Researchers have looked at patterns in sporadic Shiga toxin–producing E. coli (STEC) infections in Ireland.

The Republic of Ireland often reports the highest annual incidence rates of STEC in the European Union. There is a high proportion of sporadic STEC infections and they are often associated with environmental exposures.

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Researchers have increased knowledge of the lifecycle of some parasites by studying snails in Thailand. These parasites can cause severe infections in humans who consume raw or improperly cooked fish that have fed on infected snails.

Parasitic flatworms were found to use several species of thiarid snails, commonly found in
Continue Reading Scientists study role of snails in parasites that pose public health threat

Adequate surveillance programs for most foodborne parasites in Europe are lacking, according to a recently published study.

Researchers found although human and animal data are available for five selected parasites, the surveillance and reporting requirements vary among and within regions and countries, and among national experts and European bodies.

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Argentinian authorities have published a report they hope will increase understanding of the Trichinella situation in the country.

The National Service for Agrifood Health and Quality (SENASA) report analyzed Trichinellosis reports between 2010 and 2019. Trichinellosis, or trichinosis, is a disease people can get by eating raw or undercooked meat
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Officials have published a document highlighting ways to avoid the risks from foodborne parasites transmitted by pork, freshwater fish and crustaceans.

Foodborne parasitic diseases are often neglected in food safety control systems even though they can cause severe human health problems, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the
Continue Reading FAO highlights ‘often neglected’ foodborne parasites

Experts have helped develop risk-based approaches to control two parasites in meat, requiring the re-evaluation of traditional practices and the assessment of regulatory and industry resources.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) publication covering Trichinella spp. and Taenia saginata recently posted
Continue Reading WHO and FAO look at Trichinella and Taenia saginata in meat