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Publisher’s Platform: One, Two Three Sprouts You’re Out

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Three sprout outbreaks (Sproutbreak – Sproutpocalypse – Sproutageddon – Sproutataclysm – Sproutastrophe) caused by Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria outbreaks since August?  One has been deadly and all have sent dozens to the hospital. As of yesterday, the CDC has reported a total of 63 persons infected with Salmonella Enteritidis from 10 states: Connecticut, Maine,… Continue Reading

Ongoing Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Sprouts

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At least 63 people  in 10 states have been sickened in a multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to bean sprouts, reported the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Friday. Bean sprouts distributed by Wonton Foods, Inc. of Brooklyn, NY have been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Enteriitdis that has sickened people in Connecticut, Maine,… Continue Reading

Avocados Recalled for Salmonella Risk

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A Houston, Texas company issued a voluntary recall of 80 cases of whole avocados after the product tested positive for Salmonella. Latin Specialties, Inc. recalled the avocados, which it received from grower Unity Groves Corp. of Florida, on October 30. The recall is ongoing, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s enforcement report. The… Continue Reading

Officials Investigating Possible Salmonella Outbreak in Massachusetts and Other States

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Health officials are investigating a series of potentially related Salmonella illnesses in multiple states, one of them known to be Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health revealed Thursday that it is investigating a possible cluster of Salmonella illnesses in the state, according to Fox25. The department said the potential multistate outbreak is also being investigated by federal… Continue Reading

Brown Rice Flour Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

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Lundberg Family Farms announced that it is voluntarily recalling specific bags of Brown Rice Flour because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled Eco-Farmed Brown Rice Flour (UPC# 0 73416 00550 1) and Organic Brown Rice Flour (UPC # 073416 00500 6) were distributed in retail store bulk bins, and 25lb bulk… Continue Reading

In Wake of Outbreak, Foster Farms Outlines Salmonella Reduction Program

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Foster Farms, the California-based poultry company whose chicken was the source of a recent 17-month Salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 600 people, has shared the plan it’s been implementing to control contamination of its product. The processor’s  program, highlighted Thursday in a press release covering the Delmarva Poultry Industry’s National Meeting on Poultry Health, has put $75… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Will Whole Genome Sequencing Solve More Outbreaks?

Opinion

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“No illnesses have been reported to date.” How many times have we read a food recall notice posted on either the FDA or FSIS websites and written by the companies recalling the product who use that self-serving statement?  I would say most of the time. In the past few months the CDC has reported three… Continue Reading

Five Questions About FDA’s Food Safety Challenge

Opinion

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(This blog post, published here on Oct. 21, 2014, is the first in a series of five-question interviews the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is doing with stakeholders in government innovation, food/food safety, and other areas that relate to the 2014 FDA Food Safety Challenge.) Today’s “Five Questions” features Palmer Orlandi, Ph.D., senior science advisor, U.S…. Continue Reading

Virginia Grower Recalls One Lot of Fresh Cilantro for Potential Salmonella

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Shenandoah