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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

Idaho defines cottage foods; food safety unaddressed

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Idaho activists have won their fight to “unchain the cupcake” gaining approval from two state legislative committees that agreed this month to define cottage foods and require such home cookin’ to be labeled when offered for sale. The OK from the Health and Welfare Committees in the Idaho House of Representatives and Senate keeps homemade… Continue Reading

USDA says pesticide levels in produce, other foods not a threat

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Just as in the Sherlock Holmes story “Silver Blaze,” there is significance to the non-barking dogs when it comes to a major data dump by a government agency. There’s been scant reaction to USDA’s release Monday of its annual Pesticide Data Program report. The report again confirms that pesticide residues are not a food safety… Continue Reading

Chobani, Dannon at Odds Over Yogurt Sweeteners

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Stevia leaf extract and sucralose are both safe as far as the federal government is concerned, but two yogurt giants are at odds about the zero-calorie sweeteners and the dispute has oozed into the federal court system. It only took two days for Chobani LLC and the Dannon Co. to reach the litigation level in… Continue Reading

Raw milk’s ‘explosive growth’ comes with costs to the state

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“Explosive growth.” That’s how Washington state’s Agriculture Department describes what’s been happening in the raw-milk industry in the past 10 years. The numbers say it all. There were only six raw-milk dairies in the state in 2006. There are now 39 — more than double the number in 2013 when there were 18. All are… Continue Reading

Putting Salad Bar Safety to the Test

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A South Carolina TV station recently had 15 different salad bar items tested for pathogen contamination, and while lab results indicated that no E. coli, Listeria or Salmonella were present, relatively high numbers of microbes and total coliform bacteria were. WMBF in Myrtle Beach, SC, shipped a cooler packed with samples of four types of items… Continue Reading

Initial Research Finds Foraged Urban Fruits in Boston Area Safe to Eat

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Early results from research done at Wellesley College in Massachusetts revealed that fruits and herbs foraged in the Boston area were safe to eat and actually had relatively low levels of lead and arsenic. Leading the research was Dr. Dan Brabander, a Wellesley geoscience professor, after he was approached by members of the Boston League of… Continue Reading

Survey: Public Wants Food Producers to Focus on Safety and Nutrition

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The hot topic of food may be depicted just a little bit out of focus these days, according to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Just out with a new survey of public attitudes on food and the risks and benefits of leveraging scientific techniques in food production, the 93-year-old forum for the Windy City’s leadership and… Continue Reading

Hold the Bacteria: Made-to-Order Disease

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(This article by Sydney Ross Singer was originally posted on his blog Sept. 30, 2015, and is reposted here with his permission.) The next time you are in a sandwich shop or deli where workers make your sandwich in front of you as you select items to be included, check out their hands. According to law, there should be… Continue Reading

FDA: Be Careful of Unpasteurized Apple Cider This Fall

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It’s PSL season again. For the uninitiated, this means that Starbucks is again selling its beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL), and you can barely look at Pinterest and food blogs without seeing recipes for various pumpkin-flavored treats. This time of year is also sometimes referred to as fall or autumn. But apple cider also pops… Continue Reading