foodborne illness

Food Safety Resources for Springtime Celebrations

With the spring season finally here, people around the country are planning festive gatherings with friends and family! Many spring celebrations include perishable foods such as eggs, ham, beef, and poultry, which may contribute to…

ANSI Recognized by FDA Under the Accredited Third-Party Certification Program

On March 9, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognized the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under the Accredited Third-Party Certification Program for a five-year period. ANSI is only the second accreditation body…

Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak in Dried Coconut

On January 23, 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notified the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about a cluster of 13 cases of Salmonella Typhimurium found in 8 states. After careful investigation by…

Deadly Listeria Outbreaks in Australia and South Africa

A fatal Listeria outbreak in Australia has a case fatality rate as high as 28%. As of March 19, 2018, 19 confirmed cases have been reported in Australia alone, all of which are linked with…

“Environmental Health Investigations” Course on Outbreak Investigation and Response

The Tennessee Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence’s fourth course on outbreak investigation and response is now available online. The “Environmental Health Investigations” course will provide training on environmental health assessments and various activities used…

The National Environmental Assessment Reporting System (NEARS) and Contributing Factors to Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) NEARS program captures environmental assessment data including information on key factors that contribute to foodborne illness outbreaks. The data reporting system can benefit food safety programs within…