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Possible pasteurization failure spurs cottage cheese warning

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Wisconsin officials are warning of a possible pasteurization failure and advising the public to not eat a specific lot of cottage cheese made by Westby Cooperative Creamery. The consumer alert is for 4 percent cottage cheese from the cooperative in Westby, WI. The implicated lot was sold on or before Aug. 26 in plastic containers… Continue Reading

FSA says research shows UK consumers support chicken clean-up campaign

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Britain’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) on Thursday announced research showing that consumers want the food industry to continue action to tackle Campylobacter in chickens — the biggest cause of food poisoning in the United Kingdom. The new findings show that 68 precent of UK consumers think the industry should continue to reduce Campylobacter levels beyond the agreed… Continue Reading

Wal-Mart’s chicken safety program shows significant results

Wal-Mart's Great Value brand chicken parts such as these drumsticks are now produced under stricter food safety requirements, as is all chicken provided to the retailer by U.S. suppliers.

With four steps, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has taken a giant leap in poultry food safety, reporting a decrease of the frequency of Salmonella contamination of chicken parts to 2 percent. The multi-national retailer has been working with its U.S. chicken suppliers on stepped-up food safety requirements since December 2014. Suppliers of chicken parts such as… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Raw milk — a different kind of choice/life debate

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Discussing pros and cons of unpasteurized milk, from left, Theodore Beals, Jeffrey Farber, Jeff Kornacki and Joseph Heckman at the IAFP 2016 Conference in St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS — Organizers billed the raw milk debate at the annual conference of the International Association for Food Protection as an “Amicable Exchange of Experts.” To the extent that the experts refrained from name calling and the use of profanity, the IAFP program was correct. In fact, after taking turns at the podium, the… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Watch for Pink Chicken and ‘Microwave Burritos’

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Scottish food safety officials have launched a campaign to remind the public to throughly cook chicken to kill potentially deadly pathogens such as Campylobacter. The campaign warns of the dangers of consuming pink chicken and uses photos such as this to grab the attention of consumers and foodservice operators.

Most days news of the food safety variety is alarming at best and tragic at worst, so it is with tremendous pleasure that I can share a couple of stories that crossed my screen in recent days. They left the office cat staring blankly, yet defensively, as I chuckled at Google news alerts. ‘Nothing spoils… Continue Reading

Restaurant linked to campylobacter outbreak sued by local couple

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“Prepared” is the word that gets the  pink highlight treatment  in a new lawsuit filed in California Superior Court for Solano County on behalf of two victims of a Campylobacter outbreak liked earlier this month to Fairfield, CA restaurant. And the  word “prepared,” comes up often in the complaint against Alejandro’s Taqueria, the popular Mexican… Continue Reading

32 Campylobacter cases linked to California restaurant

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A Mexican restaurant in Fairfield, CA, has been closed since Wednesday while an investigation continues into 32 confirmed cases of Campylobacter infection. Alejandro’s Taqueria on Texas Street in downtown Fairfield is to remain shut down until revised operations meet with approval from county health officials. While nothing was posted on its website or Facebook page… Continue Reading

Scotland reports declines in campylobacter contamination rates

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Both the number of raw chickens sold at retail showing campylobacter contamination and the number with the highest level of contamination are showing improvement, according to Food Standards Scotland (FSS). Campylobacter remains the most common cause of food borne illness in throughout the United Kingdom, and FSS research has shown that a significant proportion of… Continue Reading

Feds delay poultry testing; expect many operations to fail

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Certain poultry producers have a few extra weeks to beef up their pathogen reduction programs, which were scheduled to face new Salmonella and Campylobacter testing beginning in May. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) won’t begin assessing whether poultry operations are meeting new pathogen reduction standards until July 1, according to… Continue Reading

Is that the answer blowin’ in the wind, or pathogen drift?

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“The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.” — Bob Dylan The question in the case of food safety is: “What’s blowing in the wind?” Turns out it can be dangerous pathogens such as E. coli, Campylobacter and Salmonella when manure is spread on the land, which is a common agricultural practice. At least that’s… Continue Reading