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of Shiga toxin producing E. coli (STEC) infections associated with a petting zoo
at the North Carolina Sate Fair - Raleigh, North
June 29, 2005
Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Brant Goode and Ciara O¡¯Reilly
salmonella cases linked to Cold Stone Creamery ice cream
of Article: http://www.newportnewstimes.com
Jul 06, 2005
A new outbreak
of salmonellosis has been traced to consumption of Cold Stone Creamery ice cream,
public health officials in the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) said
Cold Stone announced a national recall of "cake batter" flavor
ice cream today, after the Minnesota Department of Health linked cases of Salmonella
Typhimurium in that state to consumption of that flavor.
As of today, Oregon
public health officials have identified four salmonellosis cases that appear to
be part of this cluster, in Linn, Lane and Washington counties.
have been identified in Washington and Ohio and the number of Oregon and national
cases is expected to increase.
Kohn said there are at least 20 Cold Stone Creameries
in Oregon, including one in Lincoln City.
biosensor designed for poultry industry
Source of Article: http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/
- Georgia Research Tech Institute is developing a new pathogen biosensor for the
poultry industry as part of its work to extend the use of such devices to the
food industry. The university's new Interferometric Biosensor is one of the latest
in a series targeted at the food industry. The interferometric tackles the poultry
industry's pursuit of better methods for controlling foodborne pathogens in the
Over the last decade
the poultry industry has implemented the systematic microbial screening of products
and processes. Most processing operations have also introduced new rinse and anti-microbial
treatments. "Yet, the long time delay between sample collection and obtaining
microbial screening results continues to hamper the efficiency of these programmes,"
Georgia Tech said in an announcement about the new biosensor.
the absence of simple, inexpensive, and rapid microbial detection techniques,
little feedback is available to help plants recognise changing microbial conditions
as they are occurring. This, in turn, prevents them from better managing the intervention
resources they are using to control microbial contaminants."
tests indicate the new Interferometric can detect the presence of salmonella and
campylobacter in less than 30 minutes.
TO KEEP YOUR FOCUS ON FOOD SAFETY
Nortwest Food Processors Association
Food Safety News
July 6, 2005
by William D. Marler, Esq.
media has focused public attention on a one-inch
piece (uncooked) of a fi nger
found in the chili at a fast-food
restaurant. Claims and counterclaims have
fl own. But, at this writing,
most indications point to a grotesque hoax.
too bad that some people make bogus, unsupportable claims of
food borne illness.
But they do, and that means that health offi cials ? and
lawyers ? need reliable
criteria for identifying illegitimate claims. At the
same time, the food industry
tends to overemphasize, and thus overreact
to, such claims. Such a strategy
can lead to the denial of legitimate complaints. Denying legitimate claims
the likelihood of overlooking real problems with food safety. And overlooking
real problems increases
the risk of regulatory and health code violations,
of poisoning consumers, costly litigation and public headaches.
So how does
one distinguish between legitimate and illegitimate or unsupported claims of food
a slow day, our fi rm gets about 25 emails and phone calls from
prospective clients. We reject about 95% of them,
mostly on the basis of a
few basic criteria, such as the following:
? Incubation Period
? The Food
? Gross-Out Claims
At Marler Clark, we use four
methods for evaluating a claim of foodborne illness. These methods can provide
useful set of criteria for the food industry, both the manufacturing and
foodservice sectors, from which to evaluate
incoming customer complaints.
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The Health Department Investigation of an Outbreak
litigating thousands of food poisoning claims arising out of dozens of outbreaks,
many defendants have taken
issue with some or all of the Health Department¡¯s
conclusions regarding the outbreak. None of these defendants,
yet avoided liability where the Health Department concluded that the defendant¡¯s
food was the
source of a given outbreak. One likely reason for this is that,
in general, Health Departments do good and careful
work. In addition, Health
Departments are operating with a much higher burden of proof than the civil justice
One extraordinarily effective tool in establishing
the defectiveness of a product that no longer exists is to
of a restaurant¡¯s track record. Supportive documents can be acquired through the
process or through the Freedom of Information Act.
the Improper Procedure that Led to the Contamination of the Food
It is rare
for lawyers or investigators to arrive on the scene of alleged contamination in
time to recover
contaminated leftovers. But this missing piece of the puzzle
can be supplied by identifying specifi c errors in the
preparation of the suspected
food or foods.
What medical evidence can make or break
a case? Four types of medical records can help establish the credibility
a claim. First, of course, are laboratory tests. In reviewing a claim, it is important
to recognize that laboratory
testing is not always ordered by healthcare providers.
records can show whether the symptoms of foodborne illness match the expected
Third, investigators can match symptoms with typical profi
les of a given pathogen or a given outbreak.
