In the News Archive


Paris prosecutors launch probe into dairy’s Salmonella problem

Food Safety News, December 27, 2017

French prosecutors are investigating a Salmonella outbreak associated with baby formula sold by Lactalis, one of the world’s largest dairies, which is based in Western France. The outbreak has affected 31 infants, and though all have recovered, 16 of the children did require hospital care.

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EU committee votes against the use of formaldehyde as feed additive

Feed Navigator, December 20, 2017

The EU has rejected formaldehyde as a feed additive for use as a preservative and hygiene condition enhancer after a vote from its Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCOPAFF). Primary concerns about the use of formaldehyde center around possible dangers to workers handling the material.

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USDA-FSIS Develops Food Safety Research Priorities

Quality Assurance Magazine, December 19, 2017

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has put together a list of the top food safety research areas of interest. Included in the list is a focus on emerging technologies for testing for higher levels of contamination before slaughter.

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Four Pathogens Cause Nearly 2 Million Foodborne Illness Cases a Year

Food Safety Tech, December 18, 2017

A new report from the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) estimates that Salmonella, E. coli 0157, Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter are responsible for 1.9 million sicknesses in the U.S. each year. Researchers used data from 1998 to 2013 to make the estimation, investigating over 1,000 outbreak cases.

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Europe’s Salmonella decline stalls with increased egg contamination

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy – University of Minnesota, December 12, 2017

A new report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) shows that the decade-long drop in Salmonella infections linked to food has stopped, with numbers rising in 2016. The report also noted that Campylobacter continues to be the most reported foodborne pathogen in humans, with infections from Listeria monocytogenes rising as well.

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Antibiotics Sales for Use in U.S. Farm Animals Dropped in 2016

Food Quality & Safety, December 10, 2017

In the first year-to-year decline since the FDA began collecting data in 2009, sales of antibiotics for use in food-producing animals dropped by 10% from 2015 to 2016.

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Tests point to turkey in Salmonella outbreak in Georgia

Food Safety News, November 27, 2017

Turkey served as part of a catered pre-Thanksgiving dinner at a tire factory in Georgia is being blamed for a Salmonella outbreak that’s sickened dozens and hospitalized at least five people. The Georgia Department of Health Northwest Health District is investigating the outbreak to confirm the test results.

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Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Strains Emerging in United States

Infectious Disease Advisor, November 22, 2017

New research shows that Salmonella strains that are circulating in swine primarily in the US Midwest are part of a growing group of multidrug-resistant phenotypes that are similar to Salmonella typhimurium found in Europe.

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Campylobacter uses Trojan horse infiltration technique

Food Processing, November 17, 2017

New research shows that Campylobacter jejuni uses a strategy similar to the fabled story of the Trojan horse to survive in the digestive system. Researchers from Kingston University found that Campylobacter infiltrates amoebae to avoid harsh digestive conditions and multiplies before breaking out in higher numbers.

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CDC Links Salmonella Outbreak to Contact with Dairy Calves

Dairy Herd Management, November 16, 2017

The outbreak of multi-drug resistant Salmonella Heidelberg tied to dairy calves in Wisconsin is continuing to progress, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The outbreak has infected 54 people in 15 states, with eight new cases having been reported since the agency’s last update in August.

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FDA Tool Uses Genomics to Track Resistance Genes

AgWeb, November 14, 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a new tool designed to help track antimicrobial resistance in pathogens. The Resistome Tracker uses genomic information from the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s (NCBI) public databases which are uploaded on a weekly basis, allowing users to track resistance quickly.

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NASA Will Launch E. Coli into Space to Study Antibiotic Resistance

Space.com, November 10, 2017

In an effort to better understand how bacteria respond to varying stress levels, NASA will launch E. coli samples to the International Space Station (ISS). The scientists will expose naturally occurring and mutant strains of E. coli to varying concentrations of antibiotics while controlling their stress levels using software. NASA hopes that the experiment could lead to the development of more effective antibiotics.

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WHO Urges End to Routine Antibiotic Use in Farm Animals to Stem Rise of Superbugs

Huffington Post, November 7, 2017

The World Health Organization has recommended that farmers severely limit their use of antibiotics in animals to quell what the agency says is the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.

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Breeding resistant chickens for improved food safety

Feedstuffs, October 31, 2017

A new test created by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in College Station, Texas, could help the poultry industry breed more robust flocks. The test identifies roosters with blood that contains naturally high levels of cytokines and chemokines, two chemicals that help the birds’ innate immune systems respond to threats.

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My, how things can change in a heartbeat

Meatingplace, October 30, 2017

Dr. Richard Raymond, former U.S. undersecretary of agriculture for food safety, shares his thoughts on Cargill and Diamond V joining forces to accelerate use of unique, natural, immune support products with multiple benefits, including better pre-harvest food safety.

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FDA Releases 2015 NARMS Integrated Report

Food Safety Magazine, October 27, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with other agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have released the 2015 National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) Report, which provides information about antimicrobial resistance in bacteria isolated from humans, retail meats, and animals at slaughter. Results show multi drug resistance (MDR) increased from 9% to 12% of human Salmonella, as well as a 16% drop in the proportion of retail ground turkey Salmonella isolates being resistant to at least one antimicrobial.

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Impact of egg sweating on Salmonella penetration

Poultry World, October 23, 2017

While Salmonella is a major concern for the egg industry, a new study shows that “egg sweating” – the formation of condensation on egg shells after being moved from a cold to warm environment with low humidity – isn’t a threat to egg safety. The new research indicates that refrigeration prevents Salmonella from growing, minimizing the threat from “sweating.”

