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FSIS: Beef Safety Measures Seem To Be Working

After testing for Salmonella and E. coli on a variety of beef carcasses at slaughter plants, federal food safety authorities are saying that slaughter plant beef safety measures seem to be working well. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has released its data from the first six months of surveys meant to determine a baseline load of Salmonella… Continue Reading

Swedish Study Finds STEC in 13 Percent of Imported Beef

Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) has been detected in 13 percent of beef samples tested from meat imported to Sweden between 2010 and 2011. The country’s National Food Agency tested both beef and leafy greens to obtain data that will help assess the public health risk of STEC in food and could help in developing… Continue Reading

FSIS Considers Expanding Non-O157 STEC Testing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering whether or not to expand its non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) testing to include ground beef and ground beef components beyond beef manufacturing trimmings. This week, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) posted its analysis of estimated costs and benefits associated with implementing the additional testing…. Continue Reading

Food Safety Since Jack in the Box: Progress Made and Progress Still Needed

Opinion

In 1993, 623 people in the western U.S. fell ill with a little-known bacteria called E. coli O157:H7. Ultimately, four children would die from their infections; many others suffered long-term medical complications. The bug was later traced to undercooked hamburger served at Jack in the Box restaurants. This outbreak thrust foodborne illness onto the national stage… Continue Reading

USDA Looks to Expand Non-O157 E. coli Testing

New study finds 5 percent of meat contaminated

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is planning to expand testing for six non-O157 strains of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) – just recently declared adulterants – to more beef products next year. According to Meatingplace (subscription only), FSIS official Emilio Esteban told a North American Meat Association conference Wednesday, “We… Continue Reading

CDC Releases Annual Foodborne Illness Data for 2011

E. coli O157 falling; Salmonella, Listeria and others remain steady

The number of Americans falling ill from foodborne pathogens remained steady or marginally worsened in the latter half of the 2000s, and 2011 turned out to show little difference, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which released its annual report of foodborne illness data for 2011 on Friday evening. While the… Continue Reading

First Results from New Non-O157 Testing Program Are In

On June 4, food regulators began screening beef for six more strains of E. coli beyond the already-monitored E. coli O157:H7. Since that time, 110 samples of beef trim have been tested for non-O157 E. coli; 3 were found to be carrying these bacteria. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service published these initial findings in… Continue Reading

Interview: How Might Investigators Crack the E. coli O145 Outbreak?

Dr. William Keene shares his insight

Transcript: At least 14 people in six states have fallen ill in an E. coli O145 outbreak that killed a Louisiana toddler on May 31st. And while public health investigators have identified the deadly bacteria strain, they have yet to figure out where it’s coming from. Now the hunt is on. As state health departments… Continue Reading