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Cyclospora parasites have infected nine in... As of early June, nine people have been sickened by the Cyclospora parasite in England this year, with the source of infection not yet known. The sick people had traveled to several other countries, including the Dominican Republic, Indonesia and Mexico. Infection is usually acquired from food or water contaminated by human feces. Microscopic amounts... Continue Reading

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Vegetable garden bill is close to the last to... On Tuesday in Tallahassee, after meeting with CDC boss Robert Redfield about the agency’s initiative that seeks to reduce new HIV transmission by 75 percent in five years, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis went about signing bills. He signed the following into law: CS/HB 7 – Direct Health Care Agreements CS/HB 207 – Impact Fees CS/HB... Continue Reading

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Study finds pathogen issues with ready-to-eat... A study by German researchers has raised concerns on the microbiological quality of ready-to-eat salad mixes and fresh sprouts. The three-year research project by the Max Rubner Institute also found the microbiological quality of cucumbers, carrots and mushrooms was good. Mixed lettuce received a good to medium result and herbs were rated as medium. The... Continue Reading

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Some Ragú pasta sauces recalled because of... The company behind Ragú brand sauces is recalling an unreported amount of pasta sauces from stores nationwide because they may contain fragments of plastic. Mizkan America Inc. did not include any information in its recall notice about how the plastic may have gotten into the sauces or how the problem was discovered. The company also... Continue Reading

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Sprouts Farmers Market recalls spinach in 19... The Sprouts Farmers Market grocery chain is recalling conventional and organic frozen spinach manufactured by National Frozen Foods of Oregon, because a random test came back positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The test showed the bacteria in the finished product, according to the company recall notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration. However, the notice... Continue Reading

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New Executive Order to fast track agricultural... The reaction was somewhat muted to the new “regulatory framework” for agricultural biotechnology products announced last week by the White House and USDA. The big agriculture organizations and biotech industry did, of course, quickly praise President Trump’s new executive order.  For something  that streamlines the regulation of genetically modified organisms, however, push back probably won’t... Continue Reading

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FDA modifies alerts for food imports The FDA uses import alerts to enforce U.S. food safety regulations on food from foreign countries. The agency updates and modifies the alerts as needed. Recent modifications to FDA’s import alerts, as posted by the agency, are listed here. Click on the URLs to view the actual alerts. Import Alert number Description URL IA-16-13 Detention... Continue Reading

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Sweden hit by new Yersinia outbreak; source... Swedish officials are investigating an outbreak of Yersinia with more than 20 people affected. The Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) reported the source of infection is still unknown. Infection from Yersinia is relatively rare in Sweden, with between 200 to 300 cases reported annually. A total of 26 cases have been confirmed by whole genome... Continue Reading

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Patient count almost doubles in outbreak linked... A review of National Health Service food has been ordered by Conservative Health Secretary Matt Hancock after the number of deaths linked to a Listeria outbreak from pre-packed sandwiches and salads rose to five and the case count to nine. “I have been incredibly concerned by this issue and strongly believe that we need a... Continue Reading

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Salmonella cases in UK from food on cruise... The United Kingdom has reported 24 cases of Salmonella linked to travel on cruise ships. Salmonella Enteritidis cases are from cruise ships visiting destinations in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. The outbreak was detected through whole genome sequencing (WGS) analysis. They have sampling dates from May 6 to 21, 2019. Five other cases have sample... Continue Reading

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