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Number of illnesses from backyard flocks breaks record

Food Safety News, October 20, 2017

Over 1,100 people have been sickened and one has died across the U.S. as 10 Salmonella outbreaks have been linked to backyard chicken flocks in 2017, setting a new record for outbreak cases in a year. The CDC notes that at least 249 of the victims required hospitalization.

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New peak in multi-country Salmonella outbreak from eggs

Food Quality News, October 17, 2017

The Salmonella outbreak linked to eggs from Poland has reached more than 600 infections, with Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK all reporting new cases. Though the outbreak has been tracked since 2012, it was only in 2016 that three Polish packing centers were identified as the source of the infection. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) notes that reporting delays will likely cause more cases will be reported as time goes on.

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Macromolecules: Weapons in the Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance

American Veterinarian, October 16, 2017

A new strategy could help reduce antibiotic resistance, as scientists have discovered two macromolecules that can disrupt the bacterial membrane of some Gram-negative bacteria.

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Faster Salmonella test boosts food safety for people, animals

Feedstuffs, October 10, 2017

A new test has been developed that can identify Salmonella in just 24 hours compared with up to five days in other tests. The new method can detect Salmonella in environmental and clinical samples, including swabs, feces, milk, and blood. It also boasts a hundred-fold improvement in detection for Salmonella Dublin.

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Antimicrobial Stewardship Guidelines for Bovine Practice Available From AABP

Hoard’s Dairyman, October 6, 2017

The American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) has created a document to help bovine veterinarians create effective antimicrobial stewardship programs with dairy and beef producers. The document includes information covering veterinarian responsibilities as well as information on how to properly track and benchmark antimicrobial use on-farm.

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700 pounds of ground beef recalled for E. coli O157:H7

Food Safety News, October 5, 2017

A sample that tested positive for E. coli O157:H7 has led to a recall of 700 pounds of ground beef, which had been sent to various institutions in New York and Pennsylvania. The issue was discovered by a third-party lab’s test, after which the company notified the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). No adverse reactions from consuming the beef have been confirmed.

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Small wonder: Nanoparticles help fight drug-resistant bacteria

Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy – University of Minnesota, October 4, 2017

Scientists from the University of Colorado Boulder have developed a new tool that could help the fight against multidrug-resistant bacteria. The researchers found that when quantum dots — nanoparticles made of semiconducting materials — are illuminated with light, they produce a biochemical reaction in bacteria that significantly reduced levels of antibiotic resistance.

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Canadian Salmonella outbreak traced to frozen, raw chicken

Food Safety News, September 29, 2017

Frozen raw breaded chicken products are the suspected source of a Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak in Canada that has infected 13 people, with four requiring hospitalization, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. The agency did not identify the affected brands or manufacturer of the implicated product. This is the second Salmonellaincident in Canada related to frozen raw chicken products this year, with 13 other people having been sickened between April and June in an outbreak that was tied to frozen chicken nuggets sold by the President’s Choice brand.

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Research project evaluates Salmonella risk in animal feed production

National Hog Farmer, September 26, 2017

A new research project will investigate whether animal feed contains any Salmonella serotypes that could potentially harm livestock. The researchers will invite 250 U.S. feed plants to voluntarily submit samples to the University of Arkansas for analysis. The project is expected to be finished by summer 2018.

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US panel advises on AMR reduction in humans, animals

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy – University of Minnesota, September 21, 2017

The Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB), a panel of human and veterinary medicine experts, has released a set of recommendations to help reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in humans and animals. To cut AMR in food producing animals, PACCARB recommends drafting a National Policy on Innovation for Food Animal Disease Interventions, including a proposed Innovation Institute within the USDA in order to help develop new animal health interventions.

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Food safety stakes higher than ever for processors

Meatingplace, September 20, 2017

The FDA’s “war on pathogens” could lead to a higher level of risk for companies, with criminal liability one possibility if consumers get sick from food products, predicts Shawn Stevens, an attorney who represents processors in food safety litigation in this excerpted interview. Stevens also predicts that FSIS may follow the FDA’s lead and adopt a more stringent approach.

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Tips on rodent control for broiler farmers

The Poultry Site, September 18, 2017

Rodent infestations can be dangerous as well as costly, as the pests can carry health risks such as Salmonella. These strategies can help broiler producers fortify operations and prevent issues with rats.

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Deal on: USDA gives green light to China’s poultry inspections

Food Safety News, September 14, 2017

An audit report from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service shows that China’s poultry inspection system is equivalent to that used by the U.S. The report could mean the rule allowing China to process, package, and export the chickens, ducks, and turkeys it raises to the U.S. is on track.

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Salmonella contamination forces massive egg recall in Israel

Food Safety News, September 6, 2017

About 11 million eggs have been recalled in Israel over fears of Salmonella contamination. The country’s health and agriculture ministers issued a warning advising consumers to immediately destroy any affected egg cartons to prevent the pathogen from spreading. The source of the contamination is suspected to be a hen house in Western Galilee, though officials note that other facilities may also be contaminated.

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Fish food for marine farms harbor antibiotic resistant genes

Phys.org, August 30, 2017

A new study shows that antibiotic resistance genes are making their way into ocean sediments via fish food from farms. The researchers point to fishmeal as a suspected source of the issue, finding 132 antibiotic resistance genes in fishmeal, including some resistant to last-resort options such as vancomycin.

