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Coroner rules raw milk caused death of three-year-old boy

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Raw milk was the probable cause of death of a three-year-old boy in 2014, the Australian Coroner’s Court has ruled. An  inquiry by Coroner’s Solicitor Rebecca Cohen found that the previously healthy Victoria boy, began suffering from gastro symptoms on Sept. 30, 2014, and was admitted to Frankston Hospital four days later. He was transferred… Continue Reading

First update to food safety law since 1967 in Nepal

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National food safety laws are coming in for attention around the world and the latest to look at changes is Nepal. The government in Kathmandu wants to amend its Food Safety Act to broaden the definition of food and define more types of malpractice in food trade. The changes in the law are being designed… Continue Reading

Judge strikes down USDA compost guidance, orders a do-over

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An industry trade group representing California and Arizona produce growers isn’t happy with a recent federal court decision striking down government guidance for using composted municipal green waste on organic farms. In a statement released June 21, Western Growers of Irvine, CA, expressed disappointment in the June 20 ruling by U.S. District Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley of the Northern… Continue Reading

FDA warnings: Juice, seafood HACCP problems, drug residues

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A juice processor in Washington state, seafood companies in New York and Hawaii, and a cattle operation in Texas recently received warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration because of various food safety problems. FDA told Valley Processing Inc. of Sunnyside, WA, in a June 2 warning letter that inspectors had found “serious violations” of the juice Hazard… Continue Reading

Takeda’s norovirus vaccine first to reach human trials

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A vaccine for the world’s most common cause of acute gastroenteritis and the USA’s most common cause of foodborne illness is now in human clinical trials. The trial by Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. involves the first norovirus vaccine prospect to enter human adult or efficacy trials. Rob Goodwin, vice president and global norovirus program head for… Continue Reading

Activists get timely crack at making CAFOs report pollution data

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Hanor Companies is moving its headquarters to Enid, OK, from Wisconsin and several activists groups would like to see the pork producer pull out of North Carolina soon, too. They may get their wish as a federal court in North Carolina has decided to let a potentially game-changing lawsuit against an 8,000-pig farm go forward…. Continue Reading

Repeated Listeria positives spur recall of food sent to schools

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Weeks after most school districts dismissed students for summer break, 45 varieties of pre-prepared sandwiches are being recalled from 38 districts because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Let’s Do Lunch Inc., doing business as Integrated Food Service, put a positive spin on the recall, saying “due to school summer breaks, any foods remaining in frozen… Continue Reading

Oregon delays seeking federal funds for on-farm FSMA compliance checks

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State agriculture officials will not be inspecting Oregon farms for compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act anytime soon under a resolution unanimously approved last week by the Oregon State Board of Agriculture. The resolution, adopted June 8 at the board’s meeting in John Day, OR, states that since the Act’s produce safety rule will have “tremendous impacts” on Oregon… Continue Reading

Mars recalls snack products due to possible peanut allergen

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Mars Chocolate North America is recalling certain varieties and limited dates of production of Combos Cheddar Cheese Pretzel, Combos Cheddar Cheese Cracker, Combos Pizzeria Pretzel, Combos Sweet and Salt Caramel Pretzel, Combos Pepperoni Cracker, Combos Buffalo Pretzel because they may contain peanut residue. Mars initiated the recall after its supplier, Grain Craft, recalled certain lots… Continue Reading

SunOpta sunflower kernels prompt two more recalls

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Two more food companies have announced recalls of their products containing sunflower kernels processed by SunOpta in Crookston, MN. The recalls, announced Monday, are due to the potential for Listeria monocytogenes contamination of the recalled products. Creative Snacks Co. of Greensboro, NC, stated that the company has expanded its May 5 recall of specific lot codes of bulk… Continue Reading