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70 Sickened in May WI Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Pork Carnitas

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The final case count for the Salmonella outbreak in Kenosha County, WI, in May was 70 people. The illnesses, first reported to the Kenosha County Division of Health (KCDOH) on May 14, were eventually linked to pork carnitas sold at Supermercado Los Corrales during Mother’s Day weekend (May 8-10, 2015). A public health nurse conducted… Continue Reading

DOJ Seeks Criminal Contempt Sanctions Against MT Supplements Seller

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On one of his websites, Toby McAdam, 57, is letting prospective customers know that he cannot sell his dietary supplements until he works out a labeling issue with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But, on Wednesday, the consumer affairs arm of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it is pursuing criminal contempt sanctions… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: A Word of Caution About STEC CAP Research for the Beef Industry

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One reason food safety experts attend the annual International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) annual meeting is to be reminded of the really big things that are going on. One of those is definitely the Shiga-toxigenic E. coli Coordinated Agricultural Project, or STEC CAP for short. It’s a $25-million multi-disciplinary, multiple-year project at multiple land-grant… Continue Reading

CDC: 12 Illnesses Linked to Raw, Frozen, Stuffed Chicken Entrées

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Update: This article on the ongoing chicken entreé outbreak was updated on the evening of Wednesday, July 29, to reflect a new case count. Original story below: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its investigation into one of two separate Salmonella outbreaks linked to raw, frozen, stuffed chicken entreés produced by Barber Foods…. Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Experts May Have Determined How Caramel Apples Caused That Listeria Outbreak

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In November 2014, health officials began investigating two concerning clusters of Listeria infections that seemed to be related. The two strains of bacteria had already killed at least five people and hospitalized a few dozen others by the time they got on the case, and they wanted to find the source and stop it as quickly as… Continue Reading

Citing Fecal Contamination, FDA Issues Import Alert for Some Mexican Cilantro

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Import Alert on Tuesday about cilantro from the state of Puebla, Mexico, due to concerns about fecal contamination which investigators reportedly found in fields and in cleaning and processing facilities in that area. The alert affects cilantro being imported to the United States between April 1-Aug. 31,… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Taylor and Almanza Share the Same Stage in Portland

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Tuesday’s schedule at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) annual meeting in Portland, OR, featured the “Mike and Al Show” competing with lunch, but there still was a large crowd at the Oregon Convention Center to hear two of the nation’s top food safety officials. Mike Taylor, Deputy FDA Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary… Continue Reading

USDA to Update Food Safety Practices Survey Data From Producers, Processors

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(This blog post by Shareefah Jackson, a statistician and program manager with USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, was originally posted here on July 21, 2015.) As the mom of a young boy, I am eager to learn more about the activities of growers and processors who supply my family and millions of others with our fruits… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Food Entrepreneurs, Farmers Markets, and Food Safety

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Food entrepreneurs and those who operate small, or very small, food companies face special obstacles in negotiating the regulatory landscape and finding ways to safely and economically get their products to consumers. In addition, a lot of confusion exists about what the state and federal regulations are for those developing food products on the local… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Debating Three Food Safety Perspectives

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Routine epidemiological work still has an important role to play in this modern age of whole-genome sequencing, sustainability practices in the food industry aren’t hampering safety procedures, and the jury is still out on whether reducing sodium in processed foods is a food safety risk. Those were some general sentiments expressed Sunday during a roundtable debate at… Continue Reading