Rachel Clemons / Choice: Seven people have been hospitalised and 14 more are sick with Salmonella poisoning after eating contaminated alfalfa sprouts sold in South Australia.
Check here for details of the food product affected, why it’s being recalled, who’s at risk and what you need to do to stay safe.
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Food Safety News: Research, published Monday in the journal Nature, reports DNA analysis has unmasked Salmonella enterica bacteria as the cause of a 16th century epidemic that affected large parts of Mexico and wiped out an estimated 800,000 people in the Aztec Empire.
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The Advertiser: The salmonella outbreak linked to the Gawler South Bakery is only the tip of a food hygiene problem causing illness across South Australia. Food poisoning has become a growing problem in recent years, prompting repeated warnings from authorities about the need for good food-handling hygiene.
Read the full article at The Advertiser (adelaidenow.com.au)
University of Arizona: With funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, researchers will develop new disinfectants, grow new breeds of melons, and educate farmers, retailers and consumers on safe melon production practices. The University of Arizona is receiving $610,000 in grant money from the Specialty Crops Research Initiative, or SCRI, a program operated by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, to fund a four-year project that aims to develop safer and healthier cantaloupes.
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Kelsey M. Mackin / Food Safety News: Organic Spices Inc., doing business as Spicely Organics, is recalling Organic Tarragon because of possible Salmonella contamination.
Food Standards Australia & New Zealand: Why has a warning about consuming rockmelons been issued?
Salmonella has been detected on the surface of some rockmelons that were sampled from a retail outlet in South Australia by South Australia Health.
PMA A-NZ: The Australian melon industry welcomes the news that the source of the current Salmonella outbreak has been traced to one farm in the Northern Territory. The farm has commenced a voluntary recall of the fruit.
Consumers can be assured that rockmelons now on the retail shelves are not affected by the recall and are safe to purchase and consume.
Emerging Infectious Diseases: It’s easy to remember Salmonella serotypes names, isn’t it? Surely, this is because the naming system of Salmonella serotypes is by far the most scientist friendly. Traditionally, most Salmonella serotypes have been named after geographic locations. We decided to explore the geographic locations to which Salmonella serotypes refer and describe some unexpected twists in the naming scheme. We found that 93% (n = 1,475) of the 1,585 serotypes could be categorized as geo-serotypes; that is, the name refers to a geographic location.
SA Health: SA Health has today [19 May 2016] ordered a local mung bean sprout producer Star Tu, to recall all of its products and stop selling immediately after Salmonella Saintpaul was found in packaged bean sprouts.
foodprocessing.com.au: Mung beans, sourced from Queensland and sprouted in South Australia, are believed to be the source of the latest foodborne disease outbreak that has sickened people across the Northern Territory and South Australia. The recent Northern Territory Department of Health investigation of the increase in Salmonella infections across Darwin, Palmerston and the rural area has established that the bacteria involved is Salmonella Saintpaul — the same one as that sickening South Australians.