CDC reminds public not to wash raw chicken; some consumers still doubtful

Health agencies have shared the message again and again: Washing raw meat just causes the bacteria to splash around your sink, your hands and your clothes.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tweeted a reminder about this fact recently: “Don’t wash your raw chicken! Washing can spread germs from the chicken to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Romania tightens food safety measures after repeated Listeria outbreaks

After multiple, repeated recalls of fish products due to Listeria contamination, Romanian food safety experts have tightened their control measures in order to get to the bottom of the situation.

So far in 2019, there have been eight recalls for Listeria in salmon, with no reported illnesses, according to Food Safety News. The first incident […]

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 […]