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Imported food sickens more Americans than ever

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Increasing demand in the U.S. for year-round access to all foods means more foreign food in grocery stores and that means more foodborne illness outbreaks from imported food. Writing for the March edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases, a journal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, four researchers take a deep dive into outbreak trends involving… Continue Reading

Errington cheese back on sale despite Scottish warning, death

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One of Scotland’s Errington Cheese Ltd.  products returned to the market earlier this week against the wishes of the country’s top food safety agency. Sales of the Errington cheeses were banned in September because of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that sickened 26 people and caused the death of a three-year-old child. After getting the… Continue Reading

FDA warns U.S. consumers about baby food recall in Canada

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In a rare move, the Food and Drug Administration is warning U.S. residents to be aware of a baby food recall posted in recent days by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which reports illnesses have been reported in relation to the PC Organics products. “The FDA is issuing this recall notice from the Canadian Food… Continue Reading

DeCosters gain another ally as government gets more time

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The Supreme Court has granted the government an extra 30 days to respond to request that the high court review a ruling by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld three-month sentences for two former egg executives who were linked to a massive Salmonella outbreak. The new deadline for the Office of the Solicitor General to… Continue Reading

Illnesses reported; Loblaw expands recall of organic baby food

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An undisclosed number of illnesses in Canada have been linked to PC Organics brand baby food, spurring Loblaw Companies Ltd. to expand its Feb. 3 recall to include 31 more products because of risk of botulism poisoning. “A manufacturing error resulted in excess water in the product, which under certain circumstances could support the growth… Continue Reading

‘Disease detectives’ sickened by pulled pork at Olympiad event

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One of more than 20 events at the Florida Gateway College Science Olympiad this past Saturday was a competition for “Disease Detectives.” About 200 students, chaperones, teachers and college faculty members were involved in the Olympiad and after a volunteer-provided lunch, more than 50 became sick enough to be taken — some by ambulance —… Continue Reading

Bird flu deaths bring live poultry market ban in Hunan province

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Live poultry sales are being shut down in China’s central Hunan province because one strain of bird flu has turned deadly for people. Americans are being cautioned about the outbreak, but are not being warned against travel to Hunan. China is temporarily closing the live poultry markets in Hunan because five deaths are now attributed to… Continue Reading

Deadly barbiturates preceded by 9 years of pet food problems

Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co. Inc. no stranger to FDA warnings, enforcement actions

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Joel Sher, vice president and co-owner of Evanger's Dog & Cat Food Co. Inc., describes the company's products during a trade show.

It was inevitable. When I began eFoodAlert more than nine years ago, the first pet food safety problem that crossed my keyboard was Evanger’s brush with FDA. In April 2008, FDA (the Food and Drug Administration) ordered Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co. Inc. to obtain an emergency operating permit after an FDA inspection uncovered “…significant deviations from prescribed… Continue Reading

If a restaurant makes you sick, be sure you know its legal name

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Restaurants usually have names that are easy for people to remember, but victims of foodborne illness often find legal names of restaurants can be elusive. Restaurant franchises are often passed from limited partnerships to individuals or corporations and back again. Take the Pizza Ranch in Lincoln, NE. It was the center a year ago of nine-state… Continue Reading

Rear Admiral with a lot of experience now acting CDC director

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At noon Friday, when President Donald J. Trump took the oath of office, Dr. Tom Frieden ceased being director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He left CDC on a day when the agency was dealing with the first known outbreak in the U.S. of Seoul Virus, a form of hantavirus, linked to… Continue Reading