How to use your pizza pouch the food safety way

The pizza pouch: just one of many gag gifts to go viral on the Internet.

These clear, plastic, zip-locked triangular pouches hung from lanyards are worn around the neck and are the perfect size to carry a single slice of pizza. Whether as a fashion statement or to provide a tasty snack on-the-go, the idea […]

Is the number of foodborne illness outbreaks actually increasing?

It seems that every week, as you surf the internet, you see more and more people sharing articles about the latest food that’s garnering fear at the supermarket. Foodborne illness outbreaks, and food recalls related to them, have been big news in recent years.

Part of the increased coverage is, of course, due to increased […]

Over 200 million eggs recalled due to Salmonella

Before you break out the frying pan this morning for your sunny-side-up breakfast, be sure to check out this recent food recall notice: nearly 207 million eggs were voluntarily recalled Friday due to possible contamination with the pathogenic bacteria Salmonella.

“Consumers who have purchased shell eggs are urged to immediately discontinue use of the recalled […]

Largest recorded Listeria outbreak attributed to ready-to-eat meat

After months of investigation, the likely cause of the world’s largest-ever recorded Listeria outbreak has been narrowed down: ready-to-eat processed meat.

The South African outbreak has been ongoing since early 2017, with nearly 1,000 reported cases of listeriosis — 183 resulting in the deaths of infected persons, 79 of which were just babies.

This week, […]

Foodborne illness spreads at site of Winter Olympics

Just before the Winter Olympic Games are set to begin in PyeongChang, South Korea, a norovirus outbreak has struck the area, with 86 cases confirmed so far.

The Korean Centre for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the number on Wednesday, after previously reporting 32 cases on Tuesday.

“The peak season for norovirus is January and […]

Individually quick freezing and Listeria: What’s happening

Recalls of individually quick frozen foods (IQF) have been widespread recently throughout the U.S. and Canada after Listeria was found in a food production facility during a random sampling by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Over 24 IQF products shipped throughout the U.S. and Canada were recalled, including broccoli, cauliflower, stir fry medleys, and vegetable […]

WHO declares South African Listeria outbreak ‘largest ever’

The World Health Organization (WHO) says a listeriosis outbreak in South Africa that has killed 67 people and sickened nearly 750 is the largest-ever foodborne illness outbreak recorded — and to date, a contamination source has not yet been found.

Investigators have been looking for where the implicated strain of Listeria comes from since the […]

Romaine lettuce investigated in E. coli outbreak

You may be seeing romaine lettuce in the news a lot lately, the suspected culprit in a foodborne illness outbreak that has affected at least 57 people in the U.S. and Canada. But despite the headlines, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it’s too soon to pinpoint a single cause.

Even […]

Science: Campylobacter uses other microorganisms as a Trojan Horse to spread infection

Photo by Lassi Kurkijärvi | CC BY-NC 2.0

The Trojan Horse is a classic legend. Warring against the city of Troy, the ancient Greeks feigned surrender, leaving a peace offering of a giant wooden horse at the city gates. A force of soldiers was hiding inside the horse, and at night they slipped out […]

Holiday season brings increased risk of food poisoning

It’s time for the holidays, and you know what that means — an increase in outbreaks of the pathogenic bacteria Clostridium perfringens!

Okay, maybe you didn’t know that. Well, so that you do know, C. perfringens is a strain of bacteria associated with cooked foods left out at room temperature. According to the U.S. Centers […]