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GAO says USDA needs to tighten up policies at certain labs

A federal review of laboratories handling many of the most dangerous pathogens on the planet, including some that can be foodborne such as Brucella and bacterium that cause botulism poisoning, shows room for improvement. The “high-containment laboratories” are overseen by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services via the Centers for Disease Control… Continue Reading

Canada recalls caviar, smoked fish for botulism concerns

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says a variety of fish products from two grocery stores in the Toronto area are being recalled due to a risk of botulism. Initially only one product was recalled, “Smoked Lake Trout w/Pepper with Cracked Black Pepper.” One illness has been reported in connection with that product. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency… Continue Reading

Illness reported; Yummy Market recalls smoked lake trout

Yummy Market Inc. is recalling smoked lake trout because of possible contamination with the toxin that causes botulism poisoning, following the report of an illness in Canada. Consumers are urged to check their homes for the Yummy Market branded “Smoked Lake Trout w/Pepper with Cracked Black Pepper” and not eat any unused portion of the… Continue Reading

Death Wish Coffee pulls ‘Nitro’ because of botulism risk

Less than two months after it hit retail shelves, Death Wish Coffee Co. is recalling “Nitro Cold Brew” beverage, ceasing production and changing its manufacturing process because it may have allowed deadly botulin toxin to develop in the product. The Round Lake, NY, company launched online sales of the beverage on Feb. 2, billing it… Continue Reading

Officials: Misuse of cheese, dispenser caused botulism outbreak

California report on April-May outbreak still pending; no action yet against business owner

As victims of botulism poisoning traced to gas station nacho cheese continue to deal with severe health problems four and a half months after becoming ill, California health officials are trying to decide whether to fine the gas station owner. The illnesses began in late April. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) began its… Continue Reading

FDA issues warning letters to handlers of sprouts, fish products

A California sprout processor, a Denver fish processor and a New York seafood importer are all on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for violations of the federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act. Two of the three facilities confirmed positive test results for Listeria, after environmental samples were taken during FDA inspection, and sent to laboratory analysis… Continue Reading

Officials don’t know distribution details on problematic sauce

Colorado officials issued a health alert Friday warning consumers that Par’s Natural Foods “Pueblo Green Chili Sauce” may be contaminated with the bacteria that causes botulism poisoning, but as of Tuesday afternoon they still did not know if the implicated sauce had been distributed outside the state. “At this point, we’re continuing to collect information… Continue Reading

CDC report shows foodborne botulism poisoning increasing

Botulism poisoning has been getting a lot of attention in recent weeks and a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows no indication that the paralyzing pathogen is going away. During the weeks before the CDC released its report on botulism statistics for 2015, botulism headlines had been running heavy. An outbreak… Continue Reading