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Outbreak alert: Salmonella in the U.S. and U.K.

Salmonella is one of the most common foodborne pathogens, and we see a few large outbreaks of it each year. It’s most often associated with chicken and egg products, but lately it has been associated with other products as well.

In the U.K.

Nearly 300 people have been sickened and one has passed away in […]

Diapers for chickens: Yes, it’s a thing

They don’t exactly look like diapers, at least not the kind human babies wear. These diapers are more like overalls, and come in fun prints and colors, like with crouching cartoon froggies and stripes.

These diapers are for chickens, and as the backyard chicken movement grows, so too does the market for these poultry Pampers. […]

Australian Salmonella outbreak attributed to alfalfa sprouts

Alfalfa sprouts have been narrowed down as the source of a Salmonella Havana outbreak in Australia that has sickened more than 20 people.

Of those 20 people, seven in the state of South Australia have been hospitalized. The implicated sprouts have been identified as having come from a farm in Adelaide and have been recalled. […]

Pre-cut melons recalled after Salmonella outbreak sickens 60

While out enjoying the sunshine this season, many in the U.S. are picnicking with popular summer fruits like watermelons and cantaloupes.

However, a voluntary recall of several pre-cut melon products has now been issued after at least 60 people in multiple states were infected with the foodborne pathogen Salmonella Adelaide.

The products implicated, according to […]

Egg facts for National Egg Month

May is National Egg Month, a month to celebrate these important sources of protein and the people who bring them to our breakfast plates.

Whether you use eggs for a sunny-side-up meal to kick off the day, to bake a cake, to poach in your instant ramen bowl or whatever you prefer, here are some […]

Is the number of foodborne illness outbreaks actually increasing?

It seems that every week, as you surf the internet, you see more and more people sharing articles about the latest food that’s garnering fear at the supermarket. Foodborne illness outbreaks, and food recalls related to them, have been big news in recent years.

Part of the increased coverage is, of course, due to increased […]

Over 200 million eggs recalled due to Salmonella

Before you break out the frying pan this morning for your sunny-side-up breakfast, be sure to check out this recent food recall notice: nearly 207 million eggs were voluntarily recalled Friday due to possible contamination with the pathogenic bacteria Salmonella.

“Consumers who have purchased shell eggs are urged to immediately discontinue use of the recalled […]

Deadly Aztec outbreak may have been Salmonella, study finds

With cities seemingly floating on water, stone temples and palaces, and warriors decked out in jaguar skins with obsidian blades, the Aztec Empire was the most powerful empire to ever exist in Central America. Now, researchers have found a possible factor contributing to the society’s downfall: Salmonella.

At its peak, the Aztec Empire was one […]

Nearly 100 salmonellosis cases linked to European eggs

It’s been a tough year for European egg shoppers. Millions of eggs were recalled in several countries after the harmful insecticide fipronil was discovered after the eggs were widely distributed to supermarkets. Seven countries have also reported salmonellosis outbreaks stemming from eggs.

At least 96 cases have recently been reported from Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the […]

Infographic: Food safety is top concern for chicken consumers

A recent survey shows that among 1,013 American consumers of chicken, food safety is the top concern when thinking about purchases.

Other top priorities were animal disease, hormone and steroid use (which is not allowed in the U.S. poultry industry), and antibiotic use.

The survey was conducted by ORC International and WATT Global Media, on […]