Bill Marler, the founder and publisher of Food Safety News, prominent food safety advocate, and America’s best-known foodborne illnesses attorney arrives in South Africa today to help push back against the largest Listeria outbreak in history.

Marler will speak Thursday at the Food Focus Listeria Conference in Johannesburg, where South African professionals from government, industry…

The deadly and record-setting listeriosis outbreak in South Africa isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

Food is the suspected cause, but health officials have not yet identified a specific source.

Since the new year began, the country’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed six more listeriosis deaths in the outbreak, bringing the…

The European Food Safety Authority issued a report last week that European experts have noted an increasing trend in Europe of listeriosis since 2008, but they highlight that the number of affected people stabilized from 2014 to 2015.

Infections were mostly reported in people over 64 years of age. Listeriosis affected about 2,200 people in…

Almost 5 years old now, Kendall Paciorek is right on track. She can walk, run, talk and say her ABCs. And while that normal progression of abilities common to many children her age might not seem all that impressive, to her mother and father Michelle Wakley-Paciorek and Dave Paciorek, it’s “a miracle.” Listeria baby Kendall 406x520Little Kendall was…

I thought it might be helpful to see a few cases where a food borne outbreak brought the attention of the US Attorney’s office. “Forwarded is Forearmed.” Odwalla_logo.106170247_stdOdwalla:  In 1998 in what was the first criminal conviction in a large-scale food-poisoning outbreak, Odwalla Inc. pleaded guilty to violating Federal food safety laws and agreed to…

Back from Portland, OR, where the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) annual meeting was held this year, it’s natural to be thinking about the big things. This time of year, one that comes to mind is the safety of all the fresh fruit and produce we are scooping up. As “grown at altitude” Rocky…

The top 10 food-safety news stories for 2014, as chosen for the sixth consecutive year by the editors of Food Safety News, were announced today. According to the Internet news site, here are this year’s most important food-safety stories: 1. The U.S. Department of Justice backs up federal food-safety agencies, including USDA and FDA, with

Two months ago, at the start of the criminal trial of three former Peanut Corporation of America executives, we decided to use this Sunday space to comment on the comings and goings in the federal courtroom in Albany, GA. We’ll wrap that up now. If you still need to catch the verdicts and outcomes, go…

The third-party food safety auditor that gave a passing review to Jensen Farms just weeks before its cantaloupe caused a deadly Listeria outbreak in 2011 also gave a positive audit to the farm that shipped romaine lettuce implicated in a more recent E. coli outbreak tied to Trader Joe’s branded salads, according to documents obtained…