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Source of Typhoid outbreak in Uganda investigated

An outbreak of typhoid linked to liquids is being investigated in Uganda, according to the Ministry of Health and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).

Raw goats’ milk outbreak investigated after 11 sickened

An outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis from raw milk which sickened 11 people in Idaho highlights an infrequently reported risk, according to a report.

Food Safety recall round-up 20 - 26 February

Recalls: Nut protein, Salmonella and gluten

A recall  round-up covering another week in February takes us to France, USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, Austria, the UK, Belgium, Denmark and New Zealand.

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Public Health England reports Listeria rise

Listeria illnesses increased by 5.3% in 2014 from the previous year to 169 cases according to Public Health England (PHE).

IFSAC reveals food source for top pathogens

More than 80% of E.coli illnesses were traced to beef and vegetable row crops, according to a method to analyse outbreak data.

CDC reveals cucumbers sickened 275 last year

An outbreak of Salmonella from cucumbers that sickened 275 people last year has only just been made public by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Food Safety recall round-up 13 - 19 February

Recalls: Undeclared almonds, mycoxtoxin and Listeria

A recall round-up covering another week in February takes us to France, USA, Canada, The Netherlands, the UK, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden.

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SES Food Safety Specialists gets the acid-rite

SES Food Safety Specialists has boosted its line of poultry pathogen intervention products.


China’s food poisoning deaths up slightly last year

The number of people dying of food poisoning grew slightly last year, with figures released by the National Health and Family Planning Commission showing an increase of less than 1%.

Listeria outbreak from Bidart Bros. apples over - CDC

An outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes in apples linked to the deaths of at least three people appears to be over, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Hepatitis A outbreak from berries sickens five

Berries from Patties Foods have been linked to an Australian outbreak of Hepatitis A which has sickened at least five people.

Food Safety recall round-up 6 - 12 February

Recalls: Wood, fermentation and Clostridium botulinum

A recall  round-up covering the first full week in February takes us to France,  Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Belgium, Sweden, England and  New Zealand.

Parmalat recalls apple juice contaminated with cleaning fluid

Parmalat South Africa has recalled its apple juice after customer complaints prompted tests which found contamination with cleaning fluid.

Dead maggots, a razor blade and a cigarette in list of contaminated food

Food contaminated with dead maggots, a razor blade, a cigarette, a fly and wire were some of the calls to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s (FSAI’s) Advice Line last...

WHO: MERS-CoV does not pose public health emergency

Conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) have not been met by the MERS-CoV outbreak, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Food Safety recall round-up 30 January - 5 February

Recalls: Cleaning fluid, allergens and foreign bodies

A recall round-up covering one week in January and February takes us to France, Australia, Germany, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria and Luxembourg.

Inspectors raise food safety concerns with pilot program - GAP

Food safety concerns have been raised by government inspectors taking part in an inspection pilot program, according to an advocacy organisation.

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Senator wants thorough Listeria investigation

A US senator has sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency to analyse and do a post-response analysis of an outbreak of Listeria from...

Food Safety recall round-up 23-29 January

Recalls: Pests, pathogens and allergens

A recall round-up covering one week in January takes us to the USA, France, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Austria and UK.

Listeria and VTEC infections rise but Salmonella falls, say EU agencies

Listeria and VTEC infections have risen but Salmonella has decreased and Campylobacter has stabilised, according to an EU report.

Belgium gives advice on food safety of insects

Advice on the microbial and chemical safety of insects intended for human consumption has been published by the Belgian food safety agency.  

CDC: Salmonella outbreak from bean sprouts has ended

An outbreak of Salmonella from bean sprouts that sickened 115 people has ended, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Food Safety recall round-up 16-22 January

Recalls: Foreign body, allergens and glass

A recall  round-up covering one week in January takes us to the USA, France, Germany, Denmark and Canada.

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Almost 18.7m pounds of products recalled in 2014 – USDA-FSIS

Almost 18.7m pounds of products were recalled last year, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS).

One death linked to Listeria from soft cheese

Two people have been hospitalized and one has died in an ongoing outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to Latin-style soft cheese.  

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