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Norovirus outbreak closes shellfish beds in Cape Cod town


After receiving reports last week of about 75 norovirus cases, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries closed down shellfish beds in the Town of Wellfleet on Cape Cod. State food protection officials also notified businesses to recall any affected shellfish harvested in the area on or after Sept…. Continue Reading

Arctic Fuji apple gains approval despite anti-GMO opposition

Neal Carter founded Okanagen Speciality Fruits in 1996 in Summerland, British Columbia. The company has developed and gained approval for genetically modified apples that have non-browning properties.

A third genetically modified apple variety, the Arctic Fuji, has gained U.S. approval and the grower responsible for it plans next to seek approval for genetically modified Arctic Gala apples. Developed by bioresource engineer Neal Carter, founder and president of Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. in Summerland, British Columbia, the Arctic Fuji joins the Arctic golden… Continue Reading

Ongoing Salmonella outbreak spurs recall of shell eggs


For additional details on the current outbreak linked to Good Earth Egg Co. shell eggs, please see: “Egg producer implicated in another Salmonella outbreak”  A Missouri cage-free egg producer is recalling all of its shell eggs in the midst of the second Salmonella outbreak linked to its operation in less than a year. Good Earth… Continue Reading

Illness claims fact checked as Texas raw milk dispute heats up


Texas is going through a dust-up, mostly over who can deliver raw milk. State law says raw milk dairies can transport raw milk purchases to a pickup location. At issue is whether an agent can carry out that delivery. PolitiFact Texas, the fact-checking service sponsored by the Austin American-Statesman, Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News,… Continue Reading

Fear-based safety messages may be hurting poorest consumers


New peer reviewed research published in Nutrition Today shows fear-based messaging tactics used by activist groups and some organic marketers that invoke safety concerns about non-organic produce may be having a negative impact on consumption of fruits and veggies among low-income consumers. Researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s (IIT) Center for Nutrition Research surveyed… Continue Reading

Retail beef grinders better be keeping their logs come Saturday


If it takes a little longer to get your butcher’s attention on Saturday, he or she might be busy with grinding logs. And if grinding logs are a successful tool, it will be easier to find the source of contaminated beef during outbreaks. The final rule requiring “official establishments and retail stores” that grind raw beef products… Continue Reading

Ontario court could shut down raw milk distribution, promotion


The outcome of a two-day hearing set for today and tomorrow in the Ontario Court of Justice at Newmarket may send raw milk drinkers in Canada down a more political road after years of fighting court battles. The hearing will determine if the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Health were correct… Continue Reading

Salmonella outbreak traced to fish fry likely winding down

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More than 50 people have been sickened in a Salmonella outbreak in Tennessee apparently stemming from a volunteer fire department fish fry fund raiser earlier this month. Multiple media in and around Lacassas, TN, are reporting that a Sept. 10 fish fry at the Lascassas Fire Department has been identified as the likely outbreak event,… Continue Reading

E. coli cases traced to slaughterhouse; beef, veal, bison recalled

Adamf Farm Slaughterhouse

A Massachusetts meat company is recalling beef, veal and bison processed from July through this week because state and federal officials have linked it to a multi-state outbreak of E. coli O157:H7. Seven people in four states have been confirmed with infections from the outbreak strain of E. coli. Of the five victims interviewed as… Continue Reading