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California testing confiscated cheese; outbreak continues

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California officials continue to investigate a five-month Salmonella outbreak they believe is connected to Mexican-style soft cheeses and are testing cheese seized from Bakersfield woman’s home. Grace Martinez told BakersfieldNow.com that the 30 packages of cheese officials took from her home were brought to the U.S. by her family members from Sinaloa, Mexico. She sells… Continue Reading

California warns against soft cheeses, cites Salmonella uptick

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California health officials issued a warning Thursday about the dangers of eating illegally manufactured Mexican-style soft cheeses, which are often sold by street vendors, because of a “dramatic increase” in Salmonella infections since late 2015. At least 50 people have been confirmed with three different strains of Salmonella since November, according to a statement from Dr. Karen… Continue Reading

More E. coli victims identified in California raw milk outbreak

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California officials say the case count in the E. coli outbreak linked to unpasteurized raw milk from an organic dairy in Fresno is increasing, but they aren’t saying much else. As of Monday, 10 people have been confirmed with “closely related strains of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli O157:H7,” according to a spokesman for the California… Continue Reading

Federal law pre-empts California meat labeling/packaging law

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California cannot enforce the “slack fill” label and packaging requirements of the state’s Business and Professional Code because the state law is preempted by the federal Meat Inspection Act and the federal Poultry Products Inspection Act. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on Feb. 12 upheld the Aug. 19, 2013, decision by… Continue Reading

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