CDC: Campylobacter, Vibrio rise, other pathogens static

Although incidents of Campylobacter and Vibrio rose in 2012, infection rates for other pathogens such as E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella remained about the same.

In fact, Campylobacter rates in 2012 were the highest they’ve been since 2000 and are up 14 percent in 2012 from 2006-2008, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control […]

Study shines light on microorganism hotspots

Think the door knobs and fridge handles are the germiest places in the kitchen? Think again.

A recent study by Michigan-based NSF International, a nonprofit that provides health standards and audits, found the vegetable and meat compartments refrigerators, blender gaskets, can openers and rubber spatulas were most likely to play host to bacteria, including potentially […]

Report: Foodborne illness drops by almost half in decade

Foodborne illness outbreaks fell by more than 40 percent from 2001 to 2010, according to a study released this week.

Much of the decrease can be attributed to improved food safety practices, including the implementation of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans. However, the trend may also reflect foodborne illnesses being underreported, as […]

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ANSR™ for Salmonella receives added AOAC matrix approvals – Neogen

The extension expanded the matrices ANSR for Salmonella was approved for to include soy flour, cocoa powder, peanut butter, […]

Study: Eating fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer

The phrase “eat your vegetables,” might take on more important meaning after new research claims thousands of cancer cases could be prevented if people ate more produce, according to a recent peer-reviewed study.

If half the U.S. population ate one more serving of fruit or vegetables a day, about 20,000 cases of cancer could be […]

Report: How do swine flu viruses mutate?

It only takes a few mutations for a relatively harmless swine flu virus to change into something more dangerous, according to an NPR article highlighting a recent study.

The study, originally published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed how a Korean swine flu virus transformed into a deadly virus when given […]