Finally, while the lack of a laboratory
test or a negative result may detract from the strength of a claimant¡¯s case,
is unwise to assume invulnerability where a lack of a positive test can be easily
explained by other factors.
When a claim is made, you can quickly and fairly
decide if it is serious; if it is not, then fi ght it. If a claim has
treat the customer fairly and learn from your error.
Source: FoodSafety Magazine
Sciences and Ecolab Launch the Next Generation in ATP Hygiene Technology
1, 2005 Charm Sciences and Ecolab today announced the availability of novaLUMa,
a palm-sized luminometer that is packed with powerful HACCP-friendly tests to
aid in ATP-based hygiene monitoring programs in the dairy, food and beverage processing
industries. The novaLUM¡¯s revolutionary lightweight, ergonomic design offers unrivaled
versatility with several ATP-based test applications, including validation of
sanitation effectiveness and assessment of allergen control programs. The novaLUM
features a complete numeric keyboard with a rocker toggle switch, as well as direct
swab entry chamber design, ensuring the fastest pre-operational results. The entire
family of Charm ATP tests is designed for use with novaLUM, including PocketSwaba
Plus, AllerGienea and WaterGienea. The PocketSwab Plus single service hygiene
test has improved shelf stability and no longer requires refrigeration. AllerGiene
is an ATP-based test with greatly enhanced sensitivity to aid in detection of
potentially allergenic food residues. WaterGiene is the most sensitive ATP indicator
of water quality when run on the novaLUM. All novaLUM tests are conveniently stored,
tracked and trended by the new novaLinka software. The novaLUM stores 6000 test
results and is configured to manage multiple sampling plans and surface types
with a remarkable 400 test sites per plan.
OF ACTIVITIES RELATED TO AN ESTABLISHMENT'S CONTROLS FOR THE USE OF INGREDIENTS
OF PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERN
This notice provides inspection
program personnel with instructions for verifying that establishments have the
appropriate process controls in place for ingredients that are public health concerns
because they can trigger food sensitivities (such as food allergies and intolerances).
This notice is necessary because of the sustained number of recalls associated
with adulterated and misbranded meat and poultry products because of the undeclared
presence of ingredients that are capable of causing adverse reactions
Safe Schools Action Guide from FDA
Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods to Hold Public Meeting
Congressional and Public Affairs
WASHINGTON, July 5, 2005-The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced
today that the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods
(NACMCF) will hold public meetings July 12 - 15, 2005.
The full committee
and subcommittees will meet on Tuesday, July 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and
Wednesday and Thursday, July 13 and 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday,
July 15, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. All meetings will be held at the Washington Plaza
Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, D.C.
The Analytical Utility of Campylobacter Methodologies;
Determination of Cooking Parameters for Safe Seafood for Consumers; and
Guidelines for the Safe Cooking of Poultry Products.
NACMCF was established in 1988 to provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary
of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services
on public health issues relative to the safety and wholesomeness of the U.S. food
supply. These issues include the development of microbiological criteria, the
review and evaluation of epidemiological and risk assessment data, and methodologies
for assessing microbiological hazards
requiring further meeting information, a sign language interpreter or other special
accommodations should contact Karen Thomas no later than July 8, 2005, by phone
at (202) 690-6620 or by e-mail at Karen.Thomas@fsis.usda.gov.
FOOD ALLERGY RESEARCH CONSORTIUM LAUNCHED
Nortwest Food Processors
Association Food Safety News
July 6, 2005
The U.S. National Institute of
Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced that a new Food Allergy
Consortium is to be led by Hugh Sampson at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine
in New York.
The consortium will receive approximately $17 million over fi
ve years from the NIAID, part of the National
Institutes of Health. In addition,
a fi ve-year NIAID grant totaling approximately $5 million to the Emmes Corp.,
Rockville, MD, will fund a statistical center to support the consortium.
consortium¡¯s fi rst project will be a clinical study to evaluate a potential peanut
allergy therapy. This potential
therapy is expected to work in much the same
fashion as allergy shots in which allergic individuals are given
doses of an allergen.
Source: IFT Weekly Newsletter 6/29/05
of Tech. and Process Valid. - CO-Boulder/Ft. Collins ? Swift & Co.
Safety & QA Mgr - CO-Boulder/Fort Collins ? Swift & Co.
Sanitation* - Garner, NC - ConAgra Foods, Inc.
Manager - WA-Seattle ? Campbell Soup Co.
Assurance Team Leader - Chatsworth, CA - Nestle USA
Inspectional Services Supervisor - Columbus, OH ? Wendy¡¯s Int¡¯l, Inc.
Services Technician - Los Angeles, CA ? Mars, Incorporated
Assurance Specialist - Omaha, NE ? ConAgra Foods, Inc.
Safety Specialist - Albuquerque, NM - The Steritech Group
Services Manager - IL-Chicago ? Kraft Foods