Foodborne illness on the rise: What’s really going on

Chances are you or someone you know has gotten food poisoning this year. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), foodborne illness impacts one in six people in the U.S. every year. That’s 48 million people.

And with reports increasing of foodborne illness and outbreaks, it’s worth examining the “hows” and […]

What is Cyclospora, anyway?

If you’ve looked at the news at all in recent weeks, you’ve most likely seen headlines about an outbreak of the parasite Cyclospora. Over 400 people have gotten sick due to an outbreak associated with pre-made salad mixes.

But what is Cyclospora? What does it mean to have eaten a pathogenic parasite? Unlike some […]

Report: Chicken responsible for greatest percentage of foodborne illness outbreaks

With more than 100,000 Americans sickened by foodborne illnesses between 2009 and 2015, you’d think there would be one food that was most often implicated in outbreaks, right?

Well, you’d be correct. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report containing many of the facts and figures of this six-year-span.

Chicken […]

Outbreak alert: Listeria in the United Kingdom, parasites in the United States

Foodborne illness outbreaks — and the resulting food product recalls — have garnered no small amount of attention in the news in recent weeks. Here are two of the bigger ones.

Listeria in frozen vegetables

A major supermarket supplier in the United Kingdom has recalled 43 frozen vegetable products due to the risk of Listeria […]

Australian Salmonella outbreak attributed to alfalfa sprouts

Alfalfa sprouts have been narrowed down as the source of a Salmonella Havana outbreak in Australia that has sickened more than 20 people.

Of those 20 people, seven in the state of South Australia have been hospitalized. The implicated sprouts have been identified as having come from a farm in Adelaide and have been recalled. […]

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 […]