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Alvim Biofilm Probe

Alvim Biofilm Probe help to detect bacterial settlement and growth inside water lines, tanks, and other surfaces in contact with the water and other liquids allowing to check, at the same time, the efficacy of sanitation treatments and water treatments. The ALVIM real-time, online, Biofilm Monitoring System is able to detect bacterial settlement down to 1% of surface covered by microorganisms and, basing on these data, to manually or automatically adjust and optimize cleaning treatments / biocide treatments (in industrial water systems, cooling towers, pure water lines, etc.) allowing to check, at the same time, the efficacy of the cleaning. @ http://www.alvimcleantech.com/cms/en/biofilmsensors/food-safety
Real time detection of bacteria allows to optimize sanitation, increasing Food Safety
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A Study Conducted at University of Helsinki indicates that Bacteriophages Could be Employed to Eliminate Pathogens

Professor Mikael Skurnik from the University of Helsinki has studied bacteriophages, in cooperation with researchers at the Seoul National University in South Korea; they investigated the possibility of utilizing phages for the eradication of foodborne pathogens and preventing food poisoning. Their first focus was Yersinia enterocolitica. Contaminated foods were subject to phage treatment, after which the number of both bacteria and phages was monitored for three days. “Phage treatment was effective in inhibiting bacterial growth in food, while the number of phages in the food grew, indicating that phages infect bacteria and grow in them also when refrigerated,” says Skurnik.@ https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180220143437.htm?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202018-02-21%20Food%20Dive%20Newsletter%20%5Bissue:14137%5D&utm_term=Food%20Dive
Bacteria-killing viruses could be employed not just in health care, but also in the food industry, a new study shows. The researchers have been investigating the possibility of utilizing phages in eradicating food-borne pathogens and preventing food poisoning.
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FDA Investigates Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Products Reported to Contain Kratom

The FDA is advising consumers to avoid kratom and kratom-containing products. Kratom ( Mitragyna speciosa)is a nutraceutical product that grows naturally in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. The leaves of kratom have been used as an herbal drug. It is used in folk medicine as a stimulant (at low doses), sedative (at high doses), recreational drug, pain killer, medicine for diarrhea, and treatment for opiate addiction. These products have been linked to a multistate outbreak of Salmonellosis. The CDC reports that 28 people in 20 states states [AL(1), AZ (1), CA (3), CO (1), FL (1), KS (1), KY (1), LA (1), MA(1), MI (1), NC (2), ND(1), NY(1), OH (2), OK (2), OR (2), PA (2), SC(1), TN(1), UT (2)] are infected. Eleven people have been hospitalized. @ https://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm597265.htm
The FDA is advising consumers to avoid kratom and kratom-containing products. These products have been linked to a multistate outbreak of salmonellosis from a rare strain of Salmonella.
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Report of Food Recalls and Regulations in North America

Merieux NutriScience published an interesting report of the annual review of food recalls in the US, Canada, and Mexico. During the calendar year 2017, nearly 700 food recalls were classified with the FDA Enforcement Report. Undeclared allergens and microbial hazards accounted for 40% and 35%, respectively of all FDA food recalls. FSIS recall announcements show the majority of recalls in 2017 were attributed to undeclared allergens (41%), microbial hazards (19%) and foreign matter or physical hazards. In Canada this year microbial hazards surpassed allergens to become the dominant reason for recalls. @ https://img04.en25.com/Web/MerieuxNutrisciencesCorporation/%7Bd29a994a-420e-4356-9533-e6fcd4a18e19%7D_q4-regulatory-newsletter.pdf
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Infection outbreaks could be reduced by copper-coated uniforms

A new durable and washable composite material made from antibacterial copper nanoparticles have been developed by material scientists at The University of Manchester, working in collaboration with universities in China. They developed the composite material into wearable materials such as cotton and polyester, which has proved a stumbling block for scientists in the past. The researchers had tethered copper nanoparticles to cotton and polyester using a polymer brush, creating a strong chemical bond. Lead author, Dr. Xuqing Liu, from the School of Materials, said: “Now that our composite materials present excellent antibacterial properties and durability, it has huge potential for modern medical and healthcare applications.” Can the food industry use a similar technology to reduce the spread of bacteria in manufacturing plants? @ http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/infection-outbreaks-at-hospitals-could-be-reduced-by-copper-coated-uniforms/
Doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals could soon be wearing uniforms brushed with tiny copper nanoparticles to reduce the spread of bacterial infections and viruses, such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), at hospitals. Material scientists at The University of Manchester, working in collaboration with universities in China, have created a ...
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FSIS Issues Public Health Alert For Poultry Products due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety (USDA) and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns about illnesses reported in the state of Iowa that may be caused by Salmonella associated with a chicken salad product. The product was sold at all This product was shipped to all Fareway grocery stores in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota and sold directly to consumers who shopped at Fareway. The problem was discovered following reports of illness in Iowa. grocery stores in Iowa, as well as Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota. This product was shipped to all Fareway grocery stores in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota and sold directly to consumers. The problem was discovered following reports of illness in Iowa. On Feb. 9, 2018, the Iowa Department of Public Health notified FSIS of an investigation of Salmonella-related illnesses, within the state of Iowa. FSIS is concerned that some product may… Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert out of an abundance of caution due to concerns about illnesses reported in the state of Iowa that may be caused by Salmonella associated with a chicken salad product.
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Anitoa Unveil Maverick, an ultra-portable qPCR system

