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Research – Low Moisture Foods – Microbial Contamination Control

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University of Maine researcher has received a $4.9-million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop ways of using non-thermal technologies to control microbial contamination of low-moisture foods.

Dr. Vivian Wu, a professor of food science, will be lead researcher on a five-year project to explore new technologies to better control microbial contamination of low-moisture foods, such as cereals, nuts and spices, without using heat.

“Heat is a very effective way to control microbial contamination, but there are food products that heat just doesn’t work that well,” she said, mentioning such foods as produce and grains. “We want to develop nonthermal processing techniques to eliminate, to maintain the safety of produce and low-moisture food.”

Research – Microbial Risk of Breast Milk Sold Online?

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With information abounding on the health benefits of breast milk for infants, a growing number of under-producing mothers are eschewing formula and instead turning to online marketplaces to buy breast milk directly from other moms. In the past year, somewhere around 55,000 women sold their excess breast milk online, up from 13,000 in 2011.

Business may be booming for sellers, but parents on the buying end really have no idea what they’re feeding their children, and experts are loudly warning that the risks far outweigh the benefits.

Simply put, breast milk sold online has the potential to contain unwanted bacteria or viruses, could come from someone using illegal drugs or nicotine, or may be fraudulently supplemented with cow’s milk. In some cases, it’s all of the above.

Canada – USA – Recall Cranberry Health Mix – Salmonella

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Following a recall by Aurora Products Inc., Giant Food Stores LLC and Martin’s Food Markets are voluntarily recalling Aurora and Giant/Martin’s brand walnut and trail mix blend products due to potential Salmonella contamination.


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume and retailers not to sell the Aurora brand Cranberry Health Mix described below due to Salmonella.

The following product may have been sold from Winners, HomeSense and Marshalls stores nationally.


Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Aurora Cranberry Health Mix 4.5 oz (127 g) 10/30/15 to 12/13/15 various

USA – Hepatitis A – Outbreak

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Officials with the Napa County, CA, Public Health Division are investigating an unusual outbreak of Hepatitis A cases in the past two weeks, reportedly the first there in more than five years. The suspected source has not yet been announced.

Two of the five confirmed cases are employees at La Toque restaurant and the Bank Café and Bar at the Westin Verasa Napa Hotel in Napa, CA. The other three are not connected to the restaurants or other public places, health officials said.

Research – Norovirus Incidence in Food

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According to new work by researchers from the Netherlands, New Zealand and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 14 percent of all norovirus outbreaks are attributed to contaminated food.

Noroviruses are one of the leading causes of gastroenteritis worldwide. In the U.S., the virus causes 19-21 million illnesses, 56,000-71,000 hospitalizations and 570-800 deaths.

The most common symptoms of a norovirus infection are diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach pain. Other symptoms can include fever, headache and body aches. Anyone can be infected with norovirus and get sick, but illnesses can be especially serious for young children and older adults.

Research – Temperature and Food

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Our recent article about why thermometers are important for food safety may have gotten you thinking about getting one or using the one you have more often. If so, here’s some advice on how to select and use one.

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Log documentation involving temperature is a necessary tool in any food processing environment. Whether it is cold holding, hot holding, cooking, cooling, refrigeration, freezer or time controlled, temperature logs not only shed a light on whether an employee understands the process, but are also a strong indicator of potential liability.

USA – Pet Food Recall Expanded – Listeria monocytogenes – Salmonella

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J.J. Fuds Inc. of Valparaiso, IN, is expanding the firm’s recent recall to include all lots and products of J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks, Beef Tender Chunks and Duckling Tender Chunks Pet Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and/or Salmonella.

The recalled products were distributed regionally in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois to wholesale and retail customers. The product can be identified by the batch ID code (manufactured date) and UPC code printed on the back of the individual plastic bag or on the master case label. This product is a frozen raw poultry product (see Safe Handling Instructions on package) and has a shelf life of one year if kept frozen.

USA – Full Tilt Recalls Most 2014 Dairy-Based Ice Cream Flavors for Listeria Risk

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Full Tilt Ice Cream of Seattle is recalling all dairy-based ice-cream flavors (except non-dairy frozen desserts) sold under the Full Tilt brand and produced between Jan. 1 and Dec. 19, 2014, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The Full Tilt dairy-based ice-cream products were distributed in Oregon and Washington through grocery stores and retail scoop shops.


UK – Holiday Updates in Brief – Campylobacter – E.coli – MRSA

Leicester Mercury : Leicester diners placed at “unnecessary risk” say Food Standards Agency

Food Poisoning Bulletin : Raw Milk Not For Kids, Warns England’s FSA After E. coli Outbreaks

Food Safety News : E. Coli Sickens 85 in UK While Source Remains Unknown

Food Safety News :FSA Chastises UK Retailers for Resisting Release of Campylobacter Stats

Food Safety News : UK Research Shows MRSA Transfers From Livestock to Humans


USA – Holiday Catch Up – November – Salmonella – Listeria – Norovirus

Food Safety News :Raw Macadamia Nuts Are Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

FDA : Oasis Brands, Inc. Recalls Products Lacteos Santa Martha Because of Possible Health Risk

Food Poisoning Journal : NAACP Norovirus Outbreak at Hotel Sofitel

Food Poisoning Journal :5 Sick with 2 Dead from Listeria Tainted Bean Sprouts in Illinois and Michigan

Food Poisoning Bulletin : Norovirus Sickens Dozens at Condon Elementary School in Boston