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Oregon Campylobacter Cluster Prompts Raw Oyster Recall


The Oregon Health Authority has announced the investigation of a cluster of three Campylobacter cases among Oregon residents who consumed raw oysters. The oysters came from two different markets in Lane and Coos counties and were harvested from Coos Bay Oyster Company of Charleston, OR. Campylobacter is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes… Continue Reading

Two Cases of Rare Salmonella Detected in Oregon


Two Oregonians have tested positive for a rare strain of Salmonella known as Salmonella overschie, according to the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division. The first patient was a 28-year-old Coos County woman who fell ill in December. The second case was a minor in Lane County, which is separated from Coos County by Douglas… Continue Reading

Oregon Demands Documents on 5-Hour Energy’s Marketing Claims


The Oregon Department of Justice is demanding that the makers of 5-Hour Energy hand over data supporting its advertising claims that the drink is doctor-recommended and that consumers won’t “crash” when its effects wear off. According to The Oregonian, the state is part of a 33-state investigation into the accuracy of the caffeinated drink’s marketing… Continue Reading

China Bans Shellfish From U.S. West Coast for Arsenic and Toxin Levels


China has suspended imports of shellfish from the West Coast of the United States after finding  high levels of arsenic and a toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning in recent shipments of geoduck clams from Northwest waters. The indefinite ban affects clams, oysters and all other two-shelled bivalves harvested off the coast of Washington, Oregon, Alaska… Continue Reading

Oregon Seed Policy Dispute Sprouts Up on Special Session Agenda


The state, not a patchwork of local voters, should regulate seed, according to the Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB). The bureau’s policy was turned into Senate Bill 633 during the last session of the Oregon Legislature, but it did not get a vote in the House. Now, SB 633 is back as part of the special… Continue Reading

Listeria Concern Prompts Hummus Recall in Oregon, Washington


A Washington state-based company is recalling some of its hummus products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Penny’s Salsa of Auburn, WA initiated a recall of certain hummus products Sunday after two types of the spread tested positive for Listeria, according to the Oregonian. The hummus was sold at QFC locations in Oregon,… Continue Reading

Final Report: 134 Sickened in Foster Farms Chicken Salmonella Outbreak


At least 134 people in 13 states fell ill with Salmonella Heidelberg in an outbreak connected to Foster Farms chicken between June 2012 and April 2013. The outbreak appears to be over, the U.S. Centers Disease Control and Prevention announced on Thursday in its final outbreak report. Of those ill, 33 (25 percent) required hospitalization…. Continue Reading

GM Wheat May Have Escaped from USDA Storage


The mystery of how a variety of genetically engineered wheat supposedly abandoned by Monsanto years ago was found growing in an eastern Oregon field a few weeks ago has taken an interesting turn. USDA’s own National Center for Genetic Resource Preservation, located in Fort Collins, CO, was storing the GM wheat seed as recently as… Continue Reading

GMO Wheat Found in Oregon Was Isolated Incident, Says USDA


While the reaction from trading partners was immediate with a significant impact on markets and Monsanto opponents did not miss an opportunity to crow, USDA says genetically modified wheat plants found in Oregon was an isolated event. “As of today, USDA has neither found nor been informed of anything that would indicate that this incident… Continue Reading