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Food safety up and down the food supply chain

A product recall can be catastrophic for the food company and its customers and hurt farmers and other suppliers up the food supply chain. Big recalls usually make news in consumer and business media, with follow-up reporting on medical reports, public health notices, and company apologies.

However, other important food safety news occurs both up and down the food supply chain. Food safety, food security, and food animal nutrition and health science and technology connect in many unexpected ways.

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal Linked to 100 Salmonella Infections, CDC Warns

Fortune, July 13, 2018

An outbreak of Salmonella linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal has prompted the agency to warn the public against the eating the cereal. The outbreak has been tied to 100 infections across 33 states, with of the 30 cases being severe enough to require hospitalization.

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Four million eggs recalled in Poland due to high antibiotic levels

Farming UK, June 18, 2018

Some 4.3 million eggs have been recalled by Poland’s veterinary service, with authorities reporting that the eggs had levels of antibiotics higher than the accepted ranges. Health officials say that the issue is due to laying hens being given the wrong feed.

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Canada reports more ill in outbreak traced to frozen chicken

Food Safety News, June 9, 2018

Nine new illnesses have been reported as part of a Canadian outbreak linked to frozen chicken patties, with 68 people now having been sickened. Health officials say that samples taken from the chicken patties match the genetic fingerprint of the Salmonella strain suspected to be the cause of the illnesses.

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Sweden investigates outbreak of ‘unusual’ Salmonella type

Outbreak News Today, June 9, 2018

An unusual type of Salmonella has infected thirteen people in Sweden. The Public Health Agency of Sweden says that the S. Typhimurium (MLVA 2-17-NN-211) has been reported in seven counties, and the source of the outbreak is still unknown.

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‘No Name’ frozen chicken recalled in Canada amidst outbreak

Food Safety News, June 3, 2018

Frozen chicken “burger” patties sold in Canada have been recalled across the country due to a Salmonella outbreak that’s sickened 59 people between March 4 and May 6. The outbreak affects “no name” brand chicken patties produced by Loblaw Companies LTD., and officials from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) advise consumers to throw out or return any product with a date code of Feb. 6, 2019.

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Experts try to simplify identification of risky STEC strains

Food Navigator, May 23, 2018

Experts from the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meetings on Microbiological Risk Assessment (JEMRA) are working to develop criteria to categorize the potential illness risk from Shiga toxin/verocytotoxin-producing E. coli (STEC). Rather than serotype, the new categorization system will measure risk based on virulence gene combinations.

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Salmonella outbreak in eggs sickens a dozen more people in five states

AOL, May 14, 2018

The Salmonella outbreak that’s affected more than 200 million eggs continues to grow, as twelve more people have been reported ill. All of the affected cases have been localized to the East Coast save Colorado, which has also seen one case reported.

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FSIS set to begin dioxin analysis of U.S. meat, poultry

Food Safety News, May 4, 2018

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is preparing to perform the 2018 Dioxin Survey, which will test beef, pork, and poultry in the U.S. for dioxin levels. While dioxins are highly toxic and found in much of the natural environment in very small levels, the main source of human exposure is food, with dioxins being stored in animals’ fat tissue and occasionally making it into the food chain. Contamination in animal feed is frequently the cause of dioxin contamination.

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GAO: Some USDA food safety standards outdated

Meat+Poultry, April 19, 2018

Some of the USDA’s food safety standards could use improvement, according to a new review from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The report points to products such as turkey breasts and pork chops as examples of items that the agency has not developed standards for, while also pointing out that the process for deciding which products to consider developing new standards for could be more transparent.

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22 illnesses prompt largest shell egg recall since 2010

Food Safety News, April 14, 2018

More than 200 million eggs have been recalled due to potential contamination with Salmonella Braenderup, the largest shell egg recall since 2010, when an Iowa-based producer was forced to recall 550 million eggs. Potentially contaminated product reached ten states, including Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, new York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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Salmonella Prevention Techniques

Food Quality & Safety, April 2, 2018

Dry surrogate organisms and a faster test for Salmonella are two of the highlights of this story covering emerging strategies to minimize the pathogen’s harmful effects.

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CDC says some FoodNet Salmonella infections rising

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) – University of Minnesota, March 22, 2018

A new report from the CDC using information from the FoodNet surveillance network says that while infections from E. Coli 0157 and some Salmonella subtypes have been dropping for the past decade, other Salmonella subtypes have seen an uptick in recent years. The report also shows that Campylobacter and Salmonella had the two highest incidences per 100,00 population among the pathogens studied.

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Vaccine protocol developed against Campylobacter jejuni

Poultry World, March 22, 2018

Scientists from the French Agency for Food, Environment, and Occupational Health and Safety, Ploufragan, have discovered an avian vaccine protocol that shows success against Campylobacter jejuni. The protocol used a DNA prime/protein boost regimen to induce an immune response in chickens.

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The Government of Canada is working with the poultry industry to reduce the risk of Salmonella illness from frozen raw breaded chicken products

Business Insider, March 13, 2018

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is leaning on industry to help reduce the threat of salmonellosis from frozen raw breaded chicken products. The agency is looking to implement measures for manufacturers and processors to reduce Salmonella to below a detectable level in frozen raw breaded chicken products.

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Foster Farms responsible in Salmonella case, court says

Food Business News, March 12, 2018

An Arizona federal court jury concluded that Foster Farms was negligent when they produced chicken contaminated with Salmonella Heidelberg, awarding $1.95 million to the family of a child who was sickened by the pathogen. The jury found the company 30% at fault, with 70% of the fault being attributed to the family for improper preparation of the chicken. The outbreak, which occurred between 2013 and 2014 sickened 639 people according to the CDC.

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South Africa traces deadly listeria to sausage meat, issues recall

Reuters, March 4, 2018

A sausage meat known as “Polony” has been blamed for South Africa’s yearlong Listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people. South Africa’s Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi advises that members of the public avoid processed meat products that are sold as ready to eat.

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