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Dr. Robert Tauxe

Top food safety regulators say D.C. transition going smoothly

CHICAGO — America’s top cops in food safety gathered for a “Town Hall” Thursday morning at the 2017 Food Safety Summit. They let the attendees know that if they were worried about the transition in government, they can forget about it. From the states’ perspective, the Association of Food and Drug Officials’ Joseph Corby spoke of unprecedented cooperation…. Continue Reading

New testing methods account for some increases in illness stats

CDC reports Campylobacter, Salmonella cause most bacterial foodborne illnesses in 2016

The winners for the dubious distinction of causing the most food borne illnesses for 2016 is out. According to preliminary data recently published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Campylobacter and Salmonella caused the most reported bacterial foodborne illnesses in 2016. The finding is from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance… Continue Reading

One more look at lessons unlearned in raw burger outbreak

Before the federal Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention went public with the first announcement of a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7, the boss let everyone working on foodborne diseases know there was one “notable thing” about the brewpub chain involved. “Advance notification that ’tis the season again,” said Dr. Robert V. Tauxe in an… Continue Reading

STOP Foodborne Illness to honor Food Safety Heroes

STOP Foodborne Illness, the Chicago-based national advocacy and education organization, will honor three Food Safety Heroes at a fundraising event being held Dec. 6 from 7-9 p.m. The awards will be given during the Food Safety Consortium at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Drive N., Schaumburg, IL. The benefit is open to the… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Experts May Have Determined How Caramel Apples Caused That Listeria Outbreak

In November 2014, health officials began investigating two concerning clusters of Listeria infections that seemed to be related. The two strains of bacteria had already killed at least five people and hospitalized a few dozen others by the time they got on the case, and they wanted to find the source and stop it as quickly as… Continue Reading

CDC Update: 50 New Cases of Salmonella Heidelberg Linked to Foster Farms Chicken

Another 50 illnesses from Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported in connection with chicken from Foster Farms. The outbreak may not be over yet, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sees the numbers trending downward — something they view with a “glass half-full” mentality. CDC’s latest update puts the case count, as of… Continue Reading

CDC: Fast Work and Strong Epidemiological Evidence Led to Source of E. Coli Outbreak

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is praising state health officials and other collaborators for their work in identifying ground beef from the Wolverine Packing Company as the source of a multi-state E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. “A lot of the footwork was done in the state health departments,” Dr. Robert Tauxe, Deputy… Continue Reading

Q&A: Dr. Robert Tauxe on the Outbreak in Germany

As of Tuesday, the toll in the outbreak of E. coli O104:H4 in Germany was 3,697 illnesses, 856 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and 40 deaths. Major Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) outbreaks in the past have been transformative events for epidemiology and approaches to food safety. An hour-long conversation last Thursday with Dr…. Continue Reading