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Newly Revealed Salmonella Outbreak Linked to CA Deli in Summer of 2014

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An outbreak of Salmonella linked to Brent’s Deli in Westlake Village, CA, sickened 21 people this past summer, but it was never announced to the public, according to documents obtained in a lawsuit by food safety law firm Marler Clark. Public health officials in California first caught on to the outbreak in July 2014, when… Continue Reading

Shortage of Legally Compliant Shell Eggs Sends Prices Soaring in California

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America’s $30.7-billion egg market is being scrambled — at least for awhile — by California’s new space requirements for laying hens that became effective on Jan. 1. The law, part ballot initiative and part the work of the California Assembly, applies to any producer supplying raw shell eggs to California consumers. And not enough law-compliant egg… Continue Reading

California’s Foie Gras Ban Overturned

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A judge in California has overturned the state’s ban on foie gras. The delicacy is made from fattened duck liver and is produced using “gavage” — a method of force-feeding a bird through a tube inserted in its mouth. The ban was passed in 2004 and went into effect in 2012. Its supporters argued that… Continue Reading

CA Court Decision Will Place BPA Back on Harmful Chemicals List

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A California court recently upheld findings that the plastic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is known to cause reproductive health problems. In 2013, the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced that it intended to add BPA to California’s Proposition 65 list of harmful chemicals and require companies to warn consumers when their products can expose… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: CA Law Likely to Increase Egg Prices, But What About Food Safety?

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On Jan. 2, a new California law will require that shell eggs sold at retail in the state will come only from hens housed in larger cages, be they resident or non-resident hens. This change comes at a time when egg consumption and prices are both up to historic highs, an increase of 30-35 percent… Continue Reading

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