General Mills flour – voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer earlier this week – is the “likely” source of a multistate E. coli outbreak, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A new joint project between DuPont Qualicon and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) aims to develop testing to detect hard-to-identify strains of E.coli that are not regulated and have been causing increasing instances of food contamination.
Nestle USA said the switch to heat-treated flour in the production of its Toll House dough has been planned since late summer and confirmed it had yet to find the source of the E.coli detected in its samples.
Nestle’s Toll House cookie dough has returned to stores with different packaging than the E. coli-tainted batch that was recalled two months ago, after “helpful discussions” with the FDA, the company said.
Pieces of metal may have fallen into sweet treats in the UK
and E. coli is suspected in pizza and beef patties
in the US, reminding snack manufacturers that both physical and
pathogen contaminants can lead to costly recalls.
Vaccines to combat a number of foodborne pathogens such as Listeria
could be commercially available in the near future, a breakthrough
which would "greatly enhance human health and wellbeing
worldwide," according to US researchers.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has highlighted its concern in
relation to the current outbreak of E. coli O157 at a Dublin hotel
and urged the entire food industry to rigidly adhere to the best
food safety practices or face...
Dupont Qualicon's BAX system - a genetics-based screening method -
has been adopted by the United States Department of Agriculture's
Food Safety and Inspection Service to detect Salmonella in meat,
poultry and eggs.
Scientists are developing a hand-held sensor they say will help
save lives by quickly pinpointing the presence of a deadly E. coli
strain and other harmful germs in food and drinks, in some cases