Category Government Agencies

No plan for sanctions against Poland as Salmonella outbreak linked to eggs expands

The European Commission says that no measures against Poland are envisioned “for the time being” as a Salmonella outbreak linked to eggs continues to grow. Almost 1,500 people have been sickened by Salmonella Enteritidis with a link to Polish eggs in the outbreak that has lasted more than six years and affected 18 countries. In an update... Continue Reading Read More

Letter grades for restaurants helped reduce Salmonella illnesses in New York City

After implementation of letter grading for restaurant inspections, the rate of Salmonella infections decreased 5.3 percent per year in New York City versus the rest of New York state from 2011-2015, compared with the period before implementation, 2006-2010. Posting restaurant inspection results as letter grades at the point of service coincides with a decline in... Continue Reading Read More

Lawmaker says new outbreak shows USDA, poultry industry need to act

Five years after U.S. representatives wrote to the USDA about the agency’s “unacceptable” response to Salmonella outbreaks traced to chicken, one of the lawmakers says déjà vu is not acceptable as a food safety policy.   Federal health officials announced yesterday that 92 people are confirmed infected in a new outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Infantis... Continue Reading Read More

Canada warns public about danger of Salmonella in raw breaded chicken

Canada’s Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health is warning the public about the risk of Salmonella illnesses from frozen raw breaded chicken products. “Canadians need to be aware that even though these products may appear to be cooked, they are not,” the Council for Chief Medical Officers of Health warned. The Council’s top officers,... Continue Reading Read More

Campylobacter levels in UK chicken hold steady

Almost 4 percent of fresh whole chickens produced in the United Kingdom showed Campylobacter contamination above maximum allowed levels, according to the latest results. Testing from the top nine retailers in the UK on samples from April to June 2018 found 3.7 percent of chickens were carrying more than 1,000 colony forming units per gram... Continue Reading Read More

E. coli a factor in death of British tourists while on vacation in Egypt

E. coli infection played a role in the deaths of two British tourists in Egypt, according to the country’s authorities. John and Susan Cooper, from Burnley in England, died while on holiday at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic hotel in the resort of Hurghada in August. The Egyptian general prosecutor, Nabil Sadek, issued a statement saying post-mortem... Continue Reading Read More

Federal grant funds research to improve safety of oysters on high-priced menus

The USDA has given more than $450,000 for a research project designed to increase the safety of certain commercially farmed oysters from the Gulf Coast that are “bound for the premium half-shell market.” A marine scientist at Auburn University, Bill Walton, is known as one of the driving forces behind the Gulf Coast’s up-and-coming, off-bottom... Continue Reading Read More

Amazon says food warehouse isn’t subject to FDA food rule

After Amazon took over Whole Foods Market locations nationwide this past August in a $13.7 billion acquisition, it still did not see a need to register a Kentucky food warehouse with the Food and Drug Administration. The 10-year-old dispute between the FDA and the world’s largest internet company by revenue crept into the headlines in only the... Continue Reading Read More

Is broken Brazil responsible for sickened South Africa?

Is there a link between the world’s worst listeriosis outbreak in South Africa and Brazil’s broken and scandal-plagued meat and poultry industries? And could that link be something called “white slime?” Before there were any answers to these questions or others, South African’s health minister promised the Parliament that the government would provide “all the... Continue Reading Read More

A silver anniversary marked by change

Editor’s note: This opinion column by Richard Raymond was originally published by feedstuffs.com and is reprinted here with permission. Lives were lost but because of the losses many more lives have subsequently been lived happily and disease free, at least free of diseases spread by contaminated food. Twenty-five years ago, Riley Detwiler of Bellingham, WA,... Continue Reading Read More