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But watch out for Salmonella: Just in time for Thanksgiving, consumers are worrying about whether the turkey they are buying for the holiday is contaminated with Salmonella. A multistate outbreak of drug-resistant Salmonella linked to raw turkey products has been going on for months, but now USDA is facing increasing pressure to name associated turkey brands. Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales of Barron, Wisc., for one, is recalling more than 45 tons of raw ground turkey products. Additional turkey products from other companies may be recalled, because the CDC says a single, common supplier has not been identified. Read more HERE and HERE.

FOOD SAFETY

Here are some food safety tips: The Food Systems Institute offers tips on Thanksgiving food safety. Four key words: Clean, separate, cook, and chill. READ MORE

Ground beef outbreak grows: CDC last week reported 126 additional ill people from 13 states have been added to the Salmonella outbreak associated with the JBS meat plant in Tolleson, Ariz., since the last update on Oct. 23. For the latest update, 246 people in 25 states are associated with the outbreak that has sent 59 people to hospitals for care. Since the last update, the outbreak has expanded to include Connecticut, Massachusetts and Missouri. READ MORE

And E. coli, too: Swift Beef Co. of Hyrum, Utah, is recalling some 99,260 pounds of raw non-intact ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, USDA FSIS has announced. Swift is a unit of JBS USA Holdings Inc., which in turn is a wholly owned subsidiary of JBS S.A., a Brazilian company. Regulatory officials are investigating an outbreak of illness associated with Salmonella Newport and linked to a JBS facility in Tolleson, Ariz.  READ MORE

A warning for hunters: The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is asking deer hunters to have their kills checked professionally for chronic wasting disease (CWD). As of Aug. 1, CWD in free-ranging deer, elk and/or moose has been reported in at least 23 states in the continental U.S. TWRA advises against consuming venison contaminated with the disease, although there is no evidence humans can contract CWD by eating the meat of an infected animal. Read more HERE and HERE.

‘We knew it would get bad quickly’: This year’s multistate outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce affected 210 people, killing five. Although the outbreak was officially declared over by the end of June, questions still remain as to the exact source. Given the widespread nature of the outbreak and the speed with which illnesses occurred, there are many lessons to be learned from the case. READ MORE

Eggs from Poland identified in Salmonella outbreak: Almost 1,500 people have been sickened by Salmonella linked to Polish eggs in an outbreak that has lasted more than six years and affected 18 countries Outbreak-confirmed cases belong to four different whole genome sequencing (WGS) clusters. Investigations identified eggs from Poland as the vehicle of infections in the multi-strain outbreak. READ MORE

C. perfringens at church barbecue: A foodborne illness outbreak that sickened 300 people at a popular North Carolina church barbecue was caused by a type of bacteria that commonly develops when foods are prepared in large quantities and kept warm for a long time before serving. The bacteria, C. perfringens, was found in the Brunswick stew that was served at the Nov. 1 Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church BBQ in Kannapolis, the Charlotte Observer reported. READ MORE

And botulism from honey pacifiers: After four infants were hospitalized for treatment, the Texas Department of State Health Services is warning parents not to give their children honey pacifiers. While the four children were unrelated and reside in different parts of Texas, all of the babies had been given a pacifier containing honey that originated from Mexico. READ MORE

ANIMAL FEED SAFETY

Dog foods recalled: Two types of dry dog food have been recalled after three separate reports from pet owners indicated that their pets were suffering from vitamin D toxicity as a result of eating the food. Natural Life Pet Products is voluntarily recalling Natural Life Chicken & Potato dry dog food in eight states and Nutrisca is voluntarily recalling its Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food nationwide. READ MORE

CYBER SECURITY

A big database leak: Millions of SMS text messages—many containing one-time passcodes, password reset links, and plaintext passwords—were exposed in an Internet-accessible database that could be read or monitored by anyone who knew where to look, TechCrunch has reported. The discovery comes after years of rebukes from security practitioners that text messages are a woefully unsuitable medium for transmitting two-factor authentication (2FA) data. READ MORE

THE FUTURE

Turning food waste into energy: From the buffets to the five-star restaurants to the pubs and conventions, food waste is just part of the business when you’re feeding 44 million tourists a year in Las Vegas. What a waste! But not anymore. Now, it’s possible to turn leftovers into energy — good for the environment, and great for business. READ MORE

FDA, USDA agree on cell-cultured meat oversight: While earlier this year there was talk of a turf war between federal agencies over who should have primary jurisdiction over cell-cultured meat, the FDA and the USDA have now agreed to create a joint regulatory framework, providing clarity for a growing number of start-ups gearing up for launch. READ MORE

PUBLIC HEALTH

Norovirus spreads to four shelters: The number of people sick from norovirus in shelters is increasing every day among evacuees who fled the Camp Fire in California. The Butte County Public Health Department said that 145 people have been sick with vomiting and/or diarrhea since the shelters opened to evacuees and 41 people were experiencing symptoms at four different shelters. READ MORE

HUMANITARIAN CRISES

A soaring murder rate: As if coping with constant food and medicine shortages were not enough for crisis-weary Venezuelans, many live in constant fear in a country where three people die violently every hour. The South American nation registered 26,000 homicides last year, 89 per 100,000 inhabitants and a figure 15 times the global average, according to the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence, a non-governmental group. READ MORE

JUST INTERESTING

McDonald’s accused of  advertising to kids: McDonald’s in Canada is being sued for allegedly advertising Happy Meals to children. The lawsuit claims that promotions for the popular kid’s menu item inside McDonald’s restaurants violate the province’s consumer protection law, which prohibits commercial advertising toward children under 13. READ ONE