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Flour recall for E. coli O121 contamination expanded over weekend

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An expansion of the June 2nd recall of various brands of all purpose flour was announced over the weekend by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) after a food safety investigation. Addition  brands of all-purpose flour are being removed from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O121 contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products… Continue Reading

The Top 10 most important foodborne outbreaks of 2016

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The Top 10 most important outbreaks of 2016, according to the editors of Food Safety News, are presented here. Outbreaks were chosen for the list on a subjective basis, ranked by the number of fatalities and then the number of illnesses for outbreaks involving more than a single state. The 2016 Top 10 outbreaks include… Continue Reading

Baking this weekend? Just say no to the raw dough

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Editor’s note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention originally published this article on Nov. 22. For many people, the holiday season is the perfect time to spend time together in the kitchen and share delicious baked foods and desserts. Follow these safety tips to help you and your loved ones stay healthy when handling… Continue Reading

Staff of life can pose food safety dangers

A deer makes its way through a wheat field on the Palouse region in southeast Washington. More land is planted with wheat in the world than any other crop. It provides 20 percent of the world’s caloric consumption, and 20 percent of the protein for half of the world’s poorest people. (Photo by Horst Onken)

Just as wheat is the staff of life in many human civilizations, it is as important to animals and insects. In fact, they love it, as anyone who has lived near or worked in the wheat fields very well knows. All manner of critters, including deer, birds and rodents, will seize the opportunity to dine on… Continue Reading

FDA warns consumers against eating any raw dough or batter

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At the 2010 International Association for Food Protection meeting in Anaheim, CA, speakers from such food giants as Nestlé and ConAgra went public with their concerns about the widespread practice of people eating not just raw cookie dough but even raw frozen pizza. That discussion, which was prompted by a severe 2009 E. coli outbreak, included… Continue Reading

Navajo Pride Flour Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

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Navajo Pride of Farmington, NM, has issued a voluntary recall for its bleached, all-purpose flour because of possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled flour is marked with lot No. 075B110064 and is stamped with an expiration date of March 16, 2016. The flour comes in 5-pound cloth bags, 25-pound cloth bags and 50-pound paper bags and was distributed to… Continue Reading

Flour Investigated as E. coli Source

ANAHEIM– If you test enough flour you can find some contaminated by the potentially deadly pathogen–E. coli O157:H7–but testing probably is not going to do much when it comes to making flour safe to eat. So concluded three speakers–Cargill’s Joe Shebuski, Nestlé’s Tim Jackson, and ConAgra’s Ben Warren–who Monday addressed the International Association of Food… Continue Reading

Pulverized Lime Found in Chinese Flour

This week brought another food safety woe for China when investigations found that some bleaching agents widely used in flour production contained as much as 30 percent pulverized lime.   Limestone is typically used in architecture in the United States and Europe.  Pulverized lime is an inedible ingredient and when ingested, can lead to gradual damage of the lungs… Continue Reading