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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

Buffalo butcher recalls frozen Lorigo brand ground beef patties

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A butcher shop in Buffalo, NY, has recalled Lorigo brand frozen ground beef patties because of positive test results for E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The Meating Place shipped 325 pounds of the frozen hamburger patties to retailers and institutional food service operations in the Buffalo area, according to the recall notice on the USDA’s Food… Continue Reading

Greater Omaha told to pay Cargill $9 million in E. coli case

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Remember the Minnesota dance instructor who was made paraplegic by eating a hamburger from Sam’s Club? Almost a decade after Stephanie Smith of Cold Spring, MN, and others were tragically damaged by eating those hamburgers, the courts may have finally decided where financial responsibility is going to rest. This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals… Continue Reading

Pasteurized goat milk, cheese ruled out as E. coli source

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An E. coli outbreak traced to a Connecticut goat dairy is not linked to milk, cheese, soap or other products produced there, state officials said Wednesday. Additional victims are still being identified in the outbreak, though, with 41 people confirmed to have been sickened by the outbreak strain of E. coli O157. The majority of… Continue Reading

2 million base pairs later: CDC stands by DNA evidence

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Last month, when health officials reported they discovered a pathogenic connection between raw milk from a Pennsylvania dairy and two illnesses in 2014 — one in California and the other in Florida — a wave of disbelief and condemnation began rippling out from the raw milk community. News stories about the announcement from the Centers… Continue Reading

Meat substitutes: Safer and just as tasty as the real thing?

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Portland, OR — On a recent rainy evening, Native Foods Cafe in Bridgeport Village was bustling. Customers crowded around the counter to order burgers, nachos, chicken wings and other dishes, and people were happily digging in after being served. The “Soul Bowl,” a mélange of beans, rice and veggies, had what looked and tasted like… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Get Poisoned before its a movie

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UPDATE:  We went through over 100 since I posted this on Saturday.  You still can get them at Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Poisoned-Deadly-Outbreak-Changed-Americans/dp/098495435X – sorry. So, who plays me from 1993? Last year I offered to give a book to each new person who subscribed to Food Safety News – I have 100 paperback books left.  So,… Continue Reading

More victims anticipated in E. coli outbreak linked to goat farm

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Connecticut health officials expect to see additional victims in an E. coli outbreak linked to a goat farm, even though the operation has been closed to the public since last week. As of March 25 the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) had laboratory confirmation of 15 people with the E. coli O157:H7 strain. Fourteen… Continue Reading

Produce industry questions Chipotle protestors’ motivation

Protestors affiliated with the Teamsters union handed out leaflets outside two Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants in California Thursday. They cited food safety concerns about fresh produce supplier Taylor Farms. Produce industry trade groups were quick to defend Taylor Farms, saying the protests were a publicity stunt related to a labor dispute.

Protests at two Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants Thursday by individuals purporting to be food safety advocates were actually publicity stunts staged by the Teamsters to cast a shadow on fresh produce supplier Taylor Farms, according to industry associations. The day before the protest, the union cited Taylor Farms’ food recalls, alleged food safety violations at the… Continue Reading

Chipotle using games, brains and off-site cooks to turn corner

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Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has a new game online, a new executive director of food safety on payroll, a new public relations firm in New York City and new ways of cooking its food away from its restaurants. Now all it needs is new sales. Keeping with corporate promises about transparency in the wake of… Continue Reading