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CDC Foundation’s New Business Pulse Issue Focuses on Food Safety

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The focus of the latest issue of CDC Foundation’s Business Pulse web series is food safety. Business Pulse: Food Safety, published Wednesday, describes how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fights foodborne diseases to protect American consumers and businesses from contaminated foods. It includes an interactive infographic, a list of links to CDC’s food… Continue Reading

The Prevalence of Foodborne Illness

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Days ago, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its most recent yearly summary of foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States. The summary covered the year 2013, and it found that 818 foodborne outbreaks were reported in the country during that year — a number consistent with the 800 to 850… Continue Reading

CDC Says Its Investigation Into Listeria Outbreak is Over

Blue Bell responds to FDA inspection reports

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) investigation into the Listeria outbreak linked to Blue Bell Creameries products is over, according to an update the agency issued on Wednesday, June 10. A total of 10 people with listeriosis related to this outbreak were reported from four states, CDC stated. They are: Arizona (1),… Continue Reading

CDC: Antibiotic Resistance Increasing in Certain Salmonella Serotypes

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Antibiotic resistance in some types of Salmonella infections is increasing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published data Tuesday on the resistance in foodborne pathogens from human isolates. The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) tracks changes in the antibiotic resistance of six types of common foodborne germs found in ill people, retail… Continue Reading

Report: Fewer Foodborne Illness Outbreaks Being Reported or Solved Today

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States are reporting and solving fewer foodborne illness outbreaks compared to 10 years ago, according to a new report by the nonprofit consumer group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). CSPI’s report analyzed 10 years of data on state outbreaks reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) between 2003… Continue Reading

CDC: Arizona Finds Two Types of Salmonella in Imported Tuna

California firm recalls ground frozen yellowfin tuna

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In an investigation update posted Friday, June 5, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that unopened frozen ground tuna products tested by the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory, working with the Maricopa County (Phoenix) Environmental Services Department, had found Salmonella Newport in one sample and Salmonella Weltevreden in another sample. The unopened… Continue Reading

Groups Want Increased Funding to Support CDC’s PulseNet Database

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As Congress works to prepare its appropriations bills for fiscal year 2016, nine health and consumer groups are requesting that extra funding be allocated for the national database used to track foodborne illness outbreaks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s PulseNet is a national network of public health and food regulatory agency laboratories that… Continue Reading

Washington E. Coli Outbreak: Fairgrounds Dairy Barn was ‘Likely Source’ of Contamination

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A Final Investigation Summary released Wednesday by the Whatcom County Health Department in Bellingham, WA, indicates that the source of the recent Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, which sickened 25 people and hospitalized 10 of them, was probably the Dairy Barn at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden, WA. All of those who became ill either attended the Milk Makers… Continue Reading

Audit Finds Former Oregon Health Researcher Faked Clostridium Reports

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A former public health researcher for the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) was recently found to have “engaged in research misconduct” after apparently faking data on the incidence of Colostridium difficile infections in Klamath County, OR. The finding was released Friday, May 29, 2015, by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), U.S. Department of Health and… Continue Reading

Blue Bell Signs Agreement With AL Similar to Those With TX, OK

Listeria control plans are key to marketplace return

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Blue Bell Creameries has signed a voluntary agreement with the Alabama Department of Public Health laying out a series of steps the company plans to take to control Listeria contamination before its products may legally be sold there again. The company has a plant in Sylacauga, AL, which is currently closed. Paul Kruse, Blue Bell’s president and CEO, signed similar… Continue Reading