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Raw-Milk Advocates Plan Another Effort in South Carolina Legislature

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The South Carolina Legislature will have only one more Republican vote next year than it had this year, but Delegate Kelli Sobonya (R-Cabell) thinks her colleagues may be more “liberty minded” in 2015. During the 2014 session, Sobonya sponsored two bills to promote raw milk sales in South Carolina, but both measures were killed in… Continue Reading

Don’t Rinse Your Turkey and Other Thanksgiving Safety Tips

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Despite what Julia Child might have told us during the height of her authority on all things related to home cooking, we should not be washing our raw poultry — especially not in the kitchen sink. To ensure your family enjoys Thanksgiving without any gastrointestinal interruptions, Food Safety News has compiled a guide to Thanksgiving food… Continue Reading

Sprout Salmonella Outbreak Up to 68 in Northeast

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As of November 24, a total of 68 persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Enteritidis have been reported from 10 states. The number of ill people identified in each state is as follows: Connecticut (4), Maine (3), Massachusetts (31), Montana (1), New Hampshire (4), New York (5), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (10), Rhode Island… Continue Reading

Imported Smoked Salmon Recalled for Potential Listeria Contamination

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Acme Smoked Fish Corporation of Brooklyn, NY, is voluntarily recalling 564 pounds of its Imported (Product of Denmark) Acme 4 oz. (113g) vacuum packs of Smoked Nova Salmon with lot code of L.05122014 because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This product was distributed to Giant Food of Landover, MD, which operates supermarkets in… Continue Reading

VA Firm Recalls Soybean Sprouts for Possible Listeria Contamination

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Food safety specialists from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are warning people not to eat Soybean Sprouts from Henry’s Farm Inc. of Woodford, Va. The company is recalling all packages of soybean sprouts because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections to… Continue Reading

UK Retailer Introduces ‘Campylobacter Challenge’

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Major British retailer Marks & Spencer has introduced a plan to take on the poultry industry’s longstanding problems with illnesses related to Campylobacter, a foodborne bacterium that causes diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and fever. In August, the U.K. Food Standards Agency reported that it found Campylobacter on 59 percent of fresh, whole store-bought chicken. Campylobacter… Continue Reading

DeLauro Urges OMB to Finalize Two Food Rules

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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) is urging the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to finalize two pending food safety rules. DeLauro wrote to OMB director Shaun Donovan Monday, expressing her concern that if the mechanically tenderized beef rule and a rule regarding added solutions in meat and poultry products are not completed before the end… Continue Reading

WA State Creamery Recalls Yogurt Due to Improper Pasteurization

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A Washington state creamery has issued a voluntary recall of one lot of its whole milk yogurt because of faulty data recording during pasteurization. Flying Cow Creamery of Rochester, WA, recalled the lot of its whole milk yogurt after a routine inspection by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) revealed that proper time and… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Drug Residues Top List of Problems at Food Firms

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Illegal drug residues in dairy cows slaughtered for meat were the main problem cited in recent warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to firms found in violation of regulations stipulated by the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Letters to four dairy producers warned that illegal levels of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs… Continue Reading

1,200 Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled Due to E. coli Risk

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Ranchers Legacy Meat Co., of Vadnais Heights, Minn., is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. Products subject to the recall are packaged in plastic cryovac sealed packets, and contain various weights of ground… Continue Reading