UPDATE:  Blue Bell has since released another statement as a “clarification.”  “In our facilities, we have identified suspected areas where bacteria may be present but in no case have we confirmed Listeria monocytogenes.  The entire purpose of our enhanced environmental testing is to identify locations where bacteria could be found in our facility in order

Editor’s Note:  Food Safety News  Washington D.C. correspondent Lydia Zuraw for the past two and one half  years will after today be found reporting for nonprofit Kaiser Health News.   She was kind enough to leave us some departing thoughts on the work she did for our readers.

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http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-baby-chicks-image24981909The time of year has arrived for baby chicks and ducklings to hatch out into the world, bringing with them annual warnings to help protect against the risk of Salmonella infection. Every year, multiple outbreaks of Salmonella from newborn birds are estimated to sicken thousands of Americans. In the past three years alone, more than…

This year saw dozens of well-publicized foodborne illness outbreaks caused by everything from bean sprouts to cilantro to caramel apples. Food Safety News has compiled a list of the 10 most harmful U.S. outbreaks of 2014, in terms of both the number of people who died and the number sickened. This list includes only foodborne…

It sounds like something straight out of agricultural science fiction: a liquid solution containing unique bits of DNA that gets sprayed on foods in order to easily identify information about where it came from and how it was produced in the event of an outbreak or recall. DNATrek, a Bay Area startup, is hoping to…