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Independent Ranchers Still In Limbo From Rancho Beef Recall


Last August, James Baker took a job as the warehouse manager of BN Ranch after receiving an offer from the owner, Bill Niman. Baker had worked with Niman at another ranch several years prior, and he quickly jumped at the opportunity to work with him again now that Niman had his own ranch. “Bill is… Continue Reading

Fermenting Veggies at Home: Follow Food Safety ABCs


Fermentation has become what USDA microbiologist Fred Breidt, Jr., describes as a “movement that’s picking up speed.” And for good reason, said Breidt, who specializes in the safety of fermented and acidic foods. Referring to home preparers, small producers and restaurant owners, he said that “they like being able to pick up these nice flavors… Continue Reading

Happy Ending for Family Devastated by Listeria


When Joanna Valentine finally got pregnant after two years of attempts and more than 10 years together with her partner, Laurie Sorenson, she knew that she was going to take every recommended precaution during her pregnancy. Part of that meant buckling down on the adventurous side of her diet. Despite being a self-described foodie, Valentine… Continue Reading

Navajo Nation Hikes Sales Taxes on ‘Junk Foods,’ Makes Healthy Food Choices Tax-Free


The Navajo Nation is going to use sales tax policies to try changing food habits on the largest Indian reservation in the United States. The Navajo Nation Council on Jan. 30 approved an additional 2-percent sales tax on so-called “junk foods,” including all sugary beverages. The addition will increase the total sales tax on those… Continue Reading

FDA Investigating Puffer Fish Poisoning in Virginia


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working with local officials to investigate a case of tetrodotoxin poisoning in Fairfax County, VA, which they suspect is linked to the consumption of imported puffer fish, according to a report from FDA. The patient under investigation received the puffer fish in a package from relatives in South… Continue Reading

NJ Restaurant Inspections Hard to Find for Super Bowl Fans

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New Jersey’s Health Commissioner is out with advice for fans attending Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday. And, while some food safety tips were included, Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd was silent about finding restaurants with good inspection records. Her spokeswoman, Donna Leusner, told Food Safety News that’s because restaurant inspections in New Jersey are strictly a… Continue Reading

When Does a Cottage Food Law Become a House Food Law?



Last week on Food Safety News, Dan Flynn wrote an article discussing Virginia’s plans to loosen its cottage food laws. Cottage food laws are basically laws that allow small-time producers to use appliances in their homes to bake, cook, can, pickle, dry or candy certain low-risk foods for sale. By contrast, state laws require all… Continue Reading