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Researchers have assessed the factors behind an increase in Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infections in Switzerland.

Since 2015, a large rise in cases has been observed. This coincided with introducing multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) panels for stool analyzes in standard laboratory practice in Switzerland suggesting that the increase
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Campylobacter, Yersinia, E. coli and Listeria infections all went up while Salmonella declined, according to the 2018 report on foodborne disease in New Zealand.

Campylobacter remained the top foodborne pathogen. The country has a performance target to reduce cases of foodborne campylobacteriosis by 10 percent from 88.4 to 79.6 per
Continue Reading Campylobacter and E. coli infections climb in New Zealand; raw milk cited

    Stic Harris
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Stic Harris, DVM, MPH, has been the director of FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network (CORE) since August 2017. He is responsible for the agency’s surveillance, response, and post-response activities associated with outbreaks of illnesses caused by food, dietary supplements, and cosmetics.

In many
Continue Reading CORE’s Stic Harris discusses food safety threats, FDA plans