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Mary Rothschild

Mary Rothschild

Mary Rothschild has had an extensive career in Seattle-area journalism as a reporter for 17 years at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and as an assistant metro editor at the Seattle Times for 12 years. She was also an assignment editor at KING-TV in Seattle, city editor at the Eastside Journal in Bellevue and an assistant metro editor at the News Tribune in Tacoma. She now lives in Port Townsend, WA, where she supports the local Farmers Market, the Jefferson County Land Trust’s efforts to preserve farmland and tries to keep the deer out of her own vegetable patch.

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Listeria in Smoked Salmon: Examining the Risk

smoked salmon on bagel

Listeria monocytogenes bacteria detected in some ready-to-eat smoked salmon samples sparked a rash of recalls in recent months, with major fish producers such as Ocean Beauty, Marine Harvest and Pacific Seafood Group, plus retail giants including Whole Foods Market, Walmart and Ralph’s, getting caught in the recall net. But no outbreak of illnesses prompted these… Continue Reading

Apples Recalled for Potential Listeria Contamination

A New Jersey-based company is recalling 293,488 cases and 296,224 individual units of fruit, vegetable and sandwich products because they contain apples that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Missa Bay, LLC, a subsidiary of Ready Pac Foods, Inc. of Swedesboro, NJ initiated a voluntary recall of the products Friday after Listeria monocytogenes was found… Continue Reading

Allergen Alert: Sorbet With Milk Protein

Harris Teeter is recalling HT Traders Sorbet in lemon, raspberry, mango, coconut and orange flavors due to possible undeclared milk protein. This recall affects the below products:   – HT Traders Sorbet Lemon  UPC #72036 98196 – HT Traders Sorbet Raspberry UPC #72036 98195 – HT Traders Sorbet Mango UPC #72036 98194 – HT Traders… Continue Reading

Curtailed Funds Continue to Hurt Local Public Health

Since 2008, local public health departments in the United States have lost nearly 40,000 employees, and the situation continues to deteriorate, according to the most recent survey, conducted in January and February, by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). One health official told NACCHO that “fiscal year 2013 is shaping up… Continue Reading

More Than 900 Complaints to FDA Blame Jerky Treats for Pet Illnesses

Since November, the Food and Drug Administration has now received between 900 to 1,000 complaints of dog illnesses and deaths blamed on chicken jerky treats from China, according to a report this week by JoNel Aleccia for msnbc.news. As Aleccia revealed previously, three main brands of chicken jerky treats appear to be connected to the… Continue Reading

Diamond Pet Foods Recalls More Dry Dog Food

Diamond Pet Foods has again recalled batches of dry dog food that may be contaminated with Salmonella, this time to include its Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula dry dog food manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011. The earlier Diamond Pet Foods recalls involved various formulas manufactured after Dec. 9, 2011 at… Continue Reading

FDA Explains Ban on Korean Shellfish

Korean shellfish imports have been blocked by the U.S. since May 1 because Korean waters may have been polluted with human fecal waste, the U.S. Food and Drug Admnistration (FDA) said on Friday. Oysters, clams, mussels and scallops harvested in Korea have the potential to be contaminated with norovirus, the agency said. The Washington State Department of… Continue Reading

CDC: 316 Ill in Multistate Outbreak Linked to Sushi Tuna

The number of confirmed cases of Salmonella poisoning from frozen raw tuna used primarily to make sushi has jumped by 58 to 316, and two more states have reported cases related to the outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. The outbreak is now spread over 26 states and the District of… Continue Reading

Preliminary FDA Inspection Report Cites Flaws at Diamond Pet Foods Plant

Diamond Pet Foods, the company behind a massive recall of dry dog food due to Salmonella contamination that has sickened at least 16 people, was not taking “all reasonable precautions” to ensure the safety of its product, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspection report. The Form 483 report, posted by the FDA… Continue Reading