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SoyNut Butter Co. bankrupt because of E. coli outbreak

Dixie Dew Products expected to liquidate next; retailers Target, Amazon, etc., also could be liable

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The SoyNut Butter Co. has filed for bankruptcy, citing an E. coli outbreak linked to its I.M. Healthy brand peanut butter substitute and manufacturer Dixie Dew Products as the causes for its financial failure. The Glenview, IL, soy butter company’s president and 90-percent shareholder Stephen Grubb listed some victims of the E. coli outbreak as… Continue Reading

California officials warn of botulism risk from herbal teas

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Ten days after county officials alerted the public and four days after the FDA posted a recall notice for deer antler tea linked to botulism cases, the California health department issued a warning about herbal tea from U.S. Deer Antlers Exports and Imports Inc. The two botulism cases in Orange County are not believed to… Continue Reading

CDC says soy nut butter outbreak ‘over’ — but threat continues

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Although the government has posted its final update on the E. coli outbreak traced to SoyNut Butter Co. products — reporting 32 people across a dozen states confirmed sick —  there is an ongoing threat and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is repeating earlier warnings. “The recalled SoyNut Butter products have long shelf… Continue Reading

25 of Stewart Parnell’s 28-year prison sentence may not stand

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When your clients are all sitting in federal prisons around the country, and you are down to your last written arguments in the appellate courts, it is not time to hold back. That’s roughly where the nation’s most important food safety case finds itself on the day after attorneys for the three Peanut Corporation of… Continue Reading

Great Value, other pie and tart shells recalled for tainted flour

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Another food recall in Canada is underway in the midst of an E. coli outbreak as several brands of pie and tart shells made with flour linked to 28 illnesses are being pulled from retailers across the country. Harlan Bakeries of Edmonton and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are warning consumers to check their homes… Continue Reading

FDA report shows cheese maker knew of Listeria in facility

Two dead in Listeria outbreak traced to raw milk cheese made by Vulto Creamery in New York

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The owner of Vulto Creamery, whose raw milk cheese has killed at least two people in a multi-state Listeria outbreak, had been getting positive results for the pathogen from his equipment and production plant for at least 20 months before he initiated a recall in March. Inspections of Johannes H. Vulto’s cheese-making operation in Walton,… Continue Reading

Crowdsourcing was right about Weston Jimmy John’s outbreak

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Iwaspoisoned.com, the crowdsourcing site for safer dining, was correct in finding norovirus was making people sick after they ate at the Weston Jimmy John’s near Wausau, WI. The Marathon County Health Department reports a norovirus outbreak was responsible for making about 100 people since April 7.  The department began collecting reports from people who picked… Continue Reading

Robin Hood flour recall expands amid E. coli outbreak

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Additional lots of Robin Hood brand flour are under nationwide recall in Canada by Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. Samples of the flour have tested positive for E. coli contamination and victims of a nationwide outbreak have reported having contact with the implicated flour. In the expanded recall notice, posted Tuesday by the Canadian Food… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Public’s right to know should trump trade secrets

Opinion

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ICYMI, as the texters say, the FDA finally came clean about a dirty food production operation, naming Dixie Dew Products Inc. as the manufacturer of soy-based goo marketed as an allergen-free alternative to peanut butter. The revelation Friday evening came weeks after FDA inspectors found filthy conditions, insect infestation and broken food safety equipment at… Continue Reading

FDA shuts down soy nut butter maker linked to E. coli outbreak

Officials expect more victims, urge consumers and food operations to check for recalled products

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The FDA has finally named and shut down the manufacturer of soy nut butter implicated in an ongoing nationwide E. coli outbreak, noting that records and employees at Dixie Dew Products Inc. revealed food safety violations going back at least 15 years. Federal officials say they believe all of the potentially contaminated products made with… Continue Reading