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Microorganisms and Their Microorganisms and Their Role in Foods I Role in Foods I
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Required Readings Required Readings Unit 32 The Multiple Dimensions of Food Safety
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Today’s consumers are more concerned about food quality and safety than ever before !
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Microorganisms in Foods Microorganisms in Foods Good --Fermented dairy, meat, vegetables and other products Bad --Off flavors and physical defects Ugly --Foodborne Illness
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Tomato/Jalapeno/Serrano Pepper Tomato/Jalapeno/Serrano Pepper Outbreak Outbreak FDA & CDC focused on clusters of illnesses Pointed to tomatoes as the food that caused 1442 people to become ill and 286 hospitalized with Salmonella Saintpaul Later investigation revealed that Serrano peppers from Mexico were the culprit
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Chinese Milk Issue ~300,000 people sickened by milk & milk products contaminated with melamine ~ 6,200 infants ill, 860 hospitalized and 6 have died after being fed melamine contaminated baby formula Economic adulteration that has had significant safety ramifications
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Peanut Butter Outbreak Peanut Butter Outbreak Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) recalling all bulk peanut butter & paste from plants in Georgia & Texas; products made from it First identified in a Minnesota
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Peanut Butter Outbreak Update Peanut Butter Outbreak Update 691 illnesses; 9 deaths Ages of victims <1 – 98 yrs; 48% women Median age = 16 yrs.; 23 % hospitalized >3,200 Peanut containing foods recalled
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Peanut Butter Outbreak Update Peanut Butter Outbreak Update FDA inspection of plant started on 1/9 FDA inspection report on FDA web site; many GMP violations Internal records showed that Salmonella stains were found in finished product; tested by outside lab, found negative and shipped Recall was expanded to all products from the plant back to January 1, 2007
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