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CDC sending states new outbreak tool; launching PulseNet 2.0

CHICAGO — The federal government is rolling out a powerful new, and increasingly affordable food safety weapon to about 30 states next year and to all 50 within two years. Dr. Robert Tauxe, who runs the foodborne, waterborne and environmental disease division of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, told attendees at the… Continue Reading

Food safety scientist unravels questions about food safety act

Are you in or are you out? That was one of the first questions Don Stoeckel, a food-safety scientist with Cornell University, posed to the farmers and processors attending his presentation on the federal Food Safety Modernization Act  during the Ag Summit in Skagit County, WA, on March 3 and 4. It was a question… Continue Reading

New Food Safety Institute for Helping New York Producers Comply With FSMA

When it comes to food and waterborne illnesses, Cornell University is always going to have a mixed history. That’s because the University and the surrounding town of Ithaca, NY helped bring about a typhoid epidemic that got away on the campus and town in 1903, killing 82 people including 29 Cornell students. It remains one… Continue Reading

Study: For a Safer Harvest, It’s Best to Wait 24 Hours After Rain, Irrigation

Produce farmers should wait at least 24 hours after a rain or irrigation event to harvest their crops, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Cornell University and just published in a scientific journal. Wet soil from precipitation is more conducive to growth of bacteria, such as Listeria monocytogenes and E. coli, according to the study. The… Continue Reading

USDA Awards Food Safety Research Grants

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the recipients of its latest round of food safety research grants. The nearly $19 million awarded to 36 institutions through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, which is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, will help in understanding antimicrobial… Continue Reading

IAFP Interview: Wiedmann on Big Data in Food Safety

Dr. Martin Wiedmann, professor of food science at Cornell University, spoke with Food Safety News at the 2014 Conference of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) held Aug. 3-6 in Indianapolis, IN. The discussion covered advancements in the field of whole genome sequencing, a technology expected to significantly improve foodborne illness outbreak detection and… Continue Reading

Whole-Genome Sequencing Expected to Revolutionize Outbreak Investigations

For decades, food safety experts have lived with the reality that roughly one-third of foodborne illness outbreak investigations ended without finding the source. But with the wide proliferation of new laboratory technology on the horizon, outbreak investigations could soon become more accurate, more efficient and more complete, according to researchers at Cornell University, the New… Continue Reading

University Researchers Identify Five New Listeria Species

Cornell University researchers have identified five new species of Listeria, including one named for the university, that provide new insights that could lead to better ways to detect soil bacteria in food. To date, of the 10 previously known species of Listeria, only two are pathogenic to humans. Listeria monocytogenes is the main cause of Listeriosis, which causes… Continue Reading