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Letter From the Editor: The Unexpected Food Safety Problem

Opinion

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The Controlled Substances Act, which is not being enforced in states with recreational and medical marijuana, should be amended by Congress to explicitly allow any state marijuana and hemp policies without federal interference. That polite “butt out” request was made to the federal government last week in Seattle by the National Conference of State Legislatures… Continue Reading

Legislatures Weigh Bills on Soda Labels, Microbeads, Marijuana, Powdered Alcohol, Among Others

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State legislatures remain in session from Alabama to Wyoming, with food safety mostly getting only a light touch from lawmakers who seem largely focused on budgets and education in this non-election year. In Alabama, where a new cottage food bill took effect last June 1, Extension services are getting more money for training people to… Continue Reading

Alaska Health Officials Warn Public After ‘Probable Case’ of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning

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A “probable case” of paralytic shellfish poisoning was reported this past weekend related to clams harvested at Kenai Peninsula’s Clam Gulch, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Department officials said Monday in a press release that a Kenai resident had harvested razor and possibly butter clams around noon on Sunday, ate the clams… Continue Reading

Tests Show Washington State Shellfish Safe Following Chinese Ban

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Laboratory tests on Washington state’s exotic shellfish export, the geoduck clam, have found no evidence of unsafe or excessive levels of arsenic, rebutting claims made by Chinese food safety authorities that followed a sudden ban placed on U.S. shellfish from the West Coast. The ban has already devastated shellfish growers in Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Northern… Continue Reading

China Bans Shellfish From U.S. West Coast for Arsenic and Toxin Levels

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China has suspended imports of shellfish from the West Coast of the United States after finding  high levels of arsenic and a toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning in recent shipments of geoduck clams from Northwest waters. The indefinite ban affects clams, oysters and all other two-shelled bivalves harvested off the coast of Washington, Oregon, Alaska… Continue Reading

Second Raw Milk Campylobacter Outbreak Tied to AK Cow-Share Program

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At least five cases of Campylobacter jejuni infection have been found in a new outbreak tied to the same Alaska cow-share program on the Kenai Peninsula that caused a Campylobacter coli outbreak that sickened 31 people in February 2013. Two of the five new cases sought medical attention, according to the Alaska Department of Health… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Campylobacter Outbreak on Kenai Peninsula Sickened 31

Products from cow-share linked to outbreak still pose risk

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At least 31 residents of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula were sickened early this year in a Campylobacter outbreak linked to raw milk, according to a report from state health officials. While this outbreak, which lasted from early January to mid-February, appears to be over, the farm whose raw milk caused the outbreak could still be serving… Continue Reading

Two Dozen Now Sickened in AK Raw Milk Campylobacter Outbreak

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The number of people sickened with Campylobacter infections linked to raw milk in Alaska has now risen from 18 to 24, reported health officials this week, according to news channel KTVA 11. Two patients have been hospitalized as a result of their infections, according to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology (SOE).  One of the victims is… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Sickens 4 with Campylobacter in Alaska

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The Alaska Division of Public Health announced Friday that a recent and potentially ongoing outbreak of Campylobacter infections on the Kenai Peninsula has been traced to the consumption of raw (unpasteurized) milk. According to a press release, 6 people have confirmed or suspected Campylobacter infections.  Four cases have been confirmed and two are suspected; one of… Continue Reading