The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Food and Drug Administration are teaming up in October for a joint public meeting on the use of cell culture techniques to develop products derived from livestock and poultry.

Set for Oct. 23-25, planned discussion topics for the public meeting include potential hazards associated with the…

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of hepatitis E cases in France since 2010, according to researchers.

The rise can be attributed to the availability of hepatitis E virus (HEV) diagnostic tests and a better understanding of infection causing an increase in the number of people being tested and the incidence of…

A novel cocktail of six lytic bacteriophages is proving effective enough against Shiga toxin-producing E. coli in broth, milk and meat in the laboratory to spur commercial interest.

Produced by a team of researchers, mostly from Argentina’s Rosario National University (UNR), and explained in the current issue of the peer-reviewed journal Food Microbiology, the unique…

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…

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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…

Researchers reported yesterday that a specific strain of E. coli found in 80 percent of the retail poultry and pork they tested matches the strain found in patients with urinary tract infections. Routine testing at poultry farms, however, does not screen for that strain.

The year-long longitudinal study involved testing chicken, turkey, and pork purchased…

States and territories have been steadily building their epidemiology staffs, but they collectively need another 1,200 to reach “full capacity” in terms of several key health areas, including foodborne illnesses and other infectious diseases. 

One hundred percent of U.S. states and territories, as well as the District of Columbia, provided data supporting that estimate in…