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KY Republican Puts Together Left-Right Coalition to Allow Interstate Raw Milk Sales

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A left-right libertarian coalition led by U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) is sponsoring two bills in Congress to permit the interstate sales of raw milk. Massie says the bills are but the first in a series of “food freedom” measures he plans to introduce. One would overturn the interstate ban on raw milk, while the… Continue Reading

Legislative Audit Questions Effectiveness of Louisiana Restaurant Inspections

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A new report published by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor questions whether inspection of restaurants and other retail food establishments are doing enough to prevent foodborne illness in the Bayou State. With its $9.5 billion tourist industry mostly built around food and music, the safety of Louisiana restaurant food is a subject of interest far beyond… Continue Reading

Uninspected Beef and Pork Products Recalled in Louisiana and Texas

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Lao Chareune Foods in Dallas, Texas is recalling approximately 8,200 pounds of beef and pork products because they were produced without the benefit of federal inspection and misbranded, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday. The company is recalling: -3-oz. and 8-oz. packages containing “Pork Snack Stick” -3.20-oz. packages containing… Continue Reading

Oysters At New Orleans Restaurant Cause Norovirus

Fourteen people became ill with norovirus after eating Gulf oysters at a New Orleans area restaurant on April 28 and 29, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) announced Tuesday. As a result, DHH has closed a key harvesting area on the Gulf coast west of the Mississippi River and recalled oysters harvested from… Continue Reading

Too Much Fresh Water May Kill Gulf Oysters

Coming a year after an oil spill and six years after a hugely damaging hurricane, the Gulf oyster industry fears too much fresh water coming down the Mississippi River could be its final strike. The Gulf lost half its oyster harvest last year, and is far from recovery now. “The Louisiana and Mississippi oyster industries… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: River Rising

When it was built just before the Civil War, the Nottoway Plantation House had about 80 acres of front yard between it and the Mississippi River. Today a dike that protects Nottoway from the Mighty Miss fills most of that area. Nottoway has not changed much since slaves built it in 1857. It survived the… Continue Reading

Lethal Listeria Outbreak Tied to Hog Head Cheese

In August, 2010, a half million pounds of sausages and hog head cheese were pulled off Louisiana grocery shelves in a recall triggered by what the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry said were Listeria monocytogenes isolates detected in a product sample from Veron Foods.  The contamination was discovered in the Prairieville-based company’s products, according… Continue Reading

Listeria Scare Brings Recall in Louisiana

A half million pounds of “ready to eat” sausages and hog headcheeses are being recalled in Louisiana for possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s Office of Animal Health and Food Safety said Veron Foods, LLC, based in Prairieville, LA, produced the 500,000 pounds sausage and cheese that is being… Continue Reading