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    Industry can use outbreak reports to decide on food safety programs

    Opinion Editor’s note: This column was originally posted by Growing Produce. To subscribe, visit https://www.growingproduce.com/subscribe/ “What do you think was different this season?” While not the first question that needs to be asked when facing a product recall or being implicated in a foodborne illness outbreak, that question generally ranks in the top five. In my experience, invariably something, or several somethings, were different in a season when an incident hits. It isn’t always possible to pinpoint the specific root cause and the contributing or compounding factors. However, the effort of information and practices recall, document review, personnel interviews,   Read More

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    Food poisoning outbreak prompts frozen chicken recall

    Editor’s note: A previous version of this recall stated that Costco brand was involved. That is incorrect. None of the recalled products are connected to any Costco brand. Serenade Foods is recalling 59,251 pounds of frozen, raw, breaded and pre-browned stuffed chicken products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.  The recalled product was shipped to distributors nationwide.                        The FSIS issued a public health alert on June 2, 2021 related to these products. FSIS has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and   Read More

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    Large Salmonella outbreak linked to melons

    Melons have been linked to a Salmonella Braenderup outbreak that has affected 200 people in more than 10 countries. Patients have been reported in Denmark, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Canada and Switzerland. Illnesses started in late March. Czech Republic and Spain have also recorded recent Salmonella Braenderup infections but it is not yet clear if they belong to this outbreak. Three melon types from 3 countries implicatedThe Food Standards Agency (FSA) reported that the source is thought to be whole honeydew, cantaloupe and galia melons from Costa Rica, Honduras or Brazil.  Read More

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    Deli meats suspected for causing 3-state Listeria outbreak: 1 Death

    Public health officials in the United States have confirmed that ten people, all requiring hospitalization, are infected with an outbreak strain of Listeria according to reports from three states–Florida, Massachusetts, and New York.  One death in Florida is associated with the outbreak. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and state health officials are investigating the multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to deli meats. It is the second multistate outbreak of Listeria to be reported during 2020.  According to the CDC: Epidemiologic evidence shows that deli meat is a   Read More

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