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Botulism

Don’t Let This FBI Paralyze You!

Not many people contract botulism, but when they do it can often be deadly if not treated. The illness is caused by a toxin, and even tiny amounts can cause paralysis, including paralysis of the breathing muscles. With antitoxin and … Continue reading

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Botulism

A Snapshot of Botulism

Not many people contract botulism, but when they do it can often be deadly if not treated. The illness is caused by a toxin produced by a bacterium that grows in places with low oxygen. Canned foods that become contaminated … Continue reading

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FBI of the Month: Cyclospora

FBI of the Month: Cyclospora

To help you stay informed and keep your employees, customers and business safe, Elara profiles a different FBI monthly as part of our series “FBI of the Month”. Each month, we profile the following attributes of a chosen foodborne illness … Continue reading

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Cyclospora Prevention

Cyclo Who?

You might have heard the name Cyclospora this summer. If you have eaten fresh produce and gotten seriously ill you most certainly have heard the name. Cyclospora used to be rare in the United States but this summer over 600 … Continue reading

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Food Allergen Awareness

Food Allergen Awareness

As part of this year’s annual National Food Safety Month, the National Restaurant Association is calling special attention to allergen awareness. With over 15 million Americans living with some type of food allergy, many of them children, it is important … Continue reading

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Cyclospora in fruits and vegatables.

Cyclospora and the Fruit and Vegetable Patch

In the last 20 years the United States has seen two large Cyclospora outbreaks. The first outbreak was 17 years ago, relating to Guatemalan raspberries that both the U. S. and Canada had imported. In the end, the Centers for … Continue reading

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September Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month

September means a lot of things to families, such as the start of the school year or that Fall is just around the corner. But for over 14% of American households, September means another month without enough food. That’s roughly … Continue reading

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Public Concern Over Food Safety On The Rise

Public Concern Over Food Safety On The Rise

According to a recent report by Chicago-based, food industry research firm Technomic, 40% of American consumers are “extremely concerned” about food safety issues in the restaurants they frequent. This report highlights a growing trend over the past two years of … Continue reading

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Summer Outbreak Update: Cryptosporidiosis and Cyclosporasis

Summer Outbreak Update: Cryptosporidiosis and Cyclosporasis

Summer is nearing an end but outbreaks related to summer activities and food safety are still in full swing. Two recent outbreaks in the mid-west United States highlight the need to continue to take proper steps to protect yourself and … Continue reading

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Fighting Hunger Relief in Congress

Hunger Relief On Hold in Congress. Take Action!

With nearly 50 million Americans currently struggling with food insecurity, anti-hunger programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program) and TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program) are critical to providing meals to Americans in need. SNAP helps those with … Continue reading

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