Food Safety

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58 sick, 2 dead, possible link to romaine lettuce

Over the past seven weeks, 58 people in the U.S. and Canada have become ill and two have died from E. coli O157H7, linked by Canadians to romaine …

Public Health

Inspector general report: FDA food recalls dangerously slow, procedures deeply flawed

The federal recall process for about 80% of the nation's food is so slow it can take up to 10 months to get unsafe products off all store shelves — even when people are getting sick, says a report released Tuesday by the Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general office.<p>Much has …

Scott Gottlieb

Food Recall Warning (Staphylococcus bacteria) - Maple Leaf brand Chicken Breast Strips

Distribution – National. Recalling firm – Maple Leaf Foods

Bacteria

Europe's Egg-Contamination Scandal Spreads As Far As Hong Kong

The scope of Europe's contaminated egg scandal is expanding, reaching as far as Hong Kong.<p>Farms in four countries — Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and France — have been blocked from selling eggs after detection of the pesticide fipronil, EU trade and agriculture spokesman Daniel Rosario told …

Hong Kong

New Zealand: thousands of bottles of allegedly fraudulent wine exported

Ministry of Primary Industries brings landmark case against Southern Boundary Wines under 2003 wine act<p>Thousands of bottles of allegedly fraudulent New Zealand sauvignon blanc and pinot noir have been exported overseas in what the government believes is the country’s first significant case of wine …

New Zealand

Belgium says it knew about contaminated eggs in June

<b>Belgium has admitted it knew in June that eggs from Dutch farms might be contaminated with an insecticide - a month before the issue became public.</b><p>The information was not shared because of a fraud investigation, a spokeswoman for Belgium's food safety agency said.<p>Tests found the chemical fipronil, …

Agriculture

Cleaning a Dirty Sponge Only Helps Its Worst Bacteria, Study Says

Stop. Drop the sponge and step away from the microwave.<p>That squishy cleaning apparatus is a microscopic universe, teeming with countless bacteria. Some people may think that microwaving a sponge kills its tiny residents, but they are only partly right. It may nuke the weak ones, but the strongest, …

Microbiology

Iraq displaced hit by food poisoning in camp near Mosul

<b>Hundreds of people have fallen ill from suspected food poisoning at a camp for displaced people near the Iraqi city of Mosul.</b><p>People were said to be vomiting and suffering dehydration after an iftar meal, to break the daily Ramadan fast.<p>The Hasansham U2 camp, between Mosul and Irbil, houses people …

Mosul

Iraq: Food poisoning strikes hundreds at camp for displaced

HASSAN SHAM U2 CAMP, Iraq (AP) — Food poisoning at a camp for displaced residents of Mosul has made more than 700 people sick, with hundreds hospitalized, Iraqi officials said Tuesday.<p>The incident at the Hassan Sham U2 camp, about 20 kilometers (13 miles) east of Mosul, has become part of the …

Middle East

2 Las Vegas hotel guests contract Legionnaires' disease

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two recent guests at a Las Vegas resort have contracted Legionnaires' disease, officials said Friday.<p>The guests who contracted the lung infection stayed separately in March and April at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, the Southern Nevada Health District said.<p>Legionella, the bacteria …

Las Vegas

'Death cap' wild mushrooms poison 14 in California

Lethal mushrooms picked in the California wilderness poisoned 14 people late last year, with three requiring liver transplants, including an 18-month-old girl.<p>The cases were reported to the California Poison Control System over a two-week period in December, although the Centers for Disease Control …

Public Health

1 dead and 9 hospitalized with botulism after eating nacho cheese sauce

<b>(CNN) —</b> One person is dead and nine others were hospitalized after they contracted botulism from eating contaminated nacho cheese sauce at a gas station outside of Sacramento, California, state and local officials said.<p>The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released a statement Monday …

Public Health

California botulism outbreak is rare case of deadly disease

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A deadly botulism outbreak linked to contaminated nacho-cheese dip sold in a California gas station is a rare case of the disease that can cause paralysis and death.<p>The outbreak in the Sacramento area left one man dead and sent nine people to a hospital.<p>Here are some …

Public Health

Decomposed bat is found inside bag of organic salad from a Florida Walmart

As the Miami Herald would observe, Saturday's notice recalling an untold quantity of organic salad from Walmart stores across the southeastern United States “tiptoes around the batness" of the situation.<p>The very, very disgusting batness of it all.<p>Fresh Express's recall notice says only that, …

Public Health

Spain reports case of mad cow disease

MADRID (AP) — Spain has reported a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly called mad cow disease, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) says.<p>The diseased cow belonged to a herd of 134 cattle on a farm near the city of Salamanca in the northwestern region of Castilla-Leon, …

Public Health

Raw milk cheese linked to two listeria deaths in US

<b>Two people have died and four more have fallen ill following an outbreak of listeria linked to recalled cheese in several eastern US states.</b><p>Officials say it was probably caused by a soft raw milk cheese called Ouleout from Vulto Creamery in New York state.<p>The cheese was stocked by a Whole Foods …

Public Health

Study: Restaurants Not Good At Explaining Risks of Undercooked Meat to Customers

Front-line staff, such as servers in restaurants, are often trusted with providing customers with food safety information regarding their meals. A …

Research

20 years on, Scotland E. coli tragedy saw heart ripped from town

<i>In November 1996, over 400 fell ill and 21 were killed in Scotland by E. coli O157:H7 found in deli meats produced by family butchers John Barr &</i> …

E.coli

Food porn: People want rare hamburgers yet aren’t informed of risks

I love this paper.The research is cool, but to me it culminates 16 years of Chapman becoming a better researcher.I had a hand in the idea for the …

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Norovirus: Over 100 sickened by raw oysters on Vancouver Island

CBC reports<i> Island Health says Norovirus is likely to blame after more than 100 people who ate raw oysters in Tofino earlier this month fell</i> …

Public Health

Food Safety Websites

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Don’t Trust Your Waiter for Food Safety Advice

Matt Shipman, Research Communications Lead at NC State News Services and contributor to The Abstract (and all-around great guy) writes,<i>I went out for</i> …

Restaurants

Study: Restaurants Not Good At Explaining Risks of Undercooked Meat to Customers

When I was eleven my parents took me to Disney World in Florida. I don’t remember much about the trip other than we rode space mountain, went to …

Research

Salmonella everywhere and i love science: Food regulators in Virginia seize adulterated milk products

<i>The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service seized more than 4 million pounds of product produced by Valley</i> …

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services