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Imports eyed in 150K to 200K annual Hep E cases in England

With multinational retailer Tesco neither willing to confirm nor deny that it is the “Supermarket X” linked to Hepatitis E infections in an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 British sausage lovers annually, some people are beginning to suspect imported pork products were responsible. According to the World Health Organization: Hepatitis E is a liver disease caused by infection with a… Continue Reading

UK takes one year snap shot of E. coli resistant bacteria sources

A year-long evaluation of meat, fruit and vegetables from retail stores in five regions of the United Kingdom as sources of extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing and carbapenem-resiislant Escherichia coli is being published in the January 2017 issue of the International Journal of Food Microbiology. It’s behind a $35.95 paywall, but shows that about 2 percent… Continue Reading

New British Pub Associated With Gastrointestinal and Salmonella Illnesses

Reports of food poisoning associated with a new pub in northeastern England are pointing toward a dual outbreak of both Salmonella and gastrointestinal illness. Since the weekend of May 16-17, 2015, customers of Anson Farm, a pub restaurant at Thornaby which just opened a month ago, have been reporting illnesses. Public Health England (PHE) reports 20 confirmed… Continue Reading

E. Coli Sickens 85 in UK While Source Remains Unknown

The U.K. is currently investigating an outbreak of E. coli that has sickened 75 people across the country. Public Health England (PHE), which is leading the investigation, reports that there are 67 victims in England, 3 in Wales and 5 in Scotland. There have been an additional ten secondary cases reported of people who came… Continue Reading

Update: UK Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Three Deaths Likely Came From a Single Source of Eggs

The Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak in the U.K. has now sickened nearly 250 people, and three of them have reportedly died. And, according to public health officials, the illnesses can likely be traced back to a single source of eggs. Public Health England officials said that 30 cases have now been reported in London, 54 in the West… Continue Reading

Three Deaths Reported Among 156 Cases in UK Salmonella Outbreak

Public Health England (PHE) is looking into a national outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis after cases were reported in Hampshire, London, the West Midlands, Cheshire and Merseyside. What were being called “isolated clusters” of cases over the past few months are now considered potentially linked, officials said. There were 25 cases reported in London and 55… Continue Reading

UK Launches Campylobacter Education Campaign

To kick off Food Safety Week on Monday, Britain’s Food Standards Agency launched a campaign to educate consumers about Campylobacter and particularly to get consumers to stop washing raw chicken in order to reduce the risk of infection. The call comes as new figures show that 44 percent of people always wash chicken before cooking… Continue Reading