“We are excited to bring to the market a portable quantitative-polymerase-chain-reaction (qPCR) device with performance that rivals the most expensive lab-based systems, at a fraction of the cost,” said Dr. Zhimin Ding, CEO of Anitoa Systems. “We strive to make our molecular testing systems rugged, accessible, and with battery operation and power-loss protection capability to facilitate their effective use in low resource settings.” The Maverick technology was shown to detect several types of pathogen DNA and RNA strands, such as Hepatitis B and C, HIV, E. coli and many of their drug-resistant variants. The system can reliably detect 4 copies pathogen molecule DNA per sample with over 9 orders of magnitude in dynamic range. @ https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/anitoa-unveils-ultra-portable-qpcr-system-at-molecular-med-tri-con-2018-300597348.html
MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Anitoa Systems, LLC, a Menlo Park, California-based medical device...
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Clemson researchers are Developing a biological sensors to detect food that’s starting to spoil

Clemson University researchers are working to develop packages that would use communication between cells to detect food that’s beginning to spoil. Quorum sensing (cell to cell communications) uses signaling molecules called autoinducers. Dr. Kay Cooksey and Claudia Ionita are designing a sensor that would identify autoinducers present in packaged foods. Dr. Cooksey said, “The idea is to take what the microorganisms do naturally, put that with being able to sense that they are starting to create a food spoilage situation and build that into a sensor.” @ http://newsstand.clemson.edu/mediarelations/clemson-researchers-look-to-biological-sensors-to-detect-food-thats-starting-to-spoil/
Clemson researchers look to biological sensors to detect food that’s starting to spoil
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Scientist discover antibiotics with activity against multi-drug-resistant Gram-positive pathogens isolated from soil

Scientist from the Laboratory of Genetically Encoded Small Molecules, The Rockefeller University, New York, NY, discovered a new antibiotic agent that they named malacidin. In rats, malacidin worked against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The researchers applied independent Natural products discovery platform that involves sequencing, bioinformatic analysis and heterologous expression of biosynthetic gene clusters captured on DNA extracted from environmental samples. Malacidins, a distinctive class of antibiotics that are commonly encoded in soil microbiomes but have never been reported in culture-based NP discovery efforts. @ https://www.nature.com/articles/s41564-018-0110-1

Analysis of secondary metabolite biosynthesis clusters from diverse soil samples identifies a distinct class of calcium-dependent antibiotics—the malacidins—that bind lipid II and are active against multidrug-resistant Gram-positive pathogens.

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The FDA releases 2017 Food Code for Retail Food Protection

The FDA announced today the release of the 2017 edition of the FDA Food Code, a model regulation that provides all levels of government and industry with practical, science-based guidance and manageable provisions for reducing the known risks of foodborne illness. The code represents FDA’s recommendations for a uniform system of provisions that address the safety and protection of food offered at retail and in food service. It establishes a more standardized approach to controlling food safety hazards within a retail environment. One of the significant changes is the requirement for the Person in Charge (PIC) to be a Certified Food Protection Manager. @ https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/RetailFoodProtection/ucm2006807.htm
A listing of food protection references for operators of retail food stores and food service establishments and other interested parties including information on National Food Safety Education Month and the Food Code.
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The Trend to Outsource Pathogen Testing Continues

According to Bob Ferguson, pathogen testing is moving more and more to outside testing laboratories due to regulatory pressures and a stronger focus on food safety. While the total volume of microbiology testing is growing at 5-6%/y, the contract lab volume is increasing at 10-12%/y. One interesting observation of the survey was that seasoned lab directors had a higher tendency to keep the testing in-house. @ https://www.foodsafetymagazine.com/magazine-archive1/december-2017january-2018/outsourcing-pathogen-testing-under-the-microscope/?mobileFormat=false
The way processors view their responsibilities regarding microbiological testing is changing. Regulatory pressure and a focus on food safety are causing changes in where processors do their testing.  
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More than 100 sick due to Norovirus in the Winter Olympic Games

