The fourth Salmonella outbreak linked to fresh cucumbers since 2013 sickened people in at least eight states and spurred a national grocery chain to pull mini cucumbers from shelves this past spring — but federal officials didn’t go public about it until this week.

The CDC reports that 14 people across eight states were sickened this past spring in a Salmonella Oslo outbreak traced to mini cucumbers. The CDC reports that 14 people across…

Seven separate Salmonella outbreaks across 35 states sickened more than 300 people in the first four months of this year and are ongoing. All the outbreaks are being blamed on live poultry from “backyard flocks.” http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-baby-chickens-image19791491Public health officials from local to federal levels, along with veterinary and agriculture officials across the country are collaborating with…

CHICAGO — The federal government is rolling out a powerful new, and increasingly affordable food safety weapon to about 30 states next year and to all 50 within two years. Robert Tauxe, director of the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was among the speakers at the 18th annual Food Safety Summit. Robert Tauxe, director of the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was…

An outbreak traced to fresh sprouts appears to be over, according to federal officials who say 11 people in two states were sickened by E. coli bacteria in Jack & The Green Sprouts alfalfa sprouts. Jack-&-The-Green-Sprouts-sproutsjpg Eight people in Minnesota and three in Wisconsin were confirmed with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157, with symptom…

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Producer proclamations and consumer testimonials to the contrary, the new evidence is about the risk of raw milk with the latest discovery being Listeria infections — one of them fatal — now linked to raw milk from Miller’s Organic Farm in Pennsylvania. Federal

  PulseNet-cost-savings-graphic-2016jpgThose who believe government should operate like a successful business ought to be happy about the ROI on the $7.3 million annual cost of PulseNet, which is saving half a billion each year by preventing an estimated 270,000 illnesses. By using DNA analysis of pathogens and sharing data, the network of 83 state and…

CDCroybal_406x250On Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced funding for states to help them fight infectious disease outbreaks more quickly and develop better interventions to protect the public’s health. The nearly $110 million in awards includes $13 million over fiscal year 2014 funding for vaccine-preventable disease surveillance, foodborne-disease prevention and advanced molecular…

Days ago, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its most recent yearly summary of foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States. The summary covered the year 2013, and it found that 818 foodborne outbreaks were reported in the country during that year — a number consistent with the 800 to 850…

CDCbuilding_406x250As Congress works to prepare its appropriations bills for fiscal year 2016, nine health and consumer groups are requesting that extra funding be allocated for the national database used to track foodborne illness outbreaks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s PulseNet is a national network of public health and food regulatory agency laboratories that …