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Another Seattle restaurant closed amid illness outbreak

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Another foodborne illness outbreak has closed another Seattle restaurant. This time around it’s the Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge in the city’s Queen Anne neighborhood. The closure notice from Public Health – Seattle & King County is brief and slim on details. As of Friday health officials couldn’t even say whether the sick people are… Continue Reading

Raw milk distribution ongoing despite Campylobacter outbreak

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As may as 20 people are sick in Colorado in an ongoing Campylobacter outbreak, with multiple public health agencies reporting the most likely cause is raw milk from Larga Vista Ranch — some of which appears to have been distributed illegally. “All the individuals who were sickened reported drinking raw milk from Larga Vista Ranch,”… Continue Reading

Wilkerson remains in search of PCA ‘exculpatory documents’

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Mary Wilkerson has been here before. She’s the only defendant in the Peanut Corporation of America criminal case to be convicted and sentenced for the cover-up related to Salmonella testing rather than the criminal conspiracy related to a deadly outbreak. Wilkerson, 43, is serving a five-year sentence at the federal prison in Marianna, FL, for… Continue Reading

Not a lot standing between egg man Jack DeCoster and jail

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The sole question remaining before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals is whether the federal jail sentences imposed on Austin “Jack” DeCoster and Peter DeCoster are lawful in light of the findings at sentences. In a newly filed response to the DeCosters’ request for a rehearing on their three-month sentences, government attorneys say the sentences… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters: Cheese misbranding, drug residues

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A cheese manufacturer in Ohio and a dairy farm in Arizona were the recipients of the most recently posted food-related warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In a letter dated Aug. 29, FDA’s Cincinnati District Office told the Middlefield Original Cheese Co-op in Middlefield, OH, that an inspection of its facility on May… Continue Reading

Many get more time to meet FSMA record-keeping challenges

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(Editor’s note: This is Part 2 of a four-part series. Subsequent parts will post on the next two Mondays.) Some say today is why so many in the food industry missed out on summer. Today is the compliance day for two major elements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), meaning it’s time to begin… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Lessons about trade and food safety

Opinion

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One of my many pleasant memories of Chile is the sunny Sept. 1 lunch served for 350 people in a huge white tent during the “Conference International Berries 2016” held in Talca. Most of the conversation was in Spanish, putting me at a disadvantage. Every few minutes, I was getting some translated summaries from international… Continue Reading

Arizona tamales recalled because meat was produced without federal inspection

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Tucson Tamale Wholesale Company LLC of Tucson, AZ, is recalling approximately 915 pounds of beef tamale products that contain meat produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday. The ready-to-eat beef tamales were produced on various dates from Aug. 11 to Sept. 13,… Continue Reading

Update: Seattle restaurant linked to E. coli cluster allowed to reopen

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Sept. 16 update: The Matador restaurant in Seattle has been inspected and given approval to reopen as of 2 p.m. Thursday, according to an update from Public Health — Seattle & King County. “They have thoroughly cleaned and sanitized the restaurant, and all opened and prepared food has been discarded,” the statement read. Health inspectors… Continue Reading

My bromance with ‘The Donald’: To hell with food safety

Opinion

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It looks like “The Donald” is trying to expand his bromances from Vladimir Putin to a broader group of guys — including me. In a Trump fact sheet posted online Thursday, which was then removed and saved thanks to @nycsouthpaw, the campaign highlighted a number of “specific regulations to be eliminated” under the Trump economic plan:… Continue Reading