CDC says foodborne illness rising: What does that really mean?

This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced its findings for last year’s foodborne illness rates: reports of Salmonella, Campylobacter and Cyclospora infections were up.

Hold up, though. Are more people getting sick? Not necessarily.

The CDC recently published research suggesting that the increase may be due to better testing […]

Outbreak alert: Listeria monocytogenes in deli meats and cheeses

Four U.S. states have been affected by an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes, a hardy foodborne pathogen that can survive in a variety of environments, making it challenging for food producers and processors to eradicate in their facilities.

The bacteria has sickened eight people in the ongoing outbreak, resulting in one death. The states impacted are […]

Food safety gains increasing clout on social media

The food safety community has spent much of the past few years discussing a perceived increase in foodborne illness outbreaks — and the actual increase in food recalls due to them. We know that the apparent increase is simply attributable to better reporting methods and technologies that make it easier to catch outbreaks and spread […]

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 […]

Cakes in jars, botulism and the early stages of the food safety system

Maybe you’ve got this bookmarked on your favorite crafty social media site: cake-in-a-jar recipes. Popular with students living in dorms and the Pinterest-savvy, these tiny desserts are tucked snugly into a small jar or can and are often baked in microwaves.

Cute as they may be, these treats come with a food safety threat you […]

Australian outbreak data shows Salmonella typhimurium is the biggest offender

The latest foodborne illness outbreak data is in from OzFoodNet, a tracking network organized by Australia’s Department of Health.

The report shows that in 2012, 2,117 people in Australia were affected by foodborne illness outbreaks, resulting in nine deaths and 183 hospitalizations. Exactly 144 outbreaks led to these numbers, 47 of them recorded in the […]

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 […]

Foodborne illness on the rise: What’s really going on

Chances are you or someone you know has gotten food poisoning this year. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), foodborne illness impacts one in six people in the U.S. every year. That’s 48 million people.

And with reports increasing of foodborne illness and outbreaks, it’s worth examining the “hows” and […]

Outbreak alert: Listeria in frozen vegetables in Australia and New Zealand

First it happened in Europe, and then in the land down under.

Like the United Kingdom did last month, Australia and New Zealand have recalled a wide amount of frozen vegetable products due to concerns of Listeria contamination — specifically Listeria monocytogenes.

The recall involves the same supplier as the overseas recall, […]

Report: Chicken responsible for greatest percentage of foodborne illness outbreaks

With more than 100,000 Americans sickened by foodborne illnesses between 2009 and 2015, you’d think there would be one food that was most often implicated in outbreaks, right?

Well, you’d be correct. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report containing many of the facts and figures of this six-year-span.

Chicken […]