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Chicago IG says 20 more public health inspectors in the works

Inspector General found less than half of restaurants were inspected as often as state law requires

Although Chicago’s health department has plans to add less than half the number of the restaurant inspectors the city’s Inspector General Joe Ferguson recommended, he says it should be enough to perform the minimum number of inspections required by state law. In a follow-up report issued Wednesday, Ferguson said the Chicago Department of Public Health… Continue Reading

Salmonella outbreak ongoing since November; little known

A Michigan restaurant has temporarily closed while authorities investigate an outbreak of Salmonella saintpaul that has sickened at least 26 people in the state as well as others in Ohio and Illinois. The Oakland County Health Division in Pontiac, MI, did not name the Rochester, MI, restaurant in a notice posted Friday. “The ongoing investigation… Continue Reading

Elderly man sentenced to 18 months for certification bribes

A 71-year-old man is facing 18 months in federal prison for taking bribes in exchange for giving false food safety training certificates to foodservice workers from 2008 to 2015. Ernest Griffin negotiated a plea agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice in the case, admitting last year to one count of federal program bribery. U.S…. Continue Reading

Raw milk still looking for wins as legislative season nears end

Legislatures in almost a dozen states this year are considering whether to permit sales in one form or another of raw milk, which public health officials say is dangerous because it has not been pasteurized to remove harmful pathogens. But as many of those sessions wind down, it doesn’t look like there will be many raw milk… Continue Reading

Illinois new raw milk rules get first legislative tests

Three bills introduced into the Illinois General Assembly loosen up cottage food sales and promote farmers markets, but apparently are not intended to alter the state’s new raw milk law. Illinois in 2016 aligned itself with the surrounding states of Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin by prohibiting any retail sales of milk without pasteurization. On-farm sales… Continue Reading

New regs offer raw milk dairy farms path to legalization

July 1 is the start date for new Illinois regulations that allow on-farm sales of raw milk directly to consumers. The change did not require legislative action, but rather was accomplished by a three-year rewrite of rules by the Illinois Department of Public Health. So far there have only been a handful of applications for… Continue Reading

Update: 70 Illnesses in Illinois Possibly Linked to Apple Cider

Update: As of Nov. 6 , 70 people who attended the Pike County Color Drive on Oct. 17-18. and drank apple cider have become ill. Victims range in age from less than one year to 89 years old. Laboratory results are currently pending, per samples submitted to both the IDPH lab in Illinois and the CDC lab,… Continue Reading

State Legislatures Pass on Adopting GMO-Labeling Policies This Year

U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) may want to send some thank-you letters out to state legislative leaders who shut down efforts to get in his way this year. Pompeo is the GOP’s point man in Congress on federal policy to preempt the states from writing their own laws requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This… Continue Reading

17 Reportedly Sickened After Eating at Illinois Golf Course Restaurant

A possible foodborne illness may have sickened 17 people who ate at the Grumpy Goat Tavern in Elgin, IL, on Saturday. The Kane County Health Department in Aurora, IL, is investigating the reports. Those suffering from “gastrointestinal disorders” had eaten from a buffet at the restaurant in The Highlands of Elgin Golf Course after participating in a… Continue Reading

Illinois Governor Signs Cottage Food Bill in Kitchen of 12-Year-Old Baker

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, a first-term Democrat in a tough re-election campaign against Republican businessman Bruce Rauner, traveled to the town of Troy, IL, near St. Louis on Tuesday to sign the so-called “cupcake bill” in the kitchen of 12-year-old baker Chloe Stirling. His signature made Stirling’s home baking business legal once again. It had… Continue Reading