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Swedish Study Finds STEC in 13 Percent of Imported Beef

Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) has been detected in 13 percent of beef samples tested from meat imported to Sweden between 2010 and 2011. The country’s National Food Agency tested both beef and leafy greens to obtain data that will help assess the public health risk of STEC in food and could help in developing… Continue Reading

2014 in Review: Animal Antibiotics

Food Safety News wrote a lot about antibiotic resistance this year — particularly the debate surrounding the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) plan to phase out the use of certain antibiotics in food animals, introduced in December 2013, and conversations sparked by the 16-month outbreak of multi-drug-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg linked to Foster Farms-brand chicken that… Continue Reading

Swedish Supermarket Removes Frozen Strawberries for Hep A Risk

Swedish supermarket chain Ica has removed all frozen strawberries from its stores due to the risk of hepatitis A contamination, according to Swedish news outlet The Local. The recalled berries, grown in Morocco and Egypt, come labeled as Ica Basic frozen strawberries, Ica deep frozen strawberries, and Ica Basic Berry Mix (Bärmix). Sweden and several… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Frozen Berry Outbreak Sickens More in Europe

At least 71 people in Europe have been sickened with Hepatitis A in an outbreak believed to be linked to frozen berries served in smoothies, according to the latest report from Eurosurveillance. That’s an increase of 15 cases since Food Safety News first reported on the outbreak April 17. There are at least 35 people… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Outbreak in Nordic Countries Linked to Frozen Berries

A hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries has sickened as many as 56 people in 4 of Europe’s Nordic countries, according to health officials. The European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday that 16 hepatitis A infections arising from the same strain of the virus have been reported in Denmark, Finland, Norway… Continue Reading

Spanish Cucumbers Blamed for Outbreak in Germany

The alarming outbreak of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) in Germany has been linked to fresh cucumbers grown in Spain, and perhaps other raw vegetables.  Meanwhile, the epidemic may be spreading to Sweden and other European nations. (Update: on June 1, 5 days after this story was published, German authorities ruled out Spanish cucumbers as the… Continue Reading