Case of avian influenza A (H3N8) virus infection in humans in China.

On March 27, 2023, the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China notified the WHO of a confirmed human case with the Avian Influenza A(H3N8) virus; this is the third reported case of human infection with the Avian Influenza A(H3N8) virus; all three cases have been reported from China. The patient was a […]

More details on the hepatitis A virus in this year’s frozen strawberry outbreak

FDA officials confirmed that the strain of virus found in frozen organic strawberries involved in a multistate outbreak this year is the same strain that caused an outbreak in 2022. According to the agency, the organic strawberries associated with both outbreaks were imported to the United States from Baja California, Mexico. In 2023, this frozen […]

The first case of H5N1 in Chile

The Ministry of Health of Chile notified the first case of infection by the Avian Influenza virus (H5N1) in a human being in the country. It is the second Avian Influenza virus infection case detected in South America after the first case in Ecuador associated with exposure to domestic poultry. Worldwide, this is the 11th […]

Minnesota cottage food law helps the industry

Minnesota has had a cottage food law since 2015. The authorities amended the law in 2021 which has helped grow the industry. This law clarifies what can and cannot be sold at farmers’ markets across the state. The law helps to know what requires licensing and what does not too. Minnesota’s cottage food law allows […]

Food Safety Hazards Conferences in Ohio

The Food Safety Tech and CFI Think Tank Hazards Conference Series is scheduled for April 3-5 in Columbus, Ohio, and will feature experts from industry and academia offering guidance, practice, and cutting-edge research on the detection, mitigation, control, and regulation of Salmonella, Listeria, and Mycotoxins. At the CFI Food Safety Think Tank on April 5, […]

Scientists investigate the Avian Influenza outbreak in seals

A new study suggests that wild birds transmitted the Avian Influenza virus to seals in New England last summer. The virus, spreading among birds in North America, reached marine mammals and killed more than 150 seals. According to the scientists who conducted the study, it is likely that the birds introduced the virus to the […]

“It will take 3 to 6 months to recover poultry exports”: Argentina Senasa

The concern is growing within the Argentine government due to the first positive case of Avian Influenza detected in Manique, Río Negro, an issue that affected the closure of poultry meat and egg exports, representing the risk of 400 million dollars and around 7,000 tons of eggs. After the first positive case of Avian Influenza […]

AH5N1 Virus Detected in Aguascalientes, Mexico

The National Agrifood Health, Safety, and Quality Service (Senasica) reported the presence of the AH5N1 avian influenza virus in three broiler chicken farms in two municipalities in Aguascalientes. As a result, the General Directorate of Animal Health (DGSA) placed the three farms involved, with more than 826,000 birds, and the State of Aguascalientes under mandatory […]

No end in sight for Bird Flu

The current Bird Flu outbreak has cost the U.S. government $661 million after the slaughter of more than 58 million birds to prevent the spread of the virus. The above has led to an increase in egg, chicken, and turkey prices, causing economic losses to farmers and consumers who are finding it increasingly difficult to […]

Food safety in Ohio following accident

After a train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, on February 3rd, 2023, resident farmers and consumers are concerned about the long-term effects on food safety, as the accident resulted in the leakage of toxic chemicals. Because of the accident, authorities prompted the public to evacuate because of the risk of an explosion. As chemicals infiltrate […]