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Tri-Star Seafood Supply Ltd. is recalling certain Tri-Star Seafood Supply Ltd. brand Live Spot Prawns because of possible norovirus contamination.

This recall was triggered by findings by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency during its investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak.

The recalled product has been sold in British Columbia, Alberta,
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Researchers have developed a restricted-access system designed to assist those involved in investigating foodborne illness outbreaks.

The shared and searchable data catalogue of previous outbreaks is called the Global Foodsource Identifier (GFI).

Once it is in use by the international food safety community, researchers hope that GFI will assist during
Continue Reading Researchers hope to help solve foodborne illness outbreaks quicker

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has held an online workshop on crisis preparedness, giving attention to fast-evolving, largescale foodborne disease outbreaks.

Sixty-three participants attended plenary and/or working group activity sessions across two days.

During the first day, there was a two-hour discussion exercise on incident response in the case
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Whole genome sequencing offers new possibilities for foodborne outbreak detection and investigation, source attribution and hazard identification, according to an EFSA panel.

The scientific opinion by the panel on Biological Hazards covers use of whole genome sequencing (WGS) and metagenomics for outbreak investigation, source attribution and risk assessment of foodborne
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Repeated incidents of raw meat products as a source of infection shows the importance of risk awareness when handling or consuming such items, according to Dutch researchers investigating a Salmonella outbreak that sickened 46 people in 2015.

Researchers said adding information on food packaging would allow consumers to make informed
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The CDC is working with several states to investigate an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses, an agency spokesperson said Monday evening. Earlier in the day the FDA posted a recall notice from Natural Grocers for its branded “Coconut Smiles Organic” because of Salmonella contamination.

Six illnesses have been reported in connection
Continue Reading UPDATE: Salmonella illnesses linked to recalled Natural Grocers organic coconut prompt suspension of production

Six illnesses have been reported in connection with Natural Grocers brand organic Coconut Smiles, which are now under recall after the company and the FDA confirmed Salmonella contamination in the product.

Natural Grocers of Lakewood, CO, distributed the implicated Coconut Smiles to 145 stores in 19 states, according to a
Continue Reading Infections linked to Natural Grocers coconut; recall underway