jueves, 15 de agosto de 2013

CDC Food Safety Update: July-August

CDC & Food Safety


New reports, publications, and web material

July-August 2013



CDC tracked 4 multistate outbreaks of foodborne illness during July-August:
* This outbreak falls under the jurisdiction of CDC’s Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria
** This outbreak falls under the jurisdiction of CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis
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Select CDC food safety publications

Key CDC publications during July-August include:

This is a report on botulism associated with home-fermented tofu in two Chinese immigrants in 2012.
Foodborne Disease Outbreaks
This report summarizes data associated with the 13,405 foodborne disease outbreaks reported to CDC from 1998-2008.
Food safety
This article, part of an issue on food defense in the US, highlights CDC’s role in connecting human illness to food contamination and the importance of science and communications in targeting food safety.
The CIFOR guidelines for owners, operators, and managers of restaurants and grocery stores were developed to help businesses prepare for the possibility of foodborne illness and outbreaks related to their operation.
This article includes data from the first two years of National Outbreak Reporting System surveillance, which highlight the predominant role of norovirus in acute gastroenteritis outbreaks.
This paper examines the diversity and predominance of food commodities implicated in outbreaks of salmonellosis during 1998–2008.
This report summarizes the multistate investigation of Salmonella Heidelberg infections linked to chicken.
An analysis of data strongly suggests that the 2003 regulation of the sale of raw oysters harvested from the Gulf of Mexico led to a significant reduction in reported raw oyster–associated V. vulnificus illnesses and deaths.
produce safety

New web resources

New CDC web resources for July-August include:

Produce safety poster. The new Steps to Safe and Healthy Fruits and Vegetables­ is available for free download. Test your produce safety knowledge with the new CDC.gov feature, which includes a quiz on safe produce handling.
Surveillance for Foodborne Disease Outbreaks Q&A. A new webpage contains questions and answers and new graphics for the recently released publication “Surveillance for Foodborne Disease Outbreaks – United States, 1998-2008.”
Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) webinar
In 2011, FDA, CDC, and USDA-FSIS formed the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC). This tri-agency analytic collaboration is currently focused on projects related to foodborne illness source attribution. IFSAC sponsored a webinar on June 18, 2013, to describe this tri-agency collaboration and its activities, and provide an update on the IFSAC project to improve the food classification system for attribution analysis.
Patient interviewing model. The first FoodCORE Model Practice: Initial Case-patient Interviewing describes the basic practices and characteristics of conducting comprehensive interviews for all enteric disease case-patients upon initial identification or first contact.
Home canning and botulism. The CDC.gov feature on Home Canning and Botulism tells home canners how to can their fresh produce safely to avoid the risk of botulism, a potentially deadly illness.


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