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Bills to Label Produce for GMOs and Dairy for rBGH Back in Florida

Two Florida Democrats are again trying to pass bills to label some foods containing genetically modified organisms. Similar efforts died last year in the House and Senate agriculture committees House Bill 351 and its companion, Senate Bill 416, would require 25 raw fruits and vegetables to carry labels if they contain GMOs. Wheat, corn, cotton, papaya, rice, zucchini… Continue Reading

80,000-Plus Pounds of Bacon Recalled for Misbranding

Abe’s Finest Meats of Palatka, FL, is recalling approximately 80,050 pounds of hickory-smoked sliced bacon products due to misbranding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday. The recalled 10-lb. bulk frozen packages of “CEDAR CREEK HICKORY SMOKED SLICED BACON” were produced on various dates between July 23 and Dec. 11,… Continue Reading

Florida Firm Recalls Avocados for Potential Salmonella Contamination

Brooks Tropicals LLC of Homestead, FL, is recalling 401 boxes of fresh green-skin avocados with a single Lot # 2610 because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been associated with this recall, but the company said that it was being initiated as a precaution. The potential for contamination was discovered by a… Continue Reading

Nine Floridians Killed, 18 Sickened by Vibrio This Year; Some Cases Linked to Oysters

At least 27 Floridians have been sickened this year – and nine have died– from infections of Vibrio vulnificus, a deadly bacterium that lives in warm seawater and is commonly associated with eating raw oysters and other shellfish. The figure came from a news release published last week by the Florida Department of Health. Of… Continue Reading

Cherry Tomatoes Recalled in Florida for Salmonella Contamination

A Florida company is recalling 120 pints of its cherry tomatoes because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. Alderman Farms Sales Corporation of Boynton Beach, FL issued a voluntary recall of its organic cherry tomatoes Friday after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration discovered Salmonella in a sample of the product. The affected tomatoes were… Continue Reading

Gold Coast Expands Recall of Seafood Spreads for Listeria Risk

A Florida-based company that recalled its crab spread for potential Listeria contamination earlier this month has expanded that recall to include three other kinds of seafood spreads. Gold Coast Salads of Naples, FL issued an updated voluntary recall of its Blue Crab Spread, Maine Lobster Spread, Lobster and Shrimp Spread and Smoked Salmon Spread this week,… Continue Reading

Smoked Salmon Recalled for Listeria Risk

A Florida-based company is recalling a batch of its smoked salmon because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. MKG Provisions of Miami, FL issued a voluntary recall of its Atlantic Smoked Salmon Batch #1768, sold under several brand names, after the Florida Department of Agriculture discovered Listeria in a sample of the finished product…. Continue Reading

County in Florida Panhandle Sees Spike in Shigella Cases

Health officials in Okaloosa County, Florida have noticed an unusual trend this year. Instead of the average three Shigella infections the county sees each year, a full 73 cases have been reported since the beginning of 2012. The Okaloosa County Health Department issued its initial warning to the public in early August, at which time… Continue Reading