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Cathy Siegner

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FDA warns California firm about pistachios linked to Salmonella outbreak

A California company has been warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to fully document any manufacturing changes it makes so that two Salmonella strains found in its pistachios and linked to a multistate outbreak this past spring will not recur. The FDA warning letter, dated Oct. 7, was addressed to Stewart Resnick, owner of The Wonderful Company based… Continue Reading

FDA testing finds weed killer residue in honey, instant oatmeal

EPA calls glyphosate 'unlikely to be carcinogenic'; comments due by Oct. 17

Testing for glyphosate residue at a U.S. Food and Drug Administration laboratory in Atlanta has found up to 1.67 parts per million (ppm) in certain instant oatmeal cereals and up to 121 nanograms per gram (ng/g) in samples of honey. Glyphosate is a widely used and controversial herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. It was… Continue Reading

CA leafy greens audits reveal more compliance than citations

Hundreds of audits of California leafy greens operations during the 2015-2016 season found 99.5-percent compliance with industry food safety standards, according to the latest annual report from the Sacramento-based California Leafy Greens Products Handler Marketing Agreement (LGMA). LGMA reported there were 470 announced and unannounced audits during last year and this year of its approximately 100… Continue Reading

Shigella infections hit record high in beleaguered Flint

Along with the highly publicized lead contamination of its water supply, Flint, MI, also bears the dubious distinction of having the highest number of Shigella cases in the state. The Genesee County Health Department has reported 85 cases so far this year, with more than half of them within the Flint city limits. Twenty-seven people have been hospitalized…. Continue Reading

Feds say Salmonella outbreak linked to sprouts appears over

A recent multistate outbreak of Salmonella Reading and Salmonella Abony infections linked to alfalfa sprouts appears to be over, according to a final update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The outbreak sickened 36 people from nine states and hospitalized seven of them. No related deaths were reported. Illnesses started on dates… Continue Reading

Cyclospora cases drop after FDA monitors Mexican cilantro

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is linking its program to more closely monitor fresh Mexican cilantro to a drop in domestically acquired Cyclospora cayetanensis infections. According to a Sept. 19 update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Sept. 16 there were at least 134 confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis with illness onset… Continue Reading

L.A. school garden closed after children sickened by mushroom

Several Los Angeles children were sickened last week after sampling a toxic mushroom growing in a community garden at their neighborhood school. At least two of them, including a 10-year-old boy, were taken to a local hospital for treatment, and the garden is now closed. The culprit was identified as Amanita pantherina, or Panther cap mushroom,… Continue Reading

In-store meals present more food safety challenges for retailers

Not too many years ago, you couldn’t walk into a supermarket and expect to buy prepared, ready-to-eat foods. Now, however, it’s common to find sushi, tacos, hot dogs and more complex dishes being served up at delis, in buffet lines, and at sit-down restaurants inside well-known grocery retailers such as Costco, Wegmans, and Whole Foods. Some Whole Foods… Continue Reading

Sushi outlets linked to Hawaii’s Hepatitis A outbreak cleared to reopen

The Hawaii State Department of Health has given the green light to Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai to reopen after they completed extensive sanitizing, disposed of potentially contaminated food items, and screened their employees for Hepatitis A. The restaurant chain planned to reopen all 10 of its Oahu outlets on Sept. 10 and… Continue Reading

Part 1: Protecting a diversified food chain

(Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a four-part series. Subsequent parts will post on the next three Mondays.) Foodborne illnesses and food recalls seem to dominate the news these days. All across the globe, we hear about people being sickened by contaminated milk, flour, fresh produce, raw seafood, frozen entrées, and myriad other products. Some… Continue Reading