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Raw Milk From Pennsylvania Dairy Tests Positive for Salmonella

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The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is warning the public not to consume raw milk from the Breezy Meadows Dairy in Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster County, PA, because of the risk of Salmonella contamination. Instead, consumers are being advised to discard it immediately. Raw (unpasteurized) milk collected April 7, 2015, during routine sampling by a commercial laboratory tested positive for the… Continue Reading

Are Baked Goods Ready for FSMA?

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Many bakers and baked food manufacturers may have additional work to do to prepare for the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), according to a food safety specialist speaking with BakeryandSnacks.com. Ovens have long been seen as the kill step guaranteeing safety in baked goods, but bakers may not be able to take the… Continue Reading

Food Safety Concerns Divide Pot Growers From Consumers

Colorado bill would require medical marijuana testing

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With tax revenue down 42 percent from the governor’s early rosy projections — just $68 million, down from the projected first-year tally of $118 million — and difficulties making marijuana edibles easily identifiable, the “Colorado model” for legally selling pot has hit some rough road. Those who grow and sell pot were pretty much on… Continue Reading

Listeria Found in Raw Milk in Southern New York State

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The New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets is warning consumers in Sullivan County and surrounding southern areas of the state not to consume unpasteurized raw milk from the Richard Dirie Farm because the product may be contaminated with Listeria. The Dirie Farm is located in Livingston Manor, NY. On April 7, an inspector… Continue Reading

Arkansas Officials Warn About Possible Exposure to Hepatitis A at Subway

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The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is warning the public about possible exposure to Hepatitis A after a Subway employee in Morrilton, AR, tested positive for the virus. Anyone who ate food from the Morrilton Subway outlet between March 25, 2015, and April 5, 2015, and is experiencing symptoms should contact their primary care provider immediately,… Continue Reading

62 Percent of 2013 Animal Antibiotics Sales Were Medically Important Drugs

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Federal data released last week show that sales of medically important antimicrobials used in food-producing animals in the U.S. increased by 3 percent in 2013 and by 20 percent between 2009 and 2013. The Food and Drug Administration’s 2013 Summary Report of the information animal drug sponsors are required by the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA)… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Unauthorized Health Claims, Unsafe Food Additives, Seafood Hazards

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The latest round of warning letters to food companies from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) went out to major food manufacturer Post Foods, two seafood companies, a juice processor, and a beverage company allegedly found to be using an unsafe food additive. FDA found that Post Foods LLC of Parsippany, NJ, has mislabeled its Post Great Grains… Continue Reading

UK Retailers Begin Offering ‘Roast in the Bag’ Whole Chickens

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Retailers in the United Kingdom are beginning to offer whole chickens sold as “roast in the bag” options, meaning that consumers don’t have to directly touch the raw meat and potentially expose themselves to pathogens commonly found on chicken such as Salmonella and Campylobacter, according to Farmers Weekly. The bags are reportedly designed in a way that will… Continue Reading

California, New York Lawmakers Propose Warning Labels for Soda

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California is having another run at adding warning labels to sugar-sweetened beverages, and New York is joining in. Last year, state Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) introduced a bill requiring that any sweetened non-alcoholic beverage (carbonated or non-carbonated) that contains 75 calories or more per 12 fluid ounces be labeled with the words, “Drinking beverages with… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know About Those Spinach-Related Recalls

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Over the past two weeks, foods sold at a number of major retailers, including Target, Costco and Wegmans, have been recalled for containing spinach at risk of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. While health authorities have not been able to trace back the contaminated spinach to a specific farm, all of the food products used spinach processed by… Continue Reading