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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.  

Food Safety recall round-up 9-15 January

Recalls: Glass and plastic contamination

A recall round-up covering one week in January takes us to the USA, England, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark and Sweden.

STEC isolated from 13% of imported beef samples in Sweden

Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) has been found in 13% of imported beef samples, according to the Swedish National Food agency.

Bidart Bros at centre of Listeria outbreak linked to three deaths

Bidart Bros. is believed to be the source of a Listeria outbreak that has sickened at least 32 people and has links to three deaths.

Washington state implements quarantine after backyard flocks fall ill

Avian flu fears prompt 30 countries to ban poultry imports from Pacific Northwest

Anxiety about the detection of avian influenza (AI) in Washington state has prompted nearly two dozen countries to ban imports of poultry from the Pacific Northwest this week.

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More than 100 sickened from Salmonella

An investigation has been launched in Queensland to find the source of an outbreak of Salmonella that has sickened more than 100 people.

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