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Australia, S. Africa post high fatality rates in Listeria outbreaks

The Australian and South African listeriosis outbreaks have one thing in common — fatality rates as high as 26 to 28 percent. Health officials in Victoria, Australia, late last week announced the death of a man in his 80s as the fifth fatality in the country’s listeriosis outbreak. Two others who lost their lives from… Continue Reading

Death toll nears 200 in listeriosis outbreak in South Africa

South African officials say an outbreak of listeriosis has killed 172 people since the start of 2017. It is the world’s largest reported Listeria outbreak. The National Institute of Communicable Diseases said 915 cases of listeriosis had been confirmed since Jan. 1, 2017. Early last month, only 61 deaths had been confirmed. Listeriosis is caused by… Continue Reading

South Africa hit by deadliest listeriosis outbreak in history

The deadly and record-setting listeriosis outbreak in South Africa isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Food is the suspected cause, but health officials have not yet identified a specific source. Since the new year began, the country’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed six more listeriosis deaths in the outbreak, bringing the… Continue Reading

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USDA delays GMO regs — WHO urges caution with animal antibiotics — Food safety for diabetics

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of iwaspoisoned.com. Food safety tips for diabetics As November is National Diabetes Month, practicing safe food handling to prevent foodborne illness is in the… Continue Reading

An angler’s fantasy: Safer fish for all

Everything you always wanted to know about Salmonella and fish, but were afraid to ask


A study from the University of Adiyaman in Turkey suggests that because of the presence and abundance of 30,0000 known species of fish, the aquatic animals form the largest group in the animal kingdom used for the production of different animal-based foods. While this makes fish one of the most sought after ingredients in the… Continue Reading

WGS could be WMD in global battle against foodborne illness


Editor’s note: This column by FDA’s Steven Musser and Eric L. Stevens was originally published on the agency’s blog. FDA is laying the foundation for the use of whole genome sequencing (WGS) to protect consumers from foodborne illness in countries all over the world. We recently traveled to Geneva to join a meeting of the Codex… Continue Reading

Moving the U.S. Codex Office to USDA Trade is a big mistake


One significant provision in Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s most recent realignment announcement would move the U.S. Codex Office from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to the newly created Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs (TFAA) office. While the move may seem inconsequential on the surface, this realignment will undermine the United States’ credibility… Continue Reading

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