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Loving Pets, Whole Hearted dog treats recalled for Salmonella

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Dogs and their owners are at risk of contracting Salmonella infections from eating and handling treats sold under the Loving Pets and Whole Hearted brands, according to a recall notice posted Wednesday by the FDA. Loving Pets of Cranbury, NJ, initiated the recall after routine food safety testing revealed Salmonella contamination of an ingredient from a… Continue Reading

Watchdog group sues USDA for names of poultry companies

Food & Water Watch says new poultry inspection system gives companies too much autonomy

A USDA poultry inspector checks carcasses as the production line moves. Photo courtesy of USDA

Food & Water Watch has filed suit against the USDA because the agency will not release the names of companies that have applied to switch to a voluntary program that allows for non-government poultry inspections. In its complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C., the watchdog group refers to the U.S. Department of… Continue Reading

Mahard Egg Farm on notice for Salmonella control violations

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An Oklahoma facility of Texas-based Mahard Egg Farm Inc. is on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for serious violations of federal regulations about Salmonella contamination prevention. In an April 26 warning letter that FDA just recently made public, the agency warned owner Earnest A. Mahard III that the company’s response after an October 2016… Continue Reading

CDC fowl warning: Hundreds sickened by backyard flocks

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More than a third of the 372 people infected with Salmonella from backyard flocks so far this year are children younger than 5 years old, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting eight separate outbreaks across 47 states. “These outbreaks are expected to continue for the next several months,” according to a public… Continue Reading

Appellate judges won’t release Wilkerson while awaiting appeal

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The extended visiting hours for Memorial Day weekend at Federal Correction Institution (FCI) Marianna probably won’t be much consolidation for 43-year-old Mary Wilkerson, who was denied in her second request for release on bail. She remains incarcerated at the western Florida panhandle federal prison. It’s about an hour from Wilkerson’s home in South Georgia. Circuit Judges… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Supreme Court weighs in without a word

High court declines to hear appeals of egg men in cases related to 2010 Salmonella outbreak

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I can hear a bit of silence in the board rooms of America. Monday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeals of Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, without comment. In April 2015 U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett sentenced the DeCosters to prison, saying they knew or should have known about the… Continue Reading

Supreme Court will not review DeCoster sentences in egg cases

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Austin “Jack” DeCoster, 83, and his 53-year old son Peter DeCoster are not going to get their day in the Supreme Court after all, but instead are likely to spend their summer and fall taking turns doing 3-month prison sentences at the Federal Prison Camp in Yankton, SD. The DeCosters had petitioned the U.S. Supreme… Continue Reading

County wants public’s help with ‘Safe Eats on Kern Streets’

Safe eats on Kern Streets poster

A program launched Monday by the Kern County Public Health Services seeks to reduce foodborne illnesses associated with food trucks and street vendors while encouraging the public to report sellers who don’t have proper permits. Based in Bakersfield, CA, the county’s public health department kicked off the “Safe Eats in Kern Streets” campaign Monday. Public… Continue Reading

Wilkerson seeks release on bail as Lightsey gains his freedom

Crimes and consequences in cases of peanut executives and deadly Salmonella outbreak

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Samuel Lightsey, the one-time operations manager for the Peanut Corporation of America’s processing plant in Blakely, GA, is out of prison with a new job at a company equipping the peanut industry. Another key figure in the PCA Salmonella saga, 43-year-old Mary Wilkerson, wants to be released from prison pending the outcome of her appeal,… Continue Reading

Salmonella risk for pets, people spurs Smallbatch Pets recall

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After federal testing showed Salmonella in frozen “Chicken Blend for Dogs and Cats” from Smallbatch Pets Inc., the company recalled the pet food because of risks to people and animals. The Portland, OR, company reported the 2-pound bags of frozen pet food was distributed to retailers in four states — California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington… Continue Reading