ESPN Finds Foodborne Illness Risk Associated with Sports Stadium Vendors

In certain sports stadiums and arenas across the country, millions of Americans are inadvertently putting themselves at risk of serious illness when patronizing some concession stands. ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reviewed health department inspection reports for food and beverage outlets at all 107 North American arenas and stadiums that were home to professional baseball, football,


New Food Surface Disinfection Resources

Foodborne diseases cost the United States an estimated $152 billion each year in health-related expenses, according to a study from the Food Safety Campaign at the Pew Charitable Trusts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports an estimated 76 million Americans are sickened by contaminated food every year and 5,000 of these people die. Can a simple


Waterborne Diseases Cost US $500 Million a Year

According to new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospitalizations from three common and preventable waterborne diseases – Legionnaire’s disease, cryptosporidiosis and giardiasis – could cost the U.S an estimated $539 million dollars each year. These figures represent only a fraction of all waterborne disease costs. They underscore the large and hidden


Dairy Farmers Fight Johne’s Disease Using Chlorine

New research reported by Kim Cook, a microbiologist at the Agricultural Research Servicein Bowling Green, Kentucky, shows the best way to prevent the spread of Johne’s disease on dairy farms is to use stainless steel water troughs and add chlorine to the water. Johne’s disease is caused by Mycobacterium paratuberculosis and can cause losses of as much as $200,000 per


New CDC Guidelines for Prevention and Control of Norovirus

Over the past several years, norovirus outbreaks have been increasingly reported at health care facilities across the county. Several states have implemented guidelines to help health care institutions and communities prevent norovirus transmission. Noroviruses cause gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and the small and large intestines, in people of all ages. Noroviruses are most dangerous


Russian Poultry Contaminated with Salmonella

In January, Russia began blocking imports of U.S. poultry because of concerns about chlorine rinses, which are routinely used by poultry processors in the United States to kill pathogens that can cause food poisoning among consumers. According to a Russian consumer rights group, 80 percent of poultry meat in Moscow is contaminated with salmonella bacteria. The discovery


Resources: Food Safety Posters

Two downloadable posters provide simple disinfection directions for workers in restaurant and institutional kitchens. Simple, stepwise directions for disinfecting food “prep” and sink bay areas are provided. English and Spanish language posters are available in both.



Norovirus Outbreak at Minnesota School

Investigators from the Minnesota Department of Health are probing a norovirus outbreak that affected more than 60 students in the Renville County West school district last week. The students complained of vomiting and severe diarrhea. Noroviruses cause gastroenteritis, which is an inflammation of the stomach and the small and large intestines, in people of all ages, though


Chlorine Wash is Safe Treatment for Food Products

To help keep produce fresh and increase shelf life, scientists are seeking new, more advanced techniques that provide healthy, safe alternatives to conventional packing methods. Researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service have developed and tested an effective new technique that combines hot water treatment, stem removal, and modified atmosphere packaging to