Enoki mushrooms linked to Listeria monocytogenes infections

U.S – Enoki mushrooms imported from China and distributed by Utopia Foods, New York, have been linked to a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. This is according to investigations conducted by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as state and local partners. The FDA describes Enoki mushrooms as long thin white…

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USDA proposes amending animal disease traceability rule to enable rapid disease diagnosis

U.S – The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is recommending amending the rules governing animal disease traceability and requiring electronic identification for the interstate movement of specific cattle and bison. Rapid disease diagnosis, containment, and eradication are essential for safeguarding the welfare of American livestock, the producers’ livelihoods, and the…

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Morocco suspends beef imports from the UK and Ireland amid mad cow disease outbreak

MOROCCO – The government of Morocco has issued a notice to suspend imports of beef and beef products from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland due to the outbreak of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) along with any other diseases that might come with it. BSE, also known as Mad cow disease, is a progressive neurological disorder of cattle caused by…

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Experts race to stop banana disease ravaging Tanzania’s plantations

TANZANIA – A new banana illness is threatening one of the nation’s most important staple foods, and experts are working against the clock to avert it. The disease, also known as Fusarium wilt TR4, was initially discovered in 2013 and is suspected of having a significant negative effect on banana production. Tanzania, one of Africa’s largest banana producers, and Mozambique…

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Home canning predisposes Italy to botulism infections

ITALY – Italian researchers through the national surveillance system have reported 1,039 suspected cases of botulism from 2001 to 2020, with a predominance in the Southern part of the country. One reason why Italy has one of the highest botulism rates in Europe is the nation’s long-standing habit of home canning. 406 cases of botulism involving 599 people were laboratory…

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Australian Salmonella outbreak linked to baby cucumbers

AUSTRALIA – The Western Australia (WA) Department of Health has linked Qukes brand baby cucumbers supplied by Perfection Fresh, an Australian fresh produce company, to a Salmonella outbreak that has thus far affected 19 people. Although the grower has not been identified, cucumber production has ceased. From infants under a year old to seniors in their 60s, there are sick…

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Anthrax outbreak sickens 10 in Kenya’s Kisii County

KENYA – Kenya’s Kisii County has reported an Anthrax outbreak that has left 10 people hospitalized in various hospitals in the county. The outbreak, reported last week in Sugubo village, Bobasi constituency has so far claimed the lives of at least ten animals. The constituency is vast bordering Transmara to the West, Nyaribari Masaba, Nyaribari Chache to the North, and…

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Nestlé to resume operations in plant linked to deadly  E.coli outbreak

FRANCE – Hauts-de-France officials from the Nord region of France have given the go-ahead for Nestlé’s Buitoni factory in Caudry to resume operations on a partial basis after the deadly E.coli outbreak that occurred earlier in the year. Only the production of cooked-dough pizzas is subject to approval. The line that produces pizzas using the Fraîch’Up range, which do not…

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Contaminated baby spinach elicits health scare in Australia

AUSTRALIA – Australians have been warned against eating a certain brand of spinach after it caused severe sickness and hallucinations in several people. Health authorities in Australia’s New South Wales have reported that nine people who consumed the Riviera Farms baby spinach from Costco needed medical attention after manifesting symptoms of confusion, elevated heart rates, and blurred vision. The spinach…

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EFSA, ECDC report shows surge in zoonotic diseases and foodborne outbreaks

EUROPE – The EU’s One Health zoonosis report published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control  (ECDC) has revealed an increase in reported cases of zoonotic diseases and foodborne outbreaks in 2021 compared to the previous year. However, according to the report, the levels are still much below those of the…

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