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USDA Integrates Recalls Information into ‘FoodKeeper’ Application

USDA, August 29, 2017

The USDA’s ‘FoodKeeper’ mobile application has been updated to allow users to receive automatic alerts related to food safety recalls. Recalls announced by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) as well as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are included in the update. Users have the option to receive updates in real time, or on a daily or weekly basis.

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FDA Launches Food Safety Plan Builder to Help with FSMA Requirements

Food Safety Magazine, August 28, 2017

The FDA has created a free software application that can help businesses meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The Food Safety Plan Builder (FSPB) tool has specific questions and prompts that users will answer, with responses being used to generate a food safety plan specific to the businesses needs.

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Feed mill dust may offer diagnostic tool in US swine pathogen research

Feed Navigator, August 22, 2017

Dust in feed mills could hold the key to finding pathogens in feed ingredients, according to researchers working at Kansas State University. With the dust being comprised of ingredients used in the feed, the new tool could help identify pathogens in feed quicker than currently available methods.

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Multistate Outbreaks of Human Salmonella Infections Linked to Live Poultry in Backyard Flocks, 2017

Centers for Disease Control, August 21, 2017

The Salmonella outbreak that has been tied to contact with backyard poultry continues to infect people, according to the CDC who says that 172 more cases have been reported since the agency’s last update on July 13. A total of 961 people have been sickened and one has died as a result of the outbreak, which has reached 48 states as well as the District of Columbia.

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New Vaccine Fights Multiple Salmonella Types

USDA’s AgResearch Magazine, August 18, 2017

Scientists at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have developed a vaccine that can protect pigs from Salmonella types that cause disease in the animals as well as from commensal types that do not affect pigs but can cause disease in humans. The researchers note that pig producers can differentiate animals vaccinated with the new vaccine from those that have been naturally exposed to Salmonella. The vaccine was also tested on turkeys and found to protect them from Salmonella Typhimurium as well as the multidrug-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg.

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Egg Contamination Spreads Across Europe

Food Safety Tech, August 14, 2017

Contaminated eggs have affected 17 countries in Europe, though the source of the issue has not been conclusively found. As a result of the contamination, millions of eggs have either been destroyed or pulled from retail shelves.

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UK poultry sector cuts antibiotic use by 50% in one year

Feed Navigator, August 11, 2017

UK poultry producers cut their use of antibiotics by 50% in 2016 and eliminated prophylactic use altogether, according to the British Poultry Council. The reduction was part of a 71% cut in use since 2012, while poultry meat production has risen 11% over the five-year period according to the report. To replace antibiotics in a prophylactic role, producers are using a variety of solutions including probiotics, butyrate, and organic acids.

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FAO urges United Nations to establish World Food Safety Day

Food Safety News, August 11, 2017

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has recommended that the UN vote on establishing a World Food Safety Day. The proposed recurring event would work to raise awareness of food safety issues and best practices throughout the supply chain each year on June 7.

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University of Georgia software IDs foodborne pathogens faster

Ag Daily, August 8, 2017

A new program created by a scientist at the University of Georgia can cut days off the time it takes to identify foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella. The tool works by using whole genome sequencing to identify pathogen strains and can help improve scientists’ understanding of how the pathogens grow and multiply.

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Multistate Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Heidelberg Infections Linked to Contact with Dairy Bull Calves

Centers for Disease Control, August 2, 2017

The CDC has reopened its investigation into the multistate outbreak of drug-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg after ten more people became infected after the investigation initially closed. Investigators believe that contact with dairy bull calves could be a driver of the outbreak, with 66% of individuals who were interviewed reporting contact with calves in the week before falling ill. p>

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Campylobacteriosis increases 21% in US

Healio – Infectious Disease News, August 2, 2017

Incidence of Campylobacteriosis in the US has grown by 21% over the past 8 years, according to a new study. The researchers found that infections were more common in rural areas than in the city, and also noted finding more isolates that were resistant to antibiotics over the study period.

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Salmonella sickens 350 in five countries with link to poultry products

Feed Quality News, July 31, 2017

The Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak that began in 2014 and has sickened 350 people in five European countries remains ongoing, according to health officials.

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EU interagency report urges research into link between antibiotics and resistance

Feed Navigator, July 28, 2017

New research suggests a link between antimicrobial consumption and resistance in both humans and in food-producing animals. The report, produced jointly by the European Food Safety Authority, the European Medicines Agency, and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, notes that situations vary across Europe and more research is need to understand how the use of antibiotics and resistance affect each other.

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High levels of resistant E. coli found in Indian poultry

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy – University of Minnesota, July 21, 2017

Researchers in India have found high levels of antibiotic resistant E. coli in broiler and layer chickens, according to a new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives. The researchers sampled chickens from 18 commercial farms in Punjab, India, finding that more than half of E. coli isolates tested were multidrug resistant.

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Lab confirms norovirus in Chipotle customer; at least 60 sick

Food Safety News, July 21, 2017

Chipotle’s food safety issues have returned yet again, as at least 60 people have been sickened with norovirus after eating at a Virginia location. Additionally, a video went viral of rats in a Dallas Chipotle location, leading to the company’s stocking hitting a four-year low.

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Canadian Chicken Industry Further Reducing Antimicrobial Use

The Poultry Site, July 20, 2017

After eliminating Category I antibiotics from Canadian chicken production, Chicken Farmers of Canada has created timelines to eliminate the preventative use of Category II antimicrobials by the end of 2018, and to end preventative use of Category III antibiotics by the end of 2020.

