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Another tomato grower loses claim regarding 2008 outbreak


The U.S. Court of Federal Claims two years ago ruled that food safety warnings are not “regulatory takings” by the government, and, therefore, Uncle Sam does not have to compensate tomato growers who lost money when the public was told tomatoes might have been responsible for a 2008 Salmonella outbreak. Now the 4th U.S. Circuit… Continue Reading

Nine Salmonella illnesses linked to raw milk from Utah dairy


Officials with the Utah Department of Health are investigating nine cases of Salmonella infection in people who reported drinking raw milk from a family-run dairy in Midland, UT. Those sickened were from at least three counties along the Wasatch Front, a department spokeswoman said. Two of the nine were hospitalized but have recovered. Illness onset dates were March… Continue Reading

Tomato Growers Lose ‘Takings’ Lawsuit Against FDA


Food safety warnings are not “regulatory takings” by the government, and, therefore, Uncle Sam does not have to compensate tomato growers who lost big money when the public was warned about a 2008 Salmonella outbreak. Tomato “growers, packers, and shippers” in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina have lost the claim they made for federal reimbursement… Continue Reading

Chia Seeds: 65 Salmonella Infections, Expanding Recall


Chia seeds are an increasingly popular ingredient in the health food world. The Dr. Oz Show and various health magazines have been highlighting them, and recipes with this “superfood” have been popping up all over Pinterest and BuzzFeed. But before you go adding chia powder to your morning smoothie, check to be sure it isn’t… Continue Reading

Tomato Growers Want Compensation for Losses in 2008 Outbreak


Five years after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) legally, but mistakenly, warned people in Texas and New Mexico that tomatoes were likely responsible for a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul, the tomato growers who suffered losses want to be compensated. In a claim filed this week with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims,… Continue Reading

FDA Lifts Ban on Mexican Cucumbers Linked to 2013 Salmonella Outbreak


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will no longer detain cucumbers from the Mexican growers whose products were linked to an outbreak of Salmonella earlier this year. The agency removed the two cucumber suppliers from its import alerts list this week, meaning that their products can no longer be “detained without physical examination.” The cucumbers… Continue Reading

Update: 81 Ill in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Imported Cucumbers


An outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul linked to imported cucumbers has sickened at least 81 people in 18 states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from the 78 illnesses CDC reported April 25. The number of patients hospitalized as a result of their infections has risen from 14 to 16… Continue Reading

CDC Examines ’08 Salmonella Saintpaul Outbreak

It’s probably no comfort to tomato growers who lost their crop that year, but the team that investigated the 2008 Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak has stepped up with an explanation on why there was not more precision in naming the source of the pathogen–they say it was complicated. Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine,… Continue Reading

TV Was Kind to Tomatoes in ’08 Salmonella Outbreak

TV’s role in the Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak of 2008, which wreaked havoc with the nation’s tomato crop, is the subject of a new academic study by Texas Tech University. Published in the November issue of Food Protection Trends, produced by the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), the study uses “framing theory” to examine how… Continue Reading