petland Inc. say any dog can be infected with Campylobacter, 93 percent of victims in an ongoing, 15-state outbreak had contact with Petland puppies before becoming ill. In an outbreak update Monday, federal officials reported a dozen more people have been confirmed in the outbreak since Oct. 3, bringing the total to… Continue Reading

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ISIS allowed pathogens to proliferate — U.K. chicken cleanup — Hurricane food safety impact

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of iwaspoisoned.com. FDA launches new site for key FSMA dates The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), described as the most… Continue Reading

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