Category Government Agencies

CDC: Outbreak bacteria traced to Petland is antibiotic resistant

With the victim count having jumped 40 percent in the past three weeks, the CDC has nothing but bad news to report today on a multi-state Campylobacter outbreak traced to Petland puppies — the outbreak strains are antibiotic resistant. Since its initial outbreak announcement on Sept. 11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has... Continue Reading Read More

CDC still stumped on source of Cyclospora; victims top 1,000

With more than 1,000 victims confirmed since May 1, the so-called seasonal outbreak of cyclospora in the United States has slowed down, but officials say more people are expected to get sick — and they have not identified the source of the parasite. Investigators at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified victims in... Continue Reading Read More

Puppies from Petland stores linked to Campylobacter outbreak

A year-long outbreak of Campylobacter infections has been traced to puppies sold by Petland Inc., according to a Monday notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Ohio Department of Health, several other states and the USDA’s Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are collaborating with the CDC on the... Continue Reading Read More

Auditor says restaurant inspector issues don’t put public at risk

A new 17-page investigative report by the city auditor “did not find sufficient evidence” to support the allegation of improper inspections of Austin restaurants or that health officers’ misuse of time has put the public at risk. The report did document that the capitol city of Texas wasted money because of “grossly inefficient practices and procedures” inside... Continue Reading Read More

Salmonella risk spurs breading/batter mix recall in Canada

Shore Lunch brand fish breading and batter mix is under nationwide recall in Canada because of possible Salmonella contamination. A recall in another country spurred the action in Canada, but the other country was not named by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). As of 11 p.m. EDT Saturday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration... Continue Reading Read More

Beach Beat: Taking a chance with raw milk? Don’t bet your kid

I’ve never been much for games of pure chance. They simply leave too much up to, well, chance. Where’s the fun or challenge in that? I prefer activities that involve logic and reason and strategy — like “Clue” or pinochle. Yah, yah, I know both of those involve an element of chance. There’s the luck... Continue Reading Read More

Packing pouches to protect produce from pathogens

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is helping scientists at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Fort Pierce, FL, develop a small plastic pouch to make food safer. Sanitizers are often used to kill microbes on produce. Food processors in the U.S. add chlorine to wash water in produce packing operations as a preventative measure, and... Continue Reading Read More

Raw eggs in Hollandaise sauce suspected as source of outbreak

Michigan officials are investigating an egg producer in connection with a Salmonella outbreak linked to Hollandaise sauce made with unpasteurized raw eggs and served at an unidentified restaurant. Marquette County, MI, health officials announced their investigation into the June outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis on Friday, but did not include any specific details. Instead the news... Continue Reading Read More

Canada won’t name frozen chicken products linked to outbreak

Canadian officials are investigating a Salmonella outbreak that stretches across four provinces and has been linked to frozen, raw, breaded chicken products, but no recall has been issued. With illness onset dates in April and May, there are at least seven confirmed cases of Salmonella infections, according to a notice released Monday by the Public... Continue Reading Read More

Biofilms with Listeria pose persistent threat in food production

It doesn’t matter how big or influential a company is, bacteria and biofilms don’t discriminate between multinationals like Dole with its tens of thousands of employees and operations like Hudson Valley Farms, where 10 or fewer people work. Both of those companies have had close encounters with Listeria, which ongoing research is showing can be... Continue Reading Read More