Tag: foodborne illness

Salmonella Shutdown? USDA Threatens Closure Of Major Chicken Plants

Salmonella Shutdown? USDA Threatens Closure Of Major Chicken Plants

| October 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Foster Farms, the large California-based chicken processor at the center of a major salmonella outbreak, faces the threat of a USDA closure of three of its facilities by the end of the day Thursday. Some 278 people in multiple states have been sickened in the outbreak.

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CDC: Shutdown Strains Foodborne Illness Tracking

CDC: Shutdown Strains Foodborne Illness Tracking

| October 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

A team of eight people overseeing the critical foodborne illness tracking database PulseNet has been reduced to three. And a CDC division chief says that a multistate outbreak would push the remaining staff beyond their capacity.

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Your Kitchen Spices Can Often Harbor Salmonella

Your Kitchen Spices Can Often Harbor Salmonella

| August 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Spices may add more than flavor to your food: Some harbor dangerous bacteria. Contamination has caused big outbreaks in the United States, and the FDA is looking into how to reduce the risk.

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Outbreak Traced To Pomegranates Reveals Flaws In Global Food Chain

Outbreak Traced To Pomegranates Reveals Flaws In Global Food Chain

| July 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

People usually don’t worry about hepatitis A in fruit, but an outbreak caused by Turkish pomegranates has sickened 136 people so far. The illnesses highlight how U.S. reliance on imported fruit and vegetables creates novel health risks. New federal regulations in the works are designed to reduce that risk.

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Tender Beef, Without The Pathogens: USDA Proposes Labeling Rules

Tender Beef, Without The Pathogens: USDA Proposes Labeling Rules

| June 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

The mechanical process the meat industry uses to tenderize tough muscle fibers can also introduce dangerous pathogens into beef cuts. The thinking behind the proposed new labels: If you know your cut of meat has been mechanically tenderized, you’ll be inclined to cook it a little longer.

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Bands Aren’t The Only Things That Incubate At Music Festivals

Bands Aren’t The Only Things That Incubate At Music Festivals

| April 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

As the start of Coachella this weekend reminds us, tis the season for outdoor music festivals. But great bands aren’t the only things these massive, multiday gatherings can foster. Two recent studies document how such events can be breeding grounds for foodborne illnesses that rock your belly.

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