Could dung beetles boost food safety on the farm?

Food safety doesn’t start at the processing facility.

Farmers go to great lengths to protect their crops from invading pathogens. Recent years have seen outbreaks attributed to bacteria like E. coli deposited by passing wildlife (through their droppings) and runoff from nearby livestock feedlots, which can infect low-to-the-ground crops like broccoli and leafy greens. Though […]

Food safety: Researchers seek kill-step to rid flour of pathogens

When you think of foods that present high food safety risks, flour isn’t generally top of the list. Flour’s dryness makes it less conducive to bacterial growth, and because it’s usually baked at a pathogen-killing temperature, it’s not very likely to cause foodborne illness once eaten.

That said, a few major recalls of flour have […]

E. coli O157:H7 treatment may become easier due to aurodox discovery

New research from Scotland’s University of Glasgow has medical experts hopeful, as the findings suggest potential avenues for treating E. coli infections in the future.

The study found that aurodox, a chemical compound that inhibits the biosynthesis of bacterial protein, can block the E. coli strain O157:H7 from binding to human cells. Not only that, […]

Report: Listeria is deadliest foodborne pathogen, according to European data

A new report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the European Food Safety Authority analyzes 2017 data from the 28 members of the European Union as well as nine other European countries.

The most fatal foodborne pathogens, the report found, were:

Listeria, with 255 deaths Salmonella, with 156 deaths Campylobacter, with […]

A year in review: 2018’s foodborne illness outbreaks

While the official numbers aren’t in yet, the trend of 2018’s foodborne illness outbreak situation seems to be “more isn’t always a bad thing.”

Over the course of the year, food safety experts have pointed out that, at first glance, the number of outbreaks seems to be increasing. But the truth is, something else is […]

This holiday season: No raw cookie dough, and no raw hamburger

We go over it every year. When you make cookie dough for your holiday cookies, wait until you’ve baked it before eating.

We know, we know. Cookie dough is delicious. Delicious, but dangerous. A number of ingredients can cause foodborne illness. Raw eggs are associated with Salmonella, and raw flour, which is usually not processed […]

The latest on the big E. coli outbreak

It’s now safe to eat some romaine lettuce, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says after last week’s recall of the product due to potential contamination with E. coli O157:H7.

As the investigation has continued, the FDA has found that the contaminated romaine comes from parts of California that grow romaine over the summer […]

Salmonella outbreaks increase in raw turkey; E. coli a threat to romaine lettuce

With Thanksgiving just around the corner in the U.S., consumers should be aware of the recent influx of Salmonella cases linked to raw turkey products.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 74 cases of salmonellosis (an infection with Salmonella) have been reported since the last update on July 19, 2018. […]

FDA identifies potential source for major E. coli outbreak

Earlier this year, an outbreak of E. coli attributed to romaine lettuce rocked parts of North America. Over 210 people got sick, five of them losing their lives. And even though investigators were able to find the source, it proved tricky to figure out how the lettuce became contaminated in the first place.

Now, after […]

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 […]