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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

Study: Climate Change May Impact Outbreaks

The transmission of foodborne pathogens may be impacted by the effects of climate change, according to a report released March 28 by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Studying hundreds of peer-reviewed publications on six different food- and waterborne pathogens, the report’s authors observed 1,653 “key facts” that link the viability of those… Continue Reading

Study Finds Pathogens in Italian Vending Machine Raw Milk

A study in Northern Italy found that some unpasteurized milk sold from vending machines contained potentially harmful levels of pathogens and did not meet public health standards. The Salmonella, Campylobacter jejuni, E. coli O157 and Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (Map) detected in the milk “pose a clear risk for consumers and could have serious public… Continue Reading

BPI Suspends 70 Percent of Ammoniated Beef Production

As consumers ditch 'pink slime,' BPI suspends production at three plants

Responding to a dramatic drop in consumer demand, Beef Products Inc, the nation’s leading maker of ammoniated beef now widely known as “pink slime,” announced it is suspending production at three plants. The suspended plants account for approximately 70 percent of the company’s capacity to produce Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB) treated with ammonium hydroxide…. Continue Reading

In Defense of Food Safety Leadership

My only child, Alex, died from hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) caused by eating E. coli O157:H7-contaminated ground beef back in 1993 when he was only 6 years old. It was the most horrendous experience possible. His first symptoms were severe abdominal cramping and bowel movements that consisted strictly of blood and mucus. Alex suffered terribly… Continue Reading

3M Launches New Pathogen Detection Device

On Monday, manufacturing conglomerate 3M Company announced the release of the newest product from its food safety division: the 3M Molecular Detection System, a device designed to help food and beverage producers and laboratories detect foodborne pathogens. According to 3M officials, it should significantly reduce the amount of time and money laboratories spend analyzing food… Continue Reading

Beyond PFGE: Genomic Mapping Pinpoints Pathogens

A team of researchers led by food scientists at Cornell University has developed a new, highly accurate approach to identifying bacteria responsible for foodborne illnesses. According to the team, it should allow scientists to identify the culprits of illness outbreaks with unmatched accuracy and eventually replace the current method of pathogen identification. Outlined by the… Continue Reading