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Texas investigates brucellosis, warns against K-Bar raw milk

Texas officials say all raw milk and other unpasteurized products from K-Bar Dairy should not be consumed and should immediately be discarded because the dairy has been linked to an antibiotic-resistant strain of Brucella bacteria that has hospitalized at least one person. “At this time, it is uncertain how long Brucella (bacteria) may have been… Continue Reading

Chicago IG says 20 more public health inspectors in the works

Inspector General found less than half of restaurants were inspected as often as state law requires

Although Chicago’s health department has plans to add less than half the number of the restaurant inspectors the city’s Inspector General Joe Ferguson recommended, he says it should be enough to perform the minimum number of inspections required by state law. In a follow-up report issued Wednesday, Ferguson said the Chicago Department of Public Health… Continue Reading

Sports Illustrated ranks MLB stadiums on food safety dangers

Sports Illustrated is out with its 2017 MLB Ballpark Food Safety Rankings, showing where the playoffs could be most dangerous for fans. SI collected public records data from 28 local health departments to compile the rankings. However, inspection agencies for Cleveland’s Progressive Field and Detroit’s Comerica Park did not respond to the iconic magazine’s records… Continue Reading

Comfy Cow ice cream recalled because of E. coli and coliform

Kentucky-based Comfy Cow is recalling pints of ice cream after product testing showed several flavors were positive for E. coli bacteria or had high counts of coliform bacteria. The recalled ice cream is packaged in pint containers and was sold primarily in retail stores in Kentucky, Missouri, Indiana and Tennessee, according to the recall notice posted… Continue Reading

Apply now for the 2018 Dave Theno Fellowship for Food Safety

Stop Foodborne Illness is now accepting applications for the Dave Theno Fellowship for Food Safety. “Thanks to the generous outpouring from Dave’s family, friends and colleagues, the staff and board of Stop Foodborne Illness have created the Dave Theno Fellowship for Food Safety,” according to a news release from the non-profit organization. A man of action,… Continue Reading

FDA issues warning letters to producers of cookies and codfish

A California bakery and a New York seafood importer are both on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for violations of the federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act. The FDA sent the warning letters to the companies in May and July, and posted them for public view in recent days. Companies are allowed 15 working… Continue Reading

Seattle officials confirm Vibrio in tilapia from supermarket tank

Tilapia from a fish tank in a Seattle grocery store has tested positive for Vibrio vulnificus bacteria and is the probable source of an outbreak, according to public health officials. Sales of all live fish are “on hold” at the Seattle Supermarket on Beacon Avenue South, according to a Monday night alert from the Seattle… Continue Reading

Supermarket fish tank sends man to hospital with vibriosis

For the second time in less than a year a fish tank in a grocery store is believed to be the source of infection in Seattle, this time requiring a man to be hospitalized. On Tuesday Seattle-King County Public Health reported that a King County resident who cut his hand while preparing fresh fish from a grocery… Continue Reading

Hantavirus infection confirmed; mice can contaminate food

The California Department of Public Health is reporting that a Northern California man has been diagnosed with hantavirus after rodent exposure. The warning, posted Tuesday, reminds the public that rodents and other animals can easily contaminate food and food preparation surfaces with the hantavirus and plague. There have been 73 hantavirus infections in California and 659 cases… Continue Reading

Cow had 8,000% the legal limit of drug in edible tissue

A beef cow-calf operation is on notice from the Food and Drug Administration because of the presence of three drugs in edible tissue samples collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Testing showed residue of one drug at more than 8,000 percent the amount allowed by law. Officials from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspected the… Continue Reading