Clostridium perfrigens

A popular way to celebrate New Year’s Eve is to invite friends and family to a buffet. However, this type of menu, where foods are left out for long periods, leaves the door open for uninvited guests — bacteria, viruses and other pathogens that cause foodborne illness. Festive times for giving and sharing should not include sharing foodborne illness.

Stay away from raw when stirring up egg nog
Only pasteurized milk should be used for egg nog. Raw, or unpasteurized milk often is contaminated with bacteria, viruses and other pathogens, according to public health officials. Numerous outbreaks of E. coli
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Foodborne infections in the Netherlands increased from 2017 to 2018, according to a recent report.

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) found a rise in norovirus, Cryptosporidium spp. and rotavirus. The total number of patients from 14 food-related pathogens went from 1.49 million in 2017 to 1.63 million in 2018.

The agency reported the increase falls within the range of natural fluctuations seen in disease incidence. Estimates show 71,000 Campylobacter cases in 2018, 27,000 for Salmonella, 2,100 for Shiga toxin producing E. coli (STEC) and 78 for Listeria monocytogenes.

Half of disease burden linked to meat
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Almost 400 foodborne outbreaks occurred in Germany last year, according to a report. Most outbreaks with high evidence were caused by raw milk.

A total of 389 outbreaks involved at least 2,277 illnesses, 412 hospitalizations and four deaths. Salmonella was implicated in two deaths and Verotoxin-producing E. coli (VTEC) and Hepatitis A virus in one each.

Almost three-quarters of the outbreaks were caused by Campylobacter spp. and Salmonella.

The number of outbreaks is down slightly from 397 in 2016, while illnesses fell from 2,508 but hospitalizations rose from 256. The amount of associated deaths stayed the same.

Data on foodborne
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This year saw dozens of well-publicized foodborne illness outbreaks caused by everything from bean sprouts to cilantro to caramel apples. Food Safety News has compiled a list of the 10 most harmful U.S. outbreaks of 2014, in terms of both the number of people who died and the number sickened. This list includes only foodborne illness outbreaks in which investigators determined both the pathogen involved and the food source, which eliminates a number of outbreaks from inclusion. 10. Chia seeds and powder contaminated with Salmonella, 83 sickened. One of the more eyebrow-raising outbreaks of the year was tied to sprouted
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Might it have been something they ate? Race car driver Trevor Bayne, television personality Montel Williams, and Ann Romney are but a few of the celebrities among 400,000 Americans who were struck with multiple sclerosis in the prime of life. Most when diagnosed are 20 to 50 years old. Until now, why anyone contracted MS was a mystery. Now that mystery may be on its way to being solved. More clues have emerged that MS may be triggered by the epsilon toxin produced by Clostridium perfrigens, the spore-causing bacterium that is a common cause of foodborne illness in the United
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