Listeria sickens more than 550, leaves 36 dead in South Africa

A major outbreak of listeriosis has sickened more than 550 people in South Africa, with a reported 36 deaths due to the illness.

The large outbreak is highly unusual for the country. In a typical year, South Africa records just 60–80 cases of listeriosis. Authorities are currently investigating the source of this outbreak, which has […]

Evaluate your food safety habits this Food Safety Education Month

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To many people, September is the month kids go back to school, leaves begin to turn red, and orange and black take over grocery store displays despite Halloween still being two months away.

It’s also, believe it or not, Food Safety Education Month, a time for everyone to educate themselves […]

Summer of sickness: Europe investigating histamine poisoning from tuna

Several European countries have faced unusually frequent outbreaks of histamine poisoning from fish over the past few months.

Croatia, Denmark, France, Italy, Poland and Spain have all reported outbreaks this season. More than 100 people in Spain alone had been sickened by May of this year. Other countries reported abnormal clusters of human cases of […]

Whole genome sequencing used to investigate Salmonella outbreak

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), recently released a report on a 2016 Salmonella outbreak, identifying it to the public for the first time.

More than 30 people across nine U.S. states were sickened. Eight of those people were hospitalized, with victims spreading from Texas […]

Neogen develops fastest Listeria test with no enrichment

Neogen Corporation has developed an innovative test that detects Listeria in environmental samples in under 60 minutes — without the need to enrich samples.

Neogen’s new Listeria Right Now™ test system can detect all species of Listeria, including the pathogenic L. monocytogenes, in under 60 minutes through their ribosomal RNA (rRNA). The system’s effectiveness has […]

Putting the “no” in Norovirus

Illustration by Alissa Eckert, courtesy the CDC

Quick, imagine your ideal date. Is it followed by nausea and vomiting? What about cramps, a fever or diarrhea? We’re going to guess, “no.”

Unfortunately, sometimes dinner leads to foodborne illness, particularly from the prolific norovirus, which causes around 50% of all food poisoning cases.

The virus […]

Grilling safely this summer

Summertime is great for grilling, picnicking, camping and generally enjoying both the great outdoors and great meals simultaneously. With Canada Day on July 1, and the United States’ Independence Day on July 4, a huge amount of people in North America will be firing up their grills in the near future.

It’s essential to grill […]

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, […]