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Aug 15, 2011

One Pathogen’s Natural Enemy

New research from the University of Washington lends further insights into how nitric oxide—a chemical that is used as a preservative and is also naturally produced in the body—inhibits the growth of the Salmonella bacteria and may assist researchers looking for ways to combat the pathogen.

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Aug 08, 2011

Need Practice Preparing for Food Safety Crises?

You’re an official with a state office of public health, and reports have begun to come in about cases of E. coli 0157:H7 in your own and a neighboring state.

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Aug 08, 2011

Canada Embarks on 3-Year, $21.5 Million Traceability Plan

The Ontario and Canadian governments announced in July that they will invest $21.5 million in food safety over the course of the next three years by improving traceability.

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Jul 25, 2011

European E. Coli Outbreaks Could Recur

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).

Jul 25, 2011

U.S. Food Pathogen Testing Growing Robustly

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.

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Jul 21, 2011

E. Coli Can Linger in Streambeds for Months

E. coli pathogens have already proven that they have a stubborn ability to survive in the human digestive system. Now, new research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that they’re also hardy enough to live for months in underwater sediments, sometimes even overwintering in streambeds.

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Jul 21, 2011

Americans Fear Japanese-Imported Food

Only 25% of Americans would feel comfortable buying and eating food imported from Japan in the wake of the radiation leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant after the earthquake and tsunami in March, according to a survey presented last week at the 2011 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo.

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Jul 12, 2011

Method Aims to Boost Eggs’ Defenses

A specialized cooling system that could strengthen eggs’ natural defenses against Salmonella is edging closer to market, reported the system’s developer, Kevin Keener, PhD, an associate professor of food science at Purdue University.

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Jul 12, 2011

FDA Outlines Ambitious Global Effort

Given the scarcity of resources, the U.S. cannot work alone to ensure the safety of food imported from other countries, says the “Pathway to Global Product Safety and Quality,” a new report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that outlines its plan to work globally to track the movement of food and drugs.

Jul 11, 2011

Method Aims to Boost Eggs’ Defenses

A specialized cooling system that could strengthen eggs’ natural defenses against Salmonella is edging closer to market, reported the system’s developer, Kevin Keener, PhD, an associate professor of food science at Purdue University.

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