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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.

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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Did Salmonella Outbreaks in California cause Decline in Egg Sales?

Benzinga, September 21, 2018

New research shows that outbreaks and subsequent recalls can have big impacts on egg sales. Scientists studied a 2010 Salmonella outbreak that infected nearly 2,000 people and found that egg sales in California dropped between 7-9% for at least three months after the outbreak event ended.

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Salmonella cases double in Denmark

CPH Post, September 13, 2018

There were twice as many Salmonella outbreaks in Denmark in 2017 as in the year before, says a new report. The largest identified culprit was Danish-produced pork, though authorities also note that better detection technologies are also partly to blame for the reported rise in incidence.

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Sydney salmonella outbreak: eggs recalled from shops after 23 cases confirmed

The Guardian, September 7, 2018

Some eggs sold in Sydney, Australia are being recalled after an outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis was confirmed to have sickened 23 people in the city. Australian health officials are advising consumers to return any affected eggs that haven’t been consumed already.

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Kosher chicken linked to deadly salmonella outbreak

CNN, August 29, 2018

An outbreak of Salmonella linked to kosher chicken has led to one person dying and 16 others being sickened in the Northeastern United States, according to the CDC. The agency says that illnesses have been reported in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, with the death coming from New York.

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Research Takes Aim at Minimizing Impacts of Listeria

Food Quality & Safety, August 7, 2018

Scientists from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, have finished a new proof-of-concept study that shows several compounds that may work to minimize the virulence of Listeria. The researchers note that while the methods are still in their infancy, they could one day be a valuable strategy to help reduce or eliminate antibiotic use in animal production.

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Agriculture Ministry: 30% of Eggs in Israel Infected with Salmonella

The Jerusalem Post, August 6, 2018

Thirty percent of eggs from Israel are infected with Salmonella, according to a report by the head of poultry diseases for the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Department’s Veterinary Services. The report also notes that 10% of Israel’s egg-laying hens have been culled as a result of the issue.

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Russia confirms 13 more avian influenza outbreaks

Fortune, July 30, 2018

Russia has confirmed that 13 additional outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have been identified in two of the country’s regions.All of the most recent outbreaks have affected outdoor flocks, with 990 birds falling ill as a result of the most recent incidents.

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

Centers for Disease Control, July 19, 2018

CDC and public health and regulatory officials in several states are investigating a multistate outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella Reading infections linked to raw turkey products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is monitoring the outbreak.

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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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