FDA issues investigation findings on 2020 Salmonella outbreak linked to red onions

WORLD- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), alongside state and federal partners, have investigated the outbreak to identify potential contributing factors that may have led to red onion contamination with Salmonella Newport. Between June and October 2020, federal and state agencies investigated the Salmonella Newport food-borne illness outbreak associated with consumption of red onions from the Southern San Joaquin Valley and Imperial Valley in California. The outbreak, which caused 1,127 reported domestic illnesses and 515 reported Canadian cases, is the largest Salmonella outbreak in over a decade. This outbreak…

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Thawed Yellowfin tuna suspected for foodborne illness in Italy

ITALY- Tuna is being investigated for a possible cause of illness in at least 12 people in Italy. The foodborne outbreak is suspected to have been caused by thawed yellowfin tuna steaks with added water from Italy and raw material from Spain. The Tuscany local health unit (ASL) has received reports on about 9 people experiencing symptoms like fainting, loss of consciousness, vomiting and nausea. The affected individuals who were admitted to different hospitals before later being discharged all reported having consumed tuna in diverse forms at two distinct restaurants…

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Food safety certification for indoor-grown leafy greens launched

GLOBAL – A new food safety certification program specifically designed for leafy greens grown using controlled environment agriculture (CEA) has been launched by the CEA Food Safety Coalition (CEA FSC). According to a press statement, the CEA FSC’s Leafy Green Module uses science-based standards to assess an operation’s food safety practices in areas including water and pesticide use, site control and hazard analysis. CEA FSC’s module will assess hazards associated with water, nutrients, growing media, seeds, inputs, site control and more. Systems using recirculating water will require continuing hazard analyses…

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