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Widow names raw milk creamery in wrongful death lawsuit

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The Walton, NY-based Vulto Creamery has been named in the wrongful death of Richard Friedman by the Listeria victim’s widow, Vermont resident Veronica Friedman. Mr Friedman died last Nov. 2 after suffering a massive stroke caused by the Listeriosis infection he suffered from eating the raw milk cheese manufactured by the Vulto Creamery. The cheese… Continue Reading

California couple sues SoyNut Butter Co. for E. coli infecton

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A second federal lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois against the SoyNut Butter Co over the ongoing E. coli outbreak. The civil action also names John Does 1-3 to eventually rope in defendants “whose identifies and citizenship are presently unkown,” but who “were involved in the manufacture, distribution, and/or sales… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: How long do they get to stay at bat?

Opinion

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I guess there’s no “two strikes, you’re out?” The Cozy Vale (Valley) Creamery has announced another recall of its raw milk. The Washington State Department of Agriculture inspectors discovered E. coli contamination in a sample of the dairy’s raw milk, according to the recall notice. Although the implicated raw milk is being removed from retail… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Daily Meal reveals 50 most powerful food people

Food safety attorney Bill Marler is No. 40 — He's higher on my list, but he is my publisher

Opinion

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Most publishers in the news biz have a background in advertising. I was lucky enough in the previous century to work for one who came up on the news side of the industry. He was just as concerned about revenue as publishers who came from the ad side, but he understood money didn’t motivate people… Continue Reading

Mother, son sue eatery for Thanksgiving dinner food poisoning

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A mother and her son who were among the 260 people sickened by bacteria-contaminated food served by the Golden Ponds Restaurant & Party House are suing for their injuries and damages. Attorneys Paul V. Nunes of Rochester, NY, and Bill Marler of Seattle filed the lawsuit on behalf of plaintiffs Natalie Woods and her son Connor Wynn… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: More data against fresh, raw sprouts

Opinion

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LiveScience reporter Sara G. Miller covered a recent FDA presentation on the risks of sprouts at IDWeek. According to Miller, “sprout contamination continues to pose a serious public health concern,” the researchers from the Food and Drug Administration wrote in their report. According to FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network (CORE), from 1996 to August 2016,… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Another speech, another ‘shake down’

Opinion

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Over the past 20-plus years I have given close to 400 speeches around the world on “why it is a bad idea to poison your customers.” My “chats” have been in front of industry and governmental groups on every continent, except South America. I’m somewhat popular in China. Most of the audiences are receptive to… Continue Reading

Foodborne illness settlements might signal Chipotle’s recovery

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Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill has one Bill mostly in the company’s rearview mirror and another Bill just taking a large stake in what’s been the most popular fast-casual restaurant chain in the country, with 2,000 or so locations. The separate actions by the two Bills could together mean that Chipotle is on the mend. Chipotle… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Sometimes you get what you need

Opinion

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We all do our share of bloviating. In thinking back on the past eight years, I’ve certainly done my share. Usually we do it without any expectation that anyone will act on our suggestions because that happens so rarely. Let me give you a few examples. After watching the federal budget process for most of… Continue Reading

Fig & Olive’s layoffs, lawsuits and piles of dirty dishes

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Like those pictures of garbage piling up in the streets of Beirut, the stacks of dirty dishes that were left when the Fig & Olive restaurant chain lost its hot water at its West Hollywood location this past Nov. 17-18 don’t look too appealing. Without hot water, the Fig & Olive on Melrose Place was forced… Continue Reading