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General Mills Again Recalls Cascadian Farms Frozen Green Beans for Listeria Risk


General Mills is recalling 60,000 bags of its Cascadian Farm frozen green beans after one package tested positive for Listeria. It is the second time this year that the bacteria were found in the company’s green beans. The Minneapolis-based food company says no illnesses have been reported in either case. Listeria can cause fever, muscle… Continue Reading

Salmonella Test Prompts Recall of Macadamia Nuts, Trail Mix


Texas Star Nut and Food Co. Inc. is recalling Nature’s Eats, Natural Macadamia Nuts 6 oz. and Southern Grove, Simply Raw Trail Mix 8 oz. with the following lot codes because of a possible health risk: BRAND PRODUCT SIZE LOT CODES BEST BY DATES Nature’s Eats Natural Macadamia Nuts 6 oz 35897001 36157001 37777001 3/6/2016… Continue Reading

CDC, State/Local Health Partners Ask: How Large is Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Fig & Olive?


Multiple cities are investigating Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to eating at Fig & Olive restaurants, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells Food Safety News. Illnesses have so far been reported Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, and the investigation is ongoing to determine whether there are illnesses in other states linked to eating… Continue Reading

Aspen Foods Expands Recall of Frozen, Raw, Stuffed and Breaded Chicken Entrées

Antioch Farms Chicken a la Kiev

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, that Aspen Foods of Chicago is recalling approximately 561,000 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products that appear to be ready-to-eat and may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis. Production codes and descriptions of the recalled products are at the… Continue Reading

Food Poisoning at NY Catered Wedding Reception Caused by S. Aureus

Arrowhead Lodge banquet room

According to the New York Department of Health, an outbreak of food poisoning following a July 31 catered wedding reception was caused by Staphylococcus aureus. Approximately 35 people were sickened after the reception at Arrowhead Lodge at Oneida Shores Park, which is owned by Onandaga County. Nine went to local hospital emergency rooms. Health department officials told… Continue Reading

USDA has Food Safety Advice for Those Affected by Hurricane Joaquin

Hurricane Evacuation Route sign

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued some food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by Hurricane Joaquin. On Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service announced that Hurricane Joaquin is now a Category 4 hurricane in central and northwest Bahamas. It is expected to move into the United States… Continue Reading

Study Finds Smartphones Can Improve Food Safety Inspections


Smartphones might be an important tool for food safety inspectors because of their inconspicuousness. Researchers at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have found that phones used in place of clipboards can improve the quality of data collected during observations. According to a phenomenon called the Hawthorne Effect, people sometimes change their behavior because they know… Continue Reading

Massachusetts Officials Close Some Oyster Beds After Vibrio Outbreak


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) have announced a 14-day closure of oyster beds located in Duxbury Bay, Kingston Bay, Bluefish River, Back River, and Plymouth Harbor. This closure is due to two additional confirmed illnesses traced to oysters harvested from… Continue Reading

CDC: Five MN Salmonella Cases Linked to Aspen Foods Chicken Entrées


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), several states, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are currently investigating two separate outbreaks of Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to raw, frozen, stuffed chicken entrees. The two outbreaks are caused by different strains of Salmonella Enteritidis, CDC stated in an update… Continue Reading

Update: Six Vermont E. Coli Cases Being Linked to Undercooked Ground Beef

Worthy Burger hamburger

Officials with the Vermont Department of Health say that two more cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) have been linked to ground beef that was served at Worthy Burger in South Royalton, VT. That brings the outbreak total to six confirmed and three probable cases. According to a Wednesday, Sept. 30, news report, state health inspectors found the… Continue Reading