About half of samples tested had at least one bacteria resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics; bacteria were more resistant to antibiotics approved for use in chicken production
Yonkers, NY – In its most comprehensive tests of meat and poultry to date, Consumer Reports found bacteria that could make consumers sick on nearly all of the 316 raw chicken breasts purchased at retail nationwide.
While Consumer Reports has consistently been testing chicken for more than 15 years, this is the first time it has looked at the contamination rates for six different bacteria – enterococcus (79.8 percent), E.coli (65.2 percent), campylobacter (43 percent), klebsiella pneumonia (13.6 percent), salmonella (10.8 percent), and staphylococcus aureus (9.2 percent). «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Health experts say at least eight cases of illness among children in East Tennessee are likely related to drinking “raw” or unpasteurized milk. The investigation has identified a specific type of Escherichia coli O157 as the cause of at least three of the illnesses.
Risk of human Salmonella infections from contact with live poultry
Nashville, TN – Cuddly baby chicks and ducks are as much a part of the Easter holiday as colored eggs and the Easter bunny. But even though they are fun to look at and kids love them, you should not give them as gifts because of the health risks involved.
Live poultry, especially baby poultry, commonly carry Salmonella germs. People can get Salmonella from contact with the birds or their environments. These germs can contaminate a bird’s body and anything in the area where they are displayed or housed, such as cages or coops.
Enhancing Food Safety and Response to Foodborne Illness Outbreaks
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is partnering with the University of Tennessee to enhance food safety and improve response to outbreaks of foodborne illness in Tennessee and across the country.
The effort is funded by a $200,000 grant awarded to TDH by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create a Center of Excellence. Tennessee was one of only five states to receive such funding. «Read the rest of this article»
Most of the Bacteria Showed Resistance to Important Antibiotics
Yonkers, NY – In testing and analysis of pork-chop and ground-pork samples from six U.S. cities, Consumer Reports found high rates of yersinia enterocolitica, a bacterium that can cause food poisoning, especially in children.
The majority of the yersinia and as well as a substantial portion of several other bacteria detected were resistant to medically important antibiotics Consumer Reports tested.
Practice Safe Food Handling when Cooking and Dining
Nashville, TN – At this time of year special foods and favorite family recipes often hold a place of honor at holiday celebrations. In addition to enjoying these foods in moderation, be careful to safeguard your family’s food memories from an unpleasant or serious bout with food-borne illness.
The Tennessee Department of Health urges all Tennesseans to practice safe food handling by taking precautions while preparing, packing, transporting and storing food to keep meals safe and healthy.
Tennessee Department of Health says Cantaloupes indentified as source of Salmonella Infection in Tennessee
Departments of Health, Agriculture Investigating Multi-State Outbreak
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Departments of Health and Agriculture are alerting Tennesseans about an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella linked to cantaloupes grown in southwestern Indiana.
Cantaloupes grown on one farm have tested positive for the same type of Salmonella causing illness in Tennessee and several other states.
Practice Safe Food Handling when Cooking, Eating Outdoors
Nashville, TN – Summer is prime time for cooking and eating outdoors, and the Tennessee Department of Health urges all Tennesseans to practice safe food handling to avoid foodborne illness. Commonsense precautions for packing, transporting, cooking and storing food will help keep your outdoor meals safe and healthy.
“Summer offers lots of opportunities for Tennesseans to enjoy barbecues and picnics, but these warm weather events also present opportunities for foodborne bacteria to thrive,” said Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN. “Safe food handling is critical when eating outdoors to protect yourself, your family and your friends from foodborne illnesses.” «Read the rest of this article»
Cincinnati, OH — The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) (NYSE:PG) is voluntarily expanding its recall to include veterinary and some specialized dry pet food as a precautionary measure because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. No salmonella-related illnesses have been reported.
The affected products are sold in veterinary clinics and specialty pet retailers throughout the United States and Canada. No canned food, biscuits/treats or supplements are affected by this announcement. A full listing of UPC codes can be found at www.iams.com.
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