Author Archives: Les Bourquin

About Les Bourquin

Professor and Food Safety Specialist Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Michigan State University

Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo Presentations

Here are links to PDF versions of the presentations I gave at Great Lakes Expo on December 9, 2015. Sweet Cider Session – December 9 morning.  Title: “Listeria and Other Emerging Pathogens in Cider”  DOWNLOAD LINK Food Safety Session – … Continue reading

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Food Safety Workshop for Apple Packing Facilities – April 22, 2015

On April 22, 2015, Michigan State University Extension, in partnership with the Michigan Apple Committee, held a 1-day educational workshop for apple packers.  Presentations covered current and emerging food safety issues, characteristics and control of Listeria in food facilities, cleaning and … Continue reading

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Consumer’s Guide to Food Safety: Severe Storms and Hurricanes

Hurricane Sandy has had a devastating impact in the Northeastern US, with hundreds of thousands of consumers without power and thousands of homes suffering flood damage.  The United States Department of Agriculture has published a twelve-page guide to food safety … Continue reading

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Strawberries Implicated in Massive German Norovirus Outbreak

Scientists from the Robert Koch institute reported on October 5th that frozen strawberries have been identified as the likely cause of the massive foodborne illness outbreak that has affected children and teenagers in almost 500 schools and day care centers in eastern Germany.  … Continue reading

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Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Cantaloupe Declared Over

The multistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium and Salmonella Newport infections linked to cantaloupe appears to be over, according to the final update published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on October 5.  In its update, CDC provided final … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Salmonella Bredeney Outbreak – Update

(Photo credit: Wikipedia) The outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney noted in this blog on September 23 has expanded considerably.  In an update posted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on October 5, this outbreak is currently associated with … Continue reading

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Outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney Associated with Peanut Butter

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on September 22, 2012 that a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney infections had been associated with peanut butter.  As of September 22, a total of 29 persons infected with the outbreak strain … Continue reading

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