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CDC: Salmonella Outbreak Blamed on Bearded Dragons is Over

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The Salmonella outbreak blamed on pet bearded dragons is over, but the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta expects that a lower level of infections from the reptiles will continue. In a final update on the outbreak involving both the Salmonella Cotham and the Salmonella Kisarawe strains, CDC reported that 166… Continue Reading

Peanut, Almond Butters Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination After Four Sickened

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Six brands of peanut butter and almond butter have been recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. The recall, announced Tuesday, includes peanut and almond butter products sold by Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. nSpired Natural Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain retail lots of Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butters, MaraNatha Almond Butters and Peanut Butters, and… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Week Three of the PCA Trial

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Shortly after I relocated to Colorado for sunshine and dry snow a decade ago, I found myself swept up for jury duty. When it came time for “we, the jury” to decide whether or not the defendant was guilty as charged on several state felony counts, the court gave us “cheat sheets” to guide our… Continue Reading

How CDC Uses Antibiotic Resistance Data

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Over the past year, you may have noticed that antimicrobial resistance information has been incorporated in the outbreak reports put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency recently introduced the measure to address the goal of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) to get such information to the public…. Continue Reading

McCormick Recalls Ground Oregano for Possible Salmonella Contamination

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McCormick & Company Inc. is initiating a voluntary recall of McCormick® Ground Oregano, 0.75-oz. bottle, UPC 0-523561-6 with code dates BEST BY AUG 21 16 H and AUG 22 16 H due to possible contamination with Salmonella. This recall does not impact any other McCormick Ground, Whole or Oregano Leaves products. Salmonella is an organism… Continue Reading

In the Dark: Witness Says Kellogg’s Didn’t Know What it was Getting From PCA

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Kellogg’s of Battle Creek believed it was getting what it had ordered from Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). It wanted only domestic peanuts free of Salmonella contamination, period. But each time a tanker truck with a 40,000-pound load left PCA’s Blakely, GA, peanut processing plant, Kellogg’s was getting something else entirely. The big tanker trucks were… Continue Reading

Florida Firm Recalls Avocados for Potential Salmonella Contamination

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Brooks Tropicals LLC of Homestead, FL, is recalling 401 boxes of fresh green-skin avocados with a single Lot # 2610 because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been associated with this recall, but the company said that it was being initiated as a precaution. The potential for contamination was discovered by a… Continue Reading

Federal Data Show Increases, Decreases in Antimicrobial Trends

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A day before its 2014 Scientific Meeting at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) released its latest Executive Report, detailing the trends in antimicrobial resistance. NARMS is a partnership between FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Agriculture to track antibiotic resistance in foodborne Salmonella,… Continue Reading

Study: Shoppers Spread Raw Poultry Juices at Store, Home

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Shoppers may want to be more mindful of what they touch after handling packages of raw poultry at the grocery store, according to a new study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on consumer safety behavior when shopping for poultry. Researchers in the study found that few people used either the plastic bags intended… Continue Reading

Real-Life Stories Reveal the True Impact of Foodborne Illness

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Alex Donley was a tender-hearted 6-year-old who dreamed of someday being a paramedic when he was stricken with an E. coli infection in 1993 after eating a hamburger made from contaminated ground beef. Four days later, he died in a hospital room after suffering a horrific bout of hemolytic uremic syndrome, a kidney disease stemming… Continue Reading