Germany faces largest E. coli outbreak since 2011

Since December, Germany has been up against its largest E. coli O157 outbreak in years. At least 30 people have become sick, resulting in the loss of one life.

The culprit? It’s believed to be ground or minced meat being sold at multiple stores within the country.

“Based on the investigations to date, we suspect […]

Sprouts may be small but pack a big foodborne illness punch

A new report is showing just how dangerous eating raw sprouts can be. Over the past two decades, researchers found various kinds of sprouts were responsible for sickening more than 2,500 people, sending 186 to the hospital and causing three deaths.

“Sprout contamination continues to pose a serious public health concern,” the researchers from the […]

Pets eyed as carriers of antibiotic resistant bacteria

We have all heard about the increasing danger of antibiotic resistance in humans and farm animals, but now a new study by researchers in China is showing that our companion animals, such as cats and dogs, can also serve as a reservoir for antibiotic resistant bacteria. Because we spend so much time together (and sometimes […]

Study finds new data on E. coli shedding in dairy cattle

A collaborative Michigan State University study involving microbiologists, epidemiologists, animal scientists, veterinarians, graduate students, undergraduates and farmers could lead to better prevention practices to limit dangerous Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria transmissions.

Published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology, the study found that dairy cattle under stress from […]

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A-Z on Mycotoxins: which mycotoxins are we dealing with? This section gives you an update on the different mycotoxin groups and which mycotoxin species fall under each group. Also, the occurrence per […]

Tox Tuesday: Dirty money

In a recent study that analyzed the genetic material on $1 bills, scientists found several reasons why you shouldn’t put your money where your mouth is. Most of those reasons center on the dangerous bacteria and drug residue that is present on a high majority of bills circulating around the world today.

“It was quite […]

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FDA Urged to Require Allergen Labeling for Sesame Seeds – Food Safety News As many as 500,000 Americans are estimated to be allergic to sesame seeds, but current rules on allergen labeling […]