Get the week started right with the Monday links

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Animal safety

More H3N2 influenza cases surface – Pork Network

More than 150 people in nine states have now been sickened with the H3N2v virus, commonly known as swine flu. Most […]

GAO: FDA needs to update communication strategies

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needs to revamp its communication strategies in regard to food recalls and outbreaks, according to a federal oversight agency.

The 61 page report, released yesterday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), states the FDA has yet to fully implement previous recommendations from GAO, including:

Creating a policy to […]

Report: No cause found for E. coli O145 outbreak

E. coli

No source has been found for an E. coli outbreak that sickened more than a dozen people and claimed the life of a toddler, according to the final report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report, published July 20, lists the final number of people sickened by the outbreak […]

FDA, partners launch genome project for foodborne pathogens

A new online tool may help public health officials track the sources of foodborne illness outbreaks.

The 100K Genome Project, announced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Tuesday, is a five-year project to create a database of gene sequences from 100,000 bacteria that have caused outbreaks around the world, according to a statement from […]

No midweek break this week, so get ready to work with the Monday links

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Food safety

Poultry meat inspection: EFSA reviews risks for public health – European Food Safety Authority

The EFSA issued a scientific opinion last week suggesting traditional poultry inspection may be insufficient […]

CDC report: E. coli O145 outbreak up to 15 confirmed cases

E. coli

A new confirmed case of E. coli O145 in Louisiana brings the number sickened in the recent outbreak up to 15 as investigators still search for a cause.

The symptoms for the latest confirmed case began at the end of April, the same time period as the other cases linked to the […]

CDC report: 14 confirmed cases of E. coli O145 across six states

E. coli

Investigators still are searching for the source of an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) in six states that led to the death of a 21-month-old Louisiana girl.

So far, 14 people have been confirmed to be infected with E. coli O145. Of those, three people were hospitalized and one, a […]

E.coli O145 infections hits Georgia, other southern states

E. coli

Health officials in four southern states are trying to find the source of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 11 people so far.

The outbreak also has claimed the life of a 21-month-old girl in New Orleans, where two other people also were sickened by the same strain of E. coli […]

It’s that time again: Monday morning links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, life sciences and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

USDA to trace beef contaminated with E. coli back to source

The USDA is stepping up the timeline for tracing products related to E. coli outbreaks.

To read the […]