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Harvard Study: Electrically Charged Water Can Fight Foodborne Pathogens

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“Nanosized” droplets of electrically charged water have been shown to inactivate pathogens on the surface of food and could one day become an environmentally friendly way to make food safer. That’s according to a study from researchers at Harvard University published in Environmental Science and Technology and reported on by Chemical & Engineering News. The researchers say that… Continue Reading

Study: Peanuts May Help to Ward Off Some Foodborne Illnesses

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Eating the skinless inner kernels of peanuts may improve a person’s gut biota and its ability to ward off E. coli and Salmonella, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Maryland published in the Journal of Food Science. The findings suggest that skinless peanuts could be a beneficial promoter of gut bacteria that will outcompete… Continue Reading

Juici Patties Brand Chicken Patties Recalled in Canada for E. Coli Risk

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Ottawa-based Juici Patties is recalling Juici Patties brand Jamaican Style unbaked Chicken Patties sold in Canada due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The recalled product was sold in 1.6 kg 12-packs with UPC 624819300122 and Product Code 3184. This recall was triggered by the company. The CFIA is conducting a food safety… Continue Reading

E. Coli Confirmed in Two California Elementary School Students

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Two students at Reese Elementary School in Lodi, CA, have reportedly tested positive for E. coli, and a seven-year-old boy was hospitalized. Lab tests are being done to identify other potential cases. According to the San Joaquin County Health Department in Stockton, CA, an inspection of the school was inconclusive. Questionnaires to pinpoint a common… Continue Reading

EU Illness Report: Campylobacter Leveled Off, Listeria Increased

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The number of Campylobacter cases has leveled off in Europe, while Listeriosis is still on the rise, according to a report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The European Union Summary Report on Trends and Sources of Zoonoses, Zoonotic Agents and Food-borne Outbreaks in… Continue Reading

2014 E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Rare and Medium-Rare Restaurant Burgers

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An outbreak of E. coli this past spring that sickened at least 12 people — and hospitalized seven of them — was caused by ground beef burgers cooked rare and medium-rare at restaurants, according to health department documents obtained by Food Safety News through records requests made over several months. This is the first time… Continue Reading

Research: Amino Acid Affects E. Coli O157 Behavior

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New research suggests that an amino acid is what affects the behavior of E. coli O157. A University of Glasgow team analyzed the genome sequence of 1,500 strains of E. coli to see how the genes of the pathogen respond to different concentrations of D-Serine, an amino acid produced in the brain, where it plays… Continue Reading

USDA: Salmonella Tops List of 15 Most Costly Pathogens

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Salmonella causes an estimated $3.7 billion each year in medical costs for Americans, according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. That figure places Salmonella at the top of the rankings for the 15 most costly foodborne illnesses. USDA says it regularly updates its cost estimates for foodborne pathogens… Continue Reading

Australian State Restricts Raw ‘Bath’ Milk After Boy’s Death

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Following the death of a 3-year-old boy and hospitalizations of other children last month, the Australian state of Victoria has significantly restricted the sale of raw milk labeled as “bath” milk, which is said to be labeled as such to circumvent Australia’s ban on sales of raw milk for human consumption. Beginning Jan. 1, all… Continue Reading

CDC: Raw Milk-Related Outbreaks on the Rise

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During the three years from 2007 to 2009, 30 foodborne illness outbreaks in the U.S. were connected to raw milk consumption. Yet, in the next three years, from 2010 to 2012, that number rose to 51, according to a new study published in the January issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases, a peer-reviewed monthly journal published… Continue Reading