South Korean health officials have said that no Olympic athletes have been affected; however, there is concern as some of the affected security officers did work in areas where athletes are residing. Most effected people are Olympic security personnel. It is unclear how Norovirus initially sickened workers at the Olympic Games. @ https://www.foodsafetymagazine.com/news/norovirus-sickens-more-than-100-at-2018-winter-olympic-games/
As the 2018 Winter Olympics begin in South Korea, the country’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 128 cases of norovirus--up from just 32 cases a few days ago.
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Smokehouse Pet Products Recalled “Beefy Munchies” Sold Regionally Due to Salmonella Contamination

Smokehouse Pet Products, Sun Valley, CA recalled 4-oz bags of dog treats labeled as “Beefy Munchies,” due to potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. “Beefy Munchies” was distributed in Washington, Michigan, North Carolina and Colorado through distributors selling to various retailers. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The problem was discovered in a routine testing of 4-oz packages of “Beefy Munchies.” conducted by the Colorado Department of Agriculture when 2 packages were positive for Salmonella. @ https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm596038.htm
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Raws for Paws Recalls Turkey Pet Food Due to Salmonella Risk

Raws for Paws of Minneapolis, MN recalled approximately 4,000 pounds of its 5 lb. and 1 lb. chubs of Ground Turkey Pet Food due to potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled Ground Turkey Pet Food was distributed throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa directly to consumers and through online mail orders. Two illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The Salmonella contamination was found in testing packages of turkey by Minnesota Department of Agriculture @ https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm596043.htm
Raws for Paws of Minneapolis, MN is recalling approximately 4,000 pounds of its 5 lb. and 1 lb. chubs of Ground Turkey Pet Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
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It is Possible That Lactalis Sold Contaminated Baby Formula for 10 years

Emmanuel Besnier, the CEO of Lactalis has said that he “cannot rule out” the likelihood that babies have consumed salmonella-tainted milk from his company between 2005 and last year. The strain of Salmonella that sickened children in the last few months is exactly the same strain as the one found in the product in 2005, sickening 150 babies. @ https://www.newfoodmagazine.com/news/64430/lactilis-decade/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NF%20-%20Newsletter%206%202018%20-%20New%20Design%20-%20Members&utm_content=NF%20-%20Newsletter%206%202018%20-%20New%20Design%20-%20Members+CID_de1306e3880e85f5cac249c369d7dbee&utm_source=Email%20marketing&utm_term=Lactalis%20site%20salmonella%20strain%20linked%20to%20outbreak%2010%20years%20ago
Lactalis site salmonella strain linked to outbreak 10 years ago
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The Data is in: The Food and Beverage Industries Experienced a dramatic Increase in Unit Recall

The Stericycle Recall Index published a report with the data for the fourth Q of 2017. Showing a large increase in recalls. “The food and beverage industry experienced the most dramatic spike in units recalled over the past five years,” according to the report released today. Bacteria contamination was the most frequent offender. FDA recall increased from 28% in 2012 to 31.3% in 2017. The numbers of undeclared allergens also increased. @ https://www.stericycleexpertsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Expert-Solutions-Recall-Index-Q42017.pdf
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Microbial Sensor Provides Non-Destructive Snapshot of Environments

A gene “genie” developed by Rice University scientists grants researchers valuable data about microbes through puffs of gas from the soil. The latest version is a robust two-stage microbial sensor that will help bioengineers, geobiologists and other researchers observe gene expression and the bioavailability of nutrients in laboratory facsimiles of environments like soil and sediments without disturbing them. @ https://www.technologynetworks.com/analysis/news/microbial-sensor-provides-non-destructive-snapshot-of-environments-297196?utm_campaign=Newsletter_TN_BreakingScienceNews&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=60440362&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8GB2781tcnpYM3XuWJ5Wravq_rDqBblVV7XecUhY6F6PVg7-wQ_pam9uIrSDUN7a5kwQgSvTUZR1YQURt0Y3LyQtIl0Q&_hsmi=60440362
A gene “genie” grants researchers valuable data about microbes through puffs of gas from the soil. The latest version is a robust two-stage microbial sensor that will help researchers observe gene expression and the bioavailability of nutrients in laboratory facsimiles of environments like soil and sediments without disturbing them.
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Will FSMA Put Many Small Farmers Out of Business?

