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James Andrews is a Seattle-based reporter covering science, agriculture and foodborne illness outbreaks. He holds degrees in Environmental Journalism and English and has previously worked as a science writer for the National Park Service. His reporting for Food Safety News has won a number of journalism awards, including first prize for consumer affairs reporting at the Washington Press Association.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-salmonella-bacteria-blue-background-microbiology-image43059399A food safety team at Montreal’s McGill University has been awarded $10 million for a study intended to answer remaining questions about Salmonella and how food growers can better prevent its contamination. The research team, led by McGill Food Safety Associate Professor Lawrence Goodridge, Ph.D., will first sequence the genomes of 4,500 isolates from the…

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-chicken-farm-image24069509Despite Salmonella being the most common illness-causing foodborne bacteria in the U.S. food system, still very little is known about the precise processes through which the bacterium contaminates and transmits among its most pervasive carriers: chickens. New research from the University of Arkansas, however, is aiming to bridge the gap in knowledge about how Salmonella

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-butchers-cut-up-carcasses-image22746745After testing for Salmonella and E. coli on a variety of beef carcasses at slaughter plants, federal food safety authorities are saying that slaughter plant beef safety measures seem to be working well. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has released its data from the first six months of surveys …

floodedfields-406New research has shown that climate change may be causing more than just an increase in extreme weather events such as heat waves and storms. Those events also seem to be bringing a heightened risk of Salmonella outbreaks with them. The rates of people sickened by Salmonella rises each time their area experiences an extreme…

cyclospora-outbreakUpdate (July 6): The number of illnesses in this outbreak has risen to 113. The article below has been updated to reflect this new case count. For the third summer in a row, Texas is dealing with an outbreak of Cyclospora. At least 113 Texans have been hit with Cyclospora infections this year, as…