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As Urban Agriculture’s Popularity Rises, What Are the Food Safety Concerns?

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On a hillside in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, tomato plants line walkable pathways just off the sidewalk, while, farther uphill, honeybees buzz around various flowing shrubs near a wooden apiary. The urban garden is certainly a unique sight considering its location just blocks from the I-5 freeway and a five-minute drive from two major sports… Continue Reading

Hawaii’s Restaurants Hope to See Green

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New color-coded placards informing diners about food-safety violations are about to appear in Hawaii restaurants. The rule was implemented in February, but the Hawaii Department of Health wanted to spend a few months educating restaurant workers before requiring them to comply. The placards are now expected to be posted by the end of July. Green… Continue Reading

5,000 Customers Potentially Exposed to Hepatitis A at Missouri Red Robin

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is vaccinating customers of a Red Robin restaurant in Springfield, MO, who may have been exposed to Hepatitis A between May 8-16. Health officials are worried that 5,000 people may have been exposed after a restaurant worker was diagnosed with the virus. In order for the vaccine to work, it must… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: The NSLP Dropouts

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A suburban Chicago school superintendent has obtained permission from his board of directors to withdraw from the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). David Schuler, who runs Township High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, IL, told Boston public radio station WBUR that his district will be better off without the approximately $900,000 from federal taxpayers… Continue Reading

Raw Milk is Ongoing Hazard, CDC Warns Public Health Workers

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Last week, the U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention sent a letter to state and territorial public health officials with information and resources on the risks of consuming raw milk and other unpasteurized dairy products. Raw milk is a recognized source of severe infections from pathogens such as E. coli O157, Campylobacter and Salmonella,… Continue Reading

Independent Ranchers Still In Limbo From Rancho Beef Recall

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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

TX Restaurant Tied to E. Coli Outbreak Last Year Has More Troubles

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Less than a year after it was named the source of an E. coli outbreak that sickened 10 people, Coco Loco at A&M, a Mexican restaurant in College Station, TX, has made the news again for a bad health inspection report. Regional publication The Eagle listed Coco Loco at A&M among recent area restaurants with health… Continue Reading

‘No Bare Hands’ Rule in California Sparks Opposition

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Some chefs and bartenders in California are miffed about a new regulation restricting them from handling ready-to-eat foods with their bare hands. At the beginning of January, language in the state’s food code changed from directing food employees to “minimize bare hand and arm contact” to strictly requiring them not to: “Except when washing fruits… Continue Reading