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Encourage Reporting of Suspected Foodborne Illness



(This article by Harlan Stueven, M.D., was published Sept. 2, 2014, in Food Safety Magazine and is reposted here with permission.) The world seemed shocked that the Noma Restaurant of Copenhagen would be implicated as a source of food poisoning. The restaurant had been awarded high ranks by Michelin. Some call it the “World’s Finest Restaurant.” But, in… Continue Reading

Update: 22 Potential E. coli Cases Reported on Minnesota Indian Reservation


The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed that at least 22 people on the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation near Duluth have recently been sickened by foodborne illness linked to E. coli bacteria. The first illness was reported July 17. The investigation is ongoing, but no specific cause has yet been… Continue Reading

Report on Antibiotic-Resistant Pathogens Has Some Good News and Some Bad News


The latest federal report on antibiotic resistance in enteric bacteria shows that, while there has been some progress in reducing the resistance of some pathogens, other are showing greater resistance. The data come from the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), a surveillance system run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and… Continue Reading

World Cup Volunteers Reportedly Sickened After Catered Lunch in Brasilia


According to a June 17, 2014, report from Brasilia, at least 40 volunteers at the World Cup soccer tournament there were sickened after a Saturday luncheon served to about 300 people. Health surveillance officials said the symptoms included abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting and had occurred just before the match between Switzerland and Ecuador. Luncheon… Continue Reading

Condensation: The Liquid Enemy



Whether it is dripping from a refrigeration fan unit, beading on the interior packaging of an improperly cooled ready-to-eat food, causing rust on metal food contact surfaces of equipment or directly on frozen raw shrimp, condensation is a food safety concern and must be dealt with accordingly by anyone producing food. Excessive moisture from condensation… Continue Reading

Possible Foodborne Illness Being Investigated Following Rural Minnesota Club Meeting


After several people who had attended a recent Lion’s Club meeting in Nisswa, MN, reported symptoms of a potential foodborne illness, the Minnesota Department of Health is investigating. According to a March 31 story in the Brainerd Dispatch, those sickened had attended the March 24 meeting at the Nisswa Community Center, where a local caterer… Continue Reading

Food Safety Goals Combine Academic Research, Politics

Kowalcyk and Family with Yoko

Barbara Kowalcyk, Ph.D., is a food safety advocate who co-founded the Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention after her son, Kevin, died in 2001 from complications of an E. coli O157:H7 infection. Since earning a doctorate in 2011 from the University of Cincinnati in Environmental Health – Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Kowalcyk has been a… Continue Reading

Diagnosing Foodborne Illness Outbreaks



Foodborne illness outbreaks result when two or more persons develop similar symptoms of illness (gastroenteritis) after eating a common food, or become ill after consuming food from a common source. Such events occur relatively frequently and create various degrees of crises for the firms and victims involved. While food can be contaminated with a chemical… Continue Reading

The 10 Biggest Foodborne Illness Outbreaks of 2013

Chicken and fresh produce lead the pack


Editor’s note: 2013 saw dozens of well-publicized foodborne illness outbreaks. While many of them were found to have sickened a handful of individuals, a few stood out as especially wide in scope. Food Safety News has compiled a list of 10 of the biggest U.S. outbreaks in 2013. Please note that the list excludes Norovirus outbreaks and… Continue Reading

What Should You Know About Diabetes and Foodborne Illness?


Similar to any individual living with a weakened immune system or compromised body systems due to chronic disease, those with diabetes-related complications may be susceptible to increased risk and impact of foodborne illnesses. One reason those with diabetes may suffer increased impact of a foodborne illness is because diabetes-related complications may delay an individual’s natural… Continue Reading