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Botulism toxin confirmed in Gehl’s cheese sauce; no recall

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Health officials have confirmed that cheese sauce sold at a gas station in California was contaminated with the same type of botulism toxin as victims of a deadly outbreak, but there are no plans for a recall. Although the California Department of Public Health did not name the brand of the cheese sauce, an inspector… Continue Reading

County wants public’s help with ‘Safe Eats on Kern Streets’

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A program launched Monday by the Kern County Public Health Services seeks to reduce foodborne illnesses associated with food trucks and street vendors while encouraging the public to report sellers who don’t have proper permits. Based in Bakersfield, CA, the county’s public health department kicked off the “Safe Eats in Kern Streets” campaign Monday. Public… Continue Reading

California officials warn of botulism risk from herbal teas

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Ten days after county officials alerted the public and four days after the FDA posted a recall notice for deer antler tea linked to botulism cases, the California health department issued a warning about herbal tea from U.S. Deer Antlers Exports and Imports Inc. The two botulism cases in Orange County are not believed to… Continue Reading

Schools, hospitals received cucumbers recalled for Salmonella

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Thousands of public school students, as well as hospital patients, may have been served fresh cucumbers that are under recall because of potential Salmonella contamination. “Prime Time Produce has issued a voluntary product recall for certain lots of cucumbers, delivered to multiple locations in Bakersfield, due to potential salmonella contamination,” according to a notice posted… Continue Reading

California warns against eating some shellfish on Central Coast

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Levels of domoic acid 10 times the “action level” in certain shellfish along the Central Coast spurred California officials to issue a public warning against eating rock crabs and bivalve shellfish caught in the area. Specifically, Half Moon Bay rock crabs and Monterey Bay rock crabs and bivalve shellfish are on the danger list for… Continue Reading

California lifts Dungeness crab health advisory in northern area

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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has lifted the last remaining health advisory for Dungeness crab caught along a stretch of the state’s northern coast. The advisory was for Dungeness crabs caught in ocean waters north of 40°46.15′ N Latitude — a line extending due west from the west end of the north jetty at the entrance of Humboldt… Continue Reading

Salmonella in Organic Pastures raw cream spurs another recall

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Organic Pastures Dairy Co. of Fresno, CA, is again recalling its raw milk products because of contamination with pathogens. This time California inspectors found Salmonella bacteria in the company’s raw cream. No illnesses had been linked to the unpasteurized, raw cream as of the posting of the May 9 recall notice by the California Department… Continue Reading

California testing confiscated cheese; outbreak continues

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California officials continue to investigate a five-month Salmonella outbreak they believe is connected to Mexican-style soft cheeses and are testing cheese seized from Bakersfield woman’s home. Grace Martinez told BakersfieldNow.com that the 30 packages of cheese officials took from her home were brought to the U.S. by her family members from Sinaloa, Mexico. She sells… Continue Reading

State says Organic Pastures raw milk caused outbreak

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California officials say a January E. coli outbreak was caused by unpasteurized raw milk from Organic Pastures Dairy Co. because laboratory analysis shows the victims’ infections match a “very unusual” type of E. coli found at the dairy and in its products. Ten people, mostly children, are confirmed to have been infected with the outbreak… Continue Reading

Six kids sickened in outbreak linked to Organic Pastures raw milk

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Four of six California children in a confirmed E. coli outbreak cluster drank unpasteurized raw milk from Organic Pastures Dairy Co. before becoming ill in January, state officials said Monday. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported lab tests show all six children had the same unique strain of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli O157…. Continue Reading