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TIP TOP RECALLS READY-TO-EAT POULTRY DUE TO LISTERIA CAUSING A CHAIN REACTION

On September 28, 2019, Tip Top Poultry, Inc (Rockmart, GA) recalled ready-to-eat (RTE) poultry products that are potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Tip Top notified FSIS that multiple samples were positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes after being tested in Canada. The firm decided to recall all cooked, diced, or shredded, RTE chicken products produced from January 21, 2019, through September 24, 2019. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. This recall resulted in a ripple effect throughout the food industry in the US and Canada since many companies used the...

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, ROBOTICS AND FOOD SAFETY

Artificial Intelligence (AI) or machine learning makes it possible for computers to analyze data and learn from experience how to perform tasks that were in the past reserved to humans with precision and accuracy. The FDA announced that it plans to utilize AI as part of the “New Era of Smarter Food Safety.” Innovative food companies started using AI and robotics as alternative ways to produce and serve foods. Efficiencies can be maximized by integrating AI into the manufacturing processes. Data from various sensors, scanners, x-rays can be analyzed in real-time to adjust processes in real-time. Sensors such as temperature,...

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An outbreak of Salmonella Newport with decreased susceptibility to antibiotics linked to beef in the US and soft cheese in Mexico

In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR Weekly, August 23, 2019, 68(33);713–717) the CDC alerted the public of a dangerous strain of salmonella that had sickened 255 people and may had not responded to the antibiotics commonly prescribed to treat the foodborne infection. From June 2018 to March 2019, 255 people in 32 states were infected with the strain, with 60 being hospitalized and two dying from the bacterial infection. The CDC claims that the antibiotic resistance of this strain of S. Newport is alarming since it covers the primary oral antibiotics used to treat Salmonellosis. The strain was resistant...

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Exciting News BioExpert: Website Has a New Look and New Features

We are excited to introduce the newly designed ask-bioexpert.com web site. With this renewal, the overall design of the website has been updated. We made the website easier to read, follow, and navigate.  The site now allows users to quickly find and interact with topics related to the most relevant food safety issues. One of the most important new features is the simplicity registered user can contribute to the site, and interact between themselves. We encourage you all to post trending news related to food safety and respond to other’s comments. In the new site, any registered user can easily...