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Berkeley Puts First Soda Tax on the Books

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The city of Berkeley, CA became the first municipality in the country to approve a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages Tuesday. Measure D, a proposal to levy a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks and syrups, passed easily, with 75 percent of voters approving it. Only a 50 percent majority was needed to push the measure through…. Continue Reading

Judge Dismisses Challenge to California Egg Law

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against a California law prohibiting the sale of eggs from hens kept in battery cages where they can’t move around or spread their wings. Six states had challenged California’s AB 1437 in February, claiming that it violated the Commerce and Supremacy Clauses of the U.S. Constitution. The… Continue Reading

CA Governor Vetoes State Senate’s Animal Antibiotics Bill

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California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed state Senate Bill 835 on animal antibiotics when it reached his desk Monday. Brown said that the bill to ban the use of antibiotics for growth promotion and require a veterinarian prescription for a livestock antibiotic “would codify a voluntary Federal Drug Administration standard that phases-out antibiotic use for growth promotion.”… Continue Reading

California May Soon Require Paid Sick Time for Restaurant Workers and Others

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California is poised to become the second state in the country to require paid sick leave for workers, an issue that has serious food safety implications for the restaurant industry. Under the just-passed legislation, which is awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature (and he has already expressed support), California workers as of July 1, 2015, would… Continue Reading

California Restaurant Closed for Two Days While Shigella Outbreak Investigated

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True Food Kitchen at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, CA, was closed for two days in late August while public health officials investigated six cases of Shigella infection. According to a Sept. 4 media report, those sickened tested positive for the intestinal bacteria, which causes severe diarrhea. Each person who became ill reportedly ate a meal… Continue Reading

Tested CA Produce Shows Little or No Detectable Pesticide Residues

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The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced Tuesday that the majority of 2013 produce samples it tested had little or no detectable pesticide residues and posed no health risk to the public. Ninety-five percent of all California-grown produce, sampled by DPR in 2013, was in compliance with the allowable limits, the agency stated. DPR tested… Continue Reading

California Antibiotics Bill Closer to Becoming Law

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On Monday, the California Assembly passed Senate Bill 835 to ban the use of antibiotics for growth promotion and require a veterinarian prescription for a livestock antibiotic. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and other public interest groups such as the Consumers Union, Environmental Working Group and Sierra Club California opposed the measure because they say it… Continue Reading

Hawaii Could Follow California by Repealing Glove Law

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Cost concerns and general opposition may prompt Hawaii to try and follow California by repealing new state health rules requiring food service workers to use utensils or gloves when preparing sushi or other ready-to-eat foods. The new rules just went into effect July 21 and have already drawn criticism from restaurant managers who say that… Continue Reading

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