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Publisher’s Platform: One, Two, Three Sprouts, You’re Out

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Three sprout outbreaks (Sproutbreak – Sproutpocalypse – Sproutageddon – Sproutataclysm – Sproutastrophe) caused by Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria outbreaks since August?  One has been deadly and all have sent dozens to the hospital. As of yesterday, the CDC has reported a total of 63 persons infected with Salmonella Enteritidis from 10 states: Connecticut, Maine,… Continue Reading

Ongoing Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Sprouts

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At least 63 people  in 10 states have been sickened in a multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to bean sprouts, reported the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Friday. Bean sprouts distributed by Wonton Foods, Inc. of Brooklyn, NY have been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Enteriitdis that has sickened people in Connecticut, Maine,… Continue Reading

Norovirus Was Cause of Outbreaks at Two Universities Last Week

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Norovirus was the pathogen responsible for sickening students at Emory University and the University of Virginia last week, health department officials have revealed. At least 89 students at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia sought care for gastrointestinal illness at the health care center or the University Hospital between Nov. 12 and Nov. 14, according to… Continue Reading

More “Ag-Gag” Bills Could Be Decided Before Courts Rule on Challenge

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It’s unlikely that the constitutionality of the new “ag-gag” laws of Idaho and Utah will be known until after those states hold legislative sessions in 2015, and maybe even until after another round of lawmaking in 2016. The controversial “ag-gag” statutes, which prevent undercover investigations at animal agriculture facilities, were adopted in Utah in 2013… Continue Reading

Avocados Recalled for Salmonella Risk

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A Houston, Texas company issued a voluntary recall of 80 cases of whole avocados after the product tested positive for Salmonella. Latin Specialties, Inc. recalled the avocados, which it received from grower Unity Groves Corp. of Florida, on October 30. The recall is ongoing, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s enforcement report. The… Continue Reading

Canada, Ireland Top Food Safety World Ranking

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A new, comprehensive report ranks Canada and Ireland as the top countries in food safety performance. The document, produced by The Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Food in Canada in collaboration with the University of Guelph’s Food Institute, ranked 17 countries based on 10 food safety performance indicators across risk assessment, management and communication. France,… Continue Reading

Officials Investigating Possible Salmonella Outbreak in Massachusetts and Other States

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Health officials are investigating a series of potentially related Salmonella illnesses in multiple states, one of them known to be Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health revealed Thursday that it is investigating a possible cluster of Salmonella illnesses in the state, according to Fox25. The department said the potential multistate outbreak is also being investigated by federal… Continue Reading

Studies Find Reusable Produce Containers Often Contaminated

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Reusable plastic containers used by farmers to ship fresh produce from farms to grocery stores have gained wide usage in the last decade, effectively replacing corrugated boxes with a more environmentally friendly alternative. But two studies — one in Canada and one in the U.S. — have found serious problems with the general sanitation and… Continue Reading

LGMA Training Video Features Foodborne Illness Victims

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A new food safety video for California farm workers features the stories of foodborne illness victims. Together, STOP Foodborne Illness and California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) produced a video that will be used during training for workers who produce leafy greens in California. It features the stories of Rylee Gustafson and Lauren Bush –… Continue Reading