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Fecal E. coli from Chickens May Pose Health Risks to Poultry and Humans

American Veterinarian, July 20, 2017

Chicken feces could be a major driver of E. coli infections in humans and poultry, according to a new study. The scientists’ results found E. coli isolates in multiple internal organs of healthy chickens, which implies transmission of the pathogen between chickens on poultry farms.

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Pew report identifies key farm, feedlot food safety steps

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy — University of Minnesota, July 18, 2017

A new report from Pew Charitable Trusts outlines three pre-harvest strategies that producers and others can use to curb bacterial contamination of animal products.

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Time bombs: Carriers, shippers do little to protect perishables

Food Safety News, July 11, 2017

Home delivery of perishable foods is rapidly growing, but researchers have found that food safety measures in home-delivered proteins can be lacking.

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Salmonella victims from backyard flocks more than double

Food Safety News, June 29, 2017

The number of people affected by Salmonella from backyard poultry flocks has more than doubled since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initially warned the public on June 1, with 790 victims now confirmed. A July 13 update from the CDC notes that the agency is now tracking 10 distinct outbreaks covering 48 states and Washington, D.C., with the total number of hospitalizations now reaching 174.

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Judge Orders Egg Executives to Prison 7 Years After Salmonella Outbreak

Food Safety Magazine, June 29, 2017

The executives who were convicted as a result of the 2010 Salmonella outbreak linked to eggs from Quality Egg LLC must begin their prison sentences this summer. The father and son duo Jack and Peter DeCoster will each serve 3 months in federal prison as punishment for the outbreak that sickened an estimated 56,000 consumers.

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U.S. Bans Brazil Beef Imports Over Safety Concerns

Food Quality & Safety, June 27, 2017

A large amount of failed safety tests led to the U.S. putting a stop on beef imported from Brazil on June 22. The USDA notes that since March, the agency has rejected 11% of Brazilian beef shipments due to health and sanitation concerns, a dramatic amount compared to the 1% of shipments from the rest of the world that are rejected.

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Data driven: Information helped reduce Salmonella on chicken

Food Safety News, June 27, 2017

A new USDA strategy allowing users to monitor the progress of chicken slaughter plants in reducing Salmonella contamination is working, according to a new report. Increased transparency provided by the program has allowed buyers to be more informed, according to the study.

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Half of chickens positive for Campylobacter – FSA Survey

Food Quality News, June 19, 2017

Slightly less than half of chicken samples in the UK test positive for Campylobacter at any level, according to a new survey from the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA). The figures indicate that food safety in the UK is improving, with FSA estimating that there had been 100,000 fewer cases of Campylobacter.

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Supply Chain Awareness Critical to Food Safety

Food Safety Tech, June 12, 2017

Maintaining adequate food safety requires an in-depth knowledge of the supply chain and a critical assessment of possible vulnerabilities, according to this interview with Dr. Amy Kircher, Director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute. Dr. Kircher also delves into strategies to help move from a reactive mentality to one that is proactive.

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Novel Environmental Sampling of Campylobacter Using Socks

Food Quality & Safety, June 9, 2017

A new sampling method to find Campylobacter uses a unique tool — socks. Researchers from the University of East Anglia found that placing boot socks over walking shoes can be an effective method to find how much of the pathogen is present in the soil, numbers that can increase due to factors including poultry production.

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Effects on Food Safety Performance in Chicken Slaughter Establishments

The Poultry Site, June 5, 2017

A new report from the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) shows that regulatory standards and rules set by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have led to fewer samples testing positive for Salmonella. The study also notes that the internet’s emergence has helped streamline food safety communication and allowed market demand to also drive improvements.

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Salmonella tied to live poultry sickens 372 in 47 states

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota, June 1, 2017

The CDC reports that eight Salmonella outbreaks covering 47 states and sickening 372 people is linked to contact with poultry in backyard flocks. CDC expects that outbreaks are expected to continue for the next few months as the backyard poultry trend continues to grow.

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No More Appeals for Former Egg Executives

Food Safety Magazine, May 25, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from the DeCosters, the father and son who were convicted of food safety violations because of their role in the Quality Egg LLC Salmonella outbreak that sickened about 56,000 people. With appeals now exhausted, the three-month prison sentences given to Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son Peter DeCoster will stand.

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Will the Idea of Creating a Single Food Safety Agency Get Traction?

Food Quality & Safety, May 19, 2017

Washington interest in the idea of creating a federal agency specifically to ensure food safety, after a recommendation from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that says a consolidated national strategy could help improve the nation’s food safety system.

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USDA Announces American Beef to Return to Chinese Market

Food Safety Tech, May 12, 2017

After 13 years, American beef will be returning to the Chinese market. The ban from 2003 has been lifted by a trade agreement reached between the two countries. The agreement also allows cooked Chinese poultry to be imported into the U.S. after certain hygiene and safety hurdles are overcome.

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Top food safety regulators say D.C. transition going smoothly

Food Safety News, May 12, 2017

The transition of power in Washington will not put a damper on food safety improvements, according to regulators who held a “Town Hall” event at the 2017 Food Safety Summit. Representatives from CDC, USDA, and FDA assuaged fears and pointed out specific improvements that continue to be finalized as agencies continue operations during the transition.

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Salmonella Infections Turn Deadly

Dairy Herd Management, May 9, 2017

The strain of Salmonella Heidelberg that caused an outbreak in the Midwest sickening 35 people is uniquely dangerous because it can move to people and is multi-drug resistant, warn scientists. Area producers are asked to be vigilant and monitor the situation closely if any of their calves become sick and die within several hours.

