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 […]

Convenient meals, inconvenient pathogens?

Wouldn’t it be nice to never step foot in a grocery store again? No more navigating a cart bumper car-style down overwhelming aisles teeming with more products — and more decisions — than you can shake a stick at.

Trendy home-delivery meal kits attempt to provide a solution to grocery store haters. The idea is, […]

Foodborne illness: Common causes, signs and symptoms

When you are experiencing the extreme unpleasantness of foodborne illness, it may be difficult to discern the subtle differences between the signs and symptoms of the various causes of the illness.

But, the various causes of foodborne illness have drastically different short- and long-term health implications, from illnesses with relatively short durations and mild symptoms, […]

Keep your love alive and the foodborne pathogens dead!

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love that for many involves cooking a special meal or venturing out for a romantic dinner. Treating your loved one to oysters, for example, has long been associated with romance and they are often found on restaurant menus this time of year.

However, before you indulge, it’s important to […]

Tips to avoid getting sick from your homemade eggnog

‘Tis the season for eggnog! While commercially available eggnog is often pasteurized, homemade versions can be dangerous to consume if raw eggs are involved. Check out this infographic for some tips on how to make your own safely and avoid foodborne illness.

Top 10 foodborne illness outbreaks of 2016

As one year ends and another begins, we have the opportunity to look back and reflect upon the year that was and all the memories we created. When it comes to food safety and outbreaks of foodborne illness, however, these are probably some memories we would rather forget altogether.

Nevertheless, compiled below are the top […]

Infographic: food safety tips your guests will be thankful for

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 […]

New research closes in on Campylobacter

Campylobacter

When foodborne illness strikes, waiting for it to pass has historically been pretty much all you can do. However, that could now be changing as scientists have recently have discovered just how Campylobacter bacteria causes infection, providing the possibility to create antimicrobial drugs to specifically target certain foodborne pathogens.

An Australian study was […]

Heading to the fair? Read this first

It’s all fun and game until someone gets food poisoning.

A big part of summer for many people is attending fairs, festivals and rodeos. There are always fun things to see and experience, including art work, music, games, rides and more. Recently, one of the biggest draws to these events is unique types of foods […]