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FSIS Issues Public Health Alert About Minnesota Salmonella Illnesses Linked to Prepared Chicken Products

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On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a public health alert due to concerns about illnesses caused by two separate strains of Salmonella that may be associated with raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken products. These items may be labeled “chicken cordon bleu” or “chicken Kiev.” The State of Minnesota… Continue Reading

Natural Grocers Recalls Caribbean Fruit & Nut Mix With Macadamia Nuts for Salmonella Risk

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Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets Inc., a Lakewood, CO-based natural grocery chain, is recalling one lot of Natural Grocers brand Caribbean Fruit & Nut Mix since the product contains macadamia nuts that have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. This recall was initiated after the company was notified of positive Salmonella findings in product… Continue Reading

Update: 1 Death, 248 Illnesses in Outbreak Linked to NC Restaurant

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In an update posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services stated that 248 cases of diarrheal illness and one death have now been identified in connection with the Tarheel Q barbecue restaurant in Lexington, NC. The update gave the following information: Of these 248 people, case distribution includes 19 North Carolina… Continue Reading

UK Food Standards Agency: Nestlé’s Maggi Noodles Do Not Contain Excess Lead

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The United Kingdom’s food safety regulatory agency has stated that Nestlé’s Maggi noodles do not contain excess lead and are safe to consume. “The FSA can confirm that results from testing samples of Maggi noodles in the UK have all found that levels of lead in the product [are] well within EU permissible levels and would… Continue Reading

Humane Society Files Complaint with FDA Against Costco Egg Supplier

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The Humane Society of the United States has filed legal complaints with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging that Hillandale Farms, a Costco egg supplier, has deceived consumers with its poor animal welfare standards and “filthy and unsanitary conditions,” resulting in food safety concerns. The complaints come… Continue Reading

Ban Lifted on Beef Imports From Argentina, Brazil

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On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it is lifting a ban on beef imports from Northern Argentina and 14 of Brazil’s 27 states. But the changes in regulation have some concerned about the risk of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). The agency concluded that Argentina and Brazil are… Continue Reading

FAO/WHO Committee: Carrageenan ‘Not of Concern’ in Infant Formula

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At its meeting last week in Geneva, the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) concluded that the use of carrageenan in infant formula, or formula for special medical purposes, at concentrations up to 1,000 milligrams per liter is “not of concern.” Seaweed industry organization Marinalg International says that the seaweed-derived additive used to… Continue Reading

Study of Rare Toxin Carried by Sport Fish Underscores Consumer Warnings

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A rare toxin carried by barracuda, grouper and other locally caught sport fish sickens Floridians in greater numbers than previously believed, a new analysis suggests. Consuming the foodborne toxin, called ciguatera, can result in severe nausea and vomiting and sometimes long-term tingling in the limbs or joint pain. “The rate of illness was found to be… Continue Reading

Trail Mix, Bulk Macadamia Nuts Recalled for Potential Salmonella Contamination

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Rocky Mountain Foods Inc. of Denver is recalling certain lots of Island Fruit and Nut Trail Mix packaged under the Free Range Snack Co. brand, and certain lots of bulk Macadamia Nuts, both due to possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date. Consumers who have recently purchased the items with the BEST BY… Continue Reading

44 Salmonella Cases in Canada Linked to Frozen Raw Breaded Poultry Products

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The Canadian government is warning consumers about the safety of breaded chicken nuggets, chicken burgers and strips after 44 people have been sickened with Salmonella. The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Health Canada to investigate an outbreak of Salmonella infections in Ontario,… Continue Reading