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Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Foster Farms Chicken Tops 600 Cases

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At least 27 additional cases of Salmonella infection have emerged in the ongoing Salmonella outbreak linked to Foster Farms chicken, bringing the total case count to 601. The new cases have been reported by the California Department of Public Health, which has now seen 468 of the cases — by far the most of any… Continue Reading

Soda Warning Label Rejected by California Assembly Health Committee

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California’s bill to add warning labels to sugar-sweetened beverages has stalled in the state’s Assembly Health Committee. The state Senate passed the bill last month but fell three votes short of the 10 needed to pass the committee on Tuesday. After hearing from the bill’s author, Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel), co-sponsors and beverage industry opponents,… Continue Reading

California Senate Passes Bill Requiring Warning Labels on Some Sugar-Sweetened Drinks

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The “Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act” is now in the hands of the California State Assembly. Last week, the state Senate passed the bill, which would require that any sweetened non-alcoholic beverage (carbonated or non-carbonated) that contains 75 calories or more per 12 fluid ounces be labeled with the words, “Drinking beverages with added sugar(s)… Continue Reading

CDC Update: 50 New Cases of Salmonella Heidelberg Linked to Foster Farms Chicken

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Another 50 illnesses from Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported in connection with chicken from Foster Farms. The outbreak may not be over yet, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sees the numbers trending downward — something they view with a “glass half-full” mentality. CDC’s latest update puts the case count, as of… Continue Reading

Update: Consumers Warned About Toxins in Fish, Crab From Two CA Counties

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(April 29 update: This warning has been expanded to include crab.) The California Department of Public Health is advising consumers not to eat the internal organs of commercially or recreationally caught anchovy, sardines, or crab taken from Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. According to CDPH, dangerous levels of domoic acid have been detected in some of these… Continue Reading

More Battling Than Policy Changes Mark 2014 State Raw-Milk Action

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There are still multiple endings that could be put on the raw-milk story told during the 2014 state legislative season. One popular theory is that the foodies and libertarians have joined hands in a great coalition to pass bills to legalize unpasteurized milk across the land. These theorists point to 40 bills introduced in 23… Continue Reading

California Assembly Likely to Repeal ‘No Bare Hands’ Rule

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After California’s new regulation restricting food workers from handling ready-to-eat foods with their bare hands sparked an outcry, state legislators are trying to take it back. The bill to repeal Section 113961 of the Health and Safety Code unanimously passed the Assembly’s Health Committee on Tuesday and will now go to a floor vote. “A vast number… Continue Reading

GE Labeling Resurrected in California, Petition For Ballot Measure Circulating in Colorado

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California’s 2012 food-labeling ballot measure, rejected by state voters, makes a return from the grave tomorrow with a public hearing in Sacramento. And another state initiative is in the offing in Colorado. Since the narrow loss for the Golden State’s Proposition 37, which called for labeling foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), almost half… Continue Reading

Senate Bill Proposes GE Labeling in California

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Remember California’s Proposition 37? It was the 2012 ballot initiative that would have required genetically engineered (GE) food sold in California to be labeled as such. Prop. 37 would have also prohibited GE foods sold in California from being labeled “natural.” This aspect of the initiative got less attention, but would have had significant repercussions… Continue Reading

CA Health Department Warns Against Eating Pesticide-Tainted Imported Cactus

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The California Department of Public Health is warning people not to eat cactus imported from Mexico that were sold at specific retail and wholesale locations around the state. The cactus has been found to contain unapproved pesticides. A recent routine surveillance sample collected by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation isolated as much as 5.8… Continue Reading