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2010-05-26 08:00:00

WASHINGTON, May 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the wake of the recent recall of E. coli-tainted romaine lettuce, the nation's oldest consumer organization, the National Consumers League (NCL), is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to set minimum sanitary and safety standards for the "unregulated but crucial" pallets that are used to transport food throughout the United States. The move by NCL comes following recent exploratory tests conducted by the organization on...

2010-03-18 12:00:00

"Could Your Lunch Kill You?" Protest Shines Spotlight on Need for New Meat Regulations WASHINGTON, March 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- S.T.O.P. - Safe Tables Our Priority and victims of foodborne illness called upon the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to recognize as adulterants six other potentially deadly types of E. coli bacteria in addition to the notorious E. coli O157:H7 that is currently classified as an adulterant. All seven strains are known to cause devastating...

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2010-01-29 09:57:20

One-third of samples of milk and dairy products analyzed in various restaurants exceed the microbe contamination limits set by the European Union, according to a study carried out by researchers from the University of Valencia (UV). The experts advise against keeping milk in jugs and suggest that these foodstuffs need to be better handled. "Out of all the dairy products we analyzed, 35% of the samples exceeded the maximum contamination levels established by EU law for enterobacteriaceae, and...

2009-11-16 16:14:00

The Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention (CFI) released a report on November 12, 2009, that documents what is currently known about the long-term health outcomes associated with several foodborne illnesses. The report also discusses how under-reporting, inadequate follow-up and a lack of research make it difficult to assess the impact that foodborne illness is having on Americans. CFI's report, The Long-Term Health Outcomes of Selected Foodborne Pathogens, calls for a new...

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2009-11-13 15:10:00

Foodborne illnesses can cause lasting health consequences, particularly for the young, the elderly and those who are immunocompromised, according to a new report released Thursday by the Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention in Pennsylvania. The researchers studied the five most common foodborne illnesses, and found they can cause life-long complications such as paralysis, kidney failure, seizures, mental retardation, hearing and visual impairments. "While the severity of...

2009-11-12 10:00:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over the next several weeks, the U. S. Senate has an historic opportunity to take a major step toward improving food safety for all Americans. That is why a coalition of public health professionals, consumer organizations and groups representing victims of foodborne illness is sending the message that it is time to "Make Our Food Safe for the Holidays!" Every year, millions of Americans are sickened from consuming contaminated food, hundreds...

2009-11-12 12:17:58

Over the next several weeks, the U. S. Senate has an historic opportunity to take a major step toward improving food safety for all Americans. That is why a coalition of public health professionals, consumer organizations and groups representing victims of foodborne illness is sending the message that it is time to "Make Our Food Safe for the Holidays!" Every year, millions of Americans are sickened from consuming contaminated food, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized and thousands die....

2009-10-30 08:35:00

Produce Safety Project and Safe Tables Our Priority survey demonstrates need for better integration and collection of outbreak data WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A survey of state health departments regarding their capacity to track produce-related foodborne illnesses found that the response and investigation of outbreaks varies greatly and can lead to delays in public-health response. The survey was commissioned by the Produce Safety Project (PSP), an initiative of The...

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2009-09-29 08:20:00

Exposure to light and possibly photosynthesis itself could be helping disease-causing bacteria to be internalized by lettuce leaves, making them impervious to washing, according to research published in the October issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Salmonella enterica is a common cause of foodborne gastroenteritis, with an estimated number of 1 to 3 million human cases per year in the United States. Fresh produce is increasingly being implicated as a source of...

2009-09-09 09:24:34

Strains of Escherichia coli bacteria that cause food poisoning have been shown to have marked differences in the numbers of genes they carry compared to laboratory strains of E. coli. Some of these genes may enable them to survive stresses such as those caused by modern food processing techniques or exploit food sources that laboratory E. coli strains cannot use. Dr Karin Heurlier and colleagues at the Universities of Nottingham and Birmingham in conjunction with Biolog Inc of California USA,...


Latest Food microbiology Reference Libraries

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2011-04-28 15:17:59

Vibrio parahaemolyticus is a curved, rod-shaped, Gram-negative bacterium found in brackish saltwater, which, when ingested, causes gastrointestinal illness in humans. V. parahaemolyticus is oxidase positive, facultatively aerobic, and does not form spores. This species is motile, with a single, polar flagellum. Ingestion of raw or undercooked seafood is the most common cause of the acute gastroenteritis caused by V. parahaemolyticus. Infection can also occur from fecal-oral route as well...

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2011-04-14 15:02:33

Bacillus cereus is an endemic, soil-dwelling, Gram-positive, rod-shaped, beta hemolytic bacterium. Some are harmful to humans while other strains are beneficial as probiotics for animals. They are aerobes and can produce protective endospores. B. cereus competes with other microorganisms such as Salmonella and Campylobacter in the gut. In food animals harmless strains of B. cereus are used as a probiotic feed additive to reduce Salmonella in the intestines and cecum. This helps improve...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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