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Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli (STEC): Microorganisms of Public Health Significance in Meat and Poultry
Shiga Toxin-Producing <i>Escherichia coli</i> (STEC): Microorganisms of Public Health Significance in Meat and Poultry

In the U.S., between 1983 and 2002, the six most commonly occurring serotypes of non-O157 Escherichia coli were O26, O111, O103, O121, O45 and O145, which have become foodborne pathogens of interest.

 

Principles of Environmental Pathogen Control
Principles of Environmental Pathogen Control

When first confronted with a pathogen problem in a facility, it is hard to pinpoint an exact root cause from so many potential sources.

FSM Scoop: Raw Sprouts
FSM Scoop: Raw Sprouts

An overview of how raw sprouts--a popular superfood--have been the source of recalls for the last 20 years.

Reduction of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli Attached to Stainless Steel
Reduction of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli Attached to Stainless Steel

Biofilms are communities of microorganisms that can form on both living and nonliving surfaces, including those found in food processing plants.

Ebola Virus Disease: Important Aspects for the Food Science and Technology Community
Ebola Virus Disease: Important Aspects for the Food Science and Technology Community

Think the threat of Ebola is over? Think again. The effects on the food industry is far reaching.

 

Food Safety and Language Barriers on the Food Processing Line
Food Safety and Language Barriers on the Food Processing Line

Employee attitudes toward specific behaviors have been identified as predictors for overall employee behaviors and food safety.

Mycotoxins: A Food Safety Crisis
Mycotoxins: A Food Safety Crisis

The Food and Agriculture Organization estimated that about a quarter of the world’s agricultural produce is contaminated with mycotoxins. Do you know how to prevent these molds from contaminating your food products?

Encourage Reporting of Suspected Foodborne Illness
Encourage Reporting of Suspected Foodborne Illness

What is broken in the chain that allows a suspected foodborne illness event to be neglected and become an epidemic? Restaurant patrons should be encouraged to report suspected cases of foodborne illness in a timely fashion.

Antimicrobial for Raw Poultry Processing Under FDA Review for Direct Food Contact
Antimicrobial for Raw Poultry Processing Under FDA Review for Direct Food Contact

PURE Bioscience, Inc. announced July 14 that it has submitted a Food Contact Notification (FCN) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for silver dihydrogen citrate (SDC) as an online reprocessing (OLR) antimicrobial for raw poultry processing.

Shedding Light on Food Safety: Applications of Pulsed Light Processing
Shedding Light on Food Safety: Applications of Pulsed Light Processing

Over the past 20 years, a number of researchers have investigated pulsed light as a means for decontaminating food and food contact surfaces, non-opaque liquids and packaging materials.

Foods and Antibiotic Resistance: Not All Resistance Is Created Equal
Foods and Antibiotic Resistance: Not All Resistance Is Created Equal

The focus of public health and policy efforts have now expanded beyond the clinic to include concerns about the role of agricultural antibiotic use on human health, and the general role that foods have in transmitting antibiotic resistance to consumers. Is your product at risk?

Is Raw Milk Increasing Risk in Our Food Supply?
Is Raw Milk Increasing Risk in Our Food Supply?

Processors that have been producing pasteurized products and are considering introducing raw products to their product portfolios should weigh gains in profits with the much higher risks to the safety of their customers and the potential financial liability to their business.

Public Health Risk of Antibiotic Use in Food Animals
Public Health Risk of  Antibiotic Use in Food Animals

Food animal agriculture is working to reduce its contribution to the antibiotic-resistance problem.

Recent Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak Illustrates USDA Food Safety Regime
Recent Foster Farms <i>Salmonella</i> Outbreak Illustrates USDA Food Safety Regime

Although Foster Farms avoided the harshest of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s enforcement measures by making immediate changes to its manufacturing practices, it did not recall its products. Find out why.

 

A Closer Look at Reducing Antibiotic Resistance and Antibiotic Use in Food Animals
A Closer Look at Reducing Antibiotic Resistance and Antibiotic Use in Food Animals

Although the importance of reducing antibiotic resistance is universally acknowledged, the details of how to identify best management practices and environmental Critical Control Points remain to be articulated.

 

Thermal Processing with Food Safety in Mind
Thermal Processing  with Food Safety in Mind

Thermal treatments are critical in controlling food-borne pathogens in ready-to-eat meat and poultry products.

Software Aims to Track Contaminants, Prevent Food Safety Problems

At a time when food safety breakdowns are costing businesses more than ever, a Lincoln, NE, startup known as Presage Analytics hopes to help food processors track contaminants and prevent costly recalls and outbreaks of illness. The company's software tracks and analyzes the environmental and product testing data that companies already collect, particularly focused on microbial data, to manage and prevent problems that could lead to recalls or foodborne illness outbreaks.

Boot Scrubbing Machines
Boot Scrubbing Machines

Meritech has introduced a new line of boot scrubbing machines that completely sanitize employees’ rubber boots by continuously applying strong sanitizing solution through a series of high-pressure nozzle jets onto continuously rotating brushes.

The Tragedy of Foodborne Illness: Much Is Preventable
The Tragedy of Foodborne Illness: Much Is Preventable

Making a difference with respect to foodborne illness outbreaks begins with increasing awareness and acceptance of contributing factors, and demands a commitment to following best practices in food handling and preparation.
 

Raw Produce Field Sampling for Biological Risks
Raw Produce Field Sampling for Biological Risks

The who, how, what, where, when and why to sample are critical to control the risks of biological contamination.           

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