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Listeria outbreak set apple industry on a targeted course

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SEATTLE — Sometimes when something that “just can’t happen” does happen, valuable lessons are learned. That was the case when some batches of commercially produced, packaged, whole caramel apples turned out to be the cause of a listeriosis outbreak in 2014-15 that infected 35 people from 12 states, putting 34 of them in the hospital. Listeria… Continue Reading

Scientist successfully reduces Salmonella in ground meat

Amilton de Mello presented his findings at the annual American Meat Sciences Association conference.

New hope for resolving an old food safety problem has come out of a new meat laboratory at the University of Nevada-Reno where scientists have found a way to reduce Salmonella in ground meat and poultry by 90 percent. The Salmonella research by assistant professor Amilton de Mello is part of a broad research program… Continue Reading

Tech+intellect = 100% consumers at CPS Research Symposium

Bob Whitaker of the Produce Marketing Association, is on the board of directors for the Center for Produce Safety and is a member of its Technical Committee.

SEATTLE — The mood was upbeat as the Center for Produce Safety’s seventh annual Research Symposium opened. “Welcome to our coming-out party,” said an enthusiastic Steve Patricio, the center’s board chairman, as he welcomed more than 300 attendees to the two days of research reports about food safety in the fresh produce industry. Patricio, president and chief executive… Continue Reading

Privately funded food safety lab opens at Cornell University

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A new food safety lab opened April 29 on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY, funded by a $250,000 pledge from the Rich Family Foundation. The foundation is affiliated with Rich Products Corp., a global food supplier based in Buffalo, NY. The idea behind the new 1,400-square-foot Rich’s Food Safety Lab is to partner with the… Continue Reading

Researchers find nanoparticles in 6 of 6 U.S. baby formulas tested

Looking more like an overhead view of garden stones and shrubs, this highly magnified photo shows nano titanium dioxide and silicon dioxide found in baby formula in the U.S.

Recent research has detected potentially harmful nanoparticles in six out of six popular infant formulas tested. Not surprisingly, this has triggered yet more concern about the safety of these engineered particles, which are added to some of the foods we eat. The products tested were Gerber Good Start Gentle, Gerber Good Start Soothe, Enfamil, Similac… Continue Reading

Collaboration common theme among food safety honorees

NSF Food Safety Aware presenters and honorees at the 18th annual Food Safety Summit are (from left):  presenter Shelly Feist of the Partnership for Food Safety; honorees  John Butts, Judy Harrison, Gary Acuff, who accepted the award for Purnendu C. Vasavada; and  presenter Lori Stephens, of NSF International.

CHICAGO — More than 70 combined years of food safety advocacy and research by John Butts and Purnendu Vasavada was recognized with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 18th annual Food Safety Summit today. The annual Food Safety Leadership Award for Training and Education went to Judy A. Harrison, professor and Extension food safety specialist at… Continue Reading

Is that the answer blowin’ in the wind, or pathogen drift?

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“The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.” — Bob Dylan The question in the case of food safety is: “What’s blowing in the wind?” Turns out it can be dangerous pathogens such as E. coli, Campylobacter and Salmonella when manure is spread on the land, which is a common agricultural practice. At least that’s… Continue Reading

New Stanford center targets Salmonella with $10M grant

Markus Covert will head the Allen Discovery Center for Multiscale Systems Modeling of Macrophage Infection  at Stanford University.

A new center at Stanford University has Salmonella in its crosshairs, with a $10 million grant to use against the bacteria that causes more than 100 million infections annually. The Allen Discovery Center for Multiscale Systems Modeling of Macrophage Infection will be directed by Markus Covert, an associate professor of bioengineering. The center takes its… Continue Reading

Research links food poisoning to increased suicidal behaviors

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Most people associate food poisoning with physical symptoms, but new research shows a connection between a foodborne parasite and mental/emotional problems, including suicide. Researchers at universities across the country analyzed data collected from 1991 through 2008 and confirmed a relationship, previously theorized, between Toxoplasma gondii (T gondii) and self-directed aggression and other psychiatric disorders, according… Continue Reading

Research shows feedlot link to E. coli O157:H7 on leafy greens

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Current guidelines for the minimum distance between cattle feed lots and fresh produce growing fields are likely inadequate to ensure leafy greens are not contaminated with E. coli from dust and manure. “Additional research is needed to determine safe set-back distances between cattle feedlots and crop production that will reduce fresh produce contamination,” according to… Continue Reading