Salmonella outbreaks expected to continue: More than a third of the 372 people infected with Salmonella from backyard flocks so far this year are children younger than 5 years old, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting eight separate outbreaks across 47 states. The outbreaks are expected to continue for the next several months, according to a public warning issued last week by the CDC. From Jan. 4 through May 25, the CDC had confirmation of 372 people with Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry in backyard settings. Of those, 71 had symptoms so severe they required hospitalization. Thirty-six percent of the infected people were children younger than 5 years old. READ MORE

More than 11 tons of beef recalled: Creation Gardens Inc. has recalled about more than 11 tons of of raw ground beef and beef primal cuts that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced. The raw ground beef and beef primal cuts were produced between May 31 through June 2, 2017 and bear the establishment number “EST. 7914” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The problem was uncovered June 5 when plant management notified FSIS inspectors of positive test results for E. coli. They were shipped to food service locations in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. READ MORE

Glass fragments found in cashews: Consumers have reported finding glass fragments in cans of Southern Grove branded cashews, causing Star Snacks Co. to recall the nuts from Aldi stores in 28 states and Washington D.C. To date, there have not been any reported injuries. There is concern that consumers may have the recalled cashews, which have a long shelf life, in their homes. READ MORE

Banned growth drug found in pork shipment: Olymel L.P. is cooperating with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to investigate how ractopamine, a banned growth drug, was found by Chinese authorities in a shipment of pork from the processor’s Vallee-Jonction, Quebec, plant, company spokesman Richard Vigneault told Meatingplace. READ MORE   


How do you catch a cyber-thief? Once a cyber-attack or incident is contained, a potential next step is to seek recourse against the wrongdoer, including, if possible, compensation for the losses suffered – particularly if there is no insurance coverage or any policies to contain significant excesses. Unfortunately, in the case of cybercrime the culprit may not be immediately apparent. “Cyber-tracing” might be in order; this means taking steps to uncover the cyber-criminal’s identity and understand what has happened, including what data or information has been lost or taken and how. This can be done internally or with the assistance of third parties and the courts. READ MORE


Intentional animal cruelty related to domestic violence: The intentional harming and killing of animals is often tied to violence against humans, and knowledge of this connection can be used to improve anti-cruelty and public safety efforts, according to experts in law, psychology and veterinary forensics from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The link between animal cruelty and domestic violence was one topic at the 10th Annual Veterinary Forensic Sciences Conference in New York City last month. During the session, ASPCA supervisor of forensic sciences in New York City, Dr. Robert Reisman, and ASPCA legal advocacy counsel Elizabeth Brandler, discussed over 65 NYC cases from 2014 to 2016 in which domestic abuse and animal abuse were connected. READ MORE

Largest Chinese animal vaccine company opens U.S. location: The largest animal vaccine company in China is opening its first United States location in Manhattan at the Kansas State University Office Park. Jinyu Bio-technology Co. LTD will focus its work on the research and design of vaccines for swine and cattle, as well as developing educational materials for Chinese companies and veterinarians, according to a news release from K-State. READ MORE

VFD details still somewhat murky: On Jan. 1, 2017, the Veterinary Feed Directive was implemented to require that a veterinarian write a prescription before livestock producers can obtain certain feed antibiotics. Since then, livestock producers, feed dealers, distributors and manufacturers, nutritionists and veterinarians have had to work closely together to meet the new rules under the VFD guidelines. However, it hasn’t been so simple. The details are somewhat murky as the Food and Drug Administration altered the original rules throughout the allotted period for public commentary. READ MORE