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Sep 21, 2012

Canadian Beef Recall Spreading

A massive, voluntary recall of beef products distributed by XL Foods of Alberta, Canada, due to possible contamination with E. coli 0157:H7, appears to have spread to the U.S.

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Sep 17, 2012

Ensuring Safety Across the Food Chain

While food manufacturers adjust to the new realities of FSMA, processing and packaging suppliers are rolling out new technologies to help businesses stay ahead of the curve, and many will be featured this fall at PACK EXPO International 2012.

Sep 17, 2012

Molecular Detection Assay for E. coli O157 Receives AOAC-PTM Approval

3M Food Safety has received AOAC-PTM Certification (#071202) for its new 3M™ Molecular Detection Assay for E. coli O157 (including H7) from the AOAC Research Institute’s Performance Tested Methods Program.

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Sep 07, 2012

An Academic Approach to Preventing Further Cantaloupe Contaminations

A Salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupes from a farm in southwestern Indiana raises concerns about—as well as academic interest in—the vulnerability of the fruit to bacterial contamination.

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Sep 07, 2012

Protein Drinks Recalled for Botulism Risk

A variety of protein drinks have been recalled by Whitehall, Penn.-based Protica Inc. because of a botulism risk in an unusual case involving a commercial product.

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Aug 24, 2012

Deadly Cantaloupe Outbreak Probed by U.S. Prosecutors

Rumors continue to swirl around an alleged federal criminal probe being conducted by U.S. prosecutors into the deadly 2011 Listeria outbreak traced to cantaloupes sold by Colorado-based Jensen Farms, which the CDC reports killed at least 33 people and sickened nearly 150 more.

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Aug 24, 2012

Consumer Reports Receives $2 Million Grant for Food Safety Study

Consumer Reports, the arbiter of safety and quality in consumer products ranging from cars to washing machines to baby cribs, will take a more prominent role in assessing food safety, using a new $2 million grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Aug 10, 2012

GAO Report Attacks FDA Reliability on Food Recalls

The FDA’s food recall process leaves significant room for improvement, according to a critical report released in late July by the GAO.

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Aug 10, 2012

Secret of Deadly E. Coli Strain Revealed

Scientists at Michigan State University in East Lansing have uncovered a key factor in the virulence of the genome of E. coli 0104:H4, the rare strain behind the outbreak in Germany last summer that killed 54 people and sickened nearly 4,000.

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Aug 03, 2012

Why Norovirus Out-Pathogens Salmonella and E. Coli

A recent report in the Journal of Infectious Diseases underscores why norovirus represents “the perfect human pathogen,” according to Aron Hall, DVM, MSPH, an epidemiologist with the CDC’s Viral Gastroenteritis Team.

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