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Nursing mom finds lizard in bagged salad; worried about baby

Federal officials are investigating a report from a Maine woman who said she found a dead lizard while eating in salad made with a bag of chopped lettuce from California, according to state officials. When Michelle Carr of Kittery, ME, found the dead reptile with her salad fork, she “immediately started to retch,” both WMUR… Continue Reading

Deadly outbreak tied to romaine ongoing; no recall, few details

Little information is available to the public in the U.S. or Canada more than six weeks into a deadly E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. The risk is ongoing in both countries, officials report. Canadian officials are suggesting consumers in some provinces avoid all romaine lettuce. Government officials haven’t revealed any information about implicated… Continue Reading

Arizona bill could endanger food safety nationwide

Arizona lawmakers are considering a bill that seeks to do away with state licensing for a wide variety of professions, trades and positions — including packers of fresh produce and other foods. With the state being No. 2 in the nation for production of lettuce and leafy greens, the deregulation legislation could compromise food safety… Continue Reading

Dole salad listeria outbreak numbers increase in Canada

The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with federal and provincial public health partners, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration to investigate an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to Dole Food Co. and PC Organics packaged salad products produced from a U.S. processing facility in Springfield, Ohio. Currently, there are… Continue Reading

Dole Recalls Lettuce from Canada

Product distributed in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Possibly National, Prince Edward Island, Quebec. Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc., is recalling various pre-packaged chopped salads, salad blends and kits, and leafy green products from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume and distributors, retailers and food service establishments… Continue Reading

Outbreaks Bring Downward Pressure on Chipotle Stock

Food poisoning outbreaks involving Chipotle Mexican Grill outlets are eroding its overall stock value, which last summer hit a per-share high of $756. The company’s shares closed Monday at $624, a drop of 2.5 percent. Traded under the symbol “CMG” on the New York Stock Exchange, the “fast casual” restaurant chain has recently experienced three… Continue Reading

ISU Food Safety Campaign Focuses on Leafy Greens

Because leafy greens such as lettuce and spinach are often a source of contamination, Iowa State University researchers are targeting their safe handling in an effort to protect older adults, who are particularly susceptible to severe illness or death in foodborne illness outbreaks. Dr. Susan W. Arendt, associate professor of hospitality management at Iowa State,… Continue Reading

Final Report: 94 Sickened in Federico’s E. Coli Outbreak, Lettuce Implicated

At least 94 people fell ill with E. coli O157:H7 after dining at a single Federico’s Mexican Restaurant location in Litchfield Park, AZ, according to the final outbreak report released on Monday by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. The final report summarizes the investigation into the outbreak, in which patients began falling ill… Continue Reading