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CA Governor Vetoes State Senate’s Animal Antibiotics Bill

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California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed state Senate Bill 835 on animal antibiotics when it reached his desk Monday. Brown said that the bill to ban the use of antibiotics for growth promotion and require a veterinarian prescription for a livestock antibiotic “would codify a voluntary Federal Drug Administration standard that phases-out antibiotic use for growth promotion.”… Continue Reading

KY Health Official Warns Residents About the Risks of Unpasteurized Milk

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The Kentucky Department for Public Health has not been able to identify the source of the E. coli outbreak that sickened five children in early September despite the work of well-respected raw milk journalist, David Gumpert, to bring the link between the children’s illness and raw milk to the public’s attention. However, on Tuesday the… Continue Reading

Texas Ground Beef Recalled for Potential Plastic Pieces

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Sam Kane Beef Processors LLC of Corpus Christi, TX, is recalling approximately 2,633 pounds of ground beef chub product that may be contaminated with foreign materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Tuesday. The following product is subject to USDA recall: 10-lb. chubs of “HEB Ground Beef 73% Fine 6/10”… Continue Reading

Overuse of Antibiotics Nearly Doubled Clostridium Difficile Infection Rate

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The October issue of the American Journal of Infection Control reports on a new study about a topic nobody really wants to think about — deadly diarrhea. It’s what happens when the otherwise harmless Clostridium difficile (C. difficile, or C. diff) digestive tract bacterium grows out of control, releasing toxins that attack the lining of the… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Sickens 3 in Alabama

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At least three people in Clarke County, AL, have fallen ill with Hepatitis A, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. The health department is investigating how the patients might been sickened. Two of the individuals reportedly have a history of international travel. Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: One Dairy, Two Seafood Processors

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warnings to one dairy and a seafood processor in its latest round of posted warning letters. Superior Cattle Feeders of Calipatria, CA, was cited for illegal drug residues in a steer sold for slaughter. Kidney tissue samples from the animal showed the presence of desfuroylceftiofur at 86.48 parts per… Continue Reading

Update: Mercer Island Boil Water Advisory Lifted, Restaurants Can Reopen After Inspection

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Update: As of Sept. 29, the boil-water advisory has lifted for Mercer Island. All restaurants should remain closed until receiving a visit from a public health inspector. The city of Mercer Island in Washington state is advising residents to boil their water before drinking, or to use bottled water after samples showed the presences of E…. Continue Reading

Beef Jerky Recalled for Being Improperly Marked and Shipped

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Delicious Beef Jerky LLC of Albuquerque, NM, is recalling 8 pounds of beef jerky products because they were marked and shipped without the benefit of inspection when they were produced under a retail exemption, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Saturday. The products subject to recall are 2.5-oz. and… Continue Reading

Tomalley Spread Recalled in Canada for Clostridium Botulinum Risk

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Fruits de Mer Madeleine Inc. is recalling Madeleine brand Tomalley Spread from the marketplace because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. Consumers should not consume the recalled product which was sold in 80-g containers with a UPC of 6 87090 30020 5. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store… Continue Reading

Hummus Recalled in Canada for Possible Listeria Contamination

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume and retailers, restaurants and institutions not to sell or use Peppo’s Foods brand Hommous due to Listeria monocytogenes. The product comes in 1-kg containers and includes the following codes: JL201404-8, JL201404-9, AU201412-13, AU201422-11, AU201422-12, AU201422-13,AU201422-14, AU201422-15, AU201420-13, AU201425-1, SE201404-5, SE201404-6,JL201418-8, JL201418-11, SE201408-7, SE201413-6, SE201413-7 Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased…. Continue Reading