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Federal investigation of raw milk farm expands to buying clubs


Miller’s Organic Farm is not having a good year. In March, it was associated with a raw milk Listeria outbreak involving one fatality. A judge then approved USDA’s request to inspect the farm, which led to requests for sales records. Now, Amish owner Amos Miller has been ordered back to court on Nov. 1 where he… Continue Reading

FDA bans frozen strawberries from Egyptian firm, cites Hep A

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Federal officials have red listed frozen strawberries from an Egyptian grower-shipper because of contamination with Hepatitis A, but they won’t say if the import ban is related to the ongoing outbreak linked to Tropical Smoothie Café locations. The Food and Drug Administration issued an Import Alert for frozen strawberries from the International Company for Agricultural… Continue Reading

Detroit officials, Whole Foods work to limit Hepatitis A cases

Locals turned out in force when Whole Foods MArket opened its store on Mack Avenue in Detroit. The chain has six stores in Michigan.

Public health officials in Detroit are investigating two cases of Hepatitis A infection and urging anyone who recently ate food prepared at a Whole Foods Market store there to consider getting a post-exposure vaccination. City officials and corporate officials with the Austin, TX-based grocery store chain reported late this week that an employee at Whole… Continue Reading

Center for Produce Safety reveals 10 research grants for 2016

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Ten of the good guys and gals in the battle to defeat foodborne illness just got $2 million from the Center for Produce Safety to help with seek-and-destroy efforts focused on pathogens’ pathways to people via produce. While fresh fruits and vegetables are undeniably vital for good health, many of them pose a greater risk… Continue Reading

Egypt says its frozen and fresh strawberries are Hepatitis A-free


Egypt’s reaction to the Hepatitis A outbreak in the United States sourced to frozen strawberries exported from the Middle East nation may not be any more meaningful than its response to Europe’s massive 2011 E. coli outbreak. This time, Egypt’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment said that frozen strawberries originating from the country are,… Continue Reading

Outbreak tied to strawberries slowing; victims sue Sysco Corp.

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New cases of Hepatitis A infections linked to strawberry smoothies have slowed so much that the state hardest hit, Virginia, is no longer providing daily updates. In a weekly update, posted Thursday, the Virginia Department of Health reported 107 people who have tested positive for Hepatitis A reported drinking  smoothies Tropical Smoothie Café prior to… Continue Reading

Your life is in your hands: Global Handwashing Day is Oct. 15


To watch a CDC video on handwashing techniques and why its important to get it done right, click on the image.

Editor’s note: In recognition of Global Handwashing Day today, we have compiled information from the CDC about why it is so important to promote this simple activity.  Handwashing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you and those around you can stay healthy. Proper hand washing at… Continue Reading

FDA warns California firm about pistachios linked to Salmonella outbreak

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A California company has been warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to fully document any manufacturing changes it makes so that two Salmonella strains found in its pistachios and linked to a multistate outbreak this past spring will not recur. The FDA warning letter, dated Oct. 7, was addressed to Stewart Resnick, owner of The Wonderful Company based… Continue Reading

Trout recall for E. coli blamed on General Mills flour

recalled Clear Springs Foods trout

An “urgent” product recall issued Thursday and encouraging “immediate action” to remove breaded trout from commerce because it contains General Mills flour linked to an E. coli outbreak was still not available on the Food and Drug Administration website Monday afternoon. Clear Springs Foods Inc. of Buhl, ID, sent the recall notice to purchasing officers… Continue Reading

Illnesses linked to Costco chicken salad in Washington

This product photo is posted with the public health warning regarding Costco chicken salad.

Less than a year after Costco recalled chicken salad that sickened people across seven states another outbreak linked to the club store’s rotisserie chicken salad has been revealed — more than a month after the suspect food was sold. Only one Costco store was implicated as of Sunday when the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection… Continue Reading