Each year, one in six Americans gets sick from consuming contaminated food or beverages, and the medical and industry costs of these illnesses exceed $15.5 billion. A significant cause of foodborne illness is contaminated fresh produce, which leads to nearly half of cases.
In an effort to prevent future outbreaks, the FDA has begun a round of microbiological surveillance sampling on frozen berries. The agency is collecting frozen strawberries, frozen raspberries, and frozen blackberries in retail packaging and completing testing for both HAV and norovirus.
Researchers from the California Department of Health presented data at the 2019 annual meeting of the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) demonstrating that a single highly resistant bacterial strain persisted within the ICU of a northern California hospital for over three years, infecting numerous patients admitted to the ICU.
PCT has become the workhorse diagnostic test for many antibiotic stewardship programs in the U.S. and abroad. The latest issue of the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine (CCJM) highlights the important role PCT testing now plays in stewardship.