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Pharma giant Roche does deal to develop superbug killer

Pharmaceuticals giant Roche said on Monday that it had joined forces with fellow Swiss company Polyphor to develop an antibiotic to fight a superbug that has taken hold in hospitals. Hospital-acquired infections are a major global concern, causing 25,000 deaths a year in the European Union alone. They are blamed on factors such as sloppy hygiene practices, the inappropriate use of drugs which has enabled resistant bacteria to thrive, and contact between humans and animals, either directly or via the food chain.

FDA says imported spices are twice as likely to contain salmonella

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration says that almost 7 per cent of imported spices over a three-year period were contaminated with salmonella. In a report released Wednesday, the FDA says testing of imported spices between 2007 and 2010 showed that spices were twice as likely as other inspected foods to be contaminated with the pathogen. More than 80 different types of salmonella were detected.

Toronto firm at centre of beef recall says it is not the source of E. coli

TORONTO - The CEO of a company at the centre of a ground beef recall over possible E. coli contamination says the potentially dangerous bacteria did not originate at his Toronto plant. Duffy Smith of Belmont Meats said the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is checking where the beef trim that his company uses to make burgers came from so that the source of the E. coli can be traced. "We fully vetted all our production systems and checks. They cover the gamut of federal requirements for handling raw meat and our operations are clean," Duffy said Wednesday.

Kansas company recalls nearly 23K lbs. of meat shipped to retailers, distributors in 27 states

WASHINGTON - Reser's Fine Foods in Topeka, Kan., is recalling about 22,800 pounds of potentially bacteria-tainted chicken, ham and beef products.

Colorado cantaloupe farmers plead guilty on listeria outbreak

By Robert Boczkiewicz DENVER (Reuters) - Two Colorado farmers whose listeria-contaminated cantaloupes killed 33 people pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal criminal charges stemming from one of the deadliest outbreaks of food-borne illness in the United States. U.S. prosecutors last month charged brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen, former owners of Colorado-based Jensen Farms, with six counts each of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce tied to shipping tainted melons to markets in 2011.

Another beef product recalled over possible E. coli contamination

OTTAWA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued an alert over another beef product because of possible E. coli contamination. The federal food safety watchdog is warning the public not to consume uncooked lean ground beef from Belmont Meats of Toronto, distributed at Loblaw stores. The product is sold in 1.6-kilogram packages with a best-before date of June 1, 2014. The agency says there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of the product and that it`s monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Salmonella outbreak sickens nearly 300 in US

A salmonella outbreak in raw chicken has sickened nearly 300 people in the United States, officials said Wednesday as consumer advocates warned the federal shutdown was hampering a government response. The 278 illnesses in 18 states were believed to be linked to raw chicken from three Foster Farms locations in California, according to the Food Safety and Inspection Service.

CFIA expands burger recall over E. coli O157:H7 concerns

OTTAWA - Federal health officials have expanded a burger recall first announced last week due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recall initially involved Compliments brand Super 8 Beef Burgers sold in packages of six in Sobeys, Sobeys Urban, Foodland, Freshco and Price Chopper stores in Ontario and Atlantic Canada.

USDA threatens to shut down California poultry producer linked to salmonella outbreak

WASHINGTON - The Agriculture Department is threatening to shut down three California poultry processing facilities linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 278 people across the country. USDA said Wednesday that Foster Farms, owner of the three facilities, has until tomorrow to tell the department how it will fix the problem. The company was notified Monday. Sampling by USDA in September showed that raw chicken processed by those facilities included strains of salmonella that were linked to the outbreak. But the company has not recalled any of its products.

Salmonella outbreak sickens nearly 300 in US

An outbreak of salmonella in raw chicken has sickened nearly 300 people in the United States, officials said Wednesday as consumer advocates warned the federal shutdown was hampering a government response. The 278 illnesses in 18 states were believed to be linked to raw chicken from three Foster Farms locations in California, according to the Food Safety Inspection Service.
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