Day: June 11, 2015

UK: A large Great Britain-wide outbreak of STEC O157 phage type 8 linked to handling of raw leeks and potatoes

Epidemiology & Infection: Between December 2010 and July 2011, 252 cases of STEC [Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli] O157 PT8 stx1 + 2 infection were reported in England, Scotland and Wales. This was the largest outbreak of STEC reported in England and the second largest in the UK to date. Eighty cases were hospitalized, with two cases of haemolytic uraemic syndrome and one death reported.

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Day: June 11, 2015

AU: Cherries in fake ‘Tasmanian-grown’ packaging sold by the box load in China and Vietnam

ABC news: Tasmanian cherry growers are fighting back against produce being sold in counterfeit “Tasmanian-grown” packaging in China and Vietnam.

Fruit Growers Tasmania business development manager Phil Pyke said the fakes were outselling the real deal five to one.

In recent weeks, fruit sold in Vietnam sparked health fears. “They were put in a counterfeit box linked to one of our orchards,” he said.
“Then it has gone and allegedly made someone sick. That is of deep concern to us.”

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Day: June 11, 2015

US: How are retailers prioritizing food safety strategies?

Supermarket News: How are retailers prioritizing food safety strategies in the face of more attention from the media, consumers and the government? “I think [food safety is] probably more critical than it’s ever been in our history. It’s just the right thing to do,” says Randy Edeker, FMI Connect chairman, and president, chairman and CEO of Hy-Vee, as SN’s kicks off a five-part FMI Connect 2015 video series.

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