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FERG: Global estimates must drive country action

Figures from the global burden of foodborne disease should be used as the basis for country-specific studies to support policy and prioritise risk management, according to people behind the work.

Seasonal suggestions from food safety agencies

Food safety message highlighted as Xmas approaches

Food safety agencies go into overdrive at this time of year. We have pulled together a few of the announcements to find the key messages.

dispatches from WHO/RIVM FERG symposium

Foodborne disease estimates ‘instrumental’ - WHO

Results of the first ever estimates of the global burden of foodborne disease revealed earlier this month could be ‘instrumental in changing the field’, according to experts.

From Salmonella in cucumbers to Listeria in cheese: The 2015 outbreak files

As an end of year article we have looked through our archives to bring you the top-scoring articles related to foodborne outbreaks.

FDA fails to find E. coli in celery-onion mix

Follow-up testing of a celery and onion mix linked to an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak has failed to confirm presence of the pathogen.

Illnesses from E. coli O26 outbreak pass 50

The number of illnesses in the E. coli O26 outbreak linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill has risen to 52.

Fruzio frozen berries recalled in Hepatitis A investigation

FSL Foods has recalled frozen berries imported from China as part of the investigation into four Hepatitis A cases in New Zealand.

Salmonella illnesses linked to nut butter spreads

Salmonella has sickened 11 people from nine states with a link identified to raw nut butter products.

WHO: One in 10 hit by foodborne illness each year

Each year as many as 600 million, or almost one in 10 people in the world, fall ill after consuming contaminated food, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

UPDATED with MPI response

New Zealand Hepatitis A cases linked to frozen berries

Imported frozen berries have been implicated after reports of four cases of Hepatitis A, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand.

Food Safety recall round-up 20-26 November

Recalls: Undeclared allergens, glass and plastic

A recall round-up covering a week in November takes us to USA, England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Finland, Greece, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark....

E. coli O157 sickens 19 with link to Costco

US agencies are investigating 19 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 (STEC O157:H7) infections linked to rotisserie chicken salad made and sold in Costco Wholesale stores.

Shigella outbreak traced to imported coriander

Fresh coriander was the probable cause of an outbreak of shigellosis which sickened more than 40 people in Sweden.

Salmonella outbreak from salmon cost €1.7m - RIVM

An outbreak of Salmonella Thomson due to smoked salmon cost €1.7m, according to RIVM, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.

Salmonella outbreak from cucumbers passes 800 illnesses

The number of people sickened by Salmonella from cucumbers has risen again to 838 illnesses from 38 states.

Food Safety recall round-up 13-19 November

Recalls: Allergens, pathogens and mould

A recall round-up covering a week in November takes us to USA, Canada, Scotland, Hong Kong, Belgium, Norway,  Australia, Switzerland and Denmark....

Number of illnesses revised in Chipotle E.coli outbreak

The number of ill people in the E. coli outbreak from Chipotle restaurants has been cut from 50 to 37, by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Food Safety recall round-up 1-12 November

Recalls: Mislabelling, allergens and insects

A recall round-up covering two weeks in November takes us to Sweden, USA, Canada, England, Ireland, Hong Kong, Greece, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Spain, Finland, Australia, Denmark and France....

Source of E.coli outbreak linked to Chipotle investigated

An outbreak of E. coli linked to food served at US-based Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants has sickened 42 people.

Canada and UK reported 176 Cyclospora cases

A total of 176 cases of Cyclospora infections were identified this summer in England, Scotland, Wales and Canada.

Food Safety recall round-up 23-29 October

Recalls: Pathogens, allergens and product contamination

A recall round-up covering a week in October takes us to Sweden, Canada, England,  Ireland, Greece, Belgium, Germany, Slovenia, New Zealand and Australia, Denmark and France....

Raw milk bottling restarts at Idaho dairy after Campylobacter, E.coli scare

Operations at Natural Farm Fresh Dairy in Idaho have recommenced after officials probing a link between raw milk and a number of illnesses gave it the all-clear. 

CDC: 30 sickened and three deaths linked to Listeria from cheese

An outbreak investigation into Listeriosis linked to soft cheeses has been declared over after 30 people were reported ill.

Food Safety recall round-up 16-22 October

Recalls: Undeclared milk allergy risk and high histamine levels in tuna

A recall round-up covering a week in October takes us to Sweden, Canada, USA, England, Ireland, Norway, Spain, New Zealand and Australia, Denmark and France....

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Cyclospora prompts recall weeks after illness investigation closed

Snap peas have been recalled due to Cyclospora, weeks after an investigation into illnesses from the parasite was closed.

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