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Food Safety News - 11/18/2020

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Farmers market fresh produce often comes with a fecal load included in price
By Dan Flynn on Nov 18, 2020 12:05 am A new study found generic E. coli on nearly one-third of the fresh produce sold at farmers’ markets in Northern California. It was not a test for the dangerous pathogenic E. coli, but a check on fecal contamination in fresh produce sold at pristine farmers’ markets. Californians love their farmers markets, which are “certified” by local... Continue Reading



Researchers warn about Brucella risk from unpasteurized, raw milk
By Joe Whitworth on Nov 18, 2020 12:03 am Scientists have warned about the risk of Brucella outbreaks linked to unpasteurized milk in China. In recent years, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported hundreds of infections from Brucella melitensis after people consumed raw milk. From 2005 to 2018, there were 242 public health emergencies, according to annual brucellosis surveillance. Professional... Continue Reading



U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passes FASTER Act
By News Desk on Nov 18, 2020 12:02 am The U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously passed the FASTER Act, bringing sesame one step closer to becoming the ninth major allergen, as defined by federal law. The Act would also require the federal government to analyze research opportunities to help develop more effective treatments for food allergies. The legislation, first introduced in the House... Continue Reading



Bakery link investigated in hepatitis A outbreak in Germany
By News Desk on Nov 18, 2020 12:01 am More than 20 people have been infected with hepatitis A in an outbreak in a German municipality. There have been 23 infections in the community of Dummerstorf in the Rostock district of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Three more test results are pending. Officials believe the virus has been spread through food. Of those affected, 21 live in and... Continue Reading



Food and drug officials weigh in on federal Salmonella rules for poultry
By Guest Contributor on Nov 18, 2020 12:00 am Opinion Editor’s note: Steven Mandernach, AFDO executive director, presented these comments on the organization’s salmonella position earlier this fall. Let me start by thanking Under Secretary Dr. Mindy Brashears and FSIS (USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service) for the opportunity to provide comment on this important topic. The Association of Food and Drug Officials, or... Continue Reading
 

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