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Kroger recalls Simple Truth macadamia nuts for Listeria risk

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The Kroger Co. is recalling Simple Truth brand macadamia nuts from various retailers in three states because they may contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall notice posted on Kroger’s website had few details. It does not name the nut grower or packer and does not indicate how the potential contamination was discovered. The product has… Continue Reading

SoyNut Butter Co. bankrupt because of E. coli outbreak

Dixie Dew Products expected to liquidate next; retailers Target, Amazon, etc., also could be liable

SoyNut Butter bankruptcy

The SoyNut Butter Co. has filed for bankruptcy, citing an E. coli outbreak linked to its I.M. Healthy brand peanut butter substitute and manufacturer Dixie Dew Products as the causes for its financial failure. The Glenview, IL, soy butter company’s president and 90-percent shareholder Stephen Grubb listed some victims of the E. coli outbreak as… Continue Reading

Top food safety regulators say D.C. transition going smoothly

FSS 2017 Town Hall session

CHICAGO — America’s top cops in food safety gathered for a “Town Hall” Thursday morning at the 2017 Food Safety Summit. They let the attendees know that if they were worried about the transition in government, they can forget about it. From the states’ perspective, the Association of Food and Drug Officials’ Joseph Corby spoke of unprecedented cooperation…. Continue Reading

Nacho cheese sauce suspected in California botulism outbreak

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Nacho cheese sauce is the likely suspect in a botulism outbreak among patrons of a gas station in California, according to public health officials in Sacramento County. In addition to narrowing the scope of possible sources, the Sacramento County Public Health Department announced Wednesday that another patient with suspected foodborne botulism has been added to… Continue Reading

Listeria control workshop opens 2017 Food Safety Summit

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CHICAGO — There is a war on against deadly Listeria, and the facts on the ground are changing in some dramatic ways. Ten generals in that war took to the stage here Tuesday at 2017 Food Safety Summit for reports on what they called “The Latest in Listeria Control.” Few Americans paid much attention to Listeria until… Continue Reading

Botulism outbreak raises public health concerns in California

Valley Oaks Food and Fuel California botulism

County officials have closed down food and beverage sales at a gas station in California because of an outbreak of botulism poisoning and are urging anyone who has become sick after eating there in recent weeks to immediately seek medical attention. Five people — four of whom ate food from Valley Oaks Food and Fuel… Continue Reading

Food Safety Summit 2017: Events, courses begin today

Food Safety Summit 2017 preview

Food Safety Summit week begins today with sold-out certification courses and continues through Thursday, with more than 1,700 attendees expected for the annual conference and trade show. While food safety is the overall theme of the week, one pathogen in particular is in the spotlight this year at the Food Safety Summit in the Donald… Continue Reading

CDC says soy nut butter outbreak ‘over’ — but threat continues

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Although the government has posted its final update on the E. coli outbreak traced to SoyNut Butter Co. products — reporting 32 people across a dozen states confirmed sick —  there is an ongoing threat and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is repeating earlier warnings. “The recalled SoyNut Butter products have long shelf… Continue Reading

Dole’s Springfield shutdown, recalls cost company $36 million

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Because the Dole Food Company is going public, financial documents it has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission are available showing how much recalls and shutdowns have cost the company’s  Dole Fresh Vegetables unit during the past two years. A 2015 recall of bagged salads distributed in 13 states because a sample of Dole… Continue Reading

What are the odds? 840 times more likely for raw milk drinkers

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Based on statistics from the five-year period 2009-2014, people who drink unpasteurized, raw milk are 840 times more likely to contract a foodborne illness than those who drink pasteurized milk. The statistics, included in a research report scheduled for publication in the upcoming June issue of “Emerging Infectious Diseases” also show raw milk drinkers are… Continue Reading