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Hatching Season for Baby Birds Prompts Annual Salmonella Warnings

The time of year has arrived for baby chicks and ducklings to hatch out into the world, bringing with them annual warnings to help protect against the risk of Salmonella infection. Every year, multiple outbreaks of Salmonella from newborn birds are estimated to sicken thousands of Americans. In the past three years alone, more than 1,200 laboratory-confirmed cases… Continue Reading

The 10 Worst U.S. Foodborne Illness Outbreaks of 2014

This year saw dozens of well-publicized foodborne illness outbreaks caused by everything from bean sprouts to cilantro to caramel apples. Food Safety News has compiled a list of the 10 most harmful U.S. outbreaks of 2014, in terms of both the number of people who died and the number sickened. This list includes only foodborne illness… Continue Reading

DNA Spray-On Technology Could Revolutionize Food Traceability

It sounds like something straight out of agricultural science fiction: a liquid solution containing unique bits of DNA that gets sprayed on foods in order to easily identify information about where it came from and how it was produced in the event of an outbreak or recall. DNATrek, a Bay Area startup, is hoping to… Continue Reading

Canadian Botulism Study Finds Outbreaks Centered Around Native Population

Canada’s native populations, especially the Inuit of Nunavut in northern Quebec and the First Nations communities of British Columbia’s Pacific coast, experienced most of the foodborne botulism outbreaks that occurred between 1985 and 2005. In a study appearing in the current edition (June 2013) of the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases researchers from across Canada say… Continue Reading

Determining the “High Risk Foods”: Another Analysis Sees Things Differently


The numbers say that the most outbreaks and illnesses are attributable to produce, but, in reality, fruits and vegetables are really quite safe. How can this be? A new report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) takes a look at the number of cases of foodborne illness relative to the amount eaten. That is, when… Continue Reading