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Nacho cheese sauce suspected in California botulism outbreak

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Nacho cheese sauce is the likely suspect in a botulism outbreak among patrons of a gas station in California, according to public health officials in Sacramento County. In addition to narrowing the scope of possible sources, the Sacramento County Public Health Department announced Wednesday that another patient with suspected foodborne botulism has been added to… Continue Reading

Botulism outbreak raises public health concerns in California

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County officials have closed down food and beverage sales at a gas station in California because of an outbreak of botulism poisoning and are urging anyone who has become sick after eating there in recent weeks to immediately seek medical attention. Five people — four of whom ate food from Valley Oaks Food and Fuel… Continue Reading

Few pesticide worries in latest California sampling data

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Almost four out of 10 samples of both domestically grown and imported fruits and vegetables that were put to the test by California showed no signs of pesticide residue — whatsoever. Coming two weeks after federal pesticide residue testing results for 2015 were released, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has come out with its own findings,… 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

Cannabis 101: Cues to determine shelf life of that newly legal marijuana

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Food safety experts usually don’t see shelf life or expiration dates as big issues, but survey results consistently show that the public worries about those use-by and best-buy dates. It only stands to reason, then, that those who smoke or munch on marijuana would have similar concerns. Stepping up to help those worried about possibly aging… Continue Reading

Brains sent to California recalled for ‘specified risk material’

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Almost 7,500 pounds of beef brain products sent to a distributor in California are under recall because they may be contaminated with “specified risk materials” that are inedible and prohibited for use as human food. Green Bay Dressed Beef LLC, doing business as American Foods Group LLC, of Green Bay, WI, produced the beef brains… 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

Norovirus is parked down the road from GOP convention

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Those attending the Republican National Convention in Cleveland should have little to worry about when it comes to a norovirus outbreak more than a hour away in Sandusky, OH. The 11 staffers who were stricken are members of the advance team for the California delegation.The first illnesses began before the largest delegation arrived. By the… Continue Reading

Officials shutter Arby’s outlet for the second time in two weeks

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County health officials have shut down an Arby’s outlet in Bakersfield, CA, for the second time in two weeks, reportedly due to a rodent infestation. According to Matt Constantine, Kern County public health officer, it was the first time he was aware of two such sequential closures. “This one is troubling to me and presents a real concern,”… Continue Reading

32 Campylobacter cases linked to California restaurant

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A Mexican restaurant in Fairfield, CA, has been closed since Wednesday while an investigation continues into 32 confirmed cases of Campylobacter infection. Alejandro’s Taqueria on Texas Street in downtown Fairfield is to remain shut down until revised operations meet with approval from county health officials. While nothing was posted on its website or Facebook page… Continue Reading