Category Campylobacter

What are the odds? 840 times more likely for raw milk drinkers

Based on statistics from the five-year period 2009-2014, people who drink unpasteurized, raw milk are 840 times more likely to contract a foodborne illness than those who drink pasteurized milk. The statistics, included in a research report scheduled for publication in the upcoming June issue of “Emerging Infectious Diseases” also show raw milk drinkers are... Continue Reading Read More

Researchers discover how foodborne pathogen triggers GBS

Public health officials have known for some time that Guillain-Barre Syndrome could be triggered by the foodborne Campylobacter jejuni, but a research team at Michigan State University only recently discovered how the pathogen commonly found in undercooked chicken leads to the paralyzing neuromuscular disorder. Funded by the federal government’s National Institutes of Health Enterics Research... Continue Reading Read More

Raw milk distribution ongoing despite Campylobacter outbreak

As may as 20 people are sick in Colorado in an ongoing Campylobacter outbreak, with multiple public health agencies reporting the most likely cause is raw milk from Larga Vista Ranch — some of which appears to have been distributed illegally. “All the individuals who were sickened reported drinking raw milk from Larga Vista Ranch,”... Continue Reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Over 4000 sick from Campylobacter in NZ water

With over 4,000 now sick from drinking water contaminated with Campylobacter in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said today charges could be laid. According to Nicholas Jones of the NZ Herald, Key is backing the Hastings District Council, … Continue reading Read More

Wal-Mart’s chicken safety program shows significant results

With four steps, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has taken a giant leap in poultry food safety, reporting a decrease of the frequency of Salmonella contamination of chicken parts to 2 percent. The multi-national retailer has been working with its U.S. chicken suppliers on stepped-up food safety requirements since December 2014. Suppliers of chicken parts such as... Continue Reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Birds: Crowds of crows spread Campylobacter

Crows are smart, highly social animals that congregate in flocks of tens of thousands. Such large, highly concentrated populations can easily spread disease — not only amongst their own species, but quite possibly to humans, either via livestock, or directly. … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Raw is risky: Campylobacter infections associated with raw milk consumption sicken 99 in Utah, 2014

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that a total of 99 cases (59 confirmed and 40 probable) of campylobacteriosis, including 10 patients who were hospitalized, and one who died, occurred in an outbreak in northern Utah associated with a … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Pulsenet prevents 276,000 foodborne illnesses a year

An elderly woman in Phoenix. A Toledo toddler. An accountant in Indianapolis. All poisoned by food. Quickly uncovering that their illnesses are connected can make all the difference in halting a deadly outbreak. About 276,000 cases of foodborne illness are … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog It’s expensive to barf

Objectives To estimate the annual cost to patients, the health service and society of infectious intestinal disease (IID) from Campylobacter, norovirus and rotavirus. Design Secondary data analysis. Setting The United Kingdom population, 2008–9. Main outcome measures Cases and frequency of … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Steaming hot: Campylobacter reduction in UK

Still no mention of thermometers which makes this Agency not so-science based. The Food Standards Agency reports results for the second quarter of testing, from October to December 2015, continue to show a decrease in the number of birds with … Continue reading Read More