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Health Officials Turn to NGS to Track Foodborne Pathogen Outbreaks

Genome Web, May 8, 2017

The use of whole-genome sequencing to identify the source of foodborne outbreaks is growing. As food networks become more and more complex, organizations such as the CDC and FDA may turn to the maturing technology to pinpoint where pathogens enter the food supply.

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No more tolerance for outbreaks

Meatingplace, May 8, 2017

The implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act will fundamentally change the way the U.S. government enforces food safety regulations, argues Meatingplace contributor Shawn Stevens. While in the past outbreaks may have been treated as somewhat inevitable, the FSMA moves to a zero-tolerance standard likely leading to more in-depth probes into what went wrong when outbreaks do occur.

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Discovery of rare E. coli O111 triggers recall of veal, beef, pork

Food Safety News, May 5, 2017

Over 5,500 pounds of veal, beef, and pork products have been recalled due to potential contamination with nonO157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O111. There haven’t been any reported illnesses from the products, which were distributed to retail stores and food service locations in six states.

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Recall Consequences: What Consumers Think

Food Safety Tech, May 2, 2017

Food recalls can have serious impacts on consumer brand perceptions, says a new survey. Nearly a quarter of respondents said they’d never use a brand again in the case of a recall or contamination that led to illness.

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Tyson Foods will eliminate antibiotics in chicken

USA Today, May 1, 2017

Tyson Foods has announced that it plans to go antibiotic-free by the end of 2017. The move will apply to poultry sold in supermarkets under the Tyson label, with the company saying it will use tactics such as improved ventilation to keep the birds healthy in lieu of antibiotics.

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US and Australia recognize food safety systems as comparable

Food Quality News, April 25, 2017

The US and Australia have signed a bilateral agreement recognizing the comparability of the two countries’ food safety and regulatory systems. The agreement is designed to simplify and encourage trade and is the third for the US, coming after agreements were reached with New Zealand and Canada.

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Huge increase in foodborne illnesses may be the result of better testing

Food Dive, April 25, 2017

Data from FoodNet shows a 114% increase in infections from Campylobacter, Salmonella, and other foodborne pathogens in 2016 compared to the average from 2013-2015. Improvements made to food safety testing procedures are noted as one major factor for the increase, meaning that the amount of infections may not actually be rising, but are being identified more accurately.

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Campylobacter, Salmonella led bacterial foodborne illnesses in 2016

CDC, April 20, 2017

Campylobacter and Salmonella were responsible for the most bacterial foodborne illnesses in 2016, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report uses data from the CDC’s Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) and found over 8,000 reported illnesses from each pathogen in 2016. Campylobacter took the top spot with over 8,500 reported cases.

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Pew, Cargill join forces on meat and poultry safety

Meatingplace, April 18, 2017

In an effort to improve the effectiveness of the U.S. meat and poultry safety inspection system, Pew Charitable Trusts and Cargill have partnered to create recommendations for the industry. The project will look at strategies to cut pathogenic contamination from bacteria like Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria, and E. coli in all parts of the food supply chain.

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Danish Chickens Finally Allowed Outdoors; Easter Eggs Salmonella-free

The Poultry Site, April 17, 2017

The Danish poultry quarantine to prevent the spread of H5N8 avian flu, which was effective since November 2016 has been lifted, according to the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA). The agency says that the policy, which required birds to be kept indoors, was effective with only two outbreaks in small flocks having been reported since the measures were put in place.

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APHIS sees progress, remaining gaps in traceability system

Meatingplace, April 10, 2017

The USDA’s Animal Disease Treaceability (ADT) livestock tracking system has key vulnerabilities, according to a report from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The report points out areas of potential improvement that could help stakeholders across the food supply chain improve traceability and support the ADT system.

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Prevalence of Campylobacter Contamination in Raw Chicken and Chicken Liver at Retail

Food Safety Magazine, April 10, 2017

Despite improving technology and more attention being paid to food safety, one study found that Campylobacter is still commonly found in poultry. The study focused on the U.K. and found a significant amount of poultry that had the highest levels of Campylobacter set by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

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Brazil provides update on meat industry audits

Feedstuffs, April 7, 2017

Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Food Supply agency has announced the results of its audit of 21 establishments implicated in the ongoing meat investigation. The investigators found that out of 302 product samples that were tested only 8 (2.6%) had issues that could affect public health.

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What is it that consumers really want?

Feedstuffs, April 4, 2017

A new study sheds light on what factors most influence consumers’ buying decisions when choosing pork products. Researchers found that the food values of highest importance to consumers were safety, price, and taste.

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States need $100M more for Food Safety Modernization Act

Food Safety News, April 4, 2017

State governments will need an additional $100 million per year to adequately implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), according to a letter sent to congressional budget leadership by the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA).

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Chicken Study Reveals Key Hurdle for Campylobacter Vaccine Effort

The Poultry Site, March 28, 2017

A study of functional immunity to Campylobacter jejuni in broiler chickens has found that the immune response does not develop fast enough to fight off the pathogen during the birds’ short lifespan. The researchers from the University of Liverpool note that this will complicate efforts to find an effective vaccine for Campylobacter in broilers and other pathogen mitigation strategies may be needed in the fight to keep poultry safe.

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Multi-drug-resistant Salmonella outbreak from bull calves over

Food Safety News, March 21, 2017

The outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg identified as coming from contact with dairy bull calves is over, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Though no deaths were reported as a consequence, the CDC’s final report shows 36 confirmed cases with 13 hospitalizations in the 10-state footprint of the outbreak.