In a blog Baylen Linnekin writes that while as of this week the produce rule applies only to large farms (Making < $500,000 in sales/Y), by 2020 FSMA will apply to farms with revenues of $25,000-$250,000. Many farmers fear the cost of compliance. The FDA cost estimate is $13,000/Y, while for large farms the estimate is $30,000/Y. That means that for some small farmers, compliance costs could eat more than half of their revenue. For larger farms, compliance costs will amount to less than one percent of revenue. There are reservations about the cost-benefit of this rule and if Congress should have passed the law. @ http://reason.com/blog/2018/02/03/fda-begins-implementing-awful-food-s-new
The Food Safety Modernization Act is going to put many small farmers out of business. Baylen Linnekin writes: America's farmers are on the alert this
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Signing Agreement

FDA and USDA sign the agreement
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USDA and FDA Announces Agreement on Joint Oversight of Food

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. announced a formal agreement to make the oversight of food more efficient and effective by increasing the coordination between the two agencies. The formal agreement outlines efforts to increase interagency collaboration, efficiency and effectiveness on produce safety and biotechnology activities while providing clarity to manufacturers. Perdue said “…formal agreement to promote coordination and the streamlining of capacities and obligations on shared concerns and jurisdiction,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D said, “Secretary Perdue and I share a deep commitment to further strengthening our nation’s food safety system in the most effective and transparent way,”. @ https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm594424.htm
FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb and USDA Secretary Perdue launched an effort today to increase collaboration, efficiency and effectiveness, and provide clarity to food producers.
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Microbes may help astronauts transform human waste into food

A challenge in space travel is how to bring along enough food for the trip. Until now the solution was the growth of vegetables in hydroponic chambers. Professor Christopher House at Penn State University is developing a method of turning human waste directly into edible and nutritious substance. This is done by treating astronauts waste with microbes and producing an edible biomass either directly or indirectly depending on safety concerns. @ https://phys.org/news/2018-01-microbes-astronauts-human-food.html
Human waste may one day be a valuable resource for astronauts on deep-space missions. Now, a Penn State research team has shown that it is possible to rapidly break down solid and liquid waste to grow food with a series of microbial reactors, while simultaneously minimizing pathogen growth.
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Panera Bread Recalls All 2 oz. and 8 oz. Cream Cheese Products due to Listeria

FDA announced that out of an abundance of caution, Panera Bread is voluntarily recalling all 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products sold in its U.S. shops, because single production day showed a positive result for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Tests on cream cheese samples manufactured both before and after the production run in question have all come back negative. The recall includes all cream cheese products with an expiration date on or before April 2, 2018, the company said. @ https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm594219.htm
While there have been no reported illnesses, out of an abundance of caution, Panera Bread is conducting a nationwide preemptive, voluntary recall of all 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products sold in its U.S. bakery-cafes. This recall was initiated after samples of one variety of 2 oz. cream cheese from a single production day showed a positive result for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Tests on cream cheese samples manufactured both before and after the production run in question have all come back negative.
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The Multistate Outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to Leafy Greens is Over

The CDC announced that as of January 25, 2018, the infection due to leafy greens (CDC never attributed the outbreak to Romaine lettuce) is over. A total of 25 people were infected by STEC O157:H7 from 15 states. Nine ill people were hospitalized, including two people who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. One death was reported from California. The true source of the outbreak was never discovered and CDC believes that it is a leafy green. Since Leafy greens have a short shelf life, and since the last illness started a month ago, it is likely that contaminate leafs are no longer available. @ https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2017/o157h7-12-17/index.html
Multistate Outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to I.M. Healthy Brand SoyNut Butter
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FDA Expedite Release of Recalls

As part of an effort to increase transparency, empower consumers, and enhance public health, the FDA is working to alert the public sooner whenever a product has been recalled. Historically, only recalls that have already been classified into one of three categories based on the severity of the hazard have been listed in the report. However, recall classifications can sometimes take weeks – or even months when FDA needs to conduct a complex evaluation. FDA has decided that the public would benefit by having recall information about FDA-regulated products as soon as possible, even though further evaluation remains to be done. Moving forward, FDA will include “not-yet-classified” recalls in the weekly Enforcement Report, even while classification work is still ongoing. @ https://blogs.fda.gov/fdavoice/index.php/2018/01/fda-to-expedite-release-of-recall-information/
FDA to Expedite Release of Recall Information
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Rich Products Corporation Recalls RTE Frozen Meatball due to Possible Listeria Contamination

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) and Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that Rich Products Corporation, a Vineland, N.J. recalled approximately 3,420 pounds of beef meatball products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes. The problem was discovered on Jan. 24, 2018 when FSIS received notification from the firm that they shipped adulterated product into commerce. The products were shipped to distributors in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. @ https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2018/recall-006-2018-release
Rich Products Corporation, a Vineland, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,420 pounds of beef meatball products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.
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EFSA: Listeria infections increase in vulnerable groups

EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) has issued a scientific opinion on Listeria monocytogenes and risks to public health from consumption of contaminated ready-to-eat foods. The report covers data from 2008 to 2015 and concludes that Listeria cases have increased in people 75+ and pregnant woman. They attribute this trend to the rise in consumption of ready-to-eat foods and an improved monitoring system in some Member States. The EFS experts estimated that 1/3 of cases of listeriosis are due to growth of Listeria monocytogenes in food prepared and stored at home in the refrigerator. @ http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/180124
Listeria cases have increased among two groups of the population: people over 75 and women aged 25-44 (believed to be mainly pregnancy-related). This is one of the main conclusions of an EFSA scientific opinion on Listeria monocytogenes and risks to public health from consumption of contaminated ready-to-eat food. The opinion covers the period 2008-2015. Experts began work on the scientific opinion after the 2015 EU summary report on foodborne zoonotic diseases identified an increasing trend of listeriosis over the period 2009-2013.
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Just for Dogs Recall Three types of Dog Food Due to Listeria monocytogenes

JustFoodForDogs (JFFD) of Los Alamitos, CA recalled 3 daily diets for dogs because the green beans included in the meals might contain Listeria monocytogenes. While Listeriosis is rare in dogs and when infected most dogs have mild symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting. Also, there is risk to humans if they were to ingest the dog food or come into contact with contaminated feces from a pet that has eaten the food.The potential for contamination was discovered after a purchaser of JFFD products reported to JFFD veterinary medical staff that her dogs had become ill. Tests to date confirm that green beans purchased from a restaurant supply distributor were positive for Listeria monocytogenes. @ https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm593097.htm?utm_campaign=JustFoodForDogs%20Voluntarily%20Recalls%20Three%20Daily%20Diets%20because%20of%20Possible%20Listeria&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua
JustFoodForDogs (JFFD) of Los Alamitos, CA, is voluntarily recalling its Beef & Russet Potato, Fish & Sweet Potato and Turducken dog food meals in all sizes. JFFD uses 100% USDA and other restaurant grade ingredients in all of its pet food, and because the green beans used in these meals may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the company is alerting the public.
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Jimmy John’s Sprouts Contaminated with Salmonella Montevideo

Eight people from three states —Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota — have been infected with Salmonella montevideo. “Epidemiologic evidence indicates that raw sprouts at Jimmy John’s restaurants are a likely source of this multistate outbreak,” CDC’s outbreak notice said. Jimmy John’s took all raw sprouts off the menu at all 2,727 franchise locations. @ http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2018/01/record-shows-jimmy-johns-sprouts-repeatedly-sicken-patrons/#.WmdlO6inGM9
Record shows Jimmy John’s sprouts repeatedly sicken patrons
Michael BRODSKY Do they never learn???
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French President Macron Asked Authorities takes Action Against Lactalis over baby formula contamination

As reported in our Blog of December 13, 2017, Lactalis recalled baby formula due to Salmonella agona contamination. Currently, Lactalis faces hundreds of lawsuits over a salmonella outbreak. Marcon has reassured the European community that French products are safe. He had asked the Minister of Economy (Bruno Mayor) to convene a meeting of all involved and there would be “no tolerance” in imposing sanctions should they be required. The company promised to compensate families affected by the salmonella outbreak. @ https://www.newfoodmagazine.com/news/63945/macron-lactalis-baby-food-contamination/
As Lactalis allegedly faces hundreds of lawsuits over a salmonella outbreak at the end of 2017, the President of France has reassured the European community that French products are safe.
Michael BRODSKY Since when did President Macron become an expert in food safety?
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A major 16th-Century Epidemic in Mexico Explained by Salmonella enterica genomes from victims

In Nature Ecology & Evolution (15 January 2018 issue) scientist identified Salmonella enterica as the potential cause of the epidemic known as ‘cocoliztli’ based on historical and archaeological evidence, to the 1545–1550 CE epidemic. Through the introduction of a new metagenomic analysis tool called MALT, applied in the study to search for traces of ancient pathogen DNA, they were able to identify Salmonella enterica in individuals buried in an early contact era epidemic cemetery. The scientists propose that S. Paratyphi C is a strong candidate for the epidemic population decline @ https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-017-0446-6

Ancient DNA from victims of a sixteenth-century disease in Mexico suggests that Salmonella enterica Paratyphi C (enteric fever) was responsible for a devastating epidemic that closely followed European presence in the region.

