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Food bank recalls 11 tons of chia seeds for rodent droppings

An Oregon company apparently donated more than 11 tons of chia seeds to a food bank in the Feeding America network after it discovered there was “evidence of rodent activity” in its stock. The Oregon Food Bank Network initiated a recall yesterday of the 22,201 pounds of chia seeds donated by Live Local Organic of… Continue Reading

Specific kratom brands recalled amid nationwide outbreak

An Oregon company is recalling three brands of kratom powder products because samples have tested positive for Salmonella and an illness has been reported in connection with one of the products. PDX Aromatics of Portland, OR, sold the recalled products directly to consumers via websites between Jan. 18 and Feb. 18, according to the company’s… Continue Reading

Netflix documentary series recounts salad bar bioterror attack

Netflix is set to premiere a series called “Wild Wild Country” this month that tells the story of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and the largest bioterror attack in U.S. history. In 1984, more than 700 people in The Dalles, OR, contracted Salmonella infections after followers of Rajneesh sprinkled the pathogen on salad bar ingredients in 10 local… Continue Reading

Allergic reaction prompts Royal Asia to recall soup from Costco

Tai Foong USA of Seattle is recalling Royal Asia branded frozen “Shrimp Wonton Noodle Soup” — sold exclusively at Costco stores in six states — because it contains egg that is not declared on the label and has caused a confirmed reaction in at least one person. Costco began selling the soup in January at stores in… Continue Reading

Warm weather warnings for shellfish lovers nationwide

From the Pacific Northwest to the Florida Keys, public health officials warn of increasing dangers from foodborne bacteria in raw and undercooked oysters and other shellfish as summer approaches. “Naturally occurring bacteria in warm coastal seawater becomes more abundant in the summer months and can concentrate in the tissues of oysters and other shellfish,” according… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Public’s right to know should trump trade secrets

Opinion

ICYMI, as the texters say, the FDA finally came clean about a dirty food production operation, naming Dixie Dew Products Inc. as the manufacturer of soy-based goo marketed as an allergen-free alternative to peanut butter. The revelation Friday evening came weeks after FDA inspectors found filthy conditions, insect infestation and broken food safety equipment at… Continue Reading

FDA shuts down soy nut butter maker linked to E. coli outbreak

Officials expect more victims, urge consumers and food operations to check for recalled products

The FDA has finally named and shut down the manufacturer of soy nut butter implicated in an ongoing nationwide E. coli outbreak, noting that records and employees at Dixie Dew Products Inc. revealed food safety violations going back at least 15 years. Federal officials say they believe all of the potentially contaminated products made with… Continue Reading

Tainted soy butter spurs recalls one by one; FDA remains mum

Pro Sports Club recall of 20/20 bars likely first of many secondary recalls amidst E. coli outbreak

As federal officials remain silent on sales and distribution details about a soy-based peanut butter substitute linked to a nationwide E. coli outbreak, secondary recalls of products made with the tainted soy butter have begun, leaving consumers to wonder how long they will have to wait for companies to voluntarily reveal how many more foods are… Continue Reading