During the recent E. coli spinach contamination outbreak, officials at the Wisconsin state public health lab posted E. coli patterns on a PulseNet list serve that helps track this pathogen. Not long after, health department analysts in Oregon were alerted to this information, and linked an E. coli case in their state to a possible
Change in food-borne illness control became necessary because of the way food is distributed in the United States, reports Susan Brink of the Times. In the old days of food poisoning, the source usually could be traced back to a local event: potato salad at a family picnic or bad chicken at a church supper.
This September is National Food Safety Education Month.
It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that 76 million people get sick, more than 300,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 Americans die each year from food-borne illness.
The Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment is celebrating food safety month with educational displays…