Monthly Archives April 2016

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog 124 sick: 4 on-going US outbreaks of Salmonella linked to small turtles

On 20 April 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of the U.S. notified PAHO/WHO of an ongoing investigation of four multistate outbreaks of human Salmonella infections linked to exposure to small turtles (with shell length <4 inches/10 centimetres) or their … Continue reading Read More

Author: Ben Chapman --- Source: barfblog Rewashing triple-washed greens at home can only increase risk of foodborne illness

Keeping with the pathogen-in-leafy-greens theme of the night, I buy the triple washed and the never washed types of lettuce. My decision is usually based on how much we’ll consume in the next few days. I rinse the not washed. … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Apricot kernels pose risk of cyanide poisoning

Eating more than one large or three small raw apricot kernels in a serving can exceed safe levels. Toddlers consuming even one small apricot kernel risk being over the safe level. A naturally-occurring compound called amygdalin is present in apricot … Continue reading Read More

CDC warns of Cronobacter in powdered milk, infant formula

In a new warning this week, the government discusses Cronobacter contamination, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is a particular problem in powdered infant formulas, and to a lesser degree herbal teas, starches and powdered milk. Because powdered infant formula is not sterile, it can sometimes contain Cronobacter — formerly known as Enterobacter sakazakii — a... Continue Reading Read More

Dole restarts salad facility; mum on Listeria cleaning process

Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. has resumed production at a salad facility that was linked to a deadly nine-month Listeria outbreak without revealing what was done to clean the plant or to prevent future contamination of food processed there. A statement on Dole’s website says investigations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for... Continue Reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Canadian study finds soy can be used as an antibacterial agent

A new study from the University of Guelph has found soy can limit the growth of some bacteria, such as listeria and pseudomonas, and it does it better than chemical-based agents. “Current synthetic-based, chemical-based anti-microbial agents kill bacteria indiscriminately, whether … Continue reading Read More

Teach, train, test, repeat — food safety refreshers a must

It’s just human nature … people forget. Consequently, unless food handlers receive proper followup reviews and reinforcement, retention of food safety protocols and procedures is unlikely. To ensure that classroom content becomes part of their daily routine, employers must monitor, document and refresh the training messages. Food handlers need to understand there is sense of... Continue Reading Read More

Author: Ben Chapman --- Source: barfblog A botulism outbreak a year later: ‘It was all just a big accident’

A year ago a group of folks went to a fellowship event at a small town Ohio church; they ate a potluck meal including potato salad. As the foodborne epidemiologists used to say, ‘it’s always the potato salad’; usually referring … Continue reading Read More

Frozen vegetables recalled in U.S., Canada because of listeria

Fifteen frozen organic vegetable products distributed to retailers in at least 35 states and four Canadian provinces are under voluntary recall because of potential contamination with listeria monocytogenes. CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, WA, posted the recall Friday because random samples of frozen organic peas and corn tested by Ohio health officials returned positive results... Continue Reading Read More

Study Shows Once and for All That Raw Milk Doesn’t Help Lactose Intolerance | TIME

Study Shows Once and for All That Raw Milk Doesn’t Help Lact...

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