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Norway Detects Country’s First Case of ‘Mad Cow Disease’

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Officials in Norway have announced that nation’s first-ever case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the neurological disease in cattle more commonly known as “mad cow disease,” according to Reuters. The disease was found in a 15-year-old cow that had been slaughtered for food, but no portion of the cow reached the consumer food system. The… Continue Reading

New Book Explores Food Safety and the True Cost of Cheap Meat

'The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food,' by Ted Genoways

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Reading “The Chain: Farm, Factory and the Fate of Our Food,” a new book from journalist Ted Genoways, one begins to wonder who is treated better: the millions of hogs consumed in America each year, or the people who work on the farms and in the factories that breed and slaughter them. The easiest conclusion… Continue Reading

As Toxin Fears Grow, More Chinese Are Buying Imported Rice

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Despite being the number-one producer and consumer of rice in the world, more Chinese citizens are buying rice imported from Japan and elsewhere due to fears about heavy metals and other toxins, according to Reuters. While the amount of rice imported to China from Japan in 2014 is still extremely small, it was triple the… Continue Reading

Avian Flu Detected in Foster Farms Turkey Flock

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A strain of avian flu has been found at a Foster Farms turkey ranch in Stanislaus County, CA, the company announced this past Saturday. It’s the first time the virus has been found in commercial poultry since 2004. According to USDA policy, the ranch was quarantined and the animals are being killed to prevent the virus… Continue Reading

Ontario Restaurant Closes After Hepatitis A Scare

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Marj’s Village Kitchen in Alma, Ontario, has permanently closed up shop following a Hepatitis A warning from the local health department this past week. Hundreds of people in the area have flocked to health clinics to receive vaccinations since Thursday, when the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Department warned anyone who ate at the restaurant between Jan…. Continue Reading

After 2014 Outbreak, Food Safety Summit Steps Up Precautions

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The incident was tailor-made for snarky headlines: Foodborne illness sickens hundreds of attendees at conference dedicated to food safety. That’s exactly what happened at last April’s Food Safety Summit (FSS) in Baltimore, when 216 of 1,300 attendees fell ill with symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal cramping and nausea. The culprit: A catered chicken dish served… Continue Reading

Increasing Food-Safety Education in Schools Could Reduce Foodborne Illness in Kids

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There’s a lack of food-safety education in schools that, if addressed, could help reduce the high rates of foodborne illness among children. Each year, an estimated 48 million Americans contract a foodborne illness, resulting in 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Vulnerable populations, including children, seniors, pregnant and postpartum women, and those with compromised immune systems, are at… Continue Reading

UK Stores Pressured to Reduce Campylobacter on Fresh Whole Chicken

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The Consumers’ Association in the United Kingdom, which goes by the brand name Which?, is following up on the recent release of fresh whole chicken Campylobacter contamination rates by supermarket chain by asking chief executives what they are going to do about it. As promised, at the end of a year-long study, the UK’s Food… Continue Reading

Fast-Food Chain Removes Soda From Kids’ Menus

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National fast-food chain Wendy’s is removing soda from its kids’ menus, acknowledging requests from consumer organizations, including MomsRising.org and the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Effective immediately, menus intended for children’s food options will not mention soda, although parents are still free to order it for their kids if they choose. The… Continue Reading

Shortage of Legally Compliant Shell Eggs Sends Prices Soaring in California

$6 Per Dozen at San Francisco Safeway

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America’s $30.7-billion egg market is being scrambled — at least for awhile — by California’s new space requirements for laying hens that became effective on Jan. 1. The law, part ballot initiative and part the work of the California Assembly, applies to any producer supplying raw shell eggs to California consumers. And not enough law-compliant egg… Continue Reading