July 2006

Cadbury has said it will consider compensating victims of salmonella poisoning after health officials named its chocolate as the prime suspect for an outbreak earlier this year.

The Health Protection Agency concluded that consumption of infected Cadbury’s products was the "most credible explanation" for 37 cases of salmonella poisoning reported between March and July this

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says that the two largest poultry exporters in British Columbia faked salmonella tests on chicken bound for South Africa.

Superior Poultry Processors Ltd. of Coquitlam and Hallmark Poultry Processors Ltd. of Vancouver have been fined $100,000 on four counts of violating the Meat Inspection Act.

Export sales manager Bruce Arabsky

A team of experts has confirmed that contaminated Cadbury’s chocolate was the most likely cause of a salmonella outbreak. Up to 37 of the 56 cases reported between March and July are linked to the products.

It is the first time the Health Protection Agency has officially named Cadbury the likely cause since the confectionery

A month after a science project made 28 students ill with salmonella at Jefferson Elementary School, several parents are accusing the school district of not being aggressive enough in dealing with the outbreak. More than 40 parents and residents charge that school officials ignored basic sanitary precautions, jeopardizing the health of students and parents.

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The June issue of the Journal of Food Protection included an article by Laura MacDougall in regards to a case control investigation of frozen chicken nuggets and strips. MacDougall is with Epidemiology Services at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver. The investigation was initiated due to the discovery of Salmonella enterica var.

Milford, Indiana-based Serenade Foods Division is voluntarily recalling approximately 75,800 pounds of frozen stuffed chicken entrees that may be unhealthful and therefore unfit for food.

The recalled products include:

  • 6-ounce individually wrapped "MAPLE LEAF FARMS, CHICKEN BREAST with Rib Meat, SHRIMP & CRAB, Specially Cut and Shaped, Breaded Boneless Breast of Chicken with Rib Meat,

Food safety officials said today that 29 people in Minnesota got sick after eating frozen chicken entrees that were not cooked long enough to kill salmonella in the poultry. Some consumers may have assumed the entrees were pre-cooked and simply heated them in microwaves.

Officials recommended against microwaving single-serving chicken products even when it’s listed

Journal of Food Protection Volume 69, Number 7 pp. 1653-1661(9)
Kim, H.J.; Park, S.H.; Lee, T.H.; Nahm, B.H.; Chung, Y.H.; Seo, K.H.; Kim, H.Y.
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Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium is a major foodborne pathogen throughout the world. Until now, the specific target genes for the detection and identification of serovar Typhimurium have not been developed.