Norovirus and mollusks: An explainer

If there’s one thing to know about norovirus, it’s that it’s bad news.

Not only does the virus cause a person to be very ill (symptoms include “explosive” vomiting multiple times a day, along with diarrhea), it also is highly contagious. Although norovirus infection is most commonly associated with eating food contaminated by someone who […]

Drought 2012 and aflatoxin: What you need to know

High temperatures and a lack of precipitation aren’t the only issues plaguing farmers this year – the drought also has led to an outbreak of a carcinogenic mycotoxin – aflatoxin.

Aflatoxin is produced by certain strains of the mold Aspergillus, which flourishes in hot and dry conditions such as those created by this summer’s drought. […]

USDA releases first results from new STEC testing program

E. coli

Three out of 110 samples tested positive for strains of E. coli since a new testing program took effect in June.

The samples were taken during routine testing and were tested for seven strains of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli, or STECs, including E. coli O157:H7, and the non- O157 strains O26, O45, […]