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FDA Investigating Puffer Fish Poisoning in Virginia

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working with local officials to investigate a case of tetrodotoxin poisoning in Fairfax County, VA, which they suspect is linked to the consumption of imported puffer fish, according to a report from FDA. The patient under investigation received the puffer fish in a package from relatives in South… Continue Reading

Hundreds Sick in Japan from Pesticide-Contaminated Frozen Foods

Hundreds of people in Japan have been sickened by food contaminated with the pesticide malathion. Reports on the number of victims differ from at least 890 to more than 1,000. The mass poisoning has been traced to Maruha Nichiro Holdings, which is recalling about 6.4 million bags of frozen foods, including croquettes, frozen pizza and chicken nuggets, after 2.6… Continue Reading

Woods Hole Scientist: Fukushima Leak Not Affecting U.S. Seafood

Despite the recent admission from the Japanese government that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has been leaking radioactive water since it was badly damaged in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, U.S. seafood has not been affected, according to Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Buesseler has published an FAQ section… Continue Reading

Japan Suspends U.S. Wheat Purchases After GMO Discovery

Japan, the largest international buyer of U.S. wheat, has canceled its tender to buy U.S. white wheat after the discovery of a test strain of Monsanto’s genetically modified wheat had been found on an Oregon wheat farmer’s land, Reuters reports. Monsanto tested the Roundup-resistant wheat from 1998 to 2005, but it was never approved for… Continue Reading

Japan Agrees to Ease Mad Cow Restrictions on U.S. Beef

For only the second time in ten years, Japan on will further ease restrictions on U.S. beef imports starting February 1 to allow entry of beef and beef products from cattle less than 30 months of age. Previously, a 2006 restriction limited U.S. beef imports to products from cattle less than 20 months of age…. Continue Reading

Winter Norovirus Cases Spike Around Globe

Winter months consistently produce the highest numbers of Norovirus outbreaks, but early reports suggest that the bug may be striking a particularly large number of victims this season. In the United Kingdom, the number of confirmed Norovirus cases has risen to 72 percent higher than this time last year. In total, 3,877 citizens have been… Continue Reading

Brazil Kept Mad Cow Secret for Two Years

Enough beef to feed one million Americans for a year has been imported from Brazil without the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) mitigations that are supposed to be applied to countries where BSE is known to exist. That’s because for the past two years, USDA was operating under the assumption that Brazil had not experienced any… Continue Reading