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Dec 02, 2011

Genome Testing Pinpoints Pathogens

A new genomic test from Cornell University scientists can accurately detect the pathogenic culprit in outbreaks of foodborne illness and rapidly differentiate between outbreak-related and non-outbreak-related cases.

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Nov 14, 2011

Laser Tests Freshness of Packaged Food

New laser technology developed in Sweden can detect the gas composition inside packaged foods and determine the items’ freshness, say researchers from Lund University.

Nov 14, 2011

Smartphone Technology Used to Detect Contamination

Most tests for foodborne contamination are designed to detect one pathogen at a time.

Nov 03, 2011

Canadian Food Safety Mandate Leads to More Recalls

Canadians refer to it simply as “the Maple Leaf outbreak.”

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Nov 03, 2011

Did FDA Imperil Pregnant Women, Children after Gulf Oil Spill?

The FDA failed to take into account risks to pregnant women and children when it issued reports indicating that Gulf seafood is safe to eat in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, suggests a new article by researchers from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) that appeared in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

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Oct 21, 2011

FDA Grants to Fund Food Safety Training

Grants to seven educational institutions from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will fund food safety training programs to help improve responses to foodborne illness outbreaks and other events, according to officials at grant recipient institutions.

Oct 21, 2011

Organization Will Help Strengthen Food Safety Coordination

The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) received a grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help strengthen interagency collaboration in the national food safety system, the AFDO announced.

Oct 18, 2011

Listeria Death Toll Continues to Climb

The Listeria monocytogenes outbreak traced to tainted cantaloupe has claimed the lives of at least 25 people and sickened 98, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Oct. 18.

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Oct 18, 2011

Bill Aims to Reform USDA Oversight

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., has introduced legislation designed to reform food safety oversight within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Oct 03, 2011

Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak Deadliest in U.S. in a Decade

At least 15 people had died and more than 84 have been sickened as the result of a Listeria outbreak traced to cantaloupes from Colorado-based Jensen Farms.

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