Food Safety News - March 14, 2018 Scientists may have new weapon to fight Listeria

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Scientists may have new weapon to fight Listeria

By News Desk

Researchers from North Carolina State University have pinpointed new compounds that may be effective in containing the virulence of Listeria, a bacterium that can cause severe food poisoning and death. News of the discovery comes during an ongoing listeriosis outbreak in South Africa that has sickened 1,000 and killed 180. The World Health Organization reports... Continue Reading

Turtle trouble: outbreak case count climbs to 76

By Kelsey M. Mackin

Salmonella contamination from pet turtles and a lack of handwashing has reached a total of 76 people in 19 states; 32 percent of which are children younger than 5 years old. Reported illnesses range from March 1 to Dec. 1, 2017, and since the CDC's last update this increase in the number of confirmed sick... Continue Reading

Melon grower responsible for Australian listeriosis outbreak named

By Dan Flynn

Percolating since January, the Australian listeriosis outbreak linked to rockmelons resulted in four deaths out of 17 confirmed cases before authorities named the grower that produced the contaminated cantaloupe.  The outbreak also isn’t likely over as Listeria is known for its long incubation period, meaning it can take several weeks after exposure before any symptoms are... Continue Reading

USDA gives gives green light to raw pork from Northern Ireland

By News Desk

Northern Ireland's raw pork exports to the United States may continue after a favorable on-site audit of that country's meat inspection system by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). FSIS let Northern Ireland's Chief Veterinarian Robert Huey know the draft final report of the audit was available by letter on Jan. 3, 2018 and... Continue Reading

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