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Second class action suit filed in pentobarbital pet food scandal

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Texas pet owner Wendy Black has initiated a complaint seeking class action status against Party Animal Inc. and Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company, Inc. The suit, filed June 6 in the Superior Court for Los Angeles County’s Central District seeks damages “…on behalf of all persons who purchased Party Animal organic brand dog food… Continue Reading

Officials don’t know distribution details on problematic sauce

Pars Natural Foods Pueblo Green Chili Sauce

Colorado officials issued a health alert Friday warning consumers that Par’s Natural Foods “Pueblo Green Chili Sauce” may be contaminated with the bacteria that causes botulism poisoning, but as of Tuesday afternoon they still did not know if the implicated sauce had been distributed outside the state. “At this point, we’re continuing to collect information… Continue Reading

Feds target smoked fish operation once on Oprah’s favorite list

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Federal officials are seeking a court order to stop a smoked fish operation from selling food because of repeated Listeria problems at its Westchester County, NY, facility. Known as The Smokehouse of New York, the business owned by Panagiota Soublis is in the municipality of Mamaroneck, NY. It uses Oprah Winfrey’s face on its much… Continue Reading

Target pulls Just Mayo, all Hampton Creek foods from shelves

Retailer notified FDA of concerns about bacterial contamination and adulteration of products

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Target has pulled all Hampton Creek products, including “Just Mayo,” pending further review because of food safety concerns. Officials with the country’s second largest retailer have been in contact with the Food and Drug Administration regarding their concerns, but the federal agency is not providing specific details — yet. “The decision to remove Hampton Creek… Continue Reading

CDC’s 2018 ‘Yellow Book’ offers food safety advice for travelers

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The CDC’s 2018 edition of it’s“Health Information for International Travel” guide is now available and accessible for free online. Often referred to simply as the “Yellow Book” for it’s yellow cover, the updated edition is also available in hard copy through online booksellers and Oxford University Press. The guide’s new edition features revisions, new sections,… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A found in tuna; time limited for post-exposure shots

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Anyone who has not been vaccinated for Hepatitis A and has eaten imported yellowfin tuna in the past two weeks — especially if they live in California, Oklahoma, New York or Texas — should consider getting a post-exposure prophylactic shot for the virus. That recommendation from public health officials with the Food and Drug Administration… Continue Reading

Death caps pose year-round threat to mushroom lovers

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Fortuitous weather and the increasing popularity of wild mushrooms combined in California to make a particularly dangerous foraging season this past winter and public health officials say the threat is ongoing. Fourteen people were confirmed with poisoning from unknowingly eating Amanita phalloides — commonly known as death cap mushrooms — during a two-week period in… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Avocado hand and other summer food hazards

Opinion

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I figure you haven’t properly celebrated a summer holiday unless you consume some potato salad and baked beans, but an increasing number of people are making guacamole a summertime tradition, and according to some doctors the trend is a dangerous one. In an odd moment in the world of food safety, the British Association of Plastic,… Continue Reading

Jury selection begins May 31 in Siouxland for ‘trial of century’

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The region where the borders of Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska meet is called “Siouxland.” It has been ever since 20th Century novelist Frederick Manfred, who wrote the acclaimed “Lord Grizzly” and 21 other works of fiction,  came up with the area moniker. Were he still alive, Manfred would enjoy seeing Elk Point, SD,… Continue Reading

Warm weather warnings for shellfish lovers nationwide

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From the Pacific Northwest to the Florida Keys, public health officials warn of increasing dangers from foodborne bacteria in raw and undercooked oysters and other shellfish as summer approaches. “Naturally occurring bacteria in warm coastal seawater becomes more abundant in the summer months and can concentrate in the tissues of oysters and other shellfish,” according… Continue Reading