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Food safety training, treatments addressed in federal grants

If you think you’re got problems, try being a farmer. They’re faced with an impressive array of enemies that are waging war on their crops and their livelihoods. These adversaries don’t need sophisticated weapons. They’ve got something more deadly — an arsenal of biological ammunition. And for the most part, they’re small, very small, oftentimes… Continue Reading

Miller’s Guild customers infected with unusual Salmonella bug

The operational status of Miller’s Guild in Seattle is unclear as county health officials apparently continue their investigation into foodborne illnesses among the restaurant’s customers, including three who have tested positive for Salmonella infections. Seattle-King County Public Health officials closed the restaurant Tuesday, according to their initial outbreak investigation report, which they posted Wednesday. “Environmental… Continue Reading

CDC says all Udder Milk customers need medical treatment

Anyone who consumed raw milk or raw milk products from Udder Milk in the past six months, especially pregnant women, should immediately seek medical care and start antibiotic therapy for brucellosis. The Tuesday warning from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was the strongest yet in a series of state and federal alerts… Continue Reading

FDA warns against Udder Milk; urges treatment even if not sick

Two states have ordered New Jersey company to stop illegal distribution of unpasteurized milk

Additional state and federal investigators have joined New Jersey, issuing public warnings about unpasteurized, raw milk being illegally distributed by Udder Milk. The milk has been linked to a case of antibiotic-resistant brucellosis. New Jersey’s Department of Health ordered the company — self-described as a “co-op on wheels” — to cease and desist its illegal… Continue Reading

Briefly: Dirty Down Under — drug awareness — IAFP deadline

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of iwaspoisoned.com. Brucella cases underscore this week’s theme Two cases of antibiotic-resistant brucellosis linked to unpasteurized, raw milk —… Continue Reading

New Jersey orders Udder Milk to stop illegally selling raw milk

Rare, antibiotic-resistant Brucella bacteria confirmed in raw milk drinkers in New Jersey, Texas

Public health officials have ordered a New Jersey company to cease and desist its illegal sales of unpasteurized, raw milk following confirmation that a woman who drank it was infected with antibiotic-resistant brucellosis. The New Jersey Department of Health issued cease-and-desist orders to Udder Milk on Friday, but did not post the news on is website until… Continue Reading

Pesticide report shows no residue on half of U.S. food tested

The annual analysis of pesticide residues in domestic and imported foods, with the results for fiscal year 2015, showed 98 percent of tested foods produced in the United States do not violate federal limits. Of the 835 domestic food samples tested from 39 states, almost half, 49.8 percent, were completely free of pesticides for the… Continue Reading

DOH updates commercial harvest closures for shellfish growing

The Washington State Department of Health has updated closures of shellfish growing areas used for commercial harvest because of dangerous levels of toxins and fecal material. “This report is provided by the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Environmental Health and Safety as a service to the shellfish industry and partner agencies,” according to… Continue Reading

Crab Shack restaurant named in chowder cook-off outbreak

A specific restaurant has been identified as the source of clam chowder responsible for a Salmonella javiana outbreak among people who attended a cook-off on the Virginia barrier island of Chincoteague. Laboratory testing found the outbreak strain of the bacteria in a sample of chowder prepared by a restaurant identified only as “Crab Shack” by… Continue Reading

Food poisoning victim count nears 160 in jambalaya outbreak

A week after softball fundraisers served up jambalaya in a Louisiana town of about 400, state health officials reported a food poisoning victim count of 158, with 40 hospitalized. One person who ate the jambalaya has died, but it is not yet known whether a foodborne pathogen was the cause of death. Health officials ordered… Continue Reading