Monthly Archives March 2016

Deli employees report meat slicers not cleaned often enough

Managers and employees at more than half of the delis in a recent study reported the retail operations are failing to meet U.S. Food Code specifications because meat slicers are not cleaned often enough. Meat slicing machines in retail delis are notorious for harboring Listeria bacteria, as well as contributing to the reputation deli meats have for being a major source... 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

Food Bank Recalls Canned Mandarin Oranges Due to Possible Health Risk

Duquesne,PA - Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is announcing a voluntary recall of one lot of Imperial Choice Mandarin Oranges Broken Segments in Light Syrup because some of the cans from this lot may leak, bulge or burst open. The product may be... Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Food fraud: Monkey meat, fake booze, tainted olives

The Associated Press reports that sugar spiked with fertilizer, olives painted with copper, and fake alcoholic beverages are all among the more than 10,000 tons of counterfeit and illicit foods that have been seized over the last several months in … Continue reading Read More

Food imports most often rejected by FDA: Produce, fish, spices

Fruits and vegetables account for the majority of imported food refusals by the FDA, followed by fishery products/seafood and spices, with foods from Mexico, India and China topping the list for the number of refusals from 2005-2013. Relative to the increased volume of food imports during those years, the number of refusals declined, but the... Continue Reading Read More

More victims anticipated in E. coli outbreak linked to goat farm

Connecticut health officials expect to see additional victims in an E. coli outbreak linked to a goat farm, even though the operation has been closed to the public since last week. As of March 25 the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) had laboratory confirmation of 15 people with the E. coli O157:H7 strain. Fourteen... Continue Reading Read More

Research links food poisoning to increased suicidal behaviors

Most people associate food poisoning with physical symptoms, but new research shows a connection between a foodborne parasite and mental/emotional problems, including suicide. Researchers at universities across the country analyzed data collected from 1991 through 2008 and confirmed a relationship, previously theorized, between Toxoplasma gondii (T gondii) and self-directed aggression and other psychiatric disorders, according... Continue Reading Read More

Author: Ben Chapman --- Source: barfblog ‘Build a facility where people where people can wash their hands’; handwashing is never enough

I’m passionate about food safety because real people – folks who are just like my family, my neighbors or the guys on my hockey team – get sick every day. Amanda Collins is a real person. NBC Connecticut reports that … Continue reading Read More

Canada disbands its Dole salad outbreak investigation team

Health officials in Canada and the U.S. have thus far reported a total of 32 confirmed victims — four of whom died — with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes found in bagged salads produced by Dole Food Co. Canada’s Public Health Agency is wrapping up its outbreak investigation. “Given that the source of the... Continue Reading Read More

Oyster research could lead to food safety strategies

Microbes battling microbes. This type of warfare is happening all around us — and even inside of us — every day. And as in every battle, there are good microbes and bad microbes, depending on what you want the outcome to be. In this case, the bad guys are pathogens that are infecting large numbers... Continue Reading Read More