Bacterial populations remain stable despite cleaning efforts in ready-to-eat food facilities, according to researchers.

Scientists from the Quadram Institute and UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) are working on how Listeria persists in ready-to-eat (RTE) food production environments.

Researchers hope that understanding how Listeria survives in these environments could inform better

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A new study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has shown that consumers may need to rethink how they handle their spice containers.

The study found that spice containers can easily and often become cross-contaminated with pathogens during food preparation.

The study, “Cross-Contamination

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Experts have put together a document with steps to help stakeholders manage food safety risks in traditional markets.

The report contains guidance on the promotion of safe and healthy food in traditional markets in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region. This involves identifying food safety issues, deciding on priorities
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Researchers have modeled and estimated cross-contamination in consumer kitchens during a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) program.

The model was used to work out the impact of cross-contamination routes for different scenarios. Effectiveness of several interventions in reducing the risk of foodborne diseases related to cross-contamination was investigated.

Results found
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This week, many will enjoy a delicious meal on Thanksgiving Day with family and friends — either in person or virtually. Taking the necessary steps toward safe food handling and sanitation will help protect you and your loved ones this year. To make sure your Thanksgiving meal is prepared
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As part of its enforcement activities, the Food and Drug Administration sends warning letters to entities under its jurisdiction. Some letters are not posted for public view until weeks or months after they are sent. Business owners have 15 days to respond to FDA warning letters. Warning letters often are
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