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CDC: Outbreak from Raw Goat’s Milk Sickened 11 in Idaho in 2014

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At least 11 people in Idaho were sickened with Cryptosporidiosis in August 2014 after consuming unpasteurized goat’s milk, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is the first public announcement of outbreak. The outbreak first came to the attention of health authorities when two siblings, both younger… Continue Reading

Food Safety to Play Important Part in 2015 Dietary Guidelines

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What should we eat to be healthy? That’s an important question, because, according to the recently released Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, what we eat has a lot to do with how healthy we are. It’s as simple as that. But on a national level, it becomes more challenging, especially when… Continue Reading

TV Station Reveals Food Safety Violations at Foster Farms Plant

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Following back-to-back Salmonella outbreaks linked to chicken from Foster Farms, one of the company’s processing plants in Kelso, WA, continued to have dozens of health violations in 2014, according to records obtained by Portland, OR, TV station KGW. KGW obtained federal inspection reports for the Kelso plant dating from March to September 2014, which show… Continue Reading

Seattle’s King County Venturing into Uncharted Territory with New Restaurant Grading System

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When Sarah Schacht walked through the doors of an Ethiopian restaurant in Seattle in February 2013 to grab a meal with a friend, the only accessible information she had about the place was its Yelp score: It had the highest-rated Ethiopian cuisine in the city. What Schacht didn’t know was that the restaurant, Ambassel, also… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Outbreak in Australia Prompts Recall of Frozen Berries

Contamination reportedly traced to supplier in China

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Two brands of frozen berries are subject to nationwide recalls in Australia now that at least five people have been sickened with Hepatitis A virus. The illnesses have been linked to two brands of frozen berries: Nanna’s Frozen Mixed Berries and Creative Gourmet Mixed Berries. Health officials have connected the products to at least three… Continue Reading

Study Finds Persistent Rates of Listeria in Retail Delis

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Rates of Listeria monocytogenes in retail delis suggest that standard cleaning procedures don’t sufficiently eliminate the potentially deadly bacteria, according to a new study by researchers at Purdue University. During one phase of the study, researchers found 9.5 percent of samples taken from retail delis to be contaminated with Listeria. That includes numerous samples taken from grocery… Continue Reading

Indiana University Gets Big NIH Grant to Research Antibiotic Resistance

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The National Institutes of Health has awarded $3.3 million to a team at Indiana University for researching a new solution to the problem of antibiotic resistance, a significant and growing health concern in recent years. Each year in the U.S., Salmonella alone sickens an estimated 1.2 million people while hospitalizing 19,000 and killing 380, according to… Continue Reading

Food Safety for Cancer Patients

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World Cancer Day (Feb. 4) is the perfect time to talk about why food safety is so important for the nearly 15 million Americans who are cancer survivors and the 1.7 million people in the United States projected to be diagnosed with cancer this year. Treatment of cancer typically involves chemotherapy, radiation, and/or medications to help fight… Continue Reading

PA Consumers Told to Discard Raw Milk Due to Campylobacter Risk

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The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is warning consumers to immediately discard any raw milk they bought from Apple Valley Creamery in East Berlin, PA. Campylobacter contamination was found in a sample of the milk collected on Jan. 28, reports Fox43. Apple Valley Creamery sells directly to customers and through retailers in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin and… Continue Reading

Q&A with Ted Genoways on Food Safety in Pork Processing, Part 2

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(This is Part 2 of an interview with journalist and author Ted Genoways. Part 1 is here.) Ted Genoways is the author of “The Chain: Farm, Factory and the Fate of Our Food,” a new book that explores the wide-reaching impacts of factory pork production and the consequences of increased production speeds. As a case study, the book… Continue Reading