From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 09.08.10
Norovirus and Salmonella top list
Of the 734 foodborne disease outbreaks with known etiologies in 2007, Norovirus and Salmonella accounted for the lion’s share of reports, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported in the Aug. 13 edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) .
Researchers focus on two gene mutations
Scientists at the University of Washington have discovered a mechanism that may explain part of the organism’s ability to respond to inhospitable conditions. By selectively altering its production of proteins in a manner not previously recognized, Salmonella can change both its susceptibility to antibiotics and its level of virulence.
No detectable odors or flavors of oil or dispersants found
Certain waters in the Gulf of Mexico are being reopened to commercial fishing after the cleanup and control of the oil spill resulting from the April explosion on British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling rig.