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Biosecurity practices in campylobacter-negative & -positive commercial turkey farms

Meatingplace, March 20, 2017

Following best practices and measured procedures can help reduce campylobacter on the farm. This review of two farms’ performance demonstrates how simple changes and a multifaceted biosecurity approach can help keep food safe.

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HPAI confirmed at second Tennessee location

Agri-Pulse, March 17, 2017

USDA officials have located another case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Lincoln County, Tennessee less than two miles from the farm where the first case was detected. The USDA stresses that the infected animal did not enter the food chain, and the risk of human illness as a result of the incident is very low.

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Controlling bad eggs — on the farm and in the C-Suite

Food Safety News, March 9, 2017

Prosecutions of food company executives have created a “new normal” in food safety enforcement, with the threat of jail time now very real. As the Quality Egg LLC case works its way through the courts, subsequent rulings will clarify standards for corporate officer liability under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).

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Bird flu found at commercial chicken farm in Tennessee, USDA says

CNN, March 5, 2017

The H7 strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been found in a Tennessee chicken farm, according to officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The findings mark the first case of HPAI in 2017. The farm’s owners contract with Tyson Foods, who have stated that all flocks within a six-mile radius of the farm will be tested and will not be transported unless they test negative for HPAI.

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Rundown of Key Aspects to FSMA

Food Quality & Safety, March 2, 2017

Learn more about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) with this summary of six of the most crucial rules within the law.

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G.F.S.I. publishes updated food safety requirements

Food Business News, March 1, 2017

The Global Food Safety Initiative has released its seventh version of the G.F.S.I. Guidance Document, changing the name to “G.F.S.I. Benchmarking Requirements”. The update is designed to improve transparency and help users respond to unannounced audits, among other changes.

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Cage-free hens don’t improve egg food safety, nutrition levels

Food Safety News, March 1, 2017

The eggs produced by cage-free operations are not likely to be safer or more nutritious than eggs from chickens in other types of housing, says the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The ruling came as the court sided with the government’s food safety agencies, including the FDA and USDA’s FSIS, on the question of egg carton labeling.

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Struggle to control Salmonella, campy in comminuted chicken, parts continues

Meatingplace, February 27, 2017

Data from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) shows that chicken processors are still having trouble controlling Salmonella and Campylobacter contamination. The report demonstrates that while progress is being made in cutting contamination in chicken and turkey carcasses, chicken parts and comminuted chicken still pose a challenge.

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Antibiotic Resistance Remains High, Says EU Report

The Poultry Site, February 23, 2017

Antimicrobial resistance levels in bacteria from humans, animals, and food continue to rise, says a new report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and control (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The report used data submitted by 28 European Union member states in 2015, finding high levels of resistance in both Salmonella and Campylobacter bacteria.

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FDA Releases 2016 Food Safety Survey Report

Food Poisoning Bulletin, February 20, 2017

The FDA’s 2016 Food Safety Survey Report shows that many Americans are still more concerned about pathogen contamination in raw chicken and beef than in raw vegetables. The survey also found low levels of consumer awareness for Campylobacter, with only 16% of consumers saying they were aware of the bacteria’s risks.

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Federal report recommends ‘national strategy’ to address fragmented food safety system

Food Dive, February 15, 2017

A report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says the U.S. food safety regulatory system is too fragmented and difficult to understand. The report suggests a unified strategy be adopted to simplify the process, which is currently split between the FDA and the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, and improve overall food safety.

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How the history of food safety shapes today’s rules

Food Engineering, February 15, 2017

Learn more about how food safety practices have evolved over time, and how previous program successes can be used to examine the possible impacts of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

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Emerging Salmonella isolated from Midwest swine

National Hog Farmer, February 14, 2017

Increases in prevalence of an emerging variant of Salmonella Typhimurium may be linked to swine, according to researchers from the University of Minnesota. While the S.4,[5],12:i:- serotype has seen a quick increase in prevalence since the late 1990’s, becoming the 4th most common serotype in human cases, the researchers found a similar increase in swine samples sent to the Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory between 2006-2015.

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Listeria in cheese, recalls by Sargento, Meijer, others

Food Safety News, February 11, 2017

Listeria monocytogenes was found in some brands of Colby cheese after a random inspection by Tennessee food inspectors prompting a recall of affected brands. The recalled cheeses were produced by Deutsch Kase Haus LLC and were used in branded products by Amish Classics, Meijer, and Sargento.

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GFSI in 2017: The Year of FSMA Compliance

Food Safety Tech, February 10, 2017

With many compliance dates for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) occurring in 2017, check out this guide to how Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standard can work with the new requirements to ensure food safety.

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A Look Back at 2016 Food Recalls

Food Safety Magazine, February 7, 2017

Food recalls surged in 2016 with a 22% rise compared to 2015, according to Food Safety Magazine’s second year-end review of food recalls from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, and Canada’s Food Inspection Agency. Listeria contamination is noted as a major factor for the increase, creating 196 recalls in 2016 alone.

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Cookie dough company closes in wake of recalls for Listeria

Food Safety News, February 5, 2017

The owners of Aspen Hills Inc. have decided to cease operations, with the decision coming after Listeria contamination was discovered in types of Blue Bell and Blue Bunny brand ice cream that used the company’s cookie dough.