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Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to Shredded Frozen Coconut

The CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the FDA are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infecting at least 25 people with the outbreak strains of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:- (24 people) or Salmonella Newport (1 person from 9 states. An additional person from Canada was infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:-. WGS showed that isolates from people infected with Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:- are closely related genetically. @ https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/coconut-01-18/index.html
Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Muenchen Infections Linked to Alfalfa Sprouts Produced by Sweetwater Farms
Michael BRODSKY Why are raw sprouts still on restaurant menus?
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Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to Shredded Frozen Coconut

The CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the FDA are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infecting at least 25 people with the outbreak strains of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:- (24 people) or Salmonella Newport (1 person from 9 states. An additional person from Canada was infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:-. WGS showed that isolates from people infected with Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:- are closely related genetically. @ https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/coconut-01-18/index.html
Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Muenchen Infections Linked to Alfalfa Sprouts Produced by Sweetwater Farms
Michael BRODSKY I never liked coconut anyway!
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How Dirt Could Save Humanity From An Infectious Apocalypse

By cloning DNA out of bacteria-laden mud soup, and reinstalling foreign gene sequences into microorganisms that can be grown in the lab, a method was devised for discovering antibiotics that could soon treat infectious diseases and fight drug-resistant superbugs. The belief is that topsoil can include unbelievable, virtually inexhaustible reservoirs of undiscovered antibiotics @ https://www.wired.com/story/how-dirt-could-save-humanity-from-an-infectious-apocalypse/
One chemist thinks he’s found a way for us to outrun the lethal juggernaut of antibiotic resistance.
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Fate of Salmonella enterica and Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) in Vegetable Seeds during Germination

Above 60% of the seeds inoculated by either Salmonella or EHEC were positive for the pathogens during the germination process. The internalization of food pathogens into vegetable seeds could occur naturally and represents a possible pathway of vegetable seed contamination by pathogens. The study demonstrates the importance of pathogen-free seeds in the prevention pathogens in sprouts. @ http://aem.asm.org/content/84/1/e01888-17.abstract?etoc
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Hom/Ade Foods, Recalls Frozen Biscuits due to Potential Listeria contamination

Hom/Ade Foods, Inc recalled Mary B’s® brand biscuits due to contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The problem was discovered in a product sampling conducted by an outside co-packer, who manufactured the product. The effected products are frozen bagged biscuits. Products were distributed to AL, AR, CA, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV and sold in retail stores. Although these products are not ready-to-eat items and have baking instructions there remains some risk that the mishandling of this product prior to or without adequate baking may cause illness. There has been no illness to date associated with these products. @ Read more
Hom/Ade Foods, Inc is voluntarily recalling Mary B’s® brand biscuits due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The problem was discovered in a product sampling conducted by an outside co-packer, who manufactured the product.
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Fieldbrook is Recalling Ice-cream Bars due to Potential Listeria Contamination

On January 5th Fieldbrook Foods Corporation recalled Tops brand of Orange Cream Bars and Meijer Purple Cow brand Orange Cream Bars due to the possibility of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The product has a production date of December 18, 2017, and a “best by” date of December 18, 2018. No illnesses have been reported to date. On January 11th the company added cases of Raspberry Cream Bars that were included with Orange Cream Bars in ALDI seasonal split-case purchases to their recall. The recalled orange cream bars, raspberry cream bars, and chocolate coated vanilla ice cream bars were sold @ https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm592326.htm?utm_campaign=Fieldbrook%20Foods%20Corporation%20Clarifies%20Scope%20of%20its%20Voluntary%20Recall.&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua
Fieldbrook Foods Corporation is clarifying that the previously announced voluntary recall of all orange cream bars and chocolate coated vanilla ice cream bars that were produced in 2017 on the company’s Hoyer 1 Line at its Dunkirk, NY plant (plant code 362677) also includes 28,751 cases of Raspberry Cream Bars that were included with Orange Cream Bars in ALDI seasonal split-case purchases.
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1 month ago

CDC Plans to Increase use of Whole genome Sequencing in Foodborne Illness

CDC announced that it is expanding its use of Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) to 38 states and two cities. By the end of fiscal 2017, six health departments successfully implemented WGS. The WGS allows to differentiate between closely related organisms allows outbreaks to be detected with fewer clinical cases and can help stop outbreaks sooner. @ http://www.meatingplace.com/Industry/News/Details/77505
Meatingplace.com is the online community for North American beef, pork and poultry processors.
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SGS ACQUIRES VANGUARD SCIENCES

SGS of Geneva, Switzerland, one of the world’s largest testing labs with more than 90,000 employees Vanguard is a leading provider of food safety testing services in the areas of product testing, research & development, and food safety. “This acquisition provides immediate growth opportunities in the attractive food safety testing market in the US,” said Frankie Ng, CEO of SGS. “It expands on our existing testing capabilities and further positions SGS as a global brand leader in food testing and related services.” This is part of a trend of testing laboratories consolidation. @ http://www.sgs.com/en/news/2018/01/sgs-acquires-vanguard-sciences-inc-usa
SGS is pleased to announce the acquisition of Vanguard Sciences Inc., USA.
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1 month ago

