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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

Gillibrand Proposes Mandatory Recall Authority for USDA

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After FRONTLINE’s documentary on Salmonella in poultry aired Tuesday night on PBS, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) officially introduced legislation to give the U.S. Department of Agriculture mandatory recall authority over contaminated meat and poultry. Gillibrand discussed her Meat and Poultry Recall Notification Act with reporters in February, saying that, if passed, the bill would make “the… Continue Reading

FSA: 280,000 Sickened With Campylobacter in the UK Last Year

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An estimated 280,000 United Kingdom citizens fell ill with Campylobacter in 2014, according to the country’s Food Standards Agency (FSA). The estimation comes atop growing concerns over the rates of Campylobacter contamination on chicken in the U.K. The challenge of Campylobacter on raw poultry has become so pervasive that FSA is dedicating its annual Food Safety Week (May 18-24) to… Continue Reading

Responsible Antibiotics Use Standard Introduced for Chicken in School Lunches

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Starting next fall, U.S. schools will have a new option for the type of chicken they purchase for school lunches. School Food FOCUS (Food Options for Children in the United States) and The Pew Charitable Trusts worked together to create the new Certified Responsible Antibiotic Use (CRAU) standard which will be verified by the Department of Agriculture…. Continue Reading

Tyson ‘Striving to Eliminate’ Human Antibiotics in Chickens

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Tyson Foods, the largest poultry producer in the U.S., announced Tuesday that it would strive to quit using human antibiotics in its chicken flocks by the end of September 2017. The company, based in Springdale, AR, stated that it has already stopped using all antibiotics in its 35 broiler hatcheries, requires a veterinarian’s prescription for… Continue Reading

UK Retailers Begin Offering ‘Roast in the Bag’ Whole Chickens

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Retailers in the United Kingdom are beginning to offer whole chickens sold as “roast in the bag” options, meaning that consumers don’t have to directly touch the raw meat and potentially expose themselves to pathogens commonly found on chicken such as Salmonella and Campylobacter, according to Farmers Weekly. The bags are reportedly designed in a way that will… Continue Reading

FDA to Withdraw Approval for Arsenic-Based Drug Used in Poultry

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Wednesday that it has received a letter of commitment from Zoetis Animal Health that, by this coming fall, the company will suspend the sale of Histostat (nitarsone) and formally request that FDA withdraw approval for the drug by the end of the year. Nitarsone is the only arsenic-based animal… Continue Reading

McDonald’s Plans to Phase Out Chicken Fed Medically Important Antibiotics

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Fast-food giant McDonald’s announced Wednesday that, within two years, all of the chicken served at its 14,000 U.S. restaurants will come from farms which raised the birds without medically important antibiotics. The move could help limit the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture which contributes to an increase in antibiotic-resistant bugs that sicken humans. “Our customers want… Continue Reading

Most Consumers Don’t Use Food Thermometers Despite Importance to Food Safety

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A couple of weeks ago, I was having dinner with my parents. My dad was making chicken and asked me what temperature he needed to cook it to. After all, working for Food Safety News does qualify me as the food-safety expert of the family. “165 degrees F,” I told him. “What if it’s barely… Continue Reading

Avian Flu Detected in Foster Farms Turkey Flock

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A strain of avian flu has been found at a Foster Farms turkey ranch in Stanislaus County, CA, the company announced this past Saturday. It’s the first time the virus has been found in commercial poultry since 2004. According to USDA policy, the ranch was quarantined and the animals are being killed to prevent the virus… Continue Reading