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Listeria, botulism risks trigger recalls of OC... OC Raw Dog LLC is recalling freeze-dried sardines because they were determined by the Food and Drug Administration to exceed the agency’s size restriction guideline for uneviscerated fish. Uneviscerated, salt-cured, dried or fermented fish larger than 5 inches in length were linked to outbreaks of botulism in the 1980s and again in 1991. Packages of... Continue Reading

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Kentucky health officials respond aggressively... Public health officials in Kentucky are responding agressively to a Hepatitis A outbreak, and Dr. Jeffrey Howard, acting director of the state health department issued a statement Friday saying it’s still safe to travel to Kentucky. Howard mentioned the May 5 Kentucky Derby and urged people to come on down to Churchill Downs. “As you... Continue Reading

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All get expanded romaine warnings because of... The federal government today expanded its romaine lettuce warning to include all types of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, AZ, growing region, including whole heads and hearts of romaine in addition to chopped, because of an ongoing E. coli outbreak. No specific brands, growers or processors have been named. On April 13, the warning against romaine... Continue Reading

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Going for the gold in the sink at the 2018 Food... Editor’s note: This is part of a series of articles leading up to the 20th annual Food Safety Summit. The event, from May 7-10 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in suburban Chicago, includes certification courses; a trade show with exhibitors from industry, academia and government; an extensive list of seminars and panel discussions; and a... Continue Reading

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McDonald’s has a big chicken problem New York Times columnist Nicolas Kristof wrote a powerful piece on the chicken industry in December 2014. It detailed a whistleblower chicken farmer named Craig Watts who risked everything to call attention to the inherent inhumane practices within his own industry. Kristof concluded: “Torture a single chicken and you risk arrest. Abuse hundreds of thousands... Continue Reading

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Almost 6 dozen outbreaks traced to leafy greens... Editor’s note: Thanks to Doug Powell and Ben Chapman at barfblog.com for compiling the below list of outbreaks linked to leafy greens. The current E. coli O157:H7 outbreak traced to chopped romaine lettuce is the latest in a string of almost 80 foodborne illness outbreaks linked to leafy greens in the past 23 years. As of April... Continue Reading

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Wegmans recalls detox tea because of Salmonella... Wegmans Food Markets Inc. is recalling Traditional Medicinals brand tea due to the risk of Salmonella contamination, according to an April 17 recall notice posted on Wegmans’ website. The recalled “EveryDay Detox Lemon Tea” and “Organic Throat Coat Lemon Echinacea Caffeine Free Tea” is labeled with an expiration date of Jan. 2021, according to the recall. According to Traditional Medicinals, “Our supplier of lemon myrtle leaf (a minor ingredient in both products) found Salmonella contamination in a retained... Continue Reading

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GAO says some USDA food safety standards are... The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)  should carry on with its work to reduce pathogens in meat and poultry, but first, the agency needs to improve documentation, add some timelines to its tasks and check on the effectiveness of on-farm practices. Those three new recommendations by the Government Accountability Office (GAO),  the auditing,... Continue Reading

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Another company recalls kratom after illness... A company in Utah is recalling “NxtGen Botanicals Maeng Da Kratom” labeled bottles of kratom supplements because they has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. At least one illness has been reported in connection with this brand of kratom. The recall notice does not specify what strain of Salmonella federal inspectors found in the NxtGen kratom, but at least 132 people in 38 states have been... Continue Reading

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Officials in Michigan, Utah warn about new... Public health officials in Utah and Michigan are alerting people to possible exposure to the hepatitis A virus after confirmation of infected foodservice workers. The illnesses are part of a multi-state outbreak that has sickened about 1,200 people and killed almost 50. Infected people are usually contagious before they develop symptoms. The highly contagious virus... Continue Reading

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Unusually high percentage of E. coli victims... An E. coli outbreak traced to chopped romaine lettuce has spread to another five states and public health officials are reporting a hospitalization rate of almost 60 percent, which is twice the usual rate. There are 53 confirmed cases spread across 16 states, as of Wednesday’s update from the federal Centers for Disease Control and... Continue Reading

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Outbreaks in Japan likely from contaminated... Outbreak investigators in Japan have identified contamination in a seaweed production plant as the cause of seven foodborne illness outbreaks that sickened almost 2,100 people in 2017. The seven foodborne norovirus outbreaks were all attributable to dried, shredded seaweed called nori, according to a report from researchers in Japan and published in recent days by... Continue Reading

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FDA Salmonella finding prompts recall of three... Carnivore Meat Co. LLC has recalled two Vital Essentials raw dog food products due to possible Salmonella contamination. In addition to the Vital Essentials recall, TruDog LLC has advised its customers by email that it has withdrawn a single batch of its Boost Me product, also due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled products and... Continue Reading

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More Explorateur soft cheese recalled for... World’s Best Cheeses based in Armonk, NY, is recalling Formagerie de la Brie brand l’Explorateur soft ripened cheese After a French supplier warned it could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a potentially deadly foodborne pathogen. “The cheese was manufactured by Fromagerie de la Brie of St. Simeon, France. World’s Best Cheeses was one of several importers notified by their French... Continue Reading

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FDA confirms outbreak strain at Rose Acre’s... Nothing causes more consumer confusion than the recall of a couple hundred million eggs by a significant producer. It brings out much befuddlement as retail egg buyers have to sort out Julian dates, brands, lot numbers, plant numbers and distribution channels. Worse than the confusion is that when people find eggs they have bad eggs... Continue Reading

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