From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 7.26.2011
Seeds widely distributed, difficult to recall
The apparent source of contamination in the deadly E. coli outbreak in Europe—a single massive shipment of fenugreek seeds from Egypt—has been widely distributed throughout the continent, and new outbreaks or continued sporadic cases are likely until the expiration date of the seeds three years from now, according to a report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Specific pathogen testing growth outpaces routine testing
Microbiologic testing for specific pathogens in the U.S. food processing industry has increased 18% annually for the past three years and is expected to continue to rise, according to a recent report. U.S. food processors performed 213.2 million microbiology tests in 2010, of which approximately 22% were specific pathogen tests, according to the author of the report.