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Obama’s 2017 budget not enough for a food safety legacy

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Food safety is spread throughout various departments and programs in the federal budget and the document President Obama proposed Tuesday for fiscal 2017 is no different. The policy wonks who know how the federal budgeteers work go to one place when they want to know how food safety is doing in the budget. It’s the… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Nuggets of news from recent days

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Welcome to Beach Beat — I figure when your mom gives you a great byline at birth, you should use it every chance you get. I couldn’t be happier about my byline being added to the list of journalists at Food Safety News. In case you missed it, or ICYMI as the millennials say, I… Continue Reading

U.S. Rep tells FDA to pick up the pace of outbreak investigation

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A congresswoman from Connecticut told the FDA “American families should not be dying from the food they eat” and asked the agency to step up its investigation of an ongoing seven-month Salmonella outbreak that has killed six people. “Since this outbreak (which began in July 2015) was first reported on Sept. 4, 2015, there have been… Continue Reading

Chipotle plans $50 million ad blitz amidst expanded federal criminal investigation

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Characterizing a string of foodborne illness outbreaks as an “unfortunate set of events,” Chipotle Mexican Grill’s founder Steve Ells reported the chain’s net income dropped 44 percent in the last quarter of 2015. Ells’ co-CEO Montgomery Moran revealed more bad news yesterday during the Denver company’s quarterly earnings conference call — the Department of Justice… Continue Reading

FDA confirms Listeria in Dole packaged salad

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Federal officials say they have confirmed Listeria monocytogenes in a packaged salad produced at the Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. plant in Springfield, Ohio. Dole recalled all products under multiple brands because state tests linked an ongoing seven-month outbreak to leafy greens from the facility. The Food and Drug Administration completed its analysis of the salad… Continue Reading

New illnesses in Dole salad Listeriosis outbreak

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  As federal officials reported new illnesses in a seven-month Listeriosis outbreak linked to packaged salads from Dole, the company clarified its recall of all products from its production plant in Springfield, Ohio. Fifteen people across eight U.S. states had been confirmed in the outbreak as of Wednesday. The most recent case was diagnosed Jan…. Continue Reading

Mexican Cucumbers Fuel Salmonella Poona Outbreak

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The Salmonella Poona outbreak first disclosed to the public last Sept. 4, and since found to be caused by imported Mexican cucumbers has now rolled into the new year with up to two additional deaths and 50 more cases in 16 states since the last report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… Continue Reading

2013 Hepatitis A Outbreak Victims Cleared for Class Action Trial

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The 2013 multistate outbreak of hepatitis A virus infections linked to pomegranate seeds imported from Turkey had a lot of parts. It involved pomegranate arils in Townsend Farms Organic Anti-oxidant Blend frozen juice that sickened 165 people in ten states, sending 71 to hospitals. An upcoming October trial is also going to have a lot… Continue Reading

Food Safety Summit 2016 addresses public health risks

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Industry experts and top regulatory officials including FDA Deputy Commissioner Mike Taylor are scheduled to discuss new efforts to reduce public health risks at the 18th annual Food Safety Summit in May. For the first time the event is scheduled in Chicagoland, with the exhibit hall, keynote sessions, certification courses and two dozen seminars and… Continue Reading

UPDATED: CDC investigating deadly Listeriosis outbreak linked to various Dole salads

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One person has died and 12 have been hospitalized in a Listeriosis outbreak linked to Dole packaged salads. Officials from CDC announced today they have been investigating the six-state outbreak since September 2015. “Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence available to date indicate that packaged salads produced at the Dole processing facility in Springfield, Ohio, and sold… Continue Reading