According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CDC was the lead public health agency on 24 multistate foodborne outbreak investigations in 2018.
Perhaps the most significant event CDC was involved in was the December romaine lettuce recall. CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, Canada, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigated a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) infections linked to romaine lettuce from the Central Coastal growing regions in northern and central California.
Editor's note: FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb released the following statement on FDA’s 2017 report on declining sales/distribution of antimicrobial drugs for food animals, a reflection of improved antimicrobial stewardship
Every year, at least two million Americans are sickened by serious infections caused by antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) pathogens, such as MRSA. And, at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. AMR is the ability of a microorganism (bacteria, virus, fungi, parasite) to resist the effects of a drug. It’s a serious, complex and costly public health problem.
The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.
MANHATTAN, Kan. — AIB International has hired Steve Robert as Vice President, Global Sales, effective January 1, 2019.
“Steve brings extensive industry expertise, as well as a different strategic approach to how AIB International can drive and inspire the global food and beverage industry,” said Andre Biane, President and CEO of AIB International. “His international sales successes in the food service industry will be a ‘shot in the arm’ that helps propel AIB International into its Centennial year in 2019.”
Mr. Robert has more than 14 years of experience in the food service channel, having been a senior sales leader with multiple premier food equipment and service companies. Most recently, he was the Global Vice President of Corporate Accounts with the Food Safety and Brand Standards Division of EcoSure. He also has considerable international experience, having executed strategic customer acquisitions in emerging global markets such as China. In addition to working in the food industry, Mr. Robert has worked in the financial services sector.