This Valentine’s Day, we love food safety — you can too

Valentine’s Day seems to be a bigger deal every year, as the lovestruck event planners of the world devise more and more ways to celebrate affection — both romantic and platonic. We’ve got Galentine’s Day lunches, Valenguys Day dinners, Palentine’s Day parties and more. At the center of them all: delicious food.

With food comes […]

Food safety: New algorithm could help with environmental monitoring

In a food production or processing plant, the seek-and-destroy method is a technique for finding niches that harbor bacterial pathogens, like the particularly tricky Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono). If detected, the contaminated area can be totally cleaned and disinfected, eradicating the pathogen.

It’s an approach to environmental monitoring that has been increasingly encouraged as the […]

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, […]

Food parasites to watch out for: Top 10

Last year’s outbreak of the foodborne pathogen Cyclospora in pre-made salad mixes brought a sometimes-overlooked type of pathogen into the forefront of people’s minds once again: parasites.

Some of the most well-known culprits behind food recalls are bacteria that live or die based on environmental conditions, like Salmonella, Listeria and E. coli. While parasites and […]

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 […]

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. […]

Outbreak alert: Salmonella in the U.S. and U.K.

Salmonella is one of the most common foodborne pathogens, and we see a few large outbreaks of it each year. It’s most often associated with chicken and egg products, but lately it has been associated with other products as well.

In the U.K.

Nearly 300 people have been sickened and one has passed away in […]

Science: Research opens windows for Listeria antibiotic treatment

Listeriosis, or infection with the foodborne pathogen Listeria, affects nearly 1,600 people each year in the U.S. alone. Most cases pass after a few days either without treatment or with an antibiotic like ampicillin. However, a recent discovery may have opened up a powerful antibiotic as a treatment option, possibly changing the way we handle […]

Food Safety Education Month: How hot should you cook your food?

September is Food Safety Education Month, so guess what — we have some education for you, right here, right now, that you can bring home and use in your own kitchen tonight.

You may know that raw foods can contain a number of pathogens that can make you sick. Some of the more well-known ones […]