The European Commission is to appoint a new director-general in its health and food safety department from next month.

Anne Bucher, a French national, has worked for the Commission for 35 years across several departments and will head the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) beginning Oct. 1.

The DG SANTE is a…

The amount of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria found in pork and chicken on sale in the United Kingdom has been revealed by a Food Standards Agency survey.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) was detected in a proportion of all the types of bacteria examined, with resistance to the most clinically important drugs generally more prevalent in chicken…

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has opened a comment period on the approach to converting EU law for food and feed safety into UK law when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union next year.

The agency is seeking the views of businesses, consumers, other stakeholders and the public as to the corrections ministers plan…

The Food and Drug Administration recently issued a “GRAS No Objection Letter” for Parabel USA Inc.’s trademarked Lentein plant protein, according to the ingredient producer.

Parabel CEO Anthony Tiarks said getting a “no objection letter” from FDA goes beyond their strict compliance to industry standards “and reaffirms our company’s values of transparency and safety.”

Parabel …

An assessment of Listeria typing data reported by national public health reference laboratories has shown positive results.

The findings come from the fifth external quality assessment (EQA-5) scheme for typing of Listeria monocytogenes.

The test was organized for laboratories providing data to the Food- and Waterborne Diseases and Zoonoses Network (FWD-Net) managed by…

A special FDA testing program on fresh herbs has documented the first confirmed evidence of the Cyclospora parasite in U.S. produce.

The Food and Drug Administration found the microscopic parasite on fresh cilantro at a U.S. distribution facility in July. In a follow-up investigation, the FDA found Cyclospora on fresh cilantro at a farm. The…

The largest ever detected Listeria outbreak in known history is over, according to officials in South Africa.

Between Jan. 1, 2017, and July 17, 2018, South Africa recorded 1,060 laboratory-confirmed cases of listeriosis, including 216 deaths.

The outbreak was linked to a ready-to-eat (RTE) processed meat plant owned by Tiger Brands, the Enterprise Foods production…

Dr. Adanetch Gebreselassie’s interest in public health began when she was nine years old. She credits her father, Dr. Gebreselassie Okubagzhi, an epidemiologist and a public health officer with the World Bank, for igniting that spark.

“His specialty was HIV/AIDS, and I saw his passion for helping people,” Gebreselassie said. “One day, he told me…

Opinion

Seventeen people are infected with Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- in an outbreak across four states. Eight people have been hospitalized. One person in New York has died. Raw chicken is implicated.

Here is a post from my blog from five years ago – some things never change.


Well, we are having yet another Salmonella outbreak…