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Julia Thomas

Julia Thomas

Julia Thomas is a junior at Bainbridge High School on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She is the features editor and a reporter for her school newspaper, the Spartan Standard, and aspires to have a career in journalism. In her spare time, Julia can be found running cross country and track, skiing, and fulfilling her travel bug whenever possible.

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High Drug Residues Found at California Meat and Dairy Operations

Violators receive FDA warning letters

Dairy and meat farms in California were among the most recent establishments to receive federal warning letters after unacceptable levels of drug residues were found in cattle that they sold for slaughter. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration visited each establishment to inspect operations there and looked at records to track animals that were slaughtered…. Continue Reading

Train-the-Trainer Workshop

This free, three-day workshop, hosted by United Fresh and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Science Foundation and GlobalG.A.P., among others, will teach attendees how to use and interpret the Field Operations and Harvesting Harmonization Standards. The first two days will feature the official training materials developed by the Produce GAPs Harmonization… Continue Reading

Allergen Alert: Bratwurst with Egg

Old Style Sausage of Denver, CO is recalling approximately 3,000 pounds of bratwurst distributed to restaurants in Colorado because the sausage contains egg, an allergen not declared on the package label.  The problem was discovered during a routine food safety assessment and may have occurred as a result of a change in ingredient formulation, according… Continue Reading

Listeria Concern Prompts Expanded Deli Sandwich Recall

M.E. Thompson of Jacksonville, FL is expanding the recall of its Anytime Deli Turkey & Ham Footlong to include the Italian Footlong and Classic Cuban, sold under the brand names Anytime Deli, Sandwich Central and Dandee, because the sandwiches may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall was the result of routine sampling by the Florida Department… Continue Reading

Allergen Alert: Medittera SA Greek Foods

Mediterra S.A. of Chios, Greece is recalling various foods sold via the Internet and in one New York retail store because they contain allergens not listed on the labels.  – PIE WITH CHIOS MASTIHA:  80 g, LOT 09120202 and best-before end 12/30/2012 contains egg albumin, wheat flour and nuts (almonds).  – HONEY PIE WITH ALMONDS… Continue Reading

Allergen Alert: Peanuts in Caramel Cob

Kathy Kaye Foods is recalling certain Classic Caramel Cob Junior because it may contain peanuts, an allergen not included on the label.  No adverse reactions have been reported. Routine sampling and analysis by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets revealed the presence of peanut allergen at 34 parts per million in packages… Continue Reading

Imported Fish Recalled

Two Minnesota companies – Import Foods Wholesale and Seng Ong Wholesale – are recalling various types of imported fish because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause botulism.  In each case, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Laboratory personnel confirmed that the fish were not properly eviscerated prior to processing. No illnesses have been reported… Continue Reading

Pita Breads, Sandwich Rolls Recalled

Wegmans is recalling specific date codes of its Pita Breads and Thin Sandwich Rolls because they may contain bits of metal or plasticized fabric from a damaged conveyor belt. To date, there have been no reports of foreign objects being found. The recalled pita breads and sandwich rolls would have been purchased on Wednesday, March… Continue Reading