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Citing Fecal Contamination, FDA Issues Import Alert for Some Mexican Cilantro

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Import Alert on Tuesday about cilantro from the state of Puebla, Mexico, due to concerns about fecal contamination which investigators reportedly found in fields and in cleaning and processing facilities in that area. The alert affects cilantro being imported to the United States between April 1-Aug. 31,… Continue Reading

How Grocery Store Delis Can Manage Food Safety Risks

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As grocery stores offer more and more prepared foods to consumers in their delis, they need to keep in mind the safety of what they sell. “It’s important for them to have proper planning in place before they start taking on some of these new products,” says Martin Bucknavage, Senior Food Safety Extension Associate at Penn… Continue Reading

Update: Raw Tuna ‘Likely Source’ of 62 Salmonella Infections in 11 States

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Update: As of July 22, 62 people have been infected in this outbreak. This article has been updated to reflect the latest case count. At least 62 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+) have been reported from 11 states. Eleven ill people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. That’s… Continue Reading

CDC: 10 Illnesses Linked to Raw, Frozen, Stuffed Chicken Entrées

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its investigation into two separate Salmonella outbreaks linked to raw, frozen, stuffed chicken entreés produced by Barber Foods. The federal agency noted Thursday evening that “the likely source for the two outbreaks is different.” Since the last CDC update on July 13, 2015, one additional… Continue Reading

CDC Analysis of Recent E. Coli O157 Outbreaks Shows Food was Major Mode of Transmission

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a summary of E. coli O157 outbreaks in the United States in recent years caused by food, person-to-person contact, contact with animals, and water. As in previous reports, the analysis of data from multiple federal surveillance systems, reports to CDC, and searches of PubMed found… Continue Reading

Federal, State Officials Investigating Minnesota Salmonella Outbreaks

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Officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and the Minnesota Departments of Health (MDH) and Agriculture are investigating two outbreaks of Salmonella enteritidis linked to raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned stuffed chicken entrées. In the first outbreak, MDH identified four people infected with a… Continue Reading

Human Food Safety Not Likely Threatened By Costly Avian Flu

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The highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 epidemic spread to domestic poultry by migratory birds may have burned out without getting anywhere near the human food supply, which was said to be an extremely low possibility in the first place. No new detections of avian flu have occurred since June 17. Up until then, 223… Continue Reading

CDC: 181 People in 40 States Infected With Salmonella From Contact With Live Poultry

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is working with state public health, veterinary, and agriculture officials, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to investigate four multi-state outbreaks of human Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry. As of June 29, 2015, there were 181 people reported from… Continue Reading

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