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Patient count increases in E. coli outbreak linked to organic raw milk; dairyman says California’s outbreak data is ‘garbage’

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State officials added two more people to the list of patients in an E. coli outbreak in California linked to raw milk from Organic Pastures Dairy Co., but the dairy operator says the state’s data is “garbage.” Of the eight people confirmed with the “unique strain of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli O157,” two developed hemolytic… Continue Reading

Organic Pastures recalls raw milk

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A California dairy that sells USDA certified organic raw milk and other unpasteurized dairy products is voluntarily recalling its whole milk — that expired on Jan. 23 and 26 — in collaboration with state officials. Fresno-based Organic Pastures Dairy Co. posted the recall on its website and Facebook page Thursday. The dairy has recalled products… Continue Reading

California’s marijuana edibles remain in food safety limbo

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California’s Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act has been in effect for a month now, but the state’s Department of Public Health hasn’t yet published or implemented food safety standards for so-called edibles. However, the Act didn’t give the department a deadline. It simply states “the state department of public health shall develop standards for… Continue Reading

2015 in Review: Animal Antibiotics

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It’s difficult to summarize what happened on the animal antibiotics front this year. There were lots of pledges, lots of discussions and lots of reports, but not very many actions. Still, we still wanted to recap what happened in the 2015 regarding animal antibiotics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that antibiotic-resistant infections… Continue Reading

Norovirus Hitting California Much Harder Than Last Year

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Dr. Karen Smith, the state public health officer who is also director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)  yesterday said California is experiencing a sharp increase in norovirus cases, commonly referred to as stomach flu or winter vomiting disease. CDPH disclosed the occurrence of  32 norovirus outbreaks  in California since Oct. 1, 2015 –… Continue Reading

Syed Farook’s Food Safety Inspection Reports Show Nothing Unusual

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About 1,000 reports Syed Rizwan Farook prepared for the San Bernardino County Division of Environmental Health Services indicate that he was a “by the book” food safety inspector before he took up mass murder. The San Bernardino, CA, shooting that rocked the nation on Wednesday, Dec. 2, occurred at a holiday luncheon for county public health employees…. Continue Reading

CDC: 19 E. Coli Cases in 7 States Linked to Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Tuesday that, as of Nov. 23, there were 19 people from seven states sickened by the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 linked to consumption of Costco chicken salad made with rotisserie chicken. Five people have been hospitalized and two developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a… Continue Reading

CA Shigella Outbreak Now at 190 Illnesses; Seafood Restaurant Remains Closed

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Oct. 28 update: As of Tuesday night, Oct. 27,  the number of outbreak-associated cases of Shigella reported to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department stands at 190. There are 151 Santa Clara County residents and 39 people who live in other counties among those sickened. Of the 190 total cases, 92 are lab-confirmed (72 of whom are Santa… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Recalled in California for Campylobacter Contamination

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Raw milk produced by Organic Pastures Dairy of Fresno County, with a code date of OCT 24, is the subject of a statewide recall and quarantine order announced by California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones. The quarantine order followed the confirmed detection of Campylobacter bacteria in raw whole milk. No illnesses have been reported at… Continue Reading

Action in California and the Marketplace Will Help Stop Superbugs

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Noodles & Co. and California Gov. Jerry Brown have this in common: In the absence of a strong federal policy, both have acted to stop the overuse of antibiotics on large-scale industrial farms. On Oct. 10, Brown signed a first-of-its-kind law (Senate Bill 27) to restrict antibiotic use on livestock and poultry, but his role… Continue Reading