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Hugo’s town well was breached, but there’s no THC in the H2O

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More extensive testing during the weekend proved the town water in Hugo, CO, does not contain any THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, as was reported by public officials last week. A shed covering a town wellhead was broken into, but the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department has not been able to determine when the break-in occurred… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters: Cockroaches, seafood HACCP problems

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The most recently posted warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration went to a seafood importer in Miami and a food manufacturing facility in Puerto Rico. The letters were sent in February and June but just recently made public. FDA’s Florida District Office told Pescatlantic Inc. in a June 14 warning letter that a… Continue Reading

Officials suspect ground beef in ongoing E. coli outbreak

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Since June 12 a dozen people have contracted E. coli O157:H7 infections after eating ground beef in New Hampshire. State and federal officials have not identified the specific source. All 12 people have been infected with the same strain of E. coli, according to a notice Friday from the state’s bureau of infectious disease control…. Continue Reading

Colorado town discovers local water supply may have gone to pot

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Being first to make recreational marijuana legal has meant Colorado is an experiment, but nobody saw this one coming. Hugo, CO, a town of about 730 people, located 110 miles from Denver on the Eastern Plains has reported its municipal water has tested posiive for THC, marijuana’s main psychoactive ingredient. THC is what people pay… Continue Reading

Lead contamination spurs recall of water bottles from L.L. Bean

Insulated water bottles designed for children are being recalled because of lead contamination. The four above patterns and one below are all included in the recall.

Thousands of insulated water bottles designed for children and sold by L.L. Bean are under recall for lead content because the Chinese manufacturer used the wrong kind of solder material. About 6,700 of the recalled bottles were sold online, at retail stores and through the L.L. Bean catalog from July 2015 through May of this year,… Continue Reading

Two E. coli cases linked to livestock close Washington school

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Two young Washington state girls are hospitalized with complications from E. coli infection and their school has been temporarily closed for cleaning. One of the girls has reportedly developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious kidney condition linked to E. coli infection. Health officials said the source of their exposure to Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) bacteria… Continue Reading

Outbreak sparks nationwide public health alert and hog recall

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UPDATED CONTENT:  A recall was announced on Thursday afternoon, with USDA officials reporting it could not be initiated earlier because company personnel from Kapowsin Meats were not available. New information about the recall is followed by the original story about Wednesday night’s public health alert. Kapowsin Meats Inc., in Graham, WA  recalled  approximately 11,658 pounds of pork… Continue Reading

Hawaii Hepatitis A cases up to 74; vaccine being redistributed

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The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has updated to 74 its confirmed case count in the ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak, which is an increase of 22 new cases since the department’s previous update last week. All of the sickened individuals are Oahu residents, DOH noted, except for two people who live on the islands of Hawaii and Maui but… Continue Reading

Agave Dream cappuccino ice cream recalled for Listeria risk

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Agave Dream of Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA, is recalling 389 cases of its cappuccino ice cream because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The company stated that the recalled item was distributed nationally through retail stores receiving product from KeHE Distributors’ Romeoville, IL, warehouse, DPI Northwest; Americold in Los Angeles; IWI’s Franklin, IN, warehouse,… Continue Reading

Seattle Salmonella victims ate pork from Kapowsin Meats

The Good Vibe Tribe Luau July 3 included pork from Kapowsin Meats, which was linked to a five-state Salmonella outbreak in 2015 that sickened 192 and resulted in a recall of more than 115,000 pounds of whole pigs.

Eleven people who attended a July 3 event in Seattle and ate pork provided by Kapowsin Meats became sick and health officials say they have laboratory evidence linking them to a Salmonella outbreak in 2015 that sickened almost 200 people and was traced to pork from Kapowsin Meats. “We know that the pork served at the luau was supplied by Kapowsin Meats,… Continue Reading