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New listeriosis cases down; newborns remain hardest hit

New information out of South Africa shows 1,053 people have been confirmed with Listeria infections in the past 18 months. One in five has died in what the World Health Organization has determined to be the largest listeriosis outbreak in recorded history. Infants in their first month of life have been harder hit than any… Continue Reading

U.S. eggs linked to Salmonella outbreak were also sent overseas

Shell eggs from an Indiana farm that have been recalled in the United States because a Salmonella outbreak were also shipped to several other countries. Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, IN, recalled 207 million eggs distributed in the United States in mid-April. As of April 16, there were 23 people across nine states who had… Continue Reading

Canadian officials still searching for source of E. coli outbreak

An E. coli outbreak in Canada that was initially linked to a restaurant in Edmonton, Alberta, has grown to include people who do not have any connections to Mama Nita’s Binalot, and one of them has died. Described as “extremely complex” by Dr. Chris Sikora, medical officer of health for the Edmonton Zone, the ongoing… Continue Reading

Listeria toll nears 1,000 in South Africa; source undetermined

Authorities in South Africa continue to remind the public how to decrease the risk of contracting foodborne Listeria infections amidst an outbreak that has sickened almost 1,000 and killed at least 176. World health officials have said it is the largest known outbreak from Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Public health officials have not yet been able… Continue Reading

Recalled dates linked to hepatitis A outbreak in Denmark

According to Denmark’s State Serum Institute, an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to dates has sickened 14 people, hospitalizing all but one, since the first confirmed illness in December 2017. During the initial interviews, several of the patients indicated having eaten dates. Juicy Dates brand dates were recalled Feb. 6. Public health epidemiologists found virus samples from seven of the patients is type… Continue Reading

South Korea calls military after noro hits guards at Olympics

South Korea has deployed 900 military personnel after some 1,200 security guards were pulled from duty because of a norovirus outbreak at Winter Olympic facilities in PyeongChang. The Korea Herald said 41 security guards suffered a sudden onset of vomiting and diarrhea Sunday and have been hospitalized. Today, CNN is reporting that more than 1,000 security guards… Continue Reading

Acceptance, use of food irradiation reached new levels in 2017

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the January 2018 edition of Food Irradiation Update and is posted here with permission of the author. The following is a recap of progress made worldwide with food irradiation, with a focus on advancements in the past 12 months. More food was irradiated in 2017 than in… Continue Reading

European agency reports on chronic wasting disease, TSE cases

A European Union summary report on the monitoring of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) has been published by the European Food Safety Authority. TSEs are a group of diseases that affect the brain and nervous system of humans and animals. These include scrapie, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), and chronic wasting disease (CWD). With the exception of… Continue Reading