Report: Counterfeit booze reports jump 27 percent in the U.K.

Reports of fake alcohol have risen sharply in May and June in the U.K., according to the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Food Fraud Database.

Of the 170 cases reported to the FSA, about 45 percent of those involved fake alcohol. Last year, of the 238 cases reported in the same time frame, only 23 percent […]

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June 22 constituent update – FSIS

How to reduce the chance of catching a foodborne illness after a wildfire, new chloramphenicol testing protocols and an extended comment period for […]

Study: New method for clearing toxins from body is effective

E. coli

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 […]

Fairfield, N.J., police vehicles to carry Epi-Pens

Those suffering from severe allergies in a New Jersey town can rest a bit easier.

The Fairfield, N.J., police department recently announced they will begin carrying Epi-Pens in their police vehicles. The devices are used to treat severe, life-threatening allergic reactions.

The Fairfield police department is one of only six departments in New Jersey so […]

No rule publication dates yet, but details about FSMA rules continue to emerge

Curious about what’s going on with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules? You’re in good company.

The food industry still is waiting for rules on imports, produce and preventative controls for human and animal food. And, with July 3 closing in as the date the preventative controls rules are slated to go into effect, […]

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 […]

FSIS notice: Manufacturers to reassess HACCP plans 90 days after implementation of non-O157 STEC rule

Food production establishments will have to re-evaluate their HACCP plans 90 days after a new rule governing monitoring for non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) went into effect if the target strains are detected, according to a notice from the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Only those plants that have positive non-O157 STEC results […]

FSIS to begin routine sampling in June for six Shiga toxin-producing strains of E. coli in raw beef trimmings

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service today confirmed it will begin “implementing routine verification sampling for six Shiga toxin-producing E. coli” strains in raw beef manufacturing trimmings on June 4.

In addition to E. coli O157:H7, the new sampling measures will look for the O26, O45, O103, O111, O121 and O145 strains of Shiga […]

Food allergies vs. food intolerances: What’s the difference?

People have issues with food. Some have allergies, some have intolerances, and some people just really don’t like peanuts. But without proper diagnosis, things can get muddled. So, in honor of Food Allergy Awareness Week, here’s a crash course in food allergies and intolerances, and how they’re different. For definitions of specific terms, check out […]