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UK Study: Campylobacter Remains the Most Common Foodborne Pathogen

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An updated study commissioned by the UK’s Food Standards Agency reports that Campylobacter remains the top foodborne pathogen there and that poultry is the most common food item associated with foodborne illness. Researchers at the University of Liverpool estimated that, in 2009, there were more than 500,000 cases of foodborne illness in the UK due… Continue Reading

UK Launches Campylobacter Education Campaign

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To kick off Food Safety Week on Monday, Britain’s Food Standards Agency launched a campaign to educate consumers about Campylobacter and particularly to get consumers to stop washing raw chicken in order to reduce the risk of infection. The call comes as new figures show that 44 percent of people always wash chicken before cooking… Continue Reading

UK Pig Inspection Rule Changes Open For Public Comment

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In June of this year, the European Union will introduce new rules for pig meat inspections designed to minimize the risk of bacterial contamination on pork. The United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency announced last week that it is requesting comments on the practical application of changes required by the rules. These comments are being solicited… Continue Reading

UK’s FSA Publishes 2014 Food Safety Priorities

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Last week, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the U.K. published its Forward Evidence Plan for 2014, outlining priorities for the coming year. The plan is meant to draw the attention of potential research funders and inform stakeholders. A major portion of the plan addresses Campylobacter, Britain’s most common cause of food poisoning. In the… Continue Reading

Watercress May Be Source of British E. Coli Outbreak

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British supermarket Sainsbury’s has recalled its watercress products due to concerns that the vegetable may be the cause of an E. coli O157 outbreak that has affected 19 Britons since August 1. According to a Sainsbury’s spokesperson, once the Food Standards Agency informed the supermarket their watercress was a possible source, they recalled their six… Continue Reading

Nine Hospitalized in British Salmonella Outbreak

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British public-health investigators are tracking the source of a Salmonella outbreak which has put nine people in the hospital and sickened 57. Those who became ill range in age from an infant to an 87-year-old. The U.K. government’s Food Standards Agency reported Thursday that cooked ham from small independent butchers may be the source of… Continue Reading

U.K. Going After Poultry Problem With Changes in Technology and Culture

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Campylobacter is the pathogen making most people sick in the United Kingdom and, earlier this week, the U.K.’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) formally agreed to target the problem at its principal source: poultry production. FSA has decided to require reporting of campylobacter levels all along the supply chain, dropping regulatory barriers to the adoption of… Continue Reading

Is U.S. Beef Safe From Europe’s Expanding Horsemeat Crisis?

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Are escalating beef prices tempting suppliers worldwide to substitute horsemeat for beef or do only a few European criminals engage in the practice? Only the kind of DNA testing Ireland used to discover the problem can tell and it does not appear the U.S. government does any of that. If a suspect supplier were trying… Continue Reading

UK Stepping Up Hunt for Horse and Pig DNA in Beef

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Polish horsemeat mislabeled as beef is the likely source of the equine DNA found in Irish beef products, but the Food Safety Agency in the United Kingdom is still going ahead with tests on more meat samples collected from retail outlets throughout the UK, including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Environmental officers for local health… Continue Reading