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Chipotle’s burrito bribe and food safety strategy

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An all-staff meeting that stretched across time zones and kept all Chipotle Mexican Grill locations closed during Monday’s lunch rush was long on promises to employees and customers. The meeting served as a preface to the Denver-based fast food chain’s biggest marketing campaign ever and was billed as the prologue to a string of six… Continue Reading

Kentucky sports bar closes in relation to Salmonella outbreak

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A sports bar in Irvine, KY  has voluntarily closed while county and state officials investigate a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened about 60 people. Eight have required hospitalization. Neither the Estill County Health Department nor the Kentucky Department of Public Health (KDPH) have named the restaurant, but CBS and NBC television news affiliates in Lexington… Continue Reading

Six kids sickened in outbreak linked to Organic Pastures raw milk

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Four of six California children in a confirmed E. coli outbreak cluster drank unpasteurized raw milk from Organic Pastures Dairy Co. before becoming ill in January, state officials said Monday. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported lab tests show all six children had the same unique strain of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli O157…. Continue Reading

Organic Pastures recalls raw milk

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A California dairy that sells USDA certified organic raw milk and other unpasteurized dairy products is voluntarily recalling its whole milk — that expired on Jan. 23 and 26 — in collaboration with state officials. Fresno-based Organic Pastures Dairy Co. posted the recall on its website and Facebook page Thursday. The dairy has recalled products… Continue Reading

Officials decline to name Kentucky restaurant in Salmonella outbreak

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The Estill County, Kentucky Health Department reports that it is investigating a Salmonella outbreak in the community. Of the 41 people showing symptoms, 19 are confirmed to have Salmonella infections. All 19 of those people reported eating at one restaurant before becoming sick, but county and state health officials have not named that restaurant. The… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Nuggets of news from recent days

Opinion

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Welcome to Beach Beat — I figure when your mom gives you a great byline at birth, you should use it every chance you get. I couldn’t be happier about my byline being added to the list of journalists at Food Safety News. In case you missed it, or ICYMI as the millennials say, I… Continue Reading

U.S. Rep tells FDA to pick up the pace of outbreak investigation

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A congresswoman from Connecticut told the FDA “American families should not be dying from the food they eat” and asked the agency to step up its investigation of an ongoing seven-month Salmonella outbreak that has killed six people. “Since this outbreak (which began in July 2015) was first reported on Sept. 4, 2015, there have been… Continue Reading

Canada upgrades Paolini meat warning to recall status

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A public warning about sausage from Paolini’s Sausage and Meats of Calgary, Alberta, has been upgraded to a recall with additional meats added to the list of products that may have been contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. “Consumers should not consume and distributors, retailers and food service establishments should not sell or use the recalled… Continue Reading

E. coli outbreak in Alberta linked to pork sausage

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Public health officials in Alberta, Canada, are investigating an E. coli outbreak that has been linked to pork sausage sold by Paolini’s Sausage & Meats Ltd. of Calgary. Alberta Health Services (AHS) issued a public warning Wednesday after testing linked two of 14 people with confirmed E. coli infections to Hungarian Farmer’s Sausage from Paolini’s…. Continue Reading

Additional restaurant-related illnesses reported in Kansas City suburb

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Another 10 people, including some students from the Shawnee Mission School District, are suffering from norovirus-like symptoms in suburban Kansas City. However Johnson County (Kansas) Department of Health and Environment suspects the new cases are associated with the Buffalo Wild Wings Grill on 105th Street in Overland Park, Kan., and not the New Theatre Restaurant,… Continue Reading