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Features: Foodborne Illnesses Decline Overall
Here’s the good news: The overall incidence of reported illnesses linked to one of six of the most common foodborne pathogens dropped by 23% between 1996-1998 and 2010, according to a CDC report.
California food safety officials recently lifted the statewide quarantine on all raw milk products produced by Organic Pastures of Fresno County, a little more than a week after it was imposed in the wake of 10 cases of Campylobacter-related illness linked to the dairy’s products.
Under a new USDA policy, the FSIS will be able to begin investigating cases of E. coli O157:H7 contamination in meat and poultry after receiving “presumptively positive” test results, rather than waiting for those preliminary results to be confirmed positive.
Diamond Pet Foods’ failure to provide an adequate number of handwashing facilities, maintain sanitary equipment, and take all reasonable precautions to prevent Salmonella contamination contributed to illness in at least 16 people in nine states, the FDA said in a May 15 report.
Features: ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Sprouts Can Be Safe
Larger producers provide model for success by adhering to 1999 FDA guidelines
Plans to cut approximately 100 food inspector positions from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency over the next three years—a move projected to save the agency some $56 million—may not have as much impact on the nation’s food safety as has been claimed, according to one Canadian microbiologist and food safety expert.
A compound commonly found in garlic kills Campylobacter jejuni, one of the most common causes of foodborne illness, better than antibiotics, according to researchers at Washington State University in Pullman.
The FDA’s proposed guidance document for the use of nanomaterials as food additives is “a step in the right direction,” said a leading nanotechnology expert, but ultimately leaves the decision about whether or not to consult with the FDA in the hands of industry.
Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have identified certain serotypes of Salmonella—among the more than 2,500 strains known to exist—that have the capacity to become “hypervirulent” during the infective process in animals.
By attaching pathogen-specific antibodies to vanishingly small gold nanoparticles—so minuscule that 25,000 would fit across the width of a human hair—scientists at Jackson State University in Mississippi can detect various strains of Salmonella with a simple five-minute test.