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Peter DeCoster gets out of federal hospital prison on Monday

His father must serve 90 days for role in 2010 egg Salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands

Peter DeCoster, the 54-year old son of the one-time egg baron Austin “Jack” DeCoster, is set to be released Monday from the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, MN, a facility operated by the federal Bureau of Prisons. DeCoster served 90 days in federal custody. Now its his 83-year-old father’s turn to surrender himself to serve his own three-month… Continue Reading

Listeria test prompts Mann’s vegetable recall in Canada, U.S.

Mann Packing of Salinas, CA, is voluntarily recalling freshcut vegetable products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Mann Packing issued this recall in response to a positive result found during random test by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). To date, public health officials have not reported any illnesses associated with these products. In addition to… Continue Reading

Canada recalls caviar, smoked fish for botulism concerns

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says a variety of fish products from two grocery stores in the Toronto area are being recalled due to a risk of botulism. Initially only one product was recalled, “Smoked Lake Trout w/Pepper with Cracked Black Pepper.” One illness has been reported in connection with that product. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency… Continue Reading

Tuna loins recalled in several states for risk of Salmonella

Relish Foods Inc. of Culver City, CA, is recalling frozen Newport brand tuna loins because a routine, random test by the Food and Drug Administration returned results for Salmonella bacteria. Relish Foods is working with the FDA on an investigation into what caused the problem, according to the recall notice posted on the agency’s website. The recalled tuna… Continue Reading

BrightFarms recalls packaged salads, herbs for E. coli risk

BrightFarms is voluntarily recalling packaged produce sold in Roundy’s Supermarkets due to the potential presence of E. coli at its greenhouse farm in Rochelle, IL, in Ogle County. The affected BrightFarms branded products are sold at Mariano’s Markets in Illinois and Metro Market and Pick ‘n Save stores in Wisconsin. The recall includes the below salad… Continue Reading

Freshcut veggies recalled across U.S. and Canada for Listeria

Implicated brands include Mann's, Walmart, Trader Joe's, HEB, Sysco and more

Neither U.S. nor Canadian officials had posted it as of Thursday night, but a news release from Mann Packing Co. Inc. recalled almost 150 freshcut vegetable products nationwide in both countries because of a positive test showing Listeria contamination. The recall includes a wide variety of “minimally processed vegetable products” packaged under several brands, including… Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: California’s response on challenge of SB27

Opinion

Editor’s note: California State Veterinarian Annette Jones submitted this letter in response to a letter posted from a group of faculty and staff from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future at the Bloomberg School of Public Health regarding California legislation about antibiotic use in animals used for human food. The letter from the Johns Hopkins… Continue Reading

Louisiana Salmonella outbreak confirmed; jambalaya eyed

Louisiana officials have confirmed a Salmonella outbreak in Caldwell Parish, reporting one possible death and dozens of illnesses. The source has been tentatively identified as jambalaya served at a local fundraising event on Monday. “The fundraiser was supported by many local businesses throughout the community that purchased plates of jambalaya, which is the suspected cause,”… Continue Reading

Firm ripened Comté cheese recalled in Canada for Listeria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency posted a recall yesterday of firm ripened Comté cheese at the request of Agropur Cooperative. The company cited possible Listeria contamination as the reason for the recall. Agropur Cooperative distributed their Agropur Import Collection brand cheese to unidentified stores located across the nation. No other details about how the possible contamination was discovered were included in the recall notice. “The recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)… Continue Reading