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Study finds resistant Salmonella in more animal than plant products

American Veterinary Medical Association, February 1, 2017

A study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that drug-resistant Salmonella is more common in animal than plant products. The team examined U.S. Salmonella outbreaks from 2003 to 2012, finding that of the 90 outbreaks with a single identified source, 16 of 22 drug-resistant strains came from animal products.

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New Categorization of Food Scares

Food Quality & Safety, January 31, 2017

British researchers have developed a system to categorize food scares based on their physical manifestations (chemical/physical or biological contamination) and origins (deliberate deception or transparency issues). The scheme distinguishes food incidents from food scares, giving producers and regulators a common language to classify and address issues.

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Four tools to help fight food borne illness & boost food safety efforts

Food Navigator, January 30, 2017

Suggesting that food safety professionals need more “tools in their toolbox,” Walmart Vice-President of Food Safety Frank Yiannas offers four unique tips that can help improve food safety programs. The training tools combine best practices from food science as well as strategies from behavior science to improve the training’s effect.

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Federal hiring freeze disrupts USDA’s food safety testing

Food Safety News, January 27, 2017

How will President Trump’s federal hiring freeze and hold on new regulations affect food safety testing? While Food and Drug Administration officials say the Food Safety Modernization Act implementation is unlikely to be affected, the hiring freeze may cause delays for testing performed by the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS).

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Top Food Safety and Regulatory Concerns for 2017

Food Processing, January 24, 2017

What will 2017 bring for food safety? The early days of President Trump’s administration already are generating questions about regulatory enforcement. This year, we’re also likely to see greater pressure on suppliers to ensure product safety. Growth in dedicated Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) personnel is in the offing, too. It looks like 2017 is going to be “action packed” when it comes to food safety.

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Consumers, birds could suffer when activists direct poultry production

Meatingplace, January 17, 2017

A Massachusetts measure banning the use of confinement rearing for several types of poultry, including layer hens, could have unintended consequences. Dr. Karen Christensen outlines costs that could arise for consumers and poultry companies as a result of this activist-driven legislation.

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Twinkies, Palmer Candy join recall over salmonella concerns

CNN, January 10, 2017

Some Hostess Twinkies and chocolate confections from the Palmer Candy Co. are among the latest products to be pulled from store shelves as part of a recall that has affected over 20 brands so far. The recall focuses on products containing milk powder ingredients from Valley Milk Products that may be contaminated with Salmonella.

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Reviewing the Food Safety Milestones of 2016

Food Processing, January 4, 2017

2016 was a busy year for food safety! Check out this summary of some of the biggest changes, including the Food Safety Modernization Act, GMO labeling, and how the continued growth in social media use can affect food safety perception and reality.

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My fate was sealed when I was in 5th grade

Meatingplace, January 3, 2017

Dr. Karen Christensen, associate professor and extension specialist at the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas, has joined Meatingplace to launch her “Birds Eye View” blog. The blog is going to provide an insider’s perspective on important issues affecting the poultry industry. In her first post, Dr. Christensen explains how a school project hatched her passion for poultry production.

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Storms and stability ahead for food safety efforts in 2017

Food Safety News, January 2, 2017

Major changes are on the horizon for food safety in 2017. With a new Congress and federal executive branch administration coming into power, what can we expect for food safety legislation and rule-making, particularly from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration?

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Salmonella and Campylobacter Verification Testing Program Monthly Reports

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), December 20, 2016

As 2016 winds to an end, take a look at the results of FSIS sampling of poultry establishments for Salmonella and Campylobacter. Facilities are graded on a three-category system for establishments that meet the performance standard, score at or below half the standard, or fail the standard. The resource includes aggregate data from September 2015 through November 2016, but does not indicate test results for individual establishments.

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ConAgra Subsidiary Slapped with Largest Criminal Fine Ever in Food Safety Case

Food Safety Tech, December 15, 2016

ConAgra did not do enough to mitigate risks of Salmonella contamination in its peanut butter, the U.S. Department of Justice ruled in handing down the harshest fine ever imposed in a food safety case — $8 million dollars and forfeiture of $3.2 million in assets.

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Diamond V presents poultry update at EuroTier

WattAgNet, December 14, 2016

Dr. Wael Abdelrahman of Diamond V focused on key scientific advances in the emerging field of pre-harvest food safety during a presentation at the recent international trade show in Hanover, Germany. He explored recent research on Salmonella, E. coli, and Campylobacter and discussed nutritional health solutions to reduce these pathogens in live poultry as well as the reduction of antimicrobial resistance in these pathogens.

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Researchers find worrisome CRE on U.S. swine farm

Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy, University of Minnesota, December 5, 2016

Ohio State University researchers have reported finding carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in a U.S. commercial-scale farrow-to-finish swine operation. CRE from the farm carried the highly transmissible IMP-27 gene, which confers resistance to a class of antibiotics used as a “last resort” to treat drug-resistant pathogens in humans. CRE have appeared in European and Asian livestock, but their discovery on a U.S. farm has caused greater concern as the antibiotic is not approved for use in food animals in the U.S.

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Rise in antimicrobial-resistant bugs on poultry

World Poultry, December 2, 2016

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in foodborne bacteria found on British poultry meat is increasing, says a new UK study. The Food Standards Agency study, conducted by the Royal Veterinary College, examined published evidence from 1999 through 2016. Researchers found higher levels of resistance to common antibiotics in Campylobacter jejuni isolates from chicken meat, as well as increased prevalence of multiple-drug resistance bacteria on poultry products.

