Day: March 21, 2016

US: Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Poona Infections Linked to Imported Cucumbers (Final Update)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: This outbreak appears to be over.

CDC, multiple states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigated a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Poona infections.

A total of 907 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Poona were reported from 40 states.

A total of 204 ill people were hospitalized, and six deaths were reported from Arizona (1), California (3), Oklahoma (1), and Texas (1). Salmonella infection was not considered to be a contributing factor in two of the three deaths in California.

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Day: March 21, 2016

AU: Peeling vegetables: is it necessary?

Huffington Post: When making a meal at home, many of us have the habit of peeling all our veggies — pumpkin, zucchini, carrots, everything. But do we really need to? Considering we waste $8 billion of food each year, with the average household throwing out one in five grocery bags per week, couldn’t we simply stop peeling our veggies? Many might dislike the idea of not peeling veggies for fear of food safety, but it’s not as much of a concern as we think.

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Day: March 21, 2016

NZ: Fresh Produce Safety Centre endorsed at Hawke’s Bay events

21 March 2016
Support for the Trans-Tasman Fresh Produce Safety Centre (FPSC) was clearly demonstrated in New Zealand in February this year when over forty representatives from the fresh produce industry attended events held by the Centre in Hawke’s Bay.

Following the FPSC Board’s quarterly meeting, around 30 QA/food safety people gathered to hear a review of the Centre’s recent activities, plans for further Australia and New Zealand collaboration on food safety and an update on New Zealand issues from HortNZ. Attendees raised a number of issues of importance to the industry in New Zealand.

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