A trio of issues that featured in the news agenda of 2020 carried into 2021 and none of them are out of sight yet. Coronavirus, the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, and ethylene oxide contamination are sure to demand coverage as we head into 2022.

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The July report for backyard poultry was bleak for the adults and children who care for them.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta reports that since June 13 it added 489 patients and eight states to the Salmonella outbreaks associated with backyard chicken flocks.

With the
Continue Reading Multiple multistate Salmonella outbreaks with multiple serotypes due to backyard flocks

Officials are continuing to investigate a Salmonella outbreak traced to tahini, with a Florida importer concurrently expanding a recall to include another brand of the sesame seed paste. Scant details are available on the recalled products.

Brodt Zenatti Holdings LLC of Jupiter, FL, expanded its recall on Monday to include
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The United States has “red listed” some frozen tuna from a Vietnamese producer because of its link to an ongoing Salmonella Newport outbreak. The tuna, imported by Louisiana-based Jensen Tuna will be detained at U.S. borders.

Public health officials had not yet updated outbreak information related to the frozen, ground
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Nine people have been admitted to hospitals in connection with a Salmonella outbreak in Australia that has been linked to raw egg butter, pate or barbecue pork ingredients.

A notice from South Australia (SA) Health said the agency is investigating a cluster of Salmonella cases linked to three Angkor Bakery
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FDA public health alert

A public health alert posted today by the FDA warns consumers about Salmonella found in another tahini product. The implicated company, Soom Foods, had not initiated a recall at the time of the FDA alert, according to the agency.

Mid-afternoon today a spokesperson for Philadelphia-based Soom
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Bacterial contamination was the No. 1 cause of almost all recalls posted by the USDA during the fourth quarter of 2018, while undeclared allergens were the top cause for recalls of food under the FDA’s jurisdiction.

In its 2018 4Q Recall Index, released this morning, Stericycle reported 97.7 percent of
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A renewed public warning today from the FDA says a salmonella threat from certain imported tahini products is ongoing. Some of the recalled products may have label information in Hebrew only, making them difficult for many U.S. consumers to identify.

Although only five confirmed Salmonella Concord infections have been reported
Continue Reading New FDA alert on Salmonella outbreak says threat from tahini continues

The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) earlier this month explored one of the ways that more than 70 Salmonella outbreaks related to backyard poultry flocks have occurred since 2000.

MMWR, published by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, reported on a joint study by the
Continue Reading MMWR reports on how backyard flock outbreak was traced back to hatchery


An additional 87 ill people from 16 states were included in this investigation since the last update on Nov. 15. States with newly reported illnesses include: Michigan, Mississippi, and West Virginia.

As of Dec. 12, there are 333 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Newport. They have
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