New guidelines focus on role of retail food businesses during outbreaks

A group made up of government and industry experts have released new guidelines intended to clarify the role of retail food establishments during foodborne illness outbreaks.

The Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR) guidelines “outline, clarify and explain the recommended role for retail food establishment owners, operators and managers in a foodborne illness outbreak […]

Cattle deaths linked to toxin-producing fungi

Courtesy of MU Extension.

A fungus that produces a lethal toxin (and may have ties to the Salem witch trials), has cropped up in pastures in the U.S. corn belt.

Ergot, which can be fatal to humans and animals, already has led to cattle deaths in Missouri. The fungus affects many types of crops, […]

A midsummer’s Monday links

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Investigation of an outbreak of cyclosporiasis in the United States – U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

So far, 321 cases of Cyclospora infection have been […]

FDA releases two more FSMA rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed two new rules that place more emphasis on prevention of food safety issues in imports from foreign countries, rather than just inspections at their port of entry.

The rules, commonly called the foreign supplier verification rule and the accredited third party audit certification rule, are the latest […]

Pathogen genome project publishes new results


The amount of genomic information on foodborne pathogens continues to grow as a University of California-Davis-led project announced the availability of 20 more pathogen genomes.

The newly-sequenced genomes for multiple isolates of Salmonella, Listeria, Vibrio and Campylobacter will now be added to the 100K Genome Project’s public database. So far, the project has […]

Marine toxins halt shellfish harvest at Scottish site

High levels of naturally-occurring toxins at a shellfish harvesting site in Scotland have led to the site’s closure.

About 70 people have reported symptoms that are consistent with diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP), which is caused by the consumption of toxins in the okadaic group. The toxins are produced by the marine dinoflagellates such as Dinophysis, […]

Potato famine pathogen “more virulent”

The pathogen that caused a famine that killed a million people in the 1800s is more virulent today than it was two centuries ago, researchers have found.

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Copenhagen compared genes from five 19th century strains of Phytophthora infestans, the pathogen behind the potato blight, to […]

Officials investigate Cyclospora outbreak

Image courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than 275 people have been sickened in Cyclospora outbreak that spans several states.

Officials still are trying to pin down the source of the infection, although fresh produce is suspected as it has been linked to previous infections. The majority of the […]

Tox Tuesday: Ketamine

Growing more popular among teens and young adults at dance clubs, ketamine usage has risen in recent years.

Ketamine is considered a club drug, and is a dissociative anesthetic, meaning it gives users the sensation of being detached from their surroundings and pain. Ketamine causes hallucinations or delirium (and sometimes, flashbacks many weeks after taking […]

Kick start your week with the Monday links

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Russia-U.S. in talks over trade resumption – The Pig Site

The two nations are slated to participate in a conference call today in an effort to resolve the […]