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A recent multistate outbreak of infections with multidrug-resistant Salmonella enterica serotype Newport with decreased susceptibility to azithromycin was linked to U.S. beef and Mexican cheese, according to an epidemiologic investigation. “Finding the outbreak strain in both cheese and beef indicates that the human illnesses likely originated from presence of the bacteria in cattle in the… [Read More]
The causal agent of the Tropical Race 4 of the Banana Fusarium wilt fungus Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense, known throughout the industry as TR4 or Panama disease, is considered the biggest threat to bananas in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as in Asia, Australia, and Africa. Fazil Dusunceli, an expert on TR4, working… [Read More]
Consumers may view them as stomach-churning social media memes but recent instances of people licking ice cream or spitting in bottled beverages at supermarkets before putting the products back on shelves are categorized as intentional food contamination events. The culprits may face prison sentences of up to 20 years to reflect the severity of danger… [Read More]
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that more than 48 million Americans get sick each year from foodborne illnesses. The social and economic impact of foodborne illnesses, such as salmonellosis, is significant. Most foodborne diseases outbreaks can be prevented if the contaminating bacteria are detected before food products are released to market. This… [Read More]
The Mexican tomato industry and the U.S. Department of Commerce entered into a draft agreement on August 21 that would end a bitter trade dispute and withdraw tariffs that might have caused tomato shortages and higher prices domestically. The new agreement would suspend the ongoing antidumping investigation by the United States into fresh tomatoes from… [Read More]