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Bull calves likely source of drug resistant Salmonella outbreak

Food Safety News, November 29, 2016

An outbreak of multi-drug resistant Salmonella Heidelberg that infected 21 people has been linked to dairy bull calves from Wisconsin, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. Testing by the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene showed the same DNA fingerprints in isolates from sick individuals and calves. Also, 79% of infected people who were interviewed reported contact with dairy bull calves or other cattle.

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Are you ready for the VFD?

BEEF Magazine, November 25, 2016

The Veterinary Feed Directive comes into effect January 1 and applies to all food animal production. However, many beef producers still have questions about details of the new federal rule that covers many common antibiotics. Use this quick rundown to keep the animal health side of your operation running smoothly into the New Year and beyond.

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GFSI explores leveraging FSMA, public-private collaboration for global food safety

Global Food Safety Initiative, November 17, 2016

Food safety leaders from industry and government agencies met in Washington, D.C. to discuss how tools from the Global Food Safety Initiative can work with requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The GFSI tools are an effective starting point for FSMA compliance and have sparked discussion about a public-private food safety collaboration.

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How to proactively protect against food poisoning

State and federal agencies are upping their game to meet food poisoning risks. A number of states are rolling out new resources to keep the public safe this Thanksgiving. Here’s a sampler of what’s available:

Top 3 Reasons for Food Recalls

Food Safety Tech, November 16, 2016

Food recalls can be catastrophically expensive and damage a company’s reputation. This advice can help you learn more about the most common causes of contamination, as well as strategies to cut the risk and keep your operations safe.

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FSIS unveils strategic five-year plan

Meat+Poultry, November 7, 2016

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has released its 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, which focuses on preventing foodborne illnesses and protecting public health. The plan includes initiatives designed to improve public awareness of food safety issues, strategies to improve food safety regulation and statute compliance, and new communication tactics to enable quicker outbreak responses.

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5 broiler health priorities identified by USDA

WattAgNet, October 31, 2016

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Agricultural Research Service shares their top five focus areas to improve broiler health. Developed with industry input, needs include: strategies to handle emerging diseases, new and improved vaccines, and studies comparing the health impacts of conventional versus antibiotic-free production.

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5 food safety challenges for broiler producers

The Poultry Federation, October 28, 2016

Poultry companies face new food safety challenges as regulatory agencies begin to use full genome sequencing to discover sources of foodborne pathogens like Salmonella and Campylobacter. Ashley Peterson, Vice President of Science and Technology for the National Chicken Council, provides a concise update.

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Australian research reveals how Campylobacter bacteria work

Food Safety News, October 26, 2016

Researchers have found that Campylobacter has evolved “sensory receptors” to identify target host cells. The findings provide a deeper understanding of how the pathogen infects poultry and could lead to a new approach to pathogen mitigation.

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Chipotle Q3 income plummets as food safety issues take toll

USA Today, October 25, 2016

Can Chipotle rebound after multiple food safety failures have driven its stock down 38% within 12 months? Consumer confidence in the trendy chain remains shaky, but executives are implementing a far-reaching recovery plan to address brand image as well as food safety training and protocols.

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Criminal Prosecutions in the Food Industry: Adulteration and Prison Time

FSM Digest, October 18, 2016

Criminal prosecutions are on the rise in food safety cases. The U.S. Supreme Court is going to decide soon whether the executives of an Iowa-based egg supplier involved in a 2010 Salmonella outbreak can be held responsible and sentenced to jail time, even if they had no knowledge of the adulteration.

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Professor of Proof

Meatingplace Magazine, September 2016

Texas A&M Professor Gary Acuff points out that validation isn’t just showing your product doesn’t have pathogens — it’s proving your processes are killing them.

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‘Superbug’ MRSA may be spreading through tainted poultry

Washington Post, September 21, 2016

A new form of a dangerous “superbug” may be spreading to humans through contaminated poultry that people handle or eat, according to a recent study. A high-level summit is focusing on the rising threat posed by microbes that can’t be stopped with drugs. It is only the fourth time that the world’s decision-makers have addressed a health concern at the U.N. General Assembly.

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European Mission: Reduce Campylobacter in Pre-Harvest Broiler Chickens

Food Quality & Safety, June/July 2016

Francisco Ysunza, Ph.D., Manager, Technical Support — Europe Lionel Le Ven, Technical Sales and Support Manager — France

A large, diverse group of experts are actively seeking a comprehensive solution to reduce the risk of Campylobacter in broiler meat by fighting this persistent pathogen in the flocks from day one. This consortium, working under the umbrella of the Campybro Project, brings together the expertise of 10 research institutions, industry associations, and companies in four European countries.

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European Mission: Reduce Campylobacter in Pre-Harvest Broiler Chickens

Food Quality & Safety, June/July 2016

Francisco Ysunza, Ph.D., Manager, Technical Support — Europe Lionel Le Ven, Technical Sales and Support Manager — France

A large, diverse group of experts are actively seeking a comprehensive solution to reduce the risk of Campylobacter in broiler meat by fighting this persistent pathogen in the flocks from day one. This consortium, working under the umbrella of the Campybro Project, brings together the expertise of 10 research institutions, industry associations, and companies in four European countries.

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Food Safety Patent Pending: Pre-harvest reduction of foodborne pathogens in food animals

Diamond V, September 2015

Patent Pending

Diamond V’s pending patent is based on numerous studies at many research institutions that involved pathogenic challenges to healthy animals by several different strains of Salmonella and Campylobacter. The resulting body of scientific knowledge on the effects of Original XPC on foodborne pathogen reduction represents the largest known collection of pre-harvest food safety research projects.

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