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 […]

What is Cyclospora, anyway?

If you’ve looked at the news at all in recent weeks, you’ve most likely seen headlines about an outbreak of the parasite Cyclospora. Over 400 people have gotten sick due to an outbreak associated with pre-made salad mixes.

But what is Cyclospora? What does it mean to have eaten a pathogenic parasite? Unlike some […]

Is the number of foodborne illness outbreaks actually increasing?

It seems that every week, as you surf the internet, you see more and more people sharing articles about the latest food that’s garnering fear at the supermarket. Foodborne illness outbreaks, and food recalls related to them, have been big news in recent years.

Part of the increased coverage is, of course, due to increased […]

Over 200 million eggs recalled due to Salmonella

Before you break out the frying pan this morning for your sunny-side-up breakfast, be sure to check out this recent food recall notice: nearly 207 million eggs were voluntarily recalled Friday due to possible contamination with the pathogenic bacteria Salmonella.

“Consumers who have purchased shell eggs are urged to immediately discontinue use of the recalled […]

Safety matters: Vegetables

Myth: Foodborne pathogens are only of concern when dealing with raw meat products.

Fact: Foodborne pathogens are of concern with any raw product, including vegetables. These are all pathogens we know, E. coli, Hepatitis A, Listeria monocytogenes … the list goes on and on. These foods are healthy, and we’re encouraged to eat a lot […]