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New Bill Would Limit Permissible Level of Inorganic Arsenic in Rice

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Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced a bill in Congress on Thursday which would limit the amount of inorganic arsenic permitted in rice and rice-based foods. The R.I.C.E (Reducing food-based Inorganic Compounds Exposure) Act would require the Food and Drug Administration to set a maximum permissible level of inorganic arsenic in rice and food containing rice. “Inorganic arsenic… Continue Reading

New Jersey Township Tries Again for Fines on Food Safety Violators

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After dealing with an outbreak of Hepatitis A late last year, Hamilton Township, NJ, has introduced new food safety laws to fine restaurants for health violations and require that establishments prominently display food license and food inspection reports. If passed by the Hamilton Township Council, Ordinance 15-025 would require restaurants to pay $350 for a… Continue Reading

Salmonella Cases Linked to Raw Tuna Sushi Now Total 53 People in 9 States

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According to updates posted Thursday by both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are now 53 people in 9 states infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+). Ten of those sickened have been hospitalized, and no deaths have… Continue Reading

Exotic Kosher Cuisine Event in New York City Results in Illness Outbreak

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Approximately 20 people have reported symptoms of foodborne illness after attending an event at a Manhattan synagogue dedicated to exotic kosher cuisine, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. The incident, which occurred on May 5, is under investigation by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The event showcased rarely consumed foods… Continue Reading

Update: 60 Now Sickened in WI Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Grocery Store

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Updated May 21: Health officials have updated the case count from 20 cases to more than 60. This article has been updated to reflect the new information. Health officials in Kenosha County, WI, are investigating more than 60 Salmonella illnesses reportedly connected to consumption of meat from the grocery store Supermercado Los Corrales in Kenosha, according to… Continue Reading

After Recall, Jeni’s Scoop Shops Reopening for Memorial Day Weekend

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, which recalled all of its products last month after Listeria contamination was found in two pints of ice cream made in its Columbus, OH, production kitchen, will reopen most of its 21 scoop shops on Friday. Owner Jeni Britton Bauer indicated that the company wouldn’t be back to full production, and that customers might… Continue Reading

Prepared Meat Products Recalled for Lack of USDA Inspection, Misbranding

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LQNN Inc. of Garden Grove, CA, firm is recalling approximately 213,192 pounds of chicken, beef and pork products that were produced without the benefit of inspection and misbranded because of the unauthorized use of a USDA mark of inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Wednesday. The products, which… Continue Reading

Four Defendants Sentenced in Cheese Reselling Scheme

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The recent sentencing of Miguel Leal, former president of Mexican Cheese Producers Inc. of Darlington, WI, brought to an end criminal prosecution for events dating back to 2007. Leal, Cynthia Gutierrez, and Jose and Tony Zurita were indicted by a grand jury that sat during the winter of 2011. Charges were filed with the U.S. District… Continue Reading

Update: Case Count Now at 22 in Washington State E. Coli Outbreak

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The number of E. coli O157:H7 infections in Whatcom County, WA, has been recalculated by federal and state investigators who have been on the scene since last week. As of Monday, May 18, the latest case count is 22 lab-confirmed cases, four cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), 10 people hospitalized, and no deaths. Several other… Continue Reading

Yearly Economic Burden of Foodborne Illness Estimated at $15.5 Billion

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The latest estimates from the Department of Agriculture suggest that foodborne illnesses cost the U.S. $15.5 billion each year. “Economic burden of a disease is not the same thing as the impact of a disease on economic indicators like gross domestic product or even the out-of-pocket cost of treating illness,” states USDA’s Economic Research Service report released… Continue Reading