The Top 10 most important outbreaks of 2016, according to the editors of Food Safety News, are presented here. Outbreaks were chosen for the list on a subjective basis, ranked by the number of fatalities and then the number of illnesses for outbreaks involving more than a single state.

The 2016 Top 10 outbreaks include…

LiveScience reporter Sara G. Miller covered a recent FDA presentation on the risks of sprouts at IDWeek. According to Miller, “sprout contamination continues to pose a serious public health concern,” the researchers from the Food and Drug Administration wrote in their report.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-fresh-alfalfa-sprouts-cress-image25672888According to FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network (CORE), from 1996 to…

At least 30 people across nine states have fallen ill in an outbreak of Salmonella infections traced to “Living Alfalfa Sprouts” supplied by Sprouts Extraordinaire of Denver. A number of the victims reported eating fresh sprouts at several different restaurants before becoming ill, according to the Friday afternoon outbreak announcement from the Centers for Disease…

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…

Henry’s Farm Inc. — shutdown March 3 after years of ongoing Listeria problems in its fresh sprouts and its facility in Virginia — issued a recall yesterday for soybean sprouts produced “on or after March 1.” Henry's Farm Natto Soybean Sprouts label These photos from previous Henry’s Farm Inc. sprout recalls show a lack of traceability information…

Yes, the German E. coli O104:H4 was a pathogen of a high virulence that suddenly emerged, and that might point to an unnatural phenomenon. But might it have been a deliberate act? Or some kind of accident? To be sure, the 2011 outbreak centered on Northern Germany was large, severe, and deadly. Out of the…

In the third such recall this year, Good Seed Inc. of Springfield, VA, is recalling all packages of soybean sprouts and mung bean sprouts because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Good Seed Soy Bean Sprouts labelElaine Lidholm, director of communications for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, told Food Safety News on Tuesday…

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-mung-bean-sprouts-green-leaves-coconut-bowl-image41144571Good Seed Inc. is recalling all packages of soybean sprouts and mung bean sprouts because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The company is recalling the following products, which were distributed to retail stores in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and North Carolina:

  1. 1-lb bags of soybean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “GOODSEED Soy