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Cantran Meat Co. Recalls Pork Due to E. Coli Worry

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Cantran Meat Co. Ltd. is recalling raw pork and pork organ products from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. Consumers should not consume and food service establishments, retailers, distributors and manufacturers in Alberta, should not serve, use, or sell these products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The affected raw pork and pork… Continue Reading

Fish, chicken and dairy — mostly raw milk — top outbreak list

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The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta is out with its annual report on foodborne disease outbreaks, showing 864 outbreaks involving 13,246 people, 712 hospitalizations and 21 deaths in 2014. CDC also reported the outbreaks led to 21 recalls of food products in 2014. Among the report’s other findings: Single food… Continue Reading

UPDATED: New labels, instructions for tenderized beef roll out today

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UPDATE: Additional cooking instructions provided by FSIS after this story was posted. The 6.2 billion servings of mechanically tenderized beef roasts and steaks consumed annually by Americans might be a little safer because of labeling requirements that take effect today, just ahead of the summer grilling season. They’ve been coming for a long time. The federal… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Will the Justice Department look at Dole’s history of recalls and outbreaks?

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In a press release last week Dole announced that it had “recently been contacted by the Department of Justice in connection with its own investigation, and we will be similarly cooperating with the DOJ to answer questions and address any concerns.”  Dole’s announcement and the Justice Department’s investigation stems from a Listeria outbreak that sickened 19… Continue Reading

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