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Mar-A-Lago’s restaurants pass annual food safety inspections

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Both areas of the Mar-A-Lago Club and the smaller 30-seat Beach Club at Mar-A-Lago passed their annual inspections by the State of Florida’s Division of Hotels and Restaurants, but like most, they fell a little short of perfection. Problems were mostly fixed on the spot. Mar-a-Lago is the Winter White House and National Historic Landmark… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Carnac the Magnificent tells all about Salmonella

Opinion

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And now, Carnac the Magnificent will use his mystical powers to answer the riddle before hearing it: “An Aztec warrior, a couple of eggheads from Cornell and a middle schooler from Utah.” The question in the envelope has, of course, been hermetically sealed in a mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnalls’ porch since noon today…. Continue Reading

Food City, Bashas’ brand cheeses recalled for Listeria risk

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Lakeview Cheese and Bashas’ Family of Stores are recalling various cheeses sold in Arizona from September 2016 through this week because they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The Friday recall is the latest in a string of regional and nationwide cheese recalls posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website since Tennessee inspectors found… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: How long do they get to stay at bat?

Opinion

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I guess there’s no “two strikes, you’re out?” The Cozy Vale (Valley) Creamery has announced another recall of its raw milk. The Washington State Department of Agriculture inspectors discovered E. coli contamination in a sample of the dairy’s raw milk, according to the recall notice. Although the implicated raw milk is being removed from retail… Continue Reading

Public health alert warns of Listeria risk in Premo wraps

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A public health alert issued Friday warns people who recently bought Premo brand meat or chicken wraps in 10 states to monitor themselves for symptoms of Listeria infection. The ham, chicken and Italian wraps had best-by dates of Feb. 12 and Feb. 14 and were made with cheese that has been recalled because of possible… Continue Reading

Montana House OKs some raw milk sales, sends bill to Senate

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With strong support from Republican members, the Montana House of Representatives approved a bill to allow the sale of unpasteurized raw milk by more than a two-to-one margin this week. Rep. Nancy Ballance’s House Bill 325 now goes to the Montana Senate for consideration. Balance, a Republican, joined with 55 other members of the GOP… Continue Reading

Canada offers beef irradiation as another tool for food safety

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The government of Canada’s announcement this week of changes to its food and drug regulations to permit irradiation of ground beef was not a surprise. It was a long time coming, though, with industry having requested the change in 1998. Canada has already approved radiation to treat potatoes, onions, wheat, flour, spices and seasoning preparations…. Continue Reading

Second dairy – Cozy Vale Creamery – pulls raw milk for E. coli

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For the second time this month unpasteurized raw milk is being pulled from retail dairy cases in Washington because of E. coli contamination. This time it’s Cozy Vale Creamery of Tenino, WA. The Washington State Department of Agriculture inspectors discovered the contamination in a sample of the dairy’s raw milk and is working with the… Continue Reading

State confirms E. coli in more raw milk from Pride & Joy

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It is unclear whether Pride & Joy Creamery will expand its current recall of unpasteurized raw milk now that state officials have revealed additional positive test results for E. coli in the dairy’s milk. On Feb. 8, the Toppenish, WA, dairy recalled all of its raw milk with best-by dates from Feb. 10 through Feb…. Continue Reading

Researchers zap noro on fresh lettuce with blast of ionized gas

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When you put one of the toughest bugs on the planet in a match-up with some of the most delicate fresh foods, it doesn’t take a Vegas mathematician to figure the odds are against the food making it through a sterilization process undamaged. Among the most delicate and most prone to carry foodborne illnesses are… Continue Reading