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CDC: Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Backyard Flocks Appears to be Over

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They picked up 19 more cases and added a state to the multistate outbreak of Salmonella linked to live poultry from backyard flocks, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is essentially calling it over. The outbreak traced to the source of the chicks — Ohio’s Mt. Healthy Hatcheries — appears to… Continue Reading

CDC: Nut Butter Salmonella Outbreak Investigation is Now Officially Over

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its final update on the Salmonella Braenderup infections linked to nut butters manufactured by nSpired Natural Foods. Six people were infected with the strain of Salmonella Braenderup since Jan. 1, 2014, in Connecticut, Iowa, New Mexico, Tennessee and Texas. Illness onset dates ranged from Jan. 20, 2014, to… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: CDC

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Your faithful scribes here at Food Safety News deal daily with many federal and state food safety agencies. How we are able to interact with these organizations is a big factor in how effective we are in keeping you up to date on food safety. Among these agencies, none is more important than the federal… Continue Reading

Update: CDC Says Salmonella Outbreaks in Michigan, South Carolina Are Not Related

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UPDATE: An investigation by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) into both the Michigan and South Carolina Salmonella outbreaks has concluded that they are not related and are not part of any multi-state outbreak. Dr. Ian Williams, who heads up CDC’s foodborne outbreak unit, told Food Safety News on Thursday that genetic fingerprinting is… Continue Reading

Salmonella Strains Linked to Live Poultry Sicken 344 People in 42 States

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As of Sept. 23, 344 people in 42 states and Puerto Rico have been sickened by one of three outbreak strains of Salmonella linked to contact with live poultry, according to the latest update released Thursday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). No deaths have been reported, although 32 percent of those… Continue Reading

U.S., China FDA Officials to Speak at Shanghai Food Safety Conference

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Xu Jinghe, director of legal affairs for the China Food and Drug Administration, holds a position pretty much equivalent to Michael R. Taylor, the deputy commissioner for foods at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Xu, who earlier this week announced that high-risk food industries in China will soon be required to obtain liability insurance,… Continue Reading

Senators Call on Obama for Increased NARMS Funding

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Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are urging the president to include $15 million in his fiscal year 2016 budget request for the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), which tracks antibiotic resistance in foodborne pathogens. The letter, which was sent Monday, stated that the increase would “significantly improve our… Continue Reading

CDC Report Finds High Sodium Consumption Among U.S. Kids

More than 40 percent of the sodium they consume comes from 10 common types of food

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More than 90 percent of U.S. children aged 6-18 years eat more sodium than recommended, putting them at risk for developing high blood pressure and heart disease later in life, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report released on Tuesday. This report provides the most recent data detailing how much sodium school-age children eat and where… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Week Six of the PCA Trial

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This past Thursday, a juror in the criminal trial of three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives became ill about two hours into the court session. Judge W. Louis Sands opted to send the entire jury home and adjourned the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Georgia early for the day. Even… Continue Reading

Green Cabbage Likely Caused Minnesota’s Recent E. Coli O111 Outbreak

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The 15 cases of E. coli O111 reported in Minnesota this summer were probably linked to green whole head cabbage, says the state’s health department. Health officials’ routine monitoring identified the cases of illness associated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O111. Bacterial isolates from all of the cases had the same DNA fingerprint. The illnesses occurred between… Continue Reading