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Martin Wiedmann

Beach Beat: Carnac the Magnificent tells all about Salmonella

Opinion

And now, Carnac the Magnificent will use his mystical powers to answer the riddle before hearing it: “An Aztec warrior, a couple of eggheads from Cornell and a middle schooler from Utah.” The question in the envelope has, of course, been hermetically sealed in a mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnalls’ porch since noon today…. Continue Reading

Listeria outbreak set apple industry on a targeted course

SEATTLE — Sometimes when something that “just can’t happen” does happen, valuable lessons are learned. That was the case when some batches of commercially produced, packaged, whole caramel apples turned out to be the cause of a listeriosis outbreak in 2014-15 that infected 35 people from 12 states, putting 34 of them in the hospital. Listeria… Continue Reading

CDC sending states new outbreak tool; launching PulseNet 2.0

CHICAGO — The federal government is rolling out a powerful new, and increasingly affordable food safety weapon to about 30 states next year and to all 50 within two years. Dr. Robert Tauxe, who runs the foodborne, waterborne and environmental disease division of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, told attendees at the… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Debating Three Food Safety Perspectives

Routine epidemiological work still has an important role to play in this modern age of whole-genome sequencing, sustainability practices in the food industry aren’t hampering safety procedures, and the jury is still out on whether reducing sodium in processed foods is a food safety risk. Those were some general sentiments expressed Sunday during a roundtable debate at… Continue Reading

Whole-Genome Technology Solving More Outbreak Investigations

A common disclaimer supplied by public health officials while in the midst of a foodborne illness outbreak investigation goes something like this: “We’re doing our best to find the food source of the outbreak, but it’s important to remember that the majority of outbreaks are never traced back to a source.” In other words, most… Continue Reading

IAFP Interview: Wiedmann on Big Data in Food Safety

Dr. Martin Wiedmann, professor of food science at Cornell University, spoke with Food Safety News at the 2014 Conference of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) held Aug. 3-6 in Indianapolis, IN. The discussion covered advancements in the field of whole genome sequencing, a technology expected to significantly improve foodborne illness outbreak detection and… Continue Reading