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Raw milk dairy linked to Listeria cases must submit to USDA inspection

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After three hours of testimony  Tuesday, a federal judge ruled  Amos Miller and Miller’s Organic Farm, located at 648 Millcreek School Road in Bird-in-Hand, PA, must submit to inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The order was handed down from the bench by  Judge Edward G. Smith in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania… Continue Reading

Consumers had key to unlock E. coli outbreak linked to flour

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Editor’s note: This blog by FDA’s Stephen ostroff and Kathleen Gensheimer was originally posted by the agency as part of its “FDA Voice” series on June 28, 2016. When many people buy flour, they empty it into a canister and throw out the bag. But three people at the center of a recent outbreak of… Continue Reading

Coroner rules raw milk caused death of three-year-old boy

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Raw milk was the probable cause of death of a three-year-old boy in 2014, the Australian Coroner’s Court has ruled. An  inquiry by Coroner’s Solicitor Rebecca Cohen found that the previously healthy Victoria boy, began suffering from gastro symptoms on Sept. 30, 2014, and was admitted to Frankston Hospital four days later. He was transferred… Continue Reading

CRF frozen veg plant looks to reopen; Listeria cause unknown

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Federal officials haven’t updated their reports on the Listeria outbreak related to the CRF Frozen Foods Inc. production plant in Pasco, WA, or revealed the root cause of contamination in the facility, but newspapers in the area are reporting the operation may soon reopen. The reports are good news for more than 300 employees, some… Continue Reading

GenomeTrakr is FDA’s version of Hoover’s fingerprint file

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Editor’s note: This article was originally posted on FDA’s Consumer Updates page. A person commits a crime, and the detective uses DNA evidence collected from the crime scene to track the criminal down. An outbreak of foodborne illness makes people sick, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses DNA evidence to track down… Continue Reading

Companies provide additional details on recalls of frozen peas

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Two corporations have updated and added to public information about frozen vegetables that have been recalled in the U.S. and Canada because of possible Listeria contamination. The J.R. Simplot Co. shared supply chain information regarding its recall of frozen peas and National Frozen Foods Corp. updated label traceability information on its recall notices for frozen… Continue Reading

Trade secret clause gags FDA on distribution of recalled flour

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“CCI” may look and sound like a primetime crime series, but it’s actually the abbreviation for a legal phrase blocking FDA from revealing what food companies received flour that General Mills later recalled after it was linked to an ongoing E. coli outbreak. Officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to comment on… Continue Reading

Bolthouse Farms recalls millions of drinks because of illnesses

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Reports of illness from consumers have prompted Bolthouse Farms Inc. to recall 3.8 million bottles of protein shakes and cappuccino beverages across the country. The Bakersfield, CA, company widely known for its “Baby Carrots” posted a recall alert today on its company website and with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warning consumers to not… Continue Reading

Frozen veg recall ripples through supply chain to J.R. Simplot, Dutch Treat Foods

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Dutch Treat Foods Inc. issued a recall Tuesday for more than 3,000 pounds of Sweet Pea Pasta Salad because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, saying its supplier recalled one of the salad ingredients. The supplier, J.R. Simplot Co. notified its customers June 14 it was recalling bulk-shipped frozen peas and mixed vegetables after its… Continue Reading

Bread mix recalled on fear of E. coli in one of its ingredients

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Although the company did not specify the ingredient or name the supplier, Molly & Drew has recalled some of its beer bread mix sold nationwide at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations because of possible E. coli contamination. The Sac City, IA, bread company posted the recall on its blog June 17, warning consumers to… Continue Reading