A long-awaited report on decisions taken at the latest Codex Alimentarius Commission meeting has finally been published.

The United Nations food standards body met in Rome in November 2022. Codex is an initiative of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The delay was

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Experts in Belgium have taken part in an exercise to improve management of foodborne outbreaks in the country.

The event, coordinated this past month by Sciensano, the national public health institute, covered a fictional Salmonella outbreak.

The simulated exercise was developed by the One Health European Joint Program (OH-EJP), the

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Experts at a Codex committee meeting have drafted guidance on how to handle microbiological foodborne outbreaks.

The guideline will give countries a structured approach on preparedness and management to limit the scale of such outbreaks. It covers surveillance and monitoring systems, analytical methods, risk assessment and communication, using epidemiological and
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Implementation of food safety management systems helped reduce outbreaks in food catering in Singapore, according to a study.

However, reported food hygiene violations did not change after they were applied. HACCP-based food safety management systems (FSMS) were mandated in Singapore in June 2014 for all licensed catering services.

Researchers investigated
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The Food and Drug Administration’s investigation of an outbreak of E. coli 0103 in clover sprouts has been completed, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared that the outbreak is over.

The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners, investigated 51 illnesses caused by E.
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Federal agencies are reporting a Salmonella outbreak traced to fresh-cut fruit is over after sickening more than 150 people in 14 states. The outbreak strain was particularly virulent with a high hospitalization rate.

One factor likely contributing to the 66 percent hospitalization rate involves the kinds of facilities that received
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Austrian authorities are investigating an increase in cases of Salmonella Coeln.

In August and September, cases caused by the pathogen Salmonella Coeln cluster type (CT) 1768 occurred in several Austrian provinces.

The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) said the accumulation of infections indicates a possible transmission through
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