Government boosts food safety by funding foodborne, AMR pathogens surveillance program

UK -The National Pharmacy Association (NPA), UK has welcomed a new £19.2 million ( USD 26697580.80) funding for a cross-Government surveillance programme to improve the detection and tracking of foodborne and antimicrobial resistant (AMR) pathogens through the agri-food system. The £19.2m, awarded through the Treasury’s Shared Outcomes Fund, will support a three-year project to develop a pilot national surveillance network. The project will use the latest DNA-sequencing technology and environmental sampling to enhance the detection and tracking of foodborne and antimicrobial resistant pathogens through the entire agri-food system from farm…

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Salmonella outbreak linked to BrightFarms’ salad greens, Green Dining Table Inc. recalls frozen pork dumplings

U.S – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in collaboration with Center for Diseases and Prevention Control (CDC), state and local partners, is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium infections concomitant to the consumption of BrightFarms’- an indoor farming company that specializes in providing locally grown packaged salads – Sunny Crunch packaged salad greens manufactured in the firm’s Rochelle, IL facility. Interview data and shopper card records indicate that six people ate or bought manifold types of BrightFarms brand salad products before they got sick. FDA’s traceback investigation identified…

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FDA releases Cyclospora Prevention, Response & Research Action Plan

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released the Cyclospora Prevention, Response and Research Action Plan as part of their ongoing efforts to combat foodborne illnesses, aligned with the New Era of Smarter Food Safety initiative. Rising case numbers and the emergence of Cyclospora contamination in domestically grown produce impelled the FDA to create the Cyclospora Task Force in 2019. The task force is comprised of multidisciplinary experts across the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with the goal of reducing the public health…

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FSIS revises raw poultry guidelines to curb pathogens

U.S – United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced the availability of revised guidelines to assist poultry establishments in controlling Salmonella and Campylobacter in raw poultry. FSIS has reviewed the content of the guidelines in light of new scientific and technical information, public comments received on the 2015 guideline, and the agency’s decision to issue two separate guidelines — one on controlling Salmonella and the other on controlling Campylobacter. The guidelines help poultry establishments, including those that are small and very small, identify…

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International Office of Epizootics celebrates 100 years since formation

FRANCE – The International Office of Epizootics (OIE), the intergovernmental organization responsible for improving animal health worldwide, is celebrating 100 years of existence since its establishment in Paris in May 1921. Following the outbreak of rinderpest that devastated post-war Europe in 1920, Emmanuel Leclainche, a multilingual and passionate professor about international veterinary activity, urged the coordination of an international conference to study epizootics and their prevention. He became the organization’s first Director General and occupied the seat for 22 years, leaving the position to his successor Gaston Ramon in 1946.…

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Tyson Foods recalls ready-to-eat chicken products citing listeria invasion

U.S. – The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced the recall of nearly 8.5 million pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken products, produced by Tyson Foods Inc., the U.S. leading producer of poultry, due to possible Listeria contamination. According to FSIS, it had earlier received a notification of listeriosis infection in two people and an investigation identified three listeriosis illnesses, including one death. A collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health agencies to determine the cause, linked…

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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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