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Tests find E. coli on 24 percent of chicken from seven UK supermarkets

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Cambridge University researchers have found antibiotic-resistant E. coli on 24 percent of chicken samples tested from the seven largest supermarkets in the U.K. That contamination level is four times higher than results from a similar study done last year. The researchers tested 189 U.K.-sourced pork and poultry samples from the grocery chains ASDA, Aldi, Co-op,… Continue Reading

Wal-Mart’s chicken safety program shows significant results

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With four steps, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has taken a giant leap in poultry food safety, reporting a decrease of the frequency of Salmonella contamination of chicken parts to 2 percent. The multi-national retailer has been working with its U.S. chicken suppliers on stepped-up food safety requirements since December 2014. Suppliers of chicken parts such as… Continue Reading

Canada has 2 weeks left to get its food safety act together

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USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is demanding Canada comply with recommendations from an audit of the country’s food safety for meat, poultry and eggs or it’s exports to the U.S. will be blocked. Canada was told 20 months ago by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that it needed to fix operational or procedural… Continue Reading

Canada Salmonella Outbreak: Poultry Products “Items of Interest”

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The Canadian federal government reported today that it is working with provincial health agencies to identify the source of a Salmonella outbreak that has infected 91 people between March and November. Eight provinces reported infections during this period, including Quebec (13), Ontario (53), Alberta (11), British Columbia (6), Saskatchewan (2), Nova Scotia (2), Manitoba (2), New… Continue Reading

New FSIS Guidelines Seek Better Beef Tracking and Cleaner Poultry

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USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is not usually thought of as a quick-moving policy shop. But, in the past two days, the agency has posted new guidelines for poultry processors to better prevent Salmonella and Campylobacter in raw products during slaughter and processing and new record-keeping requirements for beef producers to make it… Continue Reading

UK Retailer Sets Aggressive Targets for Campylobacter Reduction in Chicken

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Tesco has made some of the strongest progress among U.K. retailers with regard to reducing Campylobacter levels in store-bought chicken — currently a major problem in the country, where 73 percent of chicken sold in stores is contaminated with the bacteria. Despite its progress, the company is making continued pledges to reduce Campylobacter rates and is now setting… Continue Reading

Managing for Salmonella in 2015 Continues to Present Challenges

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Despite decades of efforts to control contamination rates, Salmonella has long been the most common illness-causing bacteria in food, and it remains the leading cause of death and hospitalization from foodborne illness in the U.S. Today, Salmonella is still one of the top food safety concerns for the food industry, government regulators, and consumer advocates, and it’s regularly the leading topic at… Continue Reading

FSA: 280,000 Sickened With Campylobacter in the UK Last Year

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An estimated 280,000 United Kingdom citizens fell ill with Campylobacter in 2014, according to the country’s Food Standards Agency (FSA). The estimation comes atop growing concerns over the rates of Campylobacter contamination on chicken in the U.K. The challenge of Campylobacter on raw poultry has become so pervasive that FSA is dedicating its annual Food Safety Week (May 18-24) to… Continue Reading

Report: FSIS Hazards Analysis Regulation Still Lacking in Key Areas

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Almost 20 years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) introduced a food safety program called Pathogen Reduction/Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Points (PR/HACCP) aimed at verifying the effectiveness of the food safety systems at meat and poultry facilities. That program, however, has at least two ongoing problems, according to a new report… Continue Reading

Avian Flu Detected in Foster Farms Turkey Flock

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A strain of avian flu has been found at a Foster Farms turkey ranch in Stanislaus County, CA, the company announced this past Saturday. It’s the first time the virus has been found in commercial poultry since 2004. According to USDA policy, the ranch was quarantined and the animals are being killed to prevent the virus… Continue Reading