viernes, 13 de septiembre de 2013

Exploring food safety from California to China

CDC & Food Safety


New reports, publications, and web material

August - September 2013

California field worker

On the Road

CDC experts saw first-hand, the progress in food safety from labs in China to fields in California.
  • China has made tremendous progress since 2006 in testing for Salmonella in Shanghai, Guangdong, Henan, and Jiangsu provinces. Started from scratch, laboratories in these provinces can now successfully conduct Pulsed-field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) analysis to detect foodborne outbreaks from Salmonella.
    “Detecting outbreaks is the first step towards prevention”, says CDC foodborne expert, Dr. Robert Tauxe. Read more in: Laboratory-Based Surveillance of Non-typhoidal Salmonella Infections in Guangdong Province, China.
  • CDC joined 23 federal partners from FDA, USDA, EPA, Department of State, Department of Interior, International Trade Commission, Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Executive Office for a one-week educational exchange examining key California agricultural issues from trade to food safety.
    The theme, “Technology of the Future in Use Today,” covered priorities around water (supply, quality, flooding), air, labor, food safety, pest exclusion, crop protection, trade, conservation resources, and environmental issues. This is the 32nd class of fellows. See video clip and local story: Federal regulators receive hands-on ag lessons.
Outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes linked to Crave Brothers Cheese


CDC tracked three multistate outbreaks of foodborne illness during August-September:

* 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.

Pie Chart of Food Commodities

Select CDC Food Safety Publications

Key CDC publications during August-September include:
Food Safety
  • This chapter, authored by CDC food safety experts, surveys emerging trends in surveillance, analyses, antimicrobial resistance, pathogen subtyping and other food-safety issues and threats. It appears in the publication, Foodborne Illness: Latest Threats and Emerging Issues. Emerging Trends in Foodborne Diseases.

MLVA Workflow
Outbreak Detection
New Subspecies of Campylobacter fetus
  • Recently, illness caused by subspecies of the less common Camplylobacter fetus has been reported for nine patients and might have come from exposure to traditional Asian foods or live reptiles. Persons at risk should avoid eating undercooked reptiles and should avoid live reptiles and their environments. Human Infections with New Subspecies of Campylobacter fetus.


EID September 2013 cover

New web resources

New CDC web resources for August-September include:

Screen shot from food safety video, "Recipes for Disaster"

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