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Salmonella outbreak traced to hazelnuts from Oregon farm

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Oregon officials are warning consumers to check their homes for hazelnuts from the Schmidt Farm and Nursery farm stand and to immediately discard them because they have been named the cause of a Salmonella outbreak. The warning Friday from the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division reported five people have been confirmed in the outbreak… Continue Reading

FDA to Evaluate Risk of Salmonella in Tree Nuts

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Wednesday announced its plan to assess the risks of Salmonella contamination associated with tree nuts. The aim of the risk assessment, described in a filing by FDA, is twofold: to determine the current risk to public health associated with eating tree nuts and to evaluate the success of Salmonella interventions… Continue Reading

Canadian Hazelnut Recall Expanded

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The public warning issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Authority has updated a hazelnut recall to include more products and more information. CFIA is warning the public not to consume certain in shell hazelnuts described below because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella. The following products were sold in packages of various weights or… Continue Reading

Mediterranean Diet Heads Off Heart Disease, Study Shows

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New research out of Spain has added to the mounting evidence that the Mediterranean diet is good for the heart. The diet – which consists of lots of fruits, nuts and olive oil, a moderate amount of fish, poultry and red wine and very little red meat, dairy, processed meats and sweets – has been considered… Continue Reading

More Nuts Recalled for Salmonella in Canada

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency Tuesday issued what is now the fifth recall of in-shell nuts for Salmonella potential in two weeks. The first recall in this series was published on November 30 for walnuts imported from California. Then on December 2, Loblaws Companies Ltd. recalled nationally distributed in-shell hazelnuts, also for possible Salmonella contamination…. Continue Reading

CFIA Recalls Hazelnuts from U.S. Contaminated by Salmonella

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In-shell mixed nuts from the United States are the target of a second, and extended, Dec. 2nd public health warning by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and recall by importer Brampton, Ontario-based Loblaw Companies Ltd. The products, containing hazelnuts that may be contaminated with Salmonella, should not be consumed, according to the CFIA public… Continue Reading

Hazelnut Safety Improves in Wake of Outbreak and Recalls

Three years ago, hazelnuts started to build up a bad safety record. It began with a recall of 29,861 pounds of shelled nuts for potential Salmonella contamination at the end of 2009, followed by a smaller recall of 75 pounds in January of 2010. Later that year, an E. coli outbreak linked to in-shell filberts… Continue Reading

Filth But No E. Coli Found at George Packing Co.

Oregon’s politically powerful George family, owners of the George Packing Co. in Newberg, was probably expecting the July 15 warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Prominent among Oregon’s hazelnut growers, the George Packing Company last March had already been implicated in a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 attributed to unshelled… Continue Reading