Frozen raspberries spread norovirus: Frozen raspberries imported from China were the source of 615 confirmed cases of norovirus in Quebec between March and July of this year, and of 15 cases in Minnesota in August of 2016. The Twin Cities and Quebec outbreaks occurred more than six months apart and appear to have been independent of each other, though frozen raspberries from China were implicated in both. The Minnesota outbreak was linked to raspberry chocolate chip ice cream manufactured by Sebastian Joe’s, a Minneapolis-based company. READ MORE


How to identify unwanted animal products in meat: Researchers say a new technique developed at the University of British Columbia can identify unwanted animal products in ground beef within minutes. Using a laser-equipped spectrometer and statistical analysis, food science students led by professor Xiaonan Lu determined with 99 percent accuracy if ground beef samples contained other animal parts, and could say with 80 percent accuracy which animal parts were used and in what concentration. The process required only five minutes. READ MORE

Turkey tops list of problem suppliers: Pesticide residues and aflatoxins in products from Turkey topped the list of notifications in the 2016 Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) report. RASFF is the European Union’s system for allowing food and feed officials to share information. Turkey was the source of 77 cases of fruits and vegetables reported for pesticide residue, and of 68 notices of aflatoxins in nuts, nut products and seeds. READ MORE


Did protein supplements kill this man? British citizen Fabien Van Johnson began taking a range of vitamins and protein supplements in a bid to bulk up. The 22-year-old had hopes of joining the British Army and had applied to become a medical officer last year – but he had failed to make the cut. Fabien’s mother Mary found her son dead at their family in home in Ramsgate, Kent, on June 1 this year. She had become “concerned” that her son was using too much protein powder and tablets. READ MORE

Could prion disease in deer cross over to humans? Despite rain and snow, thousands of Michigan hunters dragged their deer to check stations to be tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) — a condition that comes from the same family as “mad cow” disease. They also help fund the testing for CWD, a demon of a disease that has been identified in 11 free-ranging Michigan deer and is feared to be on the verge of crossing over to humans. It just might alter the way we hunt forever. READ MORE


Why millennials care about traceability: Sourcing and food traceability technologies for food manufacturers have undergone dramatic transformation in recent years as millennials have burst onto the consumer scene, demanding accurate and often local sourcing for the ingredients in their food. At the same time, people of all ages have exerted their buying power towards local and organic foods, prompting the organic food market to evolve into the fastest-growing segment in the food industry today. READ MORE