Category: Food & Beverage

Fatal Listeria outbreak linked to trout in the Netherlands

At least two people have died in a Listeria outbreak linked to chilled smoked trout fillets in the Netherlands. All six sick people have been hospitalized and two died from their infections. Another person has died but no information about the cause of death was given. Patients became ill between

Salmonella outbreak linked to British eggs

Almost 40 people are part of a Salmonella outbreak traced to eggs from the United Kingdom. A spokesman for Public Health England told Food Safety News that it does not have information on the date of onset of illness for all the patients. “There have been 38 reported cases linked

Red kidney beans linked to poisoning cases in Denmark

A type of lectin in red kidney beans was behind an outbreak in Denmark earlier this year. Poisoning left 45 people sick, including 24 on one day, in late April. It was limited to a catering company that delivered food for another business in the Copenhagen area. The outbreak was

Pew’s Eskin suggests ways to reduce romaine risk from surrounding threats

Outbreaks A, B, and C sickened at least 188 people in 2019 when they ate romaine lettuce contaminated with E Coli O157:H7.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on May 21 this year that the E. coli O157:H7 contamination responsible for all three romaine outbreaks likely came from fecal

Food bank newcomers must navigate system with COVID-19 precautions

analysis As she provides information to the intake worker at the local food bank, she’s visibly distraught. “Can I help you with anything,” a nearby worker asks the woman. “Is there anything I can do.” Responding to these kind words, the woman breaks down into tears. “We’ve always tried to

Florida needs to get on with enforcement of COVID-19 rules

Opinion It is clear that many people and many businesses are sympathetic to protecting public health, and also understand the risks they face trying to conduct business as usual during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are too many people not practicing social distancing, and not wearing face coverings in the

Proclaim your independence from food poisoning

Many Americans will be celebrating the Fourth of July outdoors this year a little differently, with celebrations at home, including backyard barbecues and picnics perhaps with only your household. No matter how you’re celebrating the Fourth of July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)

Publisher’s Platform – Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish

CNN reported this week that Coca-Cola is shutting down the juice and smoothie brand Odwalla at the end of July. Coca-Cola purchased the brand in 2001. Coca-Cola made the call “given a rapidly shifting marketplace and despite every effort to support continued production,” John Hackett, president of Coca-Cola’s Minute Maid business unit,

UK repeats desire to protect food standards in U.S. trade talks

The second round of trade talks between the United States and United Kingdom has ended with food standards, including safety, still high on the agenda. Negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) took place from June 15 to 26 with the next session planned for the end of July. They

Raw milk purchased at retail in 5 states found loaded with antimicrobial-resistant genes

University of California-Davis food scientists found raw milk purchased at retail stores can hold a large amount of antimicrobial-resistant genes if left at room temperature.  Their findings are published in the journal Microbiome. The UC Davis researchers collected 2,034 samples of unpasteurized milk from retail stores in California, Idaho, Arizona,

Federal court expected to dismiss charges against former Blue Bell CEO

Felony charges lodged against former Blue Bell Creameries CEO Paul Kruse on May 1 are all but certain to be dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. The dismissal could occur at the next motion hearing in the case, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. on July 29, or U.S.

Cook your compost to the same temperature as your burgers

Opinion Editor’s note: Each Spring, attorneys Bill Marler and Denis Stearns teach a Food Safety Litigation course in the LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. This specialized program for attorneys brings together those who are interested in our food system, from

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