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Cold plasma proving to be hottest new food safety treatment

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Described as a “purple blow torch” by food safety scientists, cold plasma treatment can kill 99.9 percent of norovirus on blueberries without damaging the delicate fruit, giving a food safety boost to the so-called superfood. Brendan Niemira, a microbiologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Eastern Regional Research Center in Wyndmoor, PA, and a team… Continue Reading

From fairs to nativity scenes, animal attractions harbor danger

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Watch children when they enter a petting zoo. Just about always, their faces light up with joy at seeing the animals as their hands reach out to touch them. Ask parents why they take children to petting zoos or farm animal exhibits at fairs and most will tell you that they think it’s important for… Continue Reading

Travelers to Cuba might first listen up about the food safety risks

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Fidel Castro’s death came by coincidence just ahead of several more American airlines this week beginning regular airline service to Cuba. On the runway for take-off to Cuba this week are United and Delta Airlines. Jetblue Airways, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Silver Airways began flying to Cuba earlier this year, Frontier Airlines and Sprit… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: More data against fresh, raw sprouts

Opinion

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LiveScience reporter Sara G. Miller covered a recent FDA presentation on the risks of sprouts at IDWeek. According to Miller, “sprout contamination continues to pose a serious public health concern,” the researchers from the Food and Drug Administration wrote in their report. According to FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network (CORE), from 1996 to August 2016,… Continue Reading

Baking this weekend? Just say no to the raw dough

Contributed

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Editor’s note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention originally published this article on Nov. 22. For many people, the holiday season is the perfect time to spend time together in the kitchen and share delicious baked foods and desserts. Follow these safety tips to help you and your loved ones stay healthy when handling… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Another speech, another ‘shake down’

Opinion

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Over the past 20-plus years I have given close to 400 speeches around the world on “why it is a bad idea to poison your customers.” My “chats” have been in front of industry and governmental groups on every continent, except South America. I’m somewhat popular in China. Most of the audiences are receptive to… Continue Reading

Food Standards Scotland continues ban on Errington Cheeses

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There have been more chapters written in the saga of a Scottish cheesemaker fighting for the survival of its premier brands after they were linked to 22 E. coli illnesses and the death of a 3-year-old girl from Dunbartonshire. In official action, Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has revised the Food Alert for Action (FAFA), originally… Continue Reading

Parents haunted by decisions as raw milk’s impact lingers

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“I don’t know where to stick her; she doesn’t have any veins left.” That’s a medical specialist talking as she examined 3-year-old Jubilee Combs, a patient at a Kentucky hospital undergoing dialysis for a severe kidney disease acquired from drinking unpasteurized raw milk. That was two years ago while the little girl was being treated… Continue Reading

7 sick with E. coli; cider mill’s products, facility test negative

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Kansas officials are investigating an E. coli outbreak among people who attended an annual festival at Louisburg Cider Mill, with the cause proving elusive after initial tests did not find the pathogen in the production area, finished cider or whole apples. Seven people have been laboratory-confirmed with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7, according… Continue Reading

Trout recall for E. coli blamed on General Mills flour

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An “urgent” product recall issued Thursday and encouraging “immediate action” to remove breaded trout from commerce because it contains General Mills flour linked to an E. coli outbreak was still not available on the Food and Drug Administration website Monday afternoon. Clear Springs Foods Inc. of Buhl, ID, sent the recall notice to purchasing officers… Continue Reading