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Chipotle CEO sets a bad example in ‘Today Show’ segment

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Editor’s note: This column was originally posted on barfblog.com on Dec. 7 under the headline “Chipotle CEO Ells uses the bare hand touch test for meat doneness.” Chipotle, one of our favorite barfblog topics, is in the news again as CEO Steve Ells appeared on the “Today Show” to talk woes associated with recovery from 2015’s… Continue Reading

Another tomato grower loses claim regarding 2008 outbreak

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The U.S. Court of Federal Claims two years ago ruled that food safety warnings are not “regulatory takings” by the government, and, therefore, Uncle Sam does not have to compensate tomato growers who lost money when the public was told tomatoes might have been responsible for a 2008 Salmonella outbreak. Now the 4th U.S. Circuit… Continue Reading

350 sick in outbreak traced to Polish eggs; trade regs eyed

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The number of people infected by Salmonella traced to a Polish egg farm has topped 350 with 10 countries now reporting confirmed and probable cases. The victim count has increased substantially since October when the European Food Safety Authority reported 260 illnesses across seven countries between May 1 and Oct. 12 this year. Wozniak Poultry… Continue Reading

Hawaii seeks to update food safety regs following outbreaks

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In the wake of two foodborne illness outbreaks, Hawaii began a week of public hearings on revisions to its food code on Monday. Also on Monday, state officials cleared a seaweed grower-shipper whose products were linked to one of the outbreaks to resume operations. The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) lifted its cease and desist… Continue Reading

Bacterial infections traced to raw milk products in Ohio

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An unknown number of people have been infected with Campylobacter bacteria in unpasteurized raw milk from Sweet Grass Dairy’s herd share program in Ohio. State officials issued a public health alert about the dairy’s raw milk products Friday in connection with an investigation into foodborne illnesses, according to the alert from the Ohio Department of… Continue Reading

Diarrhea reports after Thanksgiving dinner prompts restaurant closure

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The Golden Ponds Restaurant and Party House located at 500 Long Pond Road in Greece, NY was closed Nov 26 by the Monroe Department of Public Health. The public was notified by a sign posted on the the restaurant’s door. It said: “Take notice that pursuant to the authority conferred upon me by the applicable… Continue Reading

Church dinner at Legion post on Thanksgiving ends in tragedy

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The Antioch, CA Thanksgiving dinner tragedy spread beyond one family to cause at least 19 illnesses including three deaths, local health officials say. All the victims attended a Thanksgiving dinner that served 800. It was put on at the Antioch American Legion Hall by the Golden Hills Community Church with food prepared in private homes…. Continue Reading

Bull calves likely source of drug resistant Salmonella outbreak

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Twenty-one people infected with an outbreak strain of multi-drug resistant Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported from eight states, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Monday. The illnesses may be associated with dairy bull calves or other cattle. CDC is investigating along with Wisconsin health, agriculture, and laboratory agencies, several other states,… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: More data against fresh, raw sprouts

Opinion

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LiveScience reporter Sara G. Miller covered a recent FDA presentation on the risks of sprouts at IDWeek. According to Miller, “sprout contamination continues to pose a serious public health concern,” the researchers from the Food and Drug Administration wrote in their report. According to FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network (CORE), from 1996 to August 2016,… Continue Reading

Alabama Salmonella outbreak linked to chicken, green beans

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On Nov. 12, 150 guests dined at a catered event associated with a wedding in Colbert County, AL. At least 99 of those Alabama wedding guests later became sickened and 22 ended up being hospitalized. In a statement posted Monday, the Alabama Department of Public Health stated that all patients are recovering from the foodborne illness. Symptoms have included “vomiting,… Continue Reading