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Denmark’s deadly Listeria outbreak makes headlines in Poland

A Listeria outbreak involving Poland’s BK Salmon that has sickened four Danes, killing one, since May could have been worse. The Dansk Supermarket Group with 1,500 stores in four countries, but only sold BK Salmon in Denmark. Danish health authorities say the surviving three victims are in very severe conditions and may be terminally ill. According… Continue Reading

Superbug reportedly found in UK supermarket pork products

A British newspaper has reported that tests on pork products sold at two major UK supermarket chains found three samples contaminated with a livestock strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. According to The Guardian newspaper, the test results raise concerns that the country “is on the brink of another food scandal” similar to recent revelations of Campylobacter, Salmonella… Continue Reading

International Targets Recommended for Reducing Animal Antibiotic Use

If you want to reduce something, a good place to start is with a target. That’s what the U.K.’s Review of Antimicrobial Resistance suggests in its new report on antibacterial use in agriculture. More antibiotics are used on animals than humans, and bacteria that become drug-resistant as the result of overuse can infect humans through… Continue Reading

Nearly Half of Denmark’s 2014 Salmonella Infections Linked to Overseas Travel

Every other Salmonella infection recorded in Denmark in 2014 came from overseas travel. Trips to Thailand (17.5 percent), Turkey (15.4 percent) and Spain (6.4 percent) were the most common destinations for traveling Danes to pick up a Salmonella infection. Those were among the findings of an annual report Denmark publishes on the occurrence of diseases… Continue Reading

Managing for Salmonella in 2015 Continues to Present Challenges

Despite decades of efforts to control contamination rates, Salmonella has long been the most common illness-causing bacteria in food, and it remains the leading cause of death and hospitalization from foodborne illness in the U.S. Today, Salmonella is still one of the top food safety concerns for the food industry, government regulators, and consumer advocates, and it’s regularly the leading topic at… Continue Reading

62 Percent of 2013 Animal Antibiotics Sales Were Medically Important Drugs

Federal data released last week show that sales of medically important antimicrobials used in food-producing animals in the U.S. increased by 3 percent in 2013 and by 20 percent between 2009 and 2013. The Food and Drug Administration’s 2013 Summary Report of the information animal drug sponsors are required by the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA)… Continue Reading

Danish Pork Stock Recalled After Skirting Inspection at MN Port

Hawkins Inc. of Roseville, MN, is recalling approximately 529 pounds of pork products that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced. Without the benefit of full inspection, a possibility of adverse health consequences exists. The following items, produced… Continue Reading

Caffeine Powder Concerns FDA, Energy Drinks Concern Denmark

Last week, the parents of two young men who died earlier this year after ingesting caffeine powder met with Food and Drug Administration officials to deliver a citizen petition urging the agency to ban the sale of powdered caffeine. In a blog about the meeting, Michael Landa, director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied… Continue Reading

Denmark Sees Small Increase in Animal Antibiotic Use

Denmark’s latest numbers on the country’s antimicrobial use and resistance are in. The total consumption of antimicrobial agents by the country’s animals in 2013 was about 128 tons — a 4-percent increase over the previous year. According to the new DANMAP (Danish Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring and Research Program) report, the increase is mainly attributed to… Continue Reading

New Food Police Unit Coming Soon to the UK

An independent report suggesting that the United Kingdom needs a special food police unit uses the Danes and the Dutch as examples and not the United States, where more than a dozen food industry executives this year have been subjected to investigations resulting in felony criminal charges. Professor Chris Elliott from Queen’s University Belfast is… Continue Reading