Close-up hand holding fried chicken, on white background

Almost two million pounds of chicken recalled

A total of 1,993,528 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products are being recalled by National Steak and Poultry as an expansion of an earlier recall. The Owasso, Okla., establishment is recalling the products because of “possible undercooking, resulting in the potential survival of bacterial pathogens in the products,” according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service in a Sunday news release. The recall includes chicken products produced from Aug. 20 through Nov. 30. READ MORE

H5N8 expands in France; H5N6 strikes more Korean farms

French veterinary officials say the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu strain spreading quickly though Europe has been detected for the first time in the country’s poultry in the south. Also South Korea is reporting several new outbreaks of H5N6 avian flu, which, according to a new report from China, has replaced H5N1 as the dominant strain in that country’s poultry. READ MORE

Animal rights activists flood USDA comment zone

Food Safety News reports that individuals and animal activists’ organizations were swarming the government comment site, yesterday over proposed new guidelines about labeling claims made about how animals are raised. Monday was the deadline for comments on the new labeling guidelines that were rolled out last September. The guidelines require supporting documentation when submitting labels and how to modify them. Further, the guidelines provide for a speedy way to add additional suppliers to a label. READ MORE

Mumps outbreaks hit 10-year high

Outbreaks of mumps have made 2016 the worst year in a decade—hitting hardest on college campuses, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. As of Nov. 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded 3,832 provisional mumps cases across 45 states and Washington, D.C. – more than triple 2015’s total of 1,088, and the highest tally since 2006. READ MORE

Dog for dinner?

South Korea is the only country in the world known to routinely and intensively farm dogs for human consumption and the UK’s Daily Mirror recently ran an expose on the industry. READ MORE

Executive order—Safeguarding the nation from the impacts of invasive species

Get your flu shot for yourself, your family and your community

Public health law: A tool to address emerging health concerns

Here’s what lawmakers want from Obama to protect first responders from anthrax

Biological weapons convention adopts final document

Metagenomics of two severe foodborne outbreaks provides diagnostic signatures and signs of co-infection not attainable by traditional methods

What global disease threat worries public-health officials most?

Enhancing national cybersecurity

Safe drinking water and the EPA’s drinking water action plan