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FDA report shows Dole officials knew about Listeria in facility

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Company officials knew a Dole salad plant was contaminated with Listeria for a year and a half before they shut it down — then they only took action after the U.S. and Canadian governments traced a deadly outbreak to the facility. Inspection reports obtained by Food Safety News revealed the timeline of positive Listeria results… Continue Reading

Dole restarts salad facility; mum on Listeria cleaning process

The salad production facility in Springfield, OH, was highlighted in Dole’s 2010 corporate report.

Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. has resumed production at a salad facility that was linked to a deadly nine-month Listeria outbreak without revealing what was done to clean the plant or to prevent future contamination of food processed there. A statement on Dole’s website says investigations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for… Continue Reading

Investigation ends; Garden of Life powders pose ongoing threat

Garden of Life provided the label sample on the left to the FDA for posting with its recall notice. As the outbreak linked via DNA to its "Organic Raw Meal" powders spread across the country, the company redesigned its labels and changed the word order in the product name to "Raw Organic Meal" as shown on the right.

Federal officials have concluded their investigation into a Salmonella Virchow outbreak traced back to Garden of Life brand organic shake and meal replacement powders, warning that additional people could become ill. Laboratory tests confirmed that at least 33 people in 23 states were infected with the outbreak strain, according to an update posted Thursday by… Continue Reading

Costco offers vaccines, denies liability and declares dividend

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To curb an ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak traced to frozen organic fruit sold at Costco stores in Canada, the retailer is offering free vaccinations to consumers, as it did in 2013 when a similar outbreak was linked to another frozen fruit product. The current outbreak linked to Nature’s Touch brand frozen organic “Berry Cherry Blend”… Continue Reading

California testing confiscated cheese; outbreak continues

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California officials continue to investigate a five-month Salmonella outbreak they believe is connected to Mexican-style soft cheeses and are testing cheese seized from Bakersfield woman’s home. Grace Martinez told BakersfieldNow.com that the 30 packages of cheese officials took from her home were brought to the U.S. by her family members from Sinaloa, Mexico. She sells… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: The big picture is bleak for unsafe food companies

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Federal Judge W. Louis Sands drew some harsh comments from Food Safety News readers in recent days for his ruling that corporate executives would not have to pay restitution to victims of a deadly Salmonella outbreak traced to peanut butter and related products. I confess, my initial reaction was similar to those readers who wondered why the judge was… Continue Reading

Greater Omaha told to pay Cargill $9 million in E. coli case

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Remember the Minnesota dance instructor who was made paraplegic by eating a hamburger from Sam’s Club? Almost a decade after Stephanie Smith of Cold Spring, MN, and others were tragically damaged by eating those hamburgers, the courts may have finally decided where financial responsibility is going to rest. This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals… Continue Reading

Lawmaker seeks increased access amid raw milk warnings

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As Louisiana lawmakers consider whether to allow on-farm sales of raw milk, health officials in Utah and Tennessee are echoing last month’s federal warning about the dangers of drinking raw milk, citing outbreaks and deaths. As many as 3 percent of the people in the United States drink raw — aka unpasteurized — milk, according… Continue Reading

2 million base pairs later: CDC stands by DNA evidence

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Last month, when health officials reported they discovered a pathogenic connection between raw milk from a Pennsylvania dairy and two illnesses in 2014 — one in California and the other in Florida — a wave of disbelief and condemnation began rippling out from the raw milk community. News stories about the announcement from the Centers… Continue Reading