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Pork-related E. coli outbreak likely over; frozen meat a concern

Although provincial officials have declared it over, a deadly E. coli outbreak traced to pork could cause additional illnesses because consumers and businesses may still have recalled products on hand. The E. coli O157:H7 outbreak sickened at least 42 people who developed infections from the contaminated pork, according to Alberta Health Services. Thirteen people were… Continue Reading

House members ignore party lines, defeat raw milk measure

A representative from Kentucky said it was about consumers’ food choices. A coalition of food safety groups said it was a threat to public health — particularly children. The U.S. House just said no. With a vote of 331-79, legislators from both sides of the aisle joined to crush an amendment to the farm bill… Continue Reading

Unlicensed store owner won’t say where he got food, raw milk

Officials shut down operation; products included milk from dairy responsible for 2010 outbreak

Health inspectors have shut down a Minneapolis food seller because he was operating without a license, selling raw dairy products and uninspected meat, and refused to provide information on the origin of the products. Armed with a search warrant, public health officials went into the unlicensed operation, doing business as Uptown Locavore, at 3137 Hennepin… Continue Reading

Norovirus likely from sewage discharge during herring run

Public health officials on Vancouver Island, off Canada’s Pacific Coast, suspect that the likely source of a norovirus outbreak associated with the March herring run was from untreated sewage associated with marine operations. Untreated sewage also was blamed for shellfish farm closures in Baynes Sound this year. But the Public Health Agency of Canada, working… Continue Reading

Food Safety Summit begins; keynote broadcast for first time

CHICAGO — More than 1,700 food safety researchers and regulators are coming together here today along with food producers for the 20th annual Food Safety Summit. Seminars, panel discussions, and other educational presentations begin today. The trade show floor also opens today, providing the opportunity for government agencies, universities and businesses that support food safety… Continue Reading

Case count in Canadian oyster norovirus outbreak doubles

The case count in a norovirus outbreak traced to oyster farms in British Columbia, Canada, has more than doubled in a week. Public health officials initially reported the outbreak April 9 when there were about 40 known cases. This week the Public Health Agency of Canada reported the case count at 126. The cases of… Continue Reading