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CDC: 5 Deaths, 28 Illnesses in Multi-State Listeria Outbreak Linked to Caramel Apples

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s outbreak report posted Friday, a total of 28 people infected with the outbreak strains of Listeria monocytogenes and five deaths have been reported in connection with commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples. The 28 ill people included in this outbreak investigation have been reported from 10 states: Arizona… Continue Reading

GAO: Federal Food-Safety Oversight Needs Better Coordination

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The federal government could be doing more to achieve the goals of the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and other food-safety efforts, according to a 46-page report published Thursday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The amount of food-safety oversight reported by the federal government varies between the nation’s two major food-safety agencies,… Continue Reading

Caramel Apples Linked to Multi-State Listeria Outbreak

4 illnesses and 2 deaths reported in MN

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The Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a multi-state outbreak of Listeriosis linked to eating caramel apples. Four people in Minnesota have become ill as part of this outbreak. All were hospitalized, and two died…. Continue Reading

Videos Reveal 5 Common Food-Safety Mistakes

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A team led by Christine Bruhn, Ph.D., food-safety expert and Institute of Food Technologists spokesperson, recently videotaped 120 consumers as they prepared a chicken and a salad in their homes. They found that, while many felt confident about their food safety skills, many were making critical mistakes while preparing their meals that could lead to foodborne… Continue Reading

CA Company Recalls Cheese Products for Potential Listeria Contamination

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Bleating Heart Cheese of Tomales, West Marin County, CA, announced Wednesday that it is conducting a voluntary recall of a few of its sheep milk and cow’s milk cheese produced in late May, late June and early July based on sampling by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that found the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in… Continue Reading

Parents of E. Coli Victim Sue Whole Foods

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The parents of Joshua Kaye are suing Whole Foods Market over their son’s death. Eight-year-old Joshua from Braintree, MA, died last summer from an E. coli 0157:H7 infection that turned into hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Multiple people were sickened, and epidemiological evidence traced the source to grass-fed ground beef back to Whole Foods. “Federal agents were… Continue Reading

CDC Update: 111 Sickened in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Bean Sprouts

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At least 111 people in 12 states have been confirmed infected with Salmonella in an outbreak linked to bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc., according to an outbreak update posted Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Twenty-six percent of patients have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Since… Continue Reading

Caffeine Powder Concerns FDA, Energy Drinks Concern Denmark

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Last week, the parents of two young men who died earlier this year after ingesting caffeine powder met with Food and Drug Administration officials to deliver a citizen petition urging the agency to ban the sale of powdered caffeine. In a blog about the meeting, Michael Landa, director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied… Continue Reading

Three Senators Have Questions for Interagency Antibiotics Task Force

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Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) sent a letter Tuesday to Secretaries Chuck Hagel, Tom Vilsack and Sylvia Burwell, co-chairs of the newly formed Interagency Task Force for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, to ask how this task force will address gaps in how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently addressing… Continue Reading

Confusion Greets New EU Food-Labeling Rules

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New rules went into effect Dec. 13 throughout the European Union to help people avoid 14 allergens in food by requiring labels, providing information on food allergies and intolerance, and offering voluntary best practices on cross-contamination controls for pre-packed and loose food items. The new rules impact restaurants, bakeries, delis and grocery stores, among others…. Continue Reading