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CA Baby Spinach Recalled for Elevated Levels of Cadmium


The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning consumers not to eat a specific lot of organicgirl brand baby spinach after CDPH-conducted tests found unacceptable levels of cadmium. Recent chemical analysis of this specific lot code of baby spinach determined that the product contained 1.90 parts per million of cadmium, which is more than 10… Continue Reading

Norovirus Suspected in Illnesses Following San Diego Awards Banquet

Bali Hai Restaurant San Diego

Reports following an awards banquet last week at Bali Hai Restaurant in San Diego, which sickened at least 60 people, indicate that the likely problem was norovirus. A spokesman with the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health was quoted Tuesday in a local newspaper saying that the county was still waiting on laboratory confirmation, but that no illness… Continue Reading

Sacramento County Investigating a Cluster of Likely E. Coli Cases


A non-expanding cluster of seven likely E. coli O157:H7 cases is being investigated by the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services. Department spokesperson Laura McCasland told Food Safety News that four of the seven who tested positive for E. coli first exhibited symptoms for the pathogen. McCasland said department investigators do not believe… Continue Reading

CA Fines Six Firms for Selling Pesticide-Tainted Imported Produce

CA tainted produce

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has fined six companies that ignored warnings and repeatedly sold imported fruits and vegetables with illegal pesticide residues to predominantly ethnic minority customers. According to an agency statement released July 28, the fines range from $10,000 to more than $20,000 for violating pesticide laws and potentially endangering consumers…. Continue Reading

Claravale Farm Raw Goat Milk Linked to Three Campylobacteriosis Cases


Health officials in Orange County, CA, have confirmed three cases of campylobacteriosis infection associated with consumption of raw goat milk distributed by Claravale Farm of San Benito County, CA. All three patients are young children younger than 5. One patient was hospitalized, and all of them are expected to recover. The raw goat milk was… Continue Reading

Lawsuit Filed Against California Restaurant Linked to March Salmonella Outbreak


Two California women are suing Don Antonio’s, claiming they were both infected with Salmonella after meeting for lunch at the popular West Los Angeles Mexican restaurant. Tamara T. Tayarani and Margaret Howard were not alone since numerous Don Antonio’s customers took to social media, including Yelp and Twitter, to spread the word about the March illnesses they blamed… Continue Reading

Food Safety on Food Trucks Called ‘A Little More of a Challenge’


It can take more to ensure that food is safe on a food truck than at a brick-and-mortar restaurant, says Bob Kramer, a registered sanitarian who provides training and technical assistance to entrepreneurs. Kramer is the director of food safety and food services for a microlender in Ohio called the Economic and Community Development Institute… Continue Reading

CDC: Salmonella Outbreak Has Sickened 50 People in 9 States

Raw tuna sushi could be the source


At least 50 people in the southwestern U.S. have been sickened with a rare strain of Salmonella that has been associated with consumption of raw tuna sushi in several states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC said Monday that the agency is working with public health officials in nine states to… Continue Reading

Arizona Reports Nine-Case Outbreak From Rare Strain of Salmonella


Maricopa County, AZ, is reporting nine illnesses from a rare strain of Salmonella paratypi which officials say is associated with raw minced or ground tuna used in sushi. Disease onset for the nine AZ cases was from April 3-16, 2015, and three people have been hospitalized, the county reported on Friday, May 15. “We are early into… Continue Reading

Orange County to Reconsider Adopting Restaurant Letter Grades

NYC restaurant inspection grade A sign

Health officials in Orange County, CA, are reportedly getting ready to again propose rating restaurants with letter grades based on their latest inspection results. There have been two previous attempts to convince the county’s board of supervisors to adopt the system using A, B and C letter grades. This time, however, the proposal was requested… Continue Reading