Dec 1, 2020
CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating several multistate outbreaks of E. coli O157:H7 infections. This outbreak is different from two other E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks CDC is currently investigating (E. coli outbreak with unknown source 1 and E. coli outbreak with unknown source 3).
Since the last update on October 28, 2020, 16 ill people were added to this investigation.
As of November 19, 2020, a total of 39 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 18 states. A list of the states and the number of cases in each can be found on the Map of Reported Cases page.
Click here to read the full article.
Nov 16, 2020
The FDA has proposed a new rule that lays the foundation for the end-to-end food traceability across the food industry that we’ll be working toward over the next decade as part of the New Era of Smarter Food Safety initiative. When we say traceability, what we are really talking about is the ability to track a food at every step of the supply chain. While limited to certain foods, this proposed rule would create a first-of-its-kind standardized approach to traceability recordkeeping, paving the way for industry to adopt and leverage more digital, tech-enabled traceability systems both in the near term and the future. (summary from FDA website)
To read the entire announcement, click here.
Nov 4, 2020
Barb Kowalcyk, the Director of the Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention, will be one of the featured speakers.
Date: November 19, 2020
Time: 9:00-10:30am EST
Summary: Human and animal health are tightly linked: Foodborne pathogens and parasites are persistent public health hazards, and an estimated 60% of human pathogens and 75% of emerging diseases originate from animals according to a recent report by the UN Environment Programme and ILRI. The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety leverages research and expertise in food safety, food production, nutrition, and international development to identify the root causes of foodborne illness within supply chains. The second installment in our webinar series explores how a One Health approach to food safety in meat production can reduce, manage, and mitigate risks to animal and human health.
Registration Link: https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qniDxFvbTVOY9KlFDbIJIA?_ga=2.141735483.849150179.1604500284-357853406.1602163706
Oct 22, 2020
Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety has released information about an upcoming webinar that they are hosting.
Webinar: Harnessing Food Safety to Address Global Food Security
Date: October 28, 2020
Time: 9:00-10:00am EDT
Summary: Without food safety, there is no food security. Strengthening local capacity in food safety has untapped potential to break cycles of disease and malnutrition, support well-nourished communities, and generate economic opportunity through increased access to export markets. The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety leverages research and expertise in food safety, food production, nutrition, and international development to identify the root causes of foodborne illness within supply chains. The first webinar in this series will explore how data-driven food safety policy and practices can transform food systems and promote global food security.
Registration Link: https://ag.purdue.edu/food-safety-innovation-lab/events/
Sep 21, 2020
The CDC has released an article examining STEC outbreaks linked to leafy greens during 2009–2018 in the United States and Canada.
Original article: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/10/pdfs/19-1418.pdf
Synopsis: Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli (STEC) cause substantial and costly illnesses. Leafy greens are the second most common source of foodborne STEC O157 outbreaks. We examined STEC outbreaks linked to leafy greens during 2009–2018 in the United States and Canada. We identified 40 outbreaks, 1,212 illnesses, 77 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome, and 8 deaths. More outbreaks were linked to romaine lettuce (54%) than to any other type of leafy green. More outbreaks occurred in the fall (45%) and spring (28%) than in other seasons. Barriers in epidemiologic and traceback investigations complicated identification of the ultimate outbreak source. Research on the seasonality of leafy green outbreaks and vulnerability to STEC contamination and bacterial survival dynamics by leafy green type are warranted. Improvements in traceability of leafy greens are also needed. Federal and state health partners, researchers, the leafy green industry, and retailers can work together on interventions to reduce STEC contamination.
Sep 17, 2020
The FDA article can be found at: https://www.fda.gov/food/cfsan-constituent-updates/fda-and-osha-team-publish-checklist-assist-food-industry-dur
Sep 10, 2020
The U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE has released updated cost estimates of Value of Statistical Life (VSL) and Consumer Price Indexes. The full report can be found here: https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/cost-estimates-of-foodborne-illne...
Sep 4, 2020
The CDC has released an update regarding the outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis infections linked to peaches:
As of August 27, 2020, a total of 78 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella enteritidis have been reported from 12 states.
Illnesses started on dates ranging from June 29, 2020, to August 3, 2020.
23 hospitalizations have been reported. No deaths have been reported.
More information can be found on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/enteritidis-08-20/index.html
Aug 26, 2020
The CDC has released a great webpage with tips to avoid getting sick with COVID-19:
Aug 18, 2020
The CDC has released an update regarding multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to contact with poultry in backyard flocks.
Since late June 2020, 473 more ill people were added to this investigation.
More information regarding the outbreak is available at the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/backyardpoultry-05-20/index.html