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Industry Consortium Begins Enormous DNA Sequencing Project for Food Safety

Mars Inc. and IBM Research have teamed up for an ambitious food safety whole-genome sequencing project. The Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain will study the the microbial ecology of foods and their processing environments. Having a much deeper understanding of the populations in these ecologies — bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microorganisms — and… Continue Reading

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

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

FDA Releases Second Edition of the ‘Bad Bug Book’

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition just published the second edition of the Bad Bug Book, which now includes a separate “consumer box” for each chapter to provide more non-technical explanations. The book provides current information about the major known agents that cause foodborne illness, according to FDA…. Continue Reading

E. Coli Primer: ‘Good, Bad & Deadly’

In an effort to communicate a more complete understanding of E. coli bacteria, the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) released a colloquium report titled “E. coli: Good, Bad & Deadly” on Tuesday. Focusing on the fact that deadly, Shiga toxin-producing strains account for a small minority of E. coli types, the report presents the full… Continue Reading

Combating E. Coli: Can a Peptide Block the Bug?

In the wake of May’s European E. coli outbreak, microbiologists worldwide have sped up efforts to prevent a similar disaster from happening again. Among them, a team of collaborators from universities in the U.S. and Canada may be on the trail of a tiny protein that could render E. coli and other pathogens weak against… Continue Reading

CDC Links Salmonella Outbreak to Lab Work

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that it is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium infections. A preliminary analysis indicates the outbreak may be the result of exposure in clinical and teaching microbiology laboratories. As of April 20, the CDC said 73 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium… Continue Reading

USDA Requests Nominations for Microbiological Committee

On Wednesday the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that the agency is now accepting nominations for new members for the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods.   FSIS is seeking nominations for two-year terms from individuals with a variety of different backgrounds, but specified interest for those with… Continue Reading