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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 […]

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

Image courtesy the CDC

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 […]