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USDA Provides Tips for #GrillingLikeaPRO on the Fourth of July

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This Fourth of July weekend, many Americans will be celebrating our nation’s independence with family gatherings and summer cookouts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is reminding families to take extra care not to let foodborne bacteria, which grows more quickly in hot weather, ruin the fun. One of the… Continue Reading

FDA Releases Supplement to the 2013 Food Code

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued supplemental information to the 2013 Food Code on Thursday. The modifications expand the duties of the Person in Charge in a food establishment. They will now include overseeing routine monitoring of food temperatures during hot and cold holding, expand and clarify the type of information that should be… Continue Reading

FSIS Issues Public Health Alert About Minnesota Salmonella Illnesses Linked to Prepared Chicken Products

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On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a public health alert due to concerns about illnesses caused by two separate strains of Salmonella that may be associated with raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken products. These items may be labeled “chicken cordon bleu” or “chicken Kiev.” The State of Minnesota… Continue Reading

Restitution Phase of PCA Criminal Case Starts With Bankruptcy History

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ALBANY, GA—Defense attorneys in the restitution phase of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal prosecution focused in Wednesday on a 2009 claims adjustment agreement that a bankruptcy court used to disperse $12.75 million to 122 victims of the PCA-caused Salmonella outbreak. E. Scott Austin, representing former PCA owner and chief executive Stewart Parnell, suggested… Continue Reading

Human Milk-Sharing Networks Reflect a Growing Movement

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There’s nothing new about the sharing of human breast milk. In earlier days, moms in tribal groups nursed babies other than their own when the baby’s mother died or wasn’t close by. Later, wet nurses — mothers who had enough milk to share — came onto the scene. Sometimes they lived with the family; other… Continue Reading

Update: Salmonella Cases Linked to Boise Co-op Total Approximately 290, Four Lawsuits Filed

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The latest reported count from the Central District Health Department (CDHD) in Boise, ID, is “approximately 290 cases” of Salmonella infection linked to the Boise Co-op deli. That tally was posted on Wednesday, July 1. “Preliminary test results showed Salmonella growth in raw turkey, tomatoes and onion. However, additional laboratory tests are pending and the specific… Continue Reading

UK Food Standards Agency: Nestlé’s Maggi Noodles Do Not Contain Excess Lead

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The United Kingdom’s food safety regulatory agency has stated that Nestlé’s Maggi noodles do not contain excess lead and are safe to consume. “The FSA can confirm that results from testing samples of Maggi noodles in the UK have all found that levels of lead in the product [are] well within EU permissible levels and would… Continue Reading

Study of Rare Toxin Carried by Sport Fish Underscores Consumer Warnings

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A rare toxin carried by barracuda, grouper and other locally caught sport fish sickens Floridians in greater numbers than previously believed, a new analysis suggests. Consuming the foodborne toxin, called ciguatera, can result in severe nausea and vomiting and sometimes long-term tingling in the limbs or joint pain. “The rate of illness was found to be… Continue Reading

Chinese Authorities Seize More Than 100,000 Tons of 40-Year-Old Frozen Meat

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Authorities in China have seized more than 100,000 tons of smuggled meat being sold across the country, some of which was frozen and dated back to the 1970s, according to a report in the state-run China Daily. The seizures were part of a nationwide crackdown on a smuggling ring in possession of at least $483 million… Continue Reading

Food Safety Advice for Those Experiencing Severe Thunderstorms

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued some food safety recommendations for the Northeast, Central Appalachians and Ohio Valley due to severe thunderstorms. The National Weather Service has announced a severe thunderstorm watch for portions of New England into the Central Appalachians and Ohio Valley. There could also… Continue Reading