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Raw milk, tap water on survey about Nebraska outbreak

Nebraska health officials want the public’s help with an investigation of a possible outbreak of gastrointestinal illnesses in and around the Beaver City. Even people who have not been sick are being asked to complete a survey, which includes questions about consuming unpasteurized milk, sources of tap water and dining at area restaurants. “If your… Continue Reading

Solicitor General Opinion Favors Colorado’s Marijuana Industry

The Solicitor General of the United Sates says that recreational marijuana is Colorado’s business and there is no need for the U.S. Supreme Court to review claims from Nebraska and Oklahoma that they are owed something because the legal weed is being trafficked beyond the Centennial State’s borders. Nebraska and Oklahoma sued Colorado a year ago… Continue Reading

Egg-Producing States File Appeal Over California’s Proposition 2

States that, until recently, sold a total of 2 billion shell eggs a year in California clearly don’t intend to give up on that lucrative Golden State market without a fight. After first getting tossed from federal court, they’ve now returned with bulked-up arguments to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The… Continue Reading

Amendments to Nebraska Bill Might be Expansion Card for Smithfield Foods

Recently filed amendment language now pending in the Nebraska Legislature could clear the way for Chinese-owned Smithfield Foods Inc. to own, control, and feed hogs in contract swine operations in the state. The foreign-owned agribusiness is already a major employer in Nebraska. At a public hearing last month, Legislative Bills (LB) 175 and 176 pitted the independent… Continue Reading

635 Ill with Cyclospora; Taylor Farms Resumes Production

After announcing on Monday that the Cyclospora illnesses in Texas were not linked to the outbreak in Iowa and Nebraska, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have kept their case count at 610 people in 22 states. That number lags behind the official count by the Texas Department of State Health Services, which… Continue Reading

Parasites Infect More Than 500 People; Count Up in 7 States

Cyclosporine parasites continued to find Homo sapiens as hosts in at least seven states as the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta again marked the progress of the 16-state outbreak.  CDC’s official scorecard for the first time climbed over the 500 mark, reaching 504 confirmed cases on the one cell parasite… Continue Reading

New Texas Illnesses Bring Cyclospora Case Count to 469

An increase of 44 cases in Texas over the weekend has brought the number of confirmed illnesses from recent Cyclospora outbreaks to 469, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. At least 171 Texans have fallen ill with Cyclospora since early June. Texas health department spokeswoman Christine Mann told Food Safety News investigators are… Continue Reading

Cyclospora Case Count Rises to 418

At least 418 people in 16 states are now known to have been sickened with cyclospora infections between mid-June and mid-July, according to updated numbers from state health departments as of the end of the day Thursday. This latest case count marks a 40-case jump from the 378 illnesses reported by the Centers for Disease… Continue Reading