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County won’t name food vendor behind Rifle Rodeo outbreak

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Health officials say they’re sure food from a specific vendor at the Rifle Rodeo in Garfield County, CO, caused an outbreak that sickened 40 percent of attendees, but they won’t name the rodeo organizer or the food vendor — neither of whom obtained required permits and neither of whom will be fined. About 80 of… Continue Reading

FDA, U.S. Marshals raid Minnesota warehouse, seize food

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Professional Warehouse and Distribution Inc., a repeat offender on the FDA’s books, won’t be storing food for human consumption any more according to the owner who spoke after U.S. Marshals seized food from the rodent-infested facility. The marshals went in on June 15 after the U.S. Department of Justice, working at the request of the… Continue Reading

Hummus recalled from Walmart, Target, HEB for Listeria risk

FDA reports supplier Hudson Valley Farms has ceased operations until the issue is resolved

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Three brands of hummus with pine nut topping — including Walmart’s Marketside brand — are being recalled in the U.S. and Canada for potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes because the pine nuts were supplied by Hudson Valley Farms Inc., which found the pathogen in its production facility. House of Thaller, a Knoxville, TN, company initiated the hummus recall… Continue Reading

CDC report shows foodborne botulism poisoning increasing

This is a colored transmission electron micrograph of the Gram-positive anaerobic bacteria Clostridium botulinum.  Photo courtesy of CDC

Botulism poisoning has been getting a lot of attention in recent weeks and a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows no indication that the paralyzing pathogen is going away. During the weeks before the CDC released its report on botulism statistics for 2015, botulism headlines had been running heavy. An outbreak… Continue Reading

Two-year-old solo E. coli victim fighting for his life in Dallas

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Only 20 percent of the estimated 265,000 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) cases annually in the United States involve outbreaks that the public hears about, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two-year-old Landon Huston, currently at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, is one of the solo cases that comprise the other 80… Continue Reading

Biofilms with Listeria pose persistent threat in food production

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It doesn’t matter how big or influential a company is, bacteria and biofilms don’t discriminate between multinationals like Dole with its tens of thousands of employees and operations like Hudson Valley Farms, where 10 or fewer people work. Both of those companies have had close encounters with Listeria, which ongoing research is showing can be… Continue Reading

Repackers, bakery, airport warned to clean up operations

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A food warehouse and repacking facility, a bakery, a dietary supplement repacking facility and an airport are all on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for violations of the federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act. The FDA warned one company in March, another in April, the third in May, and the fourth in June…. Continue Reading

Survey shows decrease of campylobacter in UK fresh chicken

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The British Food Standards Agency on Wednesday published the latest results from its survey of campylobacter on fresh, shop-bought, United Kingdom-produced chickens, reporting a drop of almost 10 percent compared to 2016. Across the market, 6.5 percent of chickens tested were positive for the highest level of contamination, carrying more than 1,000 colony-forming units per gram (cfu/g)…. Continue Reading

Norovirus outbreak at Wisconsin kids’ day was foodborne

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Public health officials believe contaminated food caused a norovirus outbreak among dozens of people who attended an annual kids’ festival in Wisconsin, but they’re still investigating. More than 60 people had symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, low-grade fever and fatigue for multiple days, after attending the 19th annual Special Kids Day festival at the North Wisconsin State… Continue Reading