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Joe Whitworth is a food and beverage trade journalist. Prior to reporting for Food Safety News, he worked for William Reed Business Media since 2012 as Editor of Food Quality News before becoming food safety editor for Food Navigator. Whitworth has moderated sessions at Food Ingredients Europe in 2015 and The Ingredients Show in 2018. Before joining William Reed, he worked on newspapers run by Fairfax Media in Australia. Whitworth graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Two-thirds of 30 European countries were routinely using whole genome sequencing in 2017 for national surveillance of at least one human pathogen, according to a survey.

This figure is up from 16 countries in 2016 and none in 2013.

A European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) report found 29 of the 30 countries…

Consumer expectations and demands have a role to play in improving food safety in Africa, according to speakers at an event in Brussels this week.

The briefing in the Belgian city was organized by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, with the European Commission (DG DEVCO and DG SANTE), the ACP Secretariat,…

Lactalis has been allowed to restart sales of infant formula made at a plant in France that was behind a Salmonella outbreak in 2017.

Authorities in Mayenne, a department in France, and the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food authorized the resumption of sales of the infant formula from the site in Craon almost nine…

Researchers in Finland have detailed an E. coli outbreak in 2016 with more than 230 cases linked to rocket salad, known as arugula salad by U.S. consumers.

In August 2016, an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) and enteropathogenic E. coli (EPEC) with 237 cases occurred in the Helsinki area of Finland. Gastroenteritis cases…

There were double the amount of Salmonella outbreaks detected in Denmark last year compared to 2016, according to the 2017 annual report on zoonoses.

A total of 63 foodborne disease outbreaks with 1,151 patients were recorded last year compared to 49, in 2016. The largest, involving 86 people, was a local outbreak caused by Clostridium…

Almost 4 percent of fresh whole chickens produced in the United Kingdom showed Campylobacter contamination above maximum tested levels, according to the latest results.

Testing from the top nine retailers in the UK on samples from April to June 2018 found 3.7 percent of chickens were carrying more than 1,000 colony forming units per gram…

The company linked to a deadly Listeria outbreak has revealed it has found the cause of contamination at its Hungarian plant.

Greenyard said it found a persistent presence of Listeria monocytogenes in one of the freezing tunnels and as a result, will close down this tunnel at the Baja-based plant.

The Hungarian frozen vegetable factory…

Sewing needles have been found in six brands of strawberries sold at Woolworths in four Australian states.

Queensland authorities warned people who bought the Berry Obsession, Berry Licious, Love Berry, Donnybrook Berries, Delightful Strawberries, and Oasis brands of strawberries in Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria to throw the punnets out…

Foodwatch has described the European Commission’s claim that EU food law provides adequate protection from health risks as “detached from reality.”

The European consumer organization accused EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker of failing in health and consumer protection, citing incidents such as fipronil in eggs, Salmonella in Lactalis infant formula, and horse meat in beef…

A Salmonella outbreak in an Australian state linked to alfalfa sprouts has eight confirmed cases. Testing of retail product confirmed Salmonella presence in a variety of alfalfa sprout products.

South Australians have been warned not to eat a number of alfalfa sprout products made by the Adelaide-based business Sunshine Sprouts after people became ill with…