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Britain issues warning about ‘Brexit virus’ in EU pork products

Just in time for summer, there’s a new warning out in Britain over the “Brexit virus,” so named because the pork sausages making people sick are said to originate mostly from pig farms in France, Holland, Germany and Denmark. In other words, the danger is coming from countries in the European Union that Britain through… Continue Reading

Australian research reveals how Campylobacter bacteria work

A newly published study by Australian researchers describes how particularly virulent strains of Campylobacter jejuni are able to cause gastroenteritis in humans. It is reportedly the first time such a bacterial sensor has been identified. Researchers at the Griffith University Institute for Glycomics near Brisbane say that their results suggest it may be possible to create… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Oh Canada, what’s the beef with irradiated beef?

Opinion

Canadians have 10 days left if they wish to weigh in on the question of whether their government should allow ground beef to be irradiated to kill pathogens such as E. coli. It’s the second time this century that Health Canada has sought public comment on the topic. In 2002 a backlash of public opinion… Continue Reading

WHO Releases First Global Estimates of Foodborne Disease

1 in 10 sickened annually around the world each year

About one in every 10 people around the world is sickened by foodborne disease each year. Of those 600 million people, 420,000 die as a result. These numbers are the first global estimates — conservative ones  — of foodborne illnesses and were calculated by the World Health Organization (WHO). The comprehensive report, published Thursday, Dec. 3, incorporated… Continue Reading

First World Antibiotic Awareness Week Focuses on Education

This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the governments of several countries want people to learn more about antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health today, and, while it occurs naturally, misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals accelerates the process. Monday kicked off the first World Antibiotic Awareness… Continue Reading

What Subway Serves for Lunch Can Help Save Lives

Opinion

Antibiotics have been making lots of headlines in the past year as restaurant chains increasingly announce plans to phase out their routine use in meat and poultry supply chains. Panera and Chipotle are leading the pack. Others are in the planning or early implementation stage, such as McDonalds, Chick-fil-A, Dunkin Donuts and, as of last… Continue Reading

WHO: Eating Processed Meats Increases Chances of Developing Certain Cancers

After reviewing an assessment of the best available scientific evidence, the World Health Organization (WHO) has concluded that the consumption of processed meats can increase a person’s chances of developing certain cancers. WHO, the Geneva-based public health arm of the United Nations, was following a recommendation from its International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), whose working group… Continue Reading

EPA May Recommend Testing Food Products for Common Herbicide

According to a media report on Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering recommending that the federal government sample food products for glyphosate, the most commonly used herbicide in the world and the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. “Given increased public interest in glyphosate, EPA may recommend sampling for glyphosate in the future,” the… Continue Reading

WHO Uses World Health Day to Shine Light on Food Safety

Food safety is so important to everyone around the world that the World Health Organization (WHO) dedicated this year’s World Health Day — celebrated each year on April 7 — to spreading awareness of it. As readers of Food Safety News know, food contaminated with harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances can lead to long-lasting… Continue Reading

2011 Outbreak of Rare E. Coli Strain was Costly for Europe

The World Health Organization (WHO) has totaled up some economic costs of the 2011 outbreak of the rare and deadly E. coli O104:H4 centered on Northern Europe. Farmers and industries lost $1.3 billion, and emergency aid provided to 22 European states cost another $236 million, according to WHO. The novel E. coli strain was the… Continue Reading