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Yearly Archives: 2013

NM Judge Blocks Horse Slaughter – At Least Until Friday Hearing

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Update: At the Jan. 3, 2014, hearing, the temporary retraining order was extended by 10 days to Jan. 13, at which time the judge will hear oral arguments from the parties in the case. New Mexico District Court Judge Matthew Wilson issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on Monday to prevent Valley Meat of Roswell,… Continue Reading

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cashew Cheese Sickens 15

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At least 15 people in the western U.S. have been sickened with Salmonella in an outbreak linked to pasteurized cashew cheese produced by The Cultured Kitchen, according to the California Department of Public Health. Three patients have been hospitalized. Of the 15 who became ill, 12 reside in California. The company has initiated a voluntary… Continue Reading

The Food Safety News Top 10 News Stories of 2013

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Editor’s Note: Each year, the writers and editors of Food Safety News pick the top 10 news stories based on the story’s overall importance within the food safety community. This year, we’ve added a separate listing of the top 10 foodborne illness outbreaks, as compiled by managing editor James Andrews and published on Dec. 27…. Continue Reading

NC Officials Suspect E. Coli Infection in Three Children

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Health officials in North Carolina’s Davidson County now say they are investigating illnesses in three children possibly infected with E. coli. The news on Monday came after officials already reported two children sick over the weekend. The first two children attend Tyro Middle School and were both hospitalized Friday after suffering from severely bloody diarrhea… Continue Reading

FDA Extends Comment Period for Trans Fat Determination

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will be extending the comment period for its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), a major source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for use in food. The determination was originally published in the Federal Register on Nov. 8 and given a Jan…. Continue Reading

Pet Food Safety: When Pet Food Makes Pets and Humans Sick

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Between late 2011 and spring 2012, dozens of people across 20 U.S. states and Canada were falling ill with apparent Salmonella infections all coming from the same source. For nearly six months, the illnesses slowly cropped up around North America, with health investigators unable to connect the dots about how they were being caused. It… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Temperance Over Time

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Recreational sales of marijuana will be legal under state and local governments in Colorado come New Year’s Day, including so-called pot-infused food such as brownies. There’s been nothing like this since the end of Prohibition. For consumers in Colorado, it means there is a new food safety cop to deal with for those marijuana-infused foods… Continue Reading

KS Health Officials Want Restaurant Customers to Fill Out Surveys

Restaurant is likely source of a norovirus outbreak

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A likely norovirus outbreak involving a Jimmy’s John’s restaurant in Garden City, KS, is under investigation by state officials who are asking for the public’s help. State and local health officials want anyone who dined at the Jimmy John’s Restaurant in Garden City between Dec. 10 and Dec. 24, 2013, to participate in an online… Continue Reading

Lost Meat Sales to Russia Over Ractopamine Costing Millions, Not Billions

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The ban on U.S. pork and beef exports to Russia over ractopamine is costly for American producers, but not as much as was recently reported by the U.S. Ambassador. U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul told a Moscow business newspaper that the year-old ban had cost America’s pork and beef industries $4-5 billion. The ban… Continue Reading