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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.

Salmonella outbreaks likely to become more severe: University of Sydney researchers develop model

Outbreak News Today, April 18, 2019

Australian researchers expect future outbreaks of Salmonella to become more widespread, according to a study published in Nature – Scientific Reports. The data can also be used to predict early warning signs for outbreaks up to months in advance.

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Food banks got Butterball turkey recalled in Salmonella outbreak

CBS News, March 15, 2019

An outbreak of Salmonella schwarzengrund has sickened six people in three states and led Butterball to recall 39 tons of ground turkey. The recalled products were shipped to institutions and retailers, including several food banks.

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Raw frozen breaded chicken blamed for two more Salmonella outbreaks in Canada

Food Safety News, March 3, 2019

The Public Health Agency of Canada is reporting two more outbreaks of Salmonella Enteritidis have been linked to raw chicken. One of the outbreaks has sickened 19 people, with two requiring hospitalization. The second identified outbreak has sickened 61 people, though none have required hospitalization.

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CDC Ends Investigation Into Salmonella in Chicken Without Finding a Culprit

Consumer Reports, February 22, 2019

The CDC’s investigation into an outbreak of Salmonella infantis that was tied to raw chicken products has finished, though the agency notes that it was unable to find a specific source. The outbreak sickened 129 people, with one death being tied to the outbreak as well. The agency notes that the investigation may resume if more cases are reported.

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CDC: 270 ill in Salmonella outbreak tied to turkey products

WattAgNet , February 18, 2019

An outbreak of Salmonella Reading linked to raw turkey products that was originally identified in November, 2018 has continued, according to a recent update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since the CDC’s most recent update on December 21, 63 more people in 24 states have fallen ill. Of the total 270 cases, 107 have required hospitalization and there has been one death.

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Scientists Use Machine Learning to ID Source of Salmonella, February 13, 2019

Researchers from the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety have engineered an approach that uses machine-learning to quickly identify some animal sources of outbreaks featuring Salmonella Typhimurium.

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Salmonella from raw pet food prompts recall after one person sickened in Minnesota

Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 29, 2019

Raw turkey pet food sold at three Woody’s Pet Food Deli locations in the Twin Cities has been recalled after one person fell sick, and samples collected by the Minnesota Health Department tested positive for Salmonella.

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Government shutdown stops FDA food safety inspections

NBC News, January 9, 2019

The government shutdown is affecting food safety inspections, with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) having stopped most food safety inspections. The agency notes that while foreign food inspections have continued, almost all domestic inspections are on hold until the shutdown is resolved.

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The Growing Menace of Salmonella Dublin

Dairy Herd Management, December 18, 2018

With USDA data showing increasing amounts of Salmonella Dublin in dairy herds, what steps can be taken to mitigate the risk to animals? A veterinarian from the University of Wisconsin offers insights for producers and background on the threat.

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Zoonotic diseases: progress has stalled

European Food Safety Authority, December 12, 2018

A new report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) shows that a decline in salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis in past years has stalled over the last few years, with incidence holding steady. EFSA experts note that new, increased efforts will be needed to drop incidence even further.

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USDA Ranks Chicken Companies’ Salmonella Safety

WebMD, November 28, 2018

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has published performance data for chicken companies’ rankings on Salmonella safety standards. Performance across the industry was highly variable, with data coming from the producers’ facility performance between October of 2017 and 2018.

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Epidemiological update: Multi-country outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to Polish Eggs

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, November 19, 2018

An outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis linked to eggs produced in Poland has lasted more than six years, with 1,412 cases since 2012. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control says that most of the cases have been reported during summer months, and incidence of the infection are likely to continue despite control measures having been implemented in recent years.

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Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Infections Linked to Raw Turkey Products

Centers for Disease Control, November 8, 2018

More than 160 people from 35 states have been infected by an outbreak of Salmonella Reading that has been linked to raw turkey products. 63 people have required hospitalization, and one death has been reported, coming from California. The CDC notes that there are a variety of products that are contaminated, with samples of raw turkey products, live turkeys, and raw turkey pet food all testing positive for the strain.

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Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Ground Beef

Centers for Disease Control, October 23, 2018

Sixty-three more people have been infected by an outbreak of Salmonella Newport, as part of an ongoing outbreak that’s affected people in 14 states since early August, bringing the total number of cases to 120. CDC officials note that 33 people have been hospitalized as a result of the outbreak, though no deaths have been reported. About 6.5 million pounds of beef products have been recalled as a result of the issue.

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Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Infections Linked to Raw Chicken Products

Centers for Disease Control, October 17, 2018

Ninety-two people have been infected, with 21 requiring hospitalization from an outbreak of Salmonella Infantis, a multidrug-resistant strain of the bacteria. The CDC notes that the source of the outbreak has not been definitively identified, but a variety of raw chicken products have been found to have the bacteria including whole chickens, raw chicken pet food and ground chicken.

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JBS Tolleson, Inc., Recalls Raw Beef Products Due to Possible Salmonella Newport Contamination

USDA-FSIS, October 4, 2018

Nearly seven million pounds of raw ground beef products have been pulled from shelves after 57 people from 16 states have been sickened by Salmonella Newport. Cases have been reported between August 5 and September 6, 2018. FSIS officials say the products were shipped to retail locations and institutions across the U.S.

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Salmonella outbreak from eggs sickens 38 in 7 states

NBC News, October 3, 2018

Eggs infected with Salmonella have caused 38 cases of illness, with ten severe enough to require hospitalization. The CDC says that most of the eggs were sold in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee, and have been traced back to an Alabama farm. The outbreak has been ongoing since mid-June.

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