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State-by-state counts show Hepatitis illnesses up and down

Editor’s note: This is the companion story of a two-piece news package we are presenting today. The main story describes the ongoing, multi-state outbreak of Hepatitis A and how states are addressing it. Most case counts in both stories are as of April 30. However, some of the main outbreak states have since updated their counts,… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A outbreak definitely involves mainstream population

Editor’s note: This is the main story of a two-piece news package we are presenting today. The companion story includes additional information about Hepatitis A and a state-by-state breakdown of Hepatitis A cases. Most case counts in both stories are as of April 30. However, some of the main outbreak states have since updated their counts,… Continue Reading

Seafood importer, juice manufacturer warned to clean up act

A seafood company in Indonesia and a juice manufacturer in California are both on warning from the Food and Drug Administration for serious violations of U.S. law, specifically the seafood and juice Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) and regulations. Such violations generally result in companies’ food being determined to be adulterated and therefore possibly… Continue Reading

Starwest Botanicals recalls organic cardamom for Salmonella

Starwest Botanicals Inc. of Sacramento, CA, is recalling whole, green “Starwest Botanicals Organic Cardamom Pods” because of possible Salmonella contamination, according to a recall notice posted on the FDA’s website. The recalled organic cardamom is packaged in 1-pound mylar bags and in bulk packs. It was sold between Jan. 15 and March 2. The 1-pound size is not currently available on the company website,… Continue Reading

Disease detectives blame raw, wild boar meat for outbreak

A report on an outbreak of foodborne parasite infections in California in early 2017, published by the CDC, describes how raw, wild boar meat resulted in life-threatening illnesses for several people. The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) for March 2 outlines the outbreak and its source, which was found to be a private event… Continue Reading

Nursing mom finds lizard in bagged salad; worried about baby

Federal officials are investigating a report from a Maine woman who said she found a dead lizard while eating in salad made with a bag of chopped lettuce from California, according to state officials. When Michelle Carr of Kittery, ME, found the dead reptile with her salad fork, she “immediately started to retch,” both WMUR… Continue Reading

Pork salami recalled after customer finds metal shavings

A customer complaint about metal shavings in pork salami has led to a small recall — just 143 pounds — by Santa Fe Importers Inc. of Long Beach, CA. The recall was issued Tuesday. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the recalled pork salami products were produced on… Continue Reading

FSN Briefly

Transcontinental bat — California shellfish harvest ban — Food irradiation review in Europe

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of iwaspoisoned.com. EU urged to update irradiation regs Ionizing radiation can be used to sanitize food, killing bacteria like Salmonella, Camplyobacter and E. coli, but… Continue Reading