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When food safety crisis hit, Perdue had to prepare for next one

This century’s most deadly outbreak of foodborne illness came out of the state of Georgia while secretary of agriculture nominee Sonny Perdue was governor, and there was not much he could do about it. After King Nut peanut butter made by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) was implicated in the deadly nationwide outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium, investigators from… Continue Reading

Freshcut cantaloupe recalled in Georgia because of Listeria

A Bi-Lo grocery store in Glennville, GA, is recalling freshcut cantaloupe three days after state officials notified the chain that a random sample collected at the store tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The store, at 312 S. Veterans Blvd. in Glennville, posted the recall notice with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today. The notice… Continue Reading

Legislatures Weigh Bills on Soda Labels, Microbeads, Marijuana, Powdered Alcohol, Among Others

State legislatures remain in session from Alabama to Wyoming, with food safety mostly getting only a light touch from lawmakers who seem largely focused on budgets and education in this non-election year. In Alabama, where a new cottage food bill took effect last June 1, Extension services are getting more money for training people to… Continue Reading

Pecans Recalled in Georgia for Possible Salmonella Contamination

The Stone Mountain Pecan Company in Monroe, GA, is recalling 540 packages of its “Pecanettes” sold in 8-ounce packages because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The products were distributed only in Georgia and directly to consumers at the retail level from the Stone Mountain Pecan Company. Based upon random sampling… 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

18 Sickened in E. coli Outbreak Linked to Georgia BBQ Restaurant

An E. coli outbreak linked to a barbecue restaurant in Northeast Georgia sickened as many as 18 people, health officials announced Friday. This case count includes 7 more illnesses than the 11 reported on May 21. BBQ Shack restaurant in Toccoa, GA is the suspected source of the E. coli bacteria, which was confirmed  as… Continue Reading

Georgia Food Processors Get To Dance Around Law

Despite a tough new food safety law and more than a half million spent annually on inspections and lab work, Georgia is not achieving the food safety improvement at the state’s 740 food processing plants that its lawmakers seek. Perhaps, some say, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black did not get the memo about how serious the… Continue Reading

Georgia Lawmakers Want People to Grow Their Own Food

In 1864, when Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman conducted his famous March to the Sea, splitting George apart like a ripe peach, his troops lived totally off the bounty of the land. Sherman’s Union army, marching without supplies, did not want for anything, while up north the Army of Virginia was experiencing disease and starvation… Continue Reading