Archive of December, 2021

MIT Developed Novel Pathogen System Based on Janus Emulsions
Rapid methods for pathogen testing have been gaining acceptance in the food industry. Recent advances in technology result in faster detection and identification of pathogens, more convenient, more sensitive, more reproducible, and more specific than conventional methods. Many new methods are available involving antibody-based assays, genetic amplification methods, and newer sensor development methods. However, the industry is always looking for faster, simpler and cost effective new methods. An article in ACS Central Science describes the work of researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that are developing a new method for pathogen detection, utilizing Janus emulsions. The team is lead by Timothy...
Salmonella Concerns Triggers a Recall of Banquet Frozen Chicken Nuggets due to Tainted Desert
Banquet Chicken Nuggets with Mac & Cheese Banquet Chicken Nuggets with Mac & Cheese has been recalled due to possible salmonella contamination. Frozen dinners contain Chicken Nuggets, mac and cheese and brownies. It is the brownies flour mix that might be the culprit of the Salmonella contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)alerted  consumers that the brownie mix dessert included in the breaded chicken nugget meal trays produced by Conagra Brands, Inc., of Marshall, Mo, may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recall affects 110,817 pounds of frozen meals, was done out of an abundance of caution after the company notified...
Outbreak of E. coli infection in flour triggers a major recall in Canada
The Public Health Agency of Canada is investigating an outbreak of Escherichia coli O121 that was linked to flour from Robin Hood. So far there have been 25 cases of E. coli O121 in four provinces: British Columbia (12), Saskatchewan (4), Alberta (4) and Newfoundland and Labrador (5) with a matching genetic fingerprint in all these cases. During the food safety investigation, samples of Robin Hood flour were collected and tested positive for E. coli O121. The illness onset dates range from November 2016 to late February 2017. Six individuals have been hospitalized. These individuals have since recovered or are recovering. No deaths have been reported. The...