September 20, 2017

UK Experts Urge Shoppers to Wash Hands After Handling Chicken Packages

We all know that raw chicken can contain pathogenic bacteria such as Campylobacter and Salmonella. But experts were more concerned with the bacteria on the inside of the basic plastic supermarket wrapping. Now experts in the UK are warning shoppers to wash their hands after handling these packages, since the bacteria could also be on the outside. An investigation by the Daily Telegraph found that the plastic exterior of more than 1 in every 100 raw chickens sold in Britain may have a potentially infectious level of Campylobacter bacteria. That means that 9,000,000 packages of chicken are sold with a "dangerous dose of deadly bacteria on the outside." When a shopper picks up a package of chicken, then snacks on food while shopping, they could get sick. Campylobacter is the leading … [Read more...]

Acid Suppression Drugs Increase Gastroenteritis Risk

A study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology has found that taking acid-suppressing medications increases the risk for bacterial gastroenteritis in the community and in hospital-based settings. The population-based, propensity-score matched cohort study was conducted at the University College London. The study identified 188,323 patients from a community in Scotland who took these drugs between 1999 and 2013. Those results were compared with 376,646 matched controls from the same community who did not take the prescribed medications. The medications in question include proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and H2 receptor antagonists (H2RA). The study's authors reported positive test results for Clostridium difficile, Campylobacter, Salmonella, and E. coli O157 in … [Read more...]

Campylobacter Outbreak in UK Linked to Raw Milk

At least 56 people are sick in the United Kingdom with Campylobacter infections after drinking raw milk purchased from a vending machine on a farm. The patient age range is from one year to 86 years. Sales of raw milk from that farm were suspended after the outbreak was discovered. A judge banned the farm from selling any more of its unpasteurized milk last week. The farm is Low Sizergh Barn Farm in Kendal, UK. The raw cow milk was recalled in December 2016 after the outbreak was first announced. According to news sources, the farms' owner allegedly knew that the milk contained bacteria but kept selling it. The number of registered farms that produce and sell raw milk in the UK has decreased in the last 20 years from 570 to 100. It is illegal to sell raw milk and cream in … [Read more...]

New Study Shows How Campylobacter in Chicken Causes Guillain-Barre

A new study at Michigan State University is the first to show how Campylobacter jejuni triggers Guillain-Barre Syndrome. That complication of the bacterial infection can cause paralysis. If the chicken isn't cooked to 165°F, the bacteria can survive and cause serious illness. Campylobacter infections have also been caused by raw, or unpasteurized milk and other contaminated products. Linda Mansfield, lead author and MSU College of Veterinary Medicine professor said, "What our work has told us is that it takes a certain genetic makeup combined with a certain Campylobacter strain to cause this disease. The concerning thing is that many of these strains are resistant to antibiotics and our work shows that treatment with some antibiotics could actually make the disease worse." GBS is … [Read more...]

Raw Milk: A Risky Food

It never ceases to amaze me why people drink raw milk. Raw milk, as all should know, is unpasteurized. Pasteurization is the process by which milk, juices and other products are heated in order to kill off dangerous pathogens. Without pasteurization, bacteria that harm or even kill people remain in the milk. Pasteurization, a simple procedure that’s been used for about 150 years, is absolutely effective. Pasteurization does not affect the taste of milk. It does not reduce or degrade milk’s beneficial and nutritional qualities. Any claims that it does have been debunked by scientists and physicians. The only people who claim raw milk is good for you are people who ignore science. The only people who claim pasteurization makes milk less nutritious ignore science. This is … [Read more...]

Campylobacter Outbreak at Alejandro’s Taqueria in Fairfield, CA Sickens 32

A Campylobacter outbreak at Alejandro’s Taqueria in Fairfield, CA has sickened at least 32 people, according to the Solano County Department of Public Health. Those who became ill ate at the restaurant between May 26 and May 29. The restaurant was temporarily closed on June 8. Campylobacter bacteria is transferred via the fecal-oral route, meaning those who develop Campylobacter infections have ingested microscopic amounts of human or animal feces. Symptoms of an infection, called campylobacteriosis, include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. Usually, these symptoms develop two to five days after exposure and last about a week. During this time, the diarrhea can become bloody and sometimes there is also nausea and vomiting. Infections in young children, seniors and those with … [Read more...]

New USDA Poultry Standards Aim to Reduce Salmonella, Campylobacter Illnesses

Campylobacter and Salmonella are common causes of food poisoning often associated with poultry. They're not considered legal adulterants so its okay for companies to produce and sell poultry with some amount of these bacteria on them, but until not there weren't established limits on the the bulk of poultry products consumers buy. In 1996,the USDA set standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter on ground poultry sand whole birds, but last week it never had standards for poultry sold in pieces such as breasts, wings and drumsticks despite the fact that poultry pieces account for 80 percent of consumer poultry purchases Salmonella and Campylobacter sicken about 3 million Americans every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). So why would any percentage … [Read more...]

USDA Has New Guidelines for Controlling Salmonella and Campylobacter in Poultry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) has new guidelines to help poultry processors control Salmonella and Campylobacter. “These guidelines take into account the latest science and practical considerations, including lessons learned from foodborne illness outbreaks in the last several years, to assist establishments in producing safer food,” said USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Al Almanza. “This new guide is one piece of FSIS’ Salmonella Action Plan and our effort to reduce Salmonella illnesses attributed to meat and poultry products by 25 percent in order to meet the nation’s Healthy People 2020 goals. By following the newer guidelines, poultry facilities can help us reach this important public health target.” Salmonella and … [Read more...]

Food Poisoning Kills 420,000 Each Year, Says WHO Study

Food poisoning kills 420,000 people every year, one third of them children under 5, according to a new study by the World Health Organization (WHO).  Researchers from the organization looked at 10 years of data, studying 31 disease-causing agents that cause an average of 600 million illnesses each year. “These estimates are the result of a decade of work, including input from more than 100 experts from around the world. They are conservative, and more needs to be done to improve the availability of data on the burden of foodborne diseases. But based on what we know now, it is apparent that the global burden of foodborne diseases is considerable, affecting people all over the world – particularly children under 5 years of age and people in low-income areas,” said Dr Kazuaki Miyagishima, … [Read more...]

Organic Pastures Dairy Recalls Raw Milk for Campylobacter

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has announced a recall of raw milk produced at Organic Pastures Dairy of Fresno county after Campylobacter bacteria was found in raw whole milk. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. A quarantine order has been announced by California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones. Organic Pastures Dairy brand Grade-A raw milk labeled with a code date of OCT 24 2015 is to be pulled from retail shelves. Consumers are strongly urged to dispose of any product remaining in their refrigerators. The bacteria was discovered as a result of product testing conducted as part of routine inspector and sample collection at the facility. Products from Organic Pastures Dairy of Fresno have been recalled … [Read more...]

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