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FSA says research shows UK consumers support chicken clean-up campaign

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Britain’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) on Thursday announced research showing that consumers want the food industry to continue action to tackle Campylobacter in chickens — the biggest cause of food poisoning in the United Kingdom. The new findings show that 68 precent of UK consumers think the industry should continue to reduce Campylobacter levels beyond the agreed… Continue Reading

Researchers develop tool using bacterial genomes to identify isolates

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Thanks to some Cornell University scientists, the food industry has a new tool for identifying specific isolates behind foodborne illness which utilizes the genomes of Bacillus cereus. The study was published Aug. 9 in the journal BMC Genomics. “Examining the whole genome of the B. cereus group is a more reliable tool for identifying risks associated with… Continue Reading

FDA warning: Colorado casino has seafood HACCP problems

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A warning letter posted in the most recent update by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration went out from the agency’s Denver District Office to Pinnacle Entertainment of Las Vegas. Pinnacle CEO Anthony M. Sanfilippo was told in the July 28 warning letter that a June 6 inspection of the company’s Ameristar Casino Black Hawk in Black Hawk,… Continue Reading

Canada reports 51 Cyclospora cases in 4 provinces; fresh produce suspected

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Canadian public health officials are investigating an outbreak of “locally acquired” Cyclospora infections. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), there are currently 51 confirmed cases in four provinces, and one person has been hospitalized. The source of the illnesses has not yet been identified, although PHAC stated that “imported fresh produce products are… Continue Reading

FDA issues warnings to seafood, beef and vegetable facilities

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The most recently posted warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration went to a seafood exporter in Indonesia, a beef operation in Missouri, an acidified foods manufacturer in Virginia, a vegetable processor in Washington state, and a California firm with a contracted seafood storage warehouse in Colorado. PT Tritunggal Lintas Benua in Jakarta, Indonesia,… Continue Reading

Creamery recalls cheeses linked to at least 100 Salmonella cases

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The Chapel Hill Creamery in Chapel Hill, NC, is recalling all of its cheese products because they have been linked to a growing Salmonella outbreak in North Carolina and elsewhere. A local county health officer said Thursday that the outbreak has sickened at least 50 people in North Carolina and about the same number in other states, and that it’s the… Continue Reading

Colorado company recalls beef products linked to E. coli illness

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Good Food Concepts LLC, doing business as Ranch Foods Direct of Colorado Springs, CO, is recalling about 2,600 pounds of non-intact beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Tuesday. Based on epidemiological investigation, one case-patient has been identified in Colorado in connection to… Continue Reading

New polymer coatings for food-contact surfaces resist microbes

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Special new coatings being investigated by researchers are more resistant to bacteria and other microbes than food-contact surfaces used today, according to a report on a recent symposium hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). “Manufacturers already work diligently to keep their facilities clean, but we are creating materials that are even less likely… Continue Reading

UV light oven has potential to decontaminate produce at home

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Haiqiang Chen, Ph.D., of the University of Delaware is busy developing a device using ultraviolet (UV) light to kill foodborne pathogens on fresh produce in consumers’ homes and elsewhere. His UV light oven, which is about the size of a microwave oven, will combine UV light with stirred-up water to reduce Salmonella and other bacteria and… Continue Reading

STOP Foodborne Illness honored by California produce group

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The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement recently gave its highest honor to the Chicago-based nonprofit food safety organization STOP Foodborne Illness. In presenting its Golden Checkmark award to the food safety organization, LGMA stated that it was recognizing the group’s “advocacy for victims of foodborne illness and its support of mandatory government oversight of food safety.” Accepting the… Continue Reading