USDA Proposes New Rules for Egg Products Inspection

Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on January 9th several new rules for egg production. FSIS is proposing to amend the egg products inspection regulations by requiring plants that process egg products to develop Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) systems and Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (Sanitation SOPs). The proposed plan should ensure that the eggs are free of Salmonella and other pathogens. @ https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2018/01/09/usda-announces-proposed-rule-amend-egg-products-inspection.
https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2018/01/09/usda-announces-proposed-rule-amend-egg-products-inspection
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FDA Takes Too Long To Recall Tainted Food, the Federal Inspector General Say

According to a report issued by the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services FDA took too long to remove contaminated foods from the markets. On average it took off 57 days to recall items after the FDA was informed of the potential danger. In some cases, people became ill and even died after the FDA was notified of the problem. @ https://oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region1/11601502RIB.pdf
https://oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region1/11601502RIB.pdf
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World Health Organization is Ranking Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

While tuberculosis is of most concern as it relates to antibiotic resistance, some foodborne bacteria also made the list. The list includes salmonella and campylobacter (the leading cause of foodborne diarrheal disease in the world). @ https://www.thedailybeast.com/who-is-now-ranking-20-worst-antibiotic-resistant-pathogens-facing-mankind
Assembles triage list for researchers, drug makers, with tuberculosis at No. 1.
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Outsourcing of pathogen testing on the rise

Research has shown that in recent years more and more food processors send their pathogen testing to outside laboratories. The implementation of FSMA regulations is resulting in better understanding of the importance of accurate pathogen analysis. In this survey, 60 percent of the processing locations reported sending their pathogen samples out to a commercial lab, but when measuring the volume of samples outsourced, 75 percent of the samples in this survey were sent out. One reason for this trend is laboratory accreditations that are harder to meet. @ https://www.foodsafetymagazine.com/magazine-archive1/december-2017january-2018/outsourcing-pathogen-testing-under-the-microscope/#.WjEWYPeR6X4.linkedin
The way processors view their responsibilities regarding microbiological testing is changing. Regulatory pressure and a focus on food safety are causing changes in where processors do their testing.  
Sunil Kotehal Vasudeva Das Easiness in Handling along with Complying to FSMA norms , Labs of repute having prassence in both buyer and seller countries makes outsourcing a good cost effective way.
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Could an New Technology Help to Kill Superbugs?

Dr. Lu, an associate professor in biological engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, found a new potential way to kill superbugs with a DNA editor called Crispr-Cas9. Dr. Lu said: “is is basically a molecular scissor” that can snip bacterial genes that make bacteria drug-resistant, killing the bug in the process. The technology combines bacteriophages and Crispr-Cas9 to target drug-resistant genes. @ https://www.wsj.com/articles/could-crispr-help-to-knock-out-superbugs-1512469800
At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology an associate professor in biological engineering is researching ways to kill superbugs with a biological tool called Crispr-Cas9 that edits DNA. This combination of gene editing and viruses that attack bacteria could help scientists fight antibiotic resistance.
Sunil Kotehal Vasudeva Das Reason for evolution of superbugs…is their survival, what if the same Crispr-Cas9 gets integrated in to the superbugs with time..will they become super superbugs with multiple resistance ( broad range) for antibiotics
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Sample6 Pathogen DETECT Platform Acquired by IEH

Sample 6 businesses were split into two. The pathogen detection system (DETECT) was acquired by IEH while Sample 6 will continue with its CONTROL software. The DETECT test system was developed as a solution to help food processors identify points of Listeria and Salmonella contamination on-site and in-shift @ https://www.refrigeratedfrozenfood.com/articles/93910-ieh-laboratories-consulting-acquires-sample6-pathogen-detect-platform
IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group (IEH), Lake Forest Park, Wash., acquired all assets related to the Sample6 DETECT platform, Woburn, Mass.
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A new use of blockchain to follow tomato ripening

Blockchain can be used in agriculture to test tomato ripeness, and their color and sugar content. The tracking allows the reduction of spoilage and documenting the supply chain. @ https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-09/the-internet-of-tomatoes-is-coming-starting-with-boston-salads?cmpId=flipboard
The technology is being put to use in more prosaic fields like agriculture.
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Rapid Diagnostics are Essential in the Battle Against Drug Resistance

A great threat to public health is the increase in antibiotic resistance. Pathogens that were thought to be concurred are re-emerging. Rapid molecular testing is an important tool in dealing with the challenges posed by antibiotic resistance. Assays that quickly identify not only the cause of an infection and relevant resistance markers. @ https://www.biosciencetechnology.com/article/2017/11/rapid-diagnostics-are-essential-battle-against-drug-resistance
https://www.biosciencetechnology.com/article/2017/11/rapid-diagnostics-are-essential-battle-against-drug-resistance
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3 months ago

Phagelux, Inc. announces collaboration with Passport Food Safety Solutions, Inc.

Phagelux’s US will develop for Passport Food Safety bacteriophage-based products that will be used in food safety. The products developed should reduce bacterial loads in multiple problematic areas related to food safety. @ https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/phagelux-inc-announces-a-multi-product-collaboration-with-passport-food-safety-solutions-inc-656198713.html
SHANGHAI, MONTREAL, and SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - Phagelux, Inc., a biotechnology company focused...
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Breeding resistant chickens for improved safety

ARS researchers discovered that some roosters have a strong immune response and suggest to use them to selectively breed a more robust flock, that can fight better food pathogens. @ http://www.poultryworld.net/Genetics/Articles/2017/11/Breeding-resistant-chickens-for-improved-safety-205557E/
Hopes are high that a new test developed by US scientists could make it easier to breed pathogen-resistant chickens.
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4 months ago

Spicely Organics Recalls Organic Tarragon Because Of Salmonella

Organic Spices, Inc. of Fremont, CA recalls 0.4 oz. Organic Tarragon 0.4oz (11g) glass jars with black caps, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The FDA discovered the possible contamination through routine sampling, which revealed that the raw material used in the product contained Salmonella. @ https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm580600.htm
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Clair D. Thompson & Sons, Inc. Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

FSIS announced that Clair D. Thompson & Sons, Inc., a Jersey Shore, PA is recalling approximately 700 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The problem was discovered on Oct. 2, 2017 when the firm’s sample of ground beef had tested positive for E. coli O157:H7 by a third party lab. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. @ https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2017/recall-106-2017-release
Clair D. Thompson & Sons, Inc., a Jersey Shore, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 700 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
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FDA is proposing to extend the Compliance Dates For nutritional labels to 2020 and 2021

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to extend the compliance dates for the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts label final rule and the Serving Size final rule from July 26, 2018, to Jan. 1, 2020, for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales. Manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales would receive an extra year to comply—until Jan. 1, 2021. @ http://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/02/2017-21019/food-labeling-revision-of-the-nutrition-and-supplement-facts-labels-and-serving-sizes-of-foods-that
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is proposing to extend the compliance dates by approximately 1.5 years for the final rules providing updated nutrition information on the label of food, including dietary supplements; defining a single-serving container; requiring dual-column labeling...
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4 months ago

Office of Inspector General: FDA – Needs to Inspect US Food Facilities More

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recommends that FDA

(1) Improve how it handles attempted inspections to ensure better use of resources,
(2) take appropriate action against all facilities with significant inspection violations,
(3) Improve the timeliness of its actions so that facilities do not continue to operate under harmful conditions, and
(4) Conduct timely follow-up inspections to ensure that significant inspection violations are corrected.
FDA concurred with all four recommendations. @ http://www.marlerblog.com/files/2017/09/Food-Safety-InspectionsRpt.pdf

http://www.marlerblog.com/files/2017/09/Food-Safety-InspectionsRpt.pdf
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5 months ago

Research at the University of York has revealed that genes are controlled by ‘nano footballs’ — structures

The researchers discovered that transcription factors operate not as single molecules as was previously thought, but as a spherical football-like cluster of around seven to ten molecules of roughly 30 nanometres in diameter. The discovery of these nano footballs will not only help researchers understand more about the basic ways in which genes operate @ https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170925111215.htm
Genes are controlled by 'nano footballs' -- structures that look like footballs but 10 million times smaller than the average ball -- new research has revealed.
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Bacteria never swim alone

Bacteria never swim alone. Flocking behavior in animals seemingly arises spontaneously in a group of independent individuals without a clear leader. This behavior occurs among all types of organisms, from bacteria to people. One hypothesis, therefore, is that there are fundamental principles for flock building that are not dependent on single individuals @ http://www.pharmamicroresources.com/2017/08/bacteria-never-swim-alone.html
pharmaceutical microbiology,quality assurance, healthcare, cleanroom, contamination control, microbiology, tim sandle, sterility, disinfection
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Infection with shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157 in Wisconsin causes hospitalization of children

Health officials are investigating eight cases of E. coli infection, however, to date, there is no information about the source of the outbreak. @ http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/e-coli-outbreak-hospitalizes-la-crosse-county-children-out-of/article_7b8ffc82-d57d-5943-b38d-01bcdc7a41d3.html
The La Crosse County Health Department is investigating eight cases of a “particularly nasty form” of the e-coli bacteria that forced the hospitalization of six children.