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