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Industry and government turn to lab specialists to help detect and confirm the presence of numerous strains of E. coli.
Features: Massive Canadian Beef Recall Puts Pressure on CFIA and Raises Questions on Timing of Plant Closing
The massive recall of E. coli-contaminated beef from Canadian processor XL Foods in Alberta now encompasses more than 1,700 beef products and is considered the largest in the country’s history.
Features: 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.
Although industry figures indicate that the latest crisis, which involved a rare and deadly strain of E. coli, has resulted in sales losses comparable to the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986, only a handful of exhibitors and farmers at Berlin's International Green Week are willing to talk about the disaster openly. Nearly a year after the devastating outbreak, which killed more than 40 and sickened more than 4,000 people in Germany and other parts of Europe, it is business as usual.
Features: Germany's E. coli Nightmare
With at least 40 dead and thousands sickened in more than a dozen nations, food investigation methods are once again under close scrutiny
Departments: Track & Trace
What’s scarier than a contamination event? Not properly planning for reporting to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when your product is involved in one. Fortunately, compliance with the FDA Reportable Food Registry (RFR) is easier than you think.
Departments: Novel Approaches to Pathogen Control
A series of recent incidents involving pathogens in peanut butter, ground beef, and chicken products has forced the food industry to recognize the continuing need for technological means of ensuring the biological integrity of food supplies.
Escherichia coli can live for weeks around the roots of produce plants and transfer to the edible portions, but the threat can be minimized if growers don’t harvest too soon, a Purdue University study shows.
Features: It's Not Easy Bein' a Green
What can be a problem for an amphibian also pertains to produce. Consider this: The famous muppet Kermit the Frog appears to have it all—notoriety, popularity, and tremendous professional success. Yet, he sings, “It’s not easy bein’ green.”
Features: The Long, Hard Road to Beef Safety
The beef industry has long been in a race to keep up with its nemesis, Escherichia coli O157:H7. In 2007, it seemed as if the bacterium was winning. Compared with recent years, 2007 saw a colossal jump in the number of recalls due to beef products tainted with E. coli O157:H7.