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California Firm Recalls Jarred Food Products for Botulism Risk

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VR Green Farms of San Clemente, CA, is voluntarily recalling a variety of its jarred food products because they may have been improperly produced, therefore making them susceptible to contamination by Clostridium botulinum. The recalled products include Pine Nut Basil Pesto, Pickled Farm Mix, Old World Tomato Sauce, Sundried Tomatoes in Olive Oil, Tuscan Grilling… Continue Reading

Raw Goat Milk Cheese Recalled for Possible E. coli Contamination

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The Southwestern Wisconsin Dairy Goat Products Cooperative of Mt. Sterling, WI, is recalling Raw Milk Mild Cheddar Cheese Lot Code 103-114 because it may be contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O111:H8 bacteria. The recall was initiated after a case of two five-pound loaves in the original packaging was collected on July 8 from an… Continue Reading

Cyclospora Outbreak Reaches 202 Cases; More Than Half are in Texas

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Just like last summer, illnesses involving prolonged watery diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms caused by the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis are spreading across the country from Texas. Public health officials suspect the parasite is riding into the United States on contaminated fresh produce grown in Mexico for the U.S. market. They just don’t yet know the… Continue Reading

Update: Carob Powder, Carob-Containing Products Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

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Several food companies are recalling carob powder or carob-containing products for potential Salmonella contamination. On July 22, Earth Circle Organics issued the first recall for its Organic Carob Powder after the company was notified by its supplier that the product could be contaminated with Salmonella. Products were sold to distributors and retail outlets in North America…. Continue Reading

Leaked Trade Deal Chapter Fails to Shed Much Light on Food Safety Concerns

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Last week, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy leaked a draft chapter of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) currently being negotiated between the United States and the European Union. The chapter proposed by the European Commission in June concerns Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues with food safety and animal and plant health. “This leaked… Continue Reading

Whole-Genome Sequencing Expected to Revolutionize Outbreak Investigations

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For decades, food safety experts have lived with the reality that roughly one-third of foodborne illness outbreak investigations ended without finding the source. But with the wide proliferation of new laboratory technology on the horizon, outbreak investigations could soon become more accurate, more efficient and more complete, according to researchers at Cornell University, the New… Continue Reading

French Cheese Recalled in Canada for Possible E. coli Contamination

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced Monday that La Fromagerie Hamel is recalling La Fromagerie Hamel brand “St-Felicien lait cru France (Rhone-Alpes)” cheese from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O26:H11 contamination. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product, which was distributed to retail outlets in Quebec. Consumers… Continue Reading