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Indigenous populations often at higher risk for foodborne illness

Walrus, seal, caribou and whale were the most common traditional items tied to foodborne illness among Indigenous populations, according to a Canadian review.

Plastic or rubber-related recalls double – Detectamet

Recalls due to products contaminated with plastic or rubber more than doubled in the past 12 months, according to Detectamet.

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2017 will be ‘breakout’ year for SDC-based tech adoption – PURE Bioscience

Food safety challenges this year will include persistent outbreaks and recalls and increasing US Department of Justice (DOJ) scrutiny, according to PURE Bioscience.

UNISON: Survey shows people don’t want meat inspection changes

Nearly four out of five people believe meat inspections should remain the responsibility of government and the Food Standards Agency (FSA), according to UNISON.  

EU labs pass monitoring of heavy metals in fish test

The majority of European laboratories were able to determine heavy metals in seafood, according to a report.

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iNECTA partners with Trace Register on software

iNECTA has partnered with Trace Register on software to improve food safety and sustainability.

Pork supply chain failures identified in 2014 E. coli outbreak

There were failures throughout the supply chain, according to a report on an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in Canada three years ago.

Food safety recall round-up 22 December - 5 January 2017

Recalls: Listeria, histamine and allergens

Food recalls have been notified by Canada, USA, England, New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Austria, Luxembourg, Czech Republic and Denmark.

Six sickened by botulism linked to dried salted fish

Germany and Spain have reported six cases of foodborne botulism from dried salted fish.

2016 in foodborne outbreaks: Hepatitis A, Listeria and E. coli O157

FQN takes a month-by-month look at foodborne outbreaks for which a variety of pathogens and food groups are represented.

Outbreaks down but illnesses up, finds EFSA and ECDC

More than 4,300 foodborne outbreaks were reported in 2015, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Food safety recall round-up 9-15 December 2016

Recalls: Mould, pathogens and allergens

Food recalls for this week have been notified by Canada, USA, England, Scotland, Norway, Spain, Belgium, New Zealand and Denmark.

Pork still ‘significant’ source of infection with Salmonella - BVL

Pork is still a significant source of infection with Salmonella in Germany, according to the Bundesamt für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit (BVL).

8% of Finnish chicken contaminated with Campylobacter - study

Less than 10% of chicken and just over 3% of turkey sold fresh in retail stores were found to be contaminated with Campylobacter, according to a Finnish study.

Imported seafood standards strengthened

A program to make the US seafood supply chain more traceable has been finalised by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

Food producers recalling more but supply is safer as a result - Stericycle

Food recalls in Q3 reached a high not seen since 2010 but this can be seen as a good thing, according to Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS.

Use of infrared and UV investigated to inactivate microorganisms on meat

Fraunhofer IVV is helping to develop processes for the surface sterilization of packaged meat and sausage products.

Food safety recall round-up 2-8 December 2016

Recalls: Allergens, Listeria and insect snacks

Food recalls for this week have been notified by Canada, Germany, USA, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Norway, Sweden, Malta, Ireland, New Zealand and Denmark.

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Italy dominates JRC fraud summary

Italy featured in four of six articles highlighted in a monthly report on food fraud and authenticity by the Joint Research Centre (JRC).

Prevent norovirus outbreaks by shellfish analysis at ‘risky’ times - study

Norovirus outbreaks could be prevented by analysing shellfish at elevated risk times, according to a study.

Food safety recall round-up 25 November - 1 December 2016

Recalls: Nestlé, Mondelez and Clostridium botulinum

Food recalls for this week have been notified by Canada, Australia, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, USA, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Austria, Croatia and Denmark.

Temperature failings behind C. perfringens outbreak

Turkey prepared in an unpermitted kitchen was behind an outbreak of Clostridium perfringens at a 2015 Thanksgiving lunch, according to a study.

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Illegal operation involved more than 100 customers - MPI

An illegal meat processing operation has been discovered by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand.

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H5N8 risk for humans is ‘very low’ – ECDC

Avian flu virus poses a ‘very low’ risk to humans but given its evolving nature there is the potential of infection, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control...

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Listeria contaminated chicken served in schools

A batch of sliced cooked chicken contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes was served to some schools in a Welsh town.

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