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Authorities urge caution when hunting, eating wild mushrooms

As seasonal rains promote the growth of wild mushrooms, California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith is again reminding people that eating wild mushrooms can cause serious illness and even death. Unseasonably warm, wet weather in other areas of the country is also prompting mushroom growth where frozen ground and… Continue Reading

USDA proposes changes to ‘National List’ for organic producers

Government accepting public comments now on changes to list of banned, approved substances

The National Organic Program that stands behind those USDA Organic seals on processed and fresh foods in the grocery store comes with a lot of fine print. Most consumers don’t know much about it, but for the $50 billion organic marketplace, it’s all about the details. And the latest changes in those details, known as the… Continue Reading

Criminal investigation broadens in French baby milk recall

French authorities are searching five sites run by dairy giant Lactalis in an investigation into the botched mass recall of baby milk products amidst a salmonella outbreak. The Paris prosecutor’s office told The Associated Press on Wednesday the sites being searched include the company’s  headquarters in western France and the factory in Craon, where salmonella bacteria… Continue Reading

Briefly: Raw truth for pets — Fair food — Yelp all about it

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 Alchemy Systems. Raw pet foods dangers for animals, owners Pet owners who opt for raw meat based diets, or RMBDs as… Continue Reading

Canada declares outbreak over; CDC, FDA still investigating

U.S. officials say leafy greens most likely cause; victim interviews ongoing to find specific source

Canadian officials said today an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce is over, but U.S. officials are continuing to investigate the deadly foodborne illness outbreak that they believe is linked to leafy greens. Both countries’ public health officials posted updates on the outbreak today stressing that there is little remaining danger to the public… Continue Reading

Tick tock goes the outbreak clock — nine weeks and counting

Officials face increasing pressure to release details about deadly E. coli outbreak linked to romaine

Consumers, lettuce growers, retailers and restaurants in the United States are still stuck between the romaine and the risk as federal agencies continue to withhold information about a deadly E. coli outbreak. That may change today as some people in the food chain have an inkling the Food and Drug Administration and/or the Centers for… Continue Reading

Thorny details down on the farm still stalling FDA enforcement

In the seven years since the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) became law, the question has always been the same. How is the Food and Drug Administration going to do down on the farm? FDA last week gave itself “enforcement discretion” for some of those complex FSMA rules involving farms. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said… Continue Reading

7-Eleven customers at Utah location exposed to Hepatitis A

Tomorrow is deadline for some to receive post-exposure treatment for the highly contagious virus

Some customers of a 7-Eleven store in Salt Lake County have only today and tomorrow to receive post-exposure treatment for hepatitis A exposure from an infected employee at the convenience store. As many as 2,000 people or more were likely exposed, according to the county health department. Utah is one of several states involved in… Continue Reading