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Aussie Listeria Tests Led to Recall of Likely Already Consumed California Fruit

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Back in the day, before the fresh fruit and produce industry managed to kill it, the Microbiological Data Program (MDP) came under fire from growers for not providing timely results, sometimes resulting in recalls of fruit that consumers had already eaten. That was 18 months ago and MDP — the joint venture of about 10… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Cucumbers, Salmonella and Budget Cuts

Opinion

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday that a multi-state Salmonella outbreak was likely caused by the consumption of cucumbers imported from Mexico.  The announcement came one day after USA Today reporter Liz Szabo reported that the FDA would be conducting 18 percent fewer food inspections this year due to a loss… Continue Reading

Can Social Media Enhance Food Safety?

Opinion

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Consider the following hypothetical scenario: Working together, a public health authority, a health management organization and some major food processors have set up a non-profit food safety monitoring center. This center has created a website that invites members of the public to report possible food-related illnesses, and has widely distributed a free smartphone app for… Continue Reading

MDP Shuts Down; USDA Testing of Produce for Pathogens Halted

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The Microbiological Data Program, which used to conduct 80 percent of all federal produce testing for pathogens like Salmonella and Listeria, officially shut down on December 31, a U.S. Department of Agriculture official confirmed. The $4.5 million program had been in shutdown mode since mid-November. State agriculture departments, which tested samples of leafy greens, melons,… Continue Reading

Top Ten Most Important Food Safety Stories of 2012

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Editor’s Note: We continue today with our look back at what happened in 2012 with the Top Ten Most Important Stories of 2012 as selected by the writers and editors of Food Safety News. Like yesterday’s Reader’s Choices, the stories that drove Food Safety News’ readership to new heights, the Top Ten is a way… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: “The Blob” in 2012

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The 1958 science fiction movie “The Blob” remains a classic because it introduced the great Steve McQueen in a leading role. Probably because the horror flick about a giant amoeba-like space alien landing in Pennsylvania continues to entertain audiences on our many movie channels, an academic debate of sorts comes and goes. “What did the… Continue Reading

Cutting 80 Percent of Pathogen Testing for Produce, USDA Begins Shutdown of MDP

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After months of uncertainty over the future of the program, the Agricultural Marketing Service’s Microbiological Data Program, which tests produce for disease-causing pathogens like E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella, and Listeria, has officially gone into shutdown mode, a U.S. Department of Agriculture official confirmed Tuesday. Department officials told states that participate in the $4.5 million program… Continue Reading

Spinach Recalled for Salmonella Risk

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Charlotte, North Carolina-based Fresh Express is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of spinach because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. The problem was discovered after Salmonella was detected in a random sample of the spinach collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “random sample testing program,” according to the company press release. This program is… Continue Reading

Is Pasteurization the Answer to Killer Cantaloupes?

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Killer cantaloupes could kill the cantaloupe business, and thus something must be done to ensure the safety of these fruits. After Colorado cantaloupes were found to be at the center of the nation’s most deadly foodborne illness outbreak in a century last year, California growers led an intense nationwide campaign to improve practices, especially those… Continue Reading