USDA releases estimates of annual foodborne pathogen costs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Economic Research Service has released spreadsheets for 15 different major pathogens in the U.S. that together are responsible for more than 95% of the illnesses and deaths from foodborne illness. According to an article from Food Safety News, for each pathogen the data “provide a range of potential costs, […]

Anatomy of a pathogen: Listeria

Listeria is a common family of bacteria that can be found in the soil, water and even in some animals (including poultry and cattle). One member of the Listeria family is one of the major foodborne pathogens—alongside Salmonella and E. coli 0157:H7—and also one of the more dangerous ones, as it can survive not only […]

Why do Americans refrigerate their eggs?

If you live in North America, you’re probably used to finding your eggs next to the milk in refrigerated containers and behind glass doors in the supermarket. But if you live in, or have ever traveled over to the United Kingdom (UK), you may be a little lost. Nestled somewhere in the aisles amongst other […]

Aphid control can stem spread of potato viruses

It’s a matter of strategy for farmers, according to the Manitoba Co-Operator. While the pathogenic virus potato virus Y (PVY) isn’t new to the agricultural industry, the fact that the virus is changing is.

New strains have begun to emerge, once again bringing the management of possible spread of disease to the forefront for researchers […]

Ebola outbreak claims lives of many in Guinea

This story has been updated as the outbreak has grown. For updates on this story, please read below.

First identified in 1976, the often-deadly pathogen known as Ebola is causing devastation yet again, this time in Guinea, Africa.

The last recorded numbers show that more than 120 have died from the outbreak, which is believed […]