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Salmonella Heidelberg

Multi-drug-resistant Salmonella outbreak from bull calves over

The multi-state outbreak of multi-drug-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg infections that was linked to contact with dairy bull calves is over. Since its last update Nov. 28, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports an additional 15 confirmed cases were added to the outbreak. Five of those required hospitalization. Final counts for the outbreak are 36 confirmed… Continue Reading

The Top 10 most important foodborne outbreaks of 2016

The Top 10 most important outbreaks of 2016, according to the editors of Food Safety News, are presented here. Outbreaks were chosen for the list on a subjective basis, ranked by the number of fatalities and then the number of illnesses for outbreaks involving more than a single state. The 2016 Top 10 outbreaks include… Continue Reading

Bull calves likely source of drug resistant Salmonella outbreak

Twenty-one people infected with an outbreak strain of multi-drug resistant Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported from eight states, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Monday. The illnesses may be associated with dairy bull calves or other cattle. CDC is investigating along with Wisconsin health, agriculture, and laboratory agencies, several other states,… Continue Reading

Foster Farms Cuts Back on Antibiotics Use

Foster Farms, the California-based company linked to an outbreak of multi-drug resistant Salmonella Heidelberg that sickened 634 people in 2013 and 2014, is the latest major chicken producer to go antibiotic-free. The company announced Monday that it is introducing two new lines of antibiotic-free chicken for major retailers in the Western U.S. The new Foster… Continue Reading

FoodNet Data for 2014: E. Coli O157 Down, Mixed Results for Other Pathogens

As in previous years, the latest federal data on trends in foodborne illness rates are a mixed bag. “The overall outlook is that there is some good news and I think we can learn from that, but that the news is not all good and there’s still a lot of work to do,” said Patricia… Continue Reading

In Wake of Outbreak, Foster Farms Outlines Salmonella Reduction Program

Foster Farms, the California-based poultry company whose chicken was the source of a recent 17-month Salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 600 people, has shared the plan it’s been implementing to control contamination of its product. The processor’s  program, highlighted Thursday in a press release covering the Delmarva Poultry Industry’s National Meeting on Poultry Health, has put $75… Continue Reading

USDA Names Retailers Possibly Receiving Recalled Chicken

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture posted a list of retail outlets in a dozen states which may have received chicken products recalled by Foster Farms last week after being conclusively linked to a specific case of illness in an ongoing Salmonella outbreak. The list is not comprehensive, USDA noted, and may not include… Continue Reading

FSIS Denies That It Buried News of Foster Farms Recall

The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) insists that it did not time the release of last week’s Foster Farms recall so that it would garner less attention, as some suggest. “Burying news late at night on a holiday weekend may be a time-honored tradition by Washington spin doctors, but it is… Continue Reading

Fourth of July Weekend Brought First Foster Farms Recall as Salmonella Outbreak Grew

Americans celebrated their freedom over the Fourth of July weekend in part by eating an estimated 750 million pounds of chicken, but they may have missed major developments in the paradox that is Foster Farms. What happened? After eight months and 26 days since an ever-expanding multistate outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg began, Foster Farms announced… Continue Reading

Lawsuit Seeks USDA Response to Salmonella as Adulterant Petition

On the third anniversary of filing a petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to have antibiotic-resistant Salmonella declared an adulterant, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is still waiting for a response. On Wednesday, the consumer advocate group filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia… Continue Reading