E. coli outbreak in France linked to raw milk cheese

French food safety investigators have formed a clear link between an E. coli outbreak earlier this year, which affected at least 15 children, and cheese made from unpasteurized milk.

According to Food Safety News, 15 children between the ages of one and five were infected after eating the cheese. Of those, 12 were found to […]

Water troughs identified as E. coli sites on cattle farms

In any facility where animals are raised, especially for food production, a considerable amount of effort goes into completing one of many goals: preventing E. coli from getting anywhere it’s not supposed to be.

To a certain degree, E. coli is inevitable; it naturally exists harmlessly in the intestines of people and animals. The problem […]

New system detects active Shiga toxin

Scientists at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service Western Regional Research Center have come up with a new way to detect biologically active Shiga toxin, a product of pathogenic Escherichia coli serotype O157:H7, through the use of a camera and a light-emitting source that biologically determines the active toxin.

Affordable, sensitive devices like this are needed to […]

New beef rules to take effect in two months

Food companies that sell raw, nonintact beef and ready-to-eat meat and poultry products soon will be required to hold the products until they test negative for adulterants.

The “hold and test” policy, published today by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), begins in 60 days. It also requires importers and “official establishments” to […]

FSIS aims to change E. coli O157:H7 testing program for beef trim

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E. coli O157:H7 testing may soon be more risk-based, according to a notice posted in the Federal Register.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced it is seeking comments on a redesign of its E. coli O157:H7 verification system to make it more risk-based while also allowing the agency to […]

Study: New method for clearing toxins from body is effective

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Researchers at Tufts University have found a new way to clear toxins from the human body, according to a study published in PLoS ONE.

The toxins often are produced by foodborne bacteria such as E.coli, certain strains of which produce Shiga toxin, and environmental bacteria, such as Clostridium botulinum, both of which […]