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City offers hep A vaccine subsidies to foodservice workers

Kentucky

Nearly 200 cases of hepatitis A have been reported in Louisville, KY, since November 2017, so local health officials are offering $25 vaccines to restaurant and foodservice workers in an attempt to curb the outbreak. The initiative was launched this week by the Department of Public Health and Wellness in partnership with the University of Louisville’s Global… Continue Reading

FDA flexes muscles, mandates recall of kratom for Salmonella

Triangle Pharmanaturals staff refused to discuss lab tests with FDA, also would not reveal records

For the first time ever the FDA has ordered a company to recall products, with the dubious honor going to Triangle Pharmanaturals LLC. The Las Vegas company refused to pull its kratom products after state and federal tests showed Salmonella contamination. The recall order from the Food and Drug Administration comes amidst an ongoing outbreak… Continue Reading

Growers form controlled-environment agriculture safety group

A new food safety group for controlled-environmental agriculture will sprout in June in Chicago, according to leading CEA growers. “The intent is to establish food safety standards,” says a spokesman. Brightfarms, AeroFarms and Little Leaf Farms are the controlled-environmental growers getting behind the new food safety group. The first meeting will be during the United… Continue Reading

New audit finds Spain’s pork inspections ‘equivalent’ to U.S.

The USDA’s most recent onsite audit of Spain’s inspection system for raw and processed pork products found the European nation’s efforts remain equivalent to those of the United States. The report for the audit conducted in Spain from Sept. 27 to Oct. 19, 2017, was released Tuesday by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)…. Continue Reading

Brian Niccoi, new Chipotle CEO, sends marketeer Crumpacker packing

In the corporate world, naming a new chief executive officer, such as Brian Niccoi going from Taco Bell to be the new CEO for Chipotle Mexican Grill is usually a ho-hum affair. But Niccoi’s arrival at the Denver-based Chipotle appears to be having some immediate ramifications. His March 5th take-over of the 2,400 unit restaurant… Continue Reading

It’s getting harder to open those raw milk loopholes

Raw milk advocates have gained some ground in the last decade, going from 29 to 43 states that allow some way to sell milk without pasteurization. However, in only 12 states are retail sales of raw milk permitted, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. And 19 states ban retail sales outright. But raw… Continue Reading

Heavy metals found in 40 percent of protein powders tested

Certified organic powders twice as likely to contain heavy metals as non-organic products

Healthy eating enthusiasts may want to reconsider their protein powder choices in light of a new study that shows 40 percent of 134 brands tested have elevated levels of heavy metals, with certified organic products twice as likely to contain heavy metals as non-organic powders. The 2018 study by the Denver-based Clean Label Project used… Continue Reading

Raw milk test in Pennsylvania prompts Campylobacter warning

Pennsylvania officials warned consumers earlier this month that they should immediately discard all raw milk from Conoco View Dairy because it was contaminated with Campylobacter, which can cause serious infections and is killed by pasteurization. As of Monday, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, which issued the warning Feb. 15, had not received any reports of… Continue Reading