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CDC and FDA consulting with European officials on deadly Listeria outbreak traced to vegetables

Federal officials in the United States are investigating the supply chain of frozen vegetables linked to a deadly, international Listeria outbreak. Nine people in Europe and one in Australia who were infected with the outbreak strain have died. Food safety officials in Europe reported earlier this week that the implicated frozen vegetables had been distributed… Continue Reading

Better tests, stronger laws, more foods add up to more recalls

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS) is out with a report on what might be called the “recalls gone wild” era. In a 31-page report “Trends in Food Recalls, 2004-13” the researchers parse data from the Food and Drug Administration and USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The facts showed an… Continue Reading

White Castle worker latest to expose Louisville to hepatitis A

Louisville, KY, residents are getting another in what’s been a series of public warnings about hepatitis A. This time, anyone who dined at a local White Castle restaurant between April 6 and April 20 is advised they might have been exposed to the virus and should get vaccinated. That’s because a White Castle employee who was… Continue Reading

CORE’s Stic Harris discusses food safety threats, FDA plans

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Stic Harris Courtesy of FDA Stic Harris, DVM, MPH, has been the director of FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network (CORE) since August 2017. He is responsible for the agency’s surveillance, response, and post-response activities associated with outbreaks of illnesses caused by food, dietary supplements, and cosmetics. In many ways, Harris defies the stereotype… Continue Reading

Several dozen sick after Rifle Rodeo; public asked for help

Colorado public health officials have ruled out waterborne, airborne and person-to-person infection routes for an outbreak of illnesses among several dozen attendees of a rodeo, leaving food as a likely source. The Garfield County Public Health Department repeated its plea Friday for help from everyone who attended the rodeo in Rifle, CO, at the county… Continue Reading

Bipartisan vote crushes Virginia bill to legalize raw milk sales

Republicans and Democrats joined forces in a committee of the Virginia House of Delegates to defeat an attempt to legalize the sale of raw, unpasteurized milk by a vote of more than two to one. The 6-15 vote against House Bill 2030 saw all six votes in favor cast by Republican members of the Committee… Continue Reading

The Top 10 most important foodborne outbreaks of 2016

The Top 10 most important outbreaks of 2016, according to the editors of Food Safety News, are presented here. Outbreaks were chosen for the list on a subjective basis, ranked by the number of fatalities and then the number of illnesses for outbreaks involving more than a single state. The 2016 Top 10 outbreaks include… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Will the Justice Department look at Dole’s history of recalls and outbreaks?

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In a press release last week Dole announced that it had “recently been contacted by the Department of Justice in connection with its own investigation, and we will be similarly cooperating with the DOJ to answer questions and address any concerns.”  Dole’s announcement and the Justice Department’s investigation stems from a Listeria outbreak that sickened 19… Continue Reading