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Researchers discover how foodborne pathogen triggers GBS

Public health officials have known for some time that Guillain-Barre Syndrome could be triggered by the foodborne Campylobacter jejuni, but a research team at Michigan State University only recently discovered how the pathogen commonly found in undercooked chicken leads to the paralyzing neuromuscular disorder. Funded by the federal government’s National Institutes of Health Enterics Research… Continue Reading

Help wanted: Job sites, academic programs focus on food safety

As American consumers become increasingly concerned about the quality of their food, there’s been an enhanced focus on food safety in the academic and employment fields. Programs leading to degrees and certifications in food safety are growing, along with jobs handling quality assurance in the food industry and auditing producers for compliance with the Food Safety… Continue Reading

Hen housing tradeoffs: Food safety, workers and consumers

As it turns out, the food stores and restaurant chains promising to sell only cage-free eggs by some date in the future and egg producers have been doing their due diligence when it comes to the housing of laying hens. Recently released findings of the Laying Hen Housing Research Project by the Coalition for Sustainable… Continue Reading

USDA Awards Food Safety Research Grants

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the recipients of its latest round of food safety research grants. The nearly $19 million awarded to 36 institutions through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, which is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, will help in understanding antimicrobial… Continue Reading

China: Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Found in Pig Manure

Manure from Chinese pig farms contains both antibiotic residues and high concentrations of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, a new study published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study adds to evidence that antibiotics used by China’s pork producers pose health risks. The study, led by the Chinese Academy… Continue Reading

Research Could Lead to E. coli O104 Treatments

Last year’s German E. coli outbreak made headlines around the world in May and June as it sickened nearly 3,800 people and killed 50, distinguishing it as the single deadliest foodborne illness outbreak of all time. The outbreak was a dramatic entrance to the world stage for the microbe at the center of it all,… Continue Reading

MSU Launches Initiative to Combat Food Fraud

Michigan State University recently launched a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program to address an all too common and often ignored food policy issue: food fraud. According to the university, “the Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection Program (A-CAPPP) is the first and preeminent academic body focusing upon the complex global issues of anti-counterfeiting and product protection of all products,… Continue Reading

Survey: Consumers ‘Highly Aware’ of Food Safety

According to an ongoing study, food safety concern is influencing choices consumers make at the supermarket. The study–which is being conducted by Michigan State University (MSU) on behalf of DNV, a company that offers food safety solutions–found that consumers are highly aware of food safety issues and have “a high recognition of third party certification… Continue Reading