food safety

CPS continues to fund research into listeria

Unless one counts Korean-grown Enoki mushrooms, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control have not tied fruits or vegetables to a major outbreak of listeria infections since 2016. And yet, the pathogen is deadly enough to... more »

FDA: E. coli outbreak likely came from California

The FDA has released the results of an investigation into an E. coli outbreak last fall that led to 40 illnesses across the country. Inspectors traced the outbreak to a cattle pasture uphill from a farm.... more »

FDA links fall E. coli outbreak to leafy greens

The FDA and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in collaboration with state and local partners, have completed the investigation on two of three multi-state outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections in the U.S. this fall.... more »

FDA announces investigation of a third outbreak of E. coli O157:H7

The following quote is attributed to Frank Yiannas, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response: “The FDA is investigating a third outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 illnesses that matches the E. coli O157:H7 strain... more »

Tanimura & Antle recalls romaine; Michigan reports E. coli cases

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development  (MDARD) is advising residents not to eat Tanimura & Antle  brand romaine lettuce packed as single heads, and the company has issued a recall of the lettuce. MDARD issued... more »

Canada requirement: romaine from parts of California must be tested for E. coli

From 2016 to 2019, romaine lettuce from California was linked to outbreaks of E. coli illnesses in the U.S. and Canada. Food safety investigations by Canadian and U.S. authorities identified the Salinas Valley growing region as a... more »

Food safety research enhanced by produce industry

Growers need not wait on the government for timely guidance to food safety questions or concerns. That’s what industry veteran Victor Smith sees as one of the biggest benefits of the Center for Produce Safety... more »

FDA web seminar on July 30 addresses leafy greens E. coli plan

The Food and Drug Administration has scheduled a web seminar on the agency’s 2020 Leafy Greens STEC Action Plan. The document, released in March, focuses on Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC). According to the FDA, there... more »

Aquaponic Association debates controversial claim regarding E. coli

On April 6, 2020, Purdue Agriculture News published a story about a study related to the contamination risk of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) in Aquaponic and Hydroponic production. The full study was published in MDPI Journal Horticulturae in January 2020.... more »

USDA updates Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak case

The USDA provided an update Dec. 12 on its investigation of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses linked to romaine lettuce. The following is from an FDA news release. "The FDA takes our responsibility of protecting the... more »

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