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Features: N.C. State Will Focus on Norovirus
Although human noroviruses are the most common cause of foodborne disease, responsible for more than 5 million cases in the United States each year, they get much less attention for their links to foodborne illness outbreaks than Salmonella, Listeria, and E. coli.
Features: What’s in That Meat?
Picture two raw chicken packages next to each other in the supermarket cooler.
Features: 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.
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.
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.
Features: 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).
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.
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
On May 25, several environmental and health advocacy groups sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in an attempt to stop the large-scale use of penicillin and tetracyclines in animal feed, claiming that this practice causes the development of drug-resistant bacteria that are dangerous to humans.
Features: Lessons from the German E. Coli Outbreak
Germany’s recent enormous E. coli outbreak points to the need to better identify and understand the virulence genes involved with this pathogen, said Pina Fratamico, PhD, a lead researcher at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Center for Food Safety who has worked to draw attention to lesser-known types of E. coli.