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Bacon Spread Recalled in Canada Over Botulism Concerns

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“Bacon by Brad Smoliak” bacon spread sold in Alberta is being recalled due to potentially permitting the growth of clostridium botulinum, the bacterium which casues botulism, according to CBC News. The problem was detected through testing done by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The recalled product comes in 125-gram jars with best-before dates of… Continue Reading

Smoked Salmon and Cod Recalled for Botulism Risk

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Big Blue Fisheries, LLC, of Sitka, AK, is recalling all of its vacuum-packaged smoked salmon and cod products because they were not properly cooked and may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria that cause botulism. The company is encouraging customers to discard the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled. The… Continue Reading

Dishwasher Cooking Trend Raises Eyebrows Among Food-Safety Experts

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Food Network Host Bob Blumer, author Lisa Casali and National Public Radio all recommend cooking food in the dishwasher. General Electric and Whirlpool don’t. The phenomenon of dishwasher cooking, recently explored in an article by NPR Reporter Michaeleen Doucleff, has enjoyed exposure on blogs and in major news organizations. However, very little data exist to… Continue Reading

Practice Safe Home Canning to Avoid Botulism, CDC Advises

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Home canning is a popular activity — but one that must be done safely in order to prevent the growth of dangerous bacteria, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding the public. “Home canning is a great way to preserve your garden goodies. But beware: if it’s done the wrong way, the vegetables… Continue Reading

Olives Sold in Northeast Recalled for Potential Botulism Risk

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A Rhode Island-based grocery chain is recalling certain Mediterranean olives because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL) issued a voluntary recall of Bel Frantoio brand Mediterranean Olives: Calcidica Sweet Monday after the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) discovered that the product was stored at room… Continue Reading

Chai Tea Recalled for Botulism Risk

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A Washington state company is recalling its chai tea because the beverage was improperly processed and therefore has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Harmony Chai of Eastsound, WA issued a voluntary recall of its concentrated black spiced and decaffeinated roobius chai teas Friday after testing by the Washington State Department of… Continue Reading

FDA Warns of Botulism Risk from Juice Maker’s Products

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to drink any juice from a New York-based juice maker whose manufacturing processes do not adequately prevent its products from the growth of Clostridium botulinum. According to FDA, carrot and beet juices from Juices Incorporated (aka Juices International and Juices Enterprises) of Brooklyn, N.Y. have the… Continue Reading

Two Canadian Recalls: Stuffed Eggplants and Mixed Nuts

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Osmat Imports has voluntarily recalled its Stuffed Eggplants due to potential contamination of Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria the causes botulism. The products were sold in 2 kg jars bearing the UPC 8 37770 00009 7 and Best Before: Lot 6 EXP JA 14. The products were distributed in Alberta and British Columbia. Trophy Foods Inc…. Continue Reading

Temporarily Shut Down, Chung’s Resumes Most Production

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Update (April 10, 11:30 a.m. PST): In a press release emailed to Food Safety News, Chung’s announced that the court has allowed the company to resume production on its non-seafood products, including its chicken, pork and vegetable egg rolls. According to Chung’s, the court order noted that the U.S. Department of Agriculture was satisfied with Chung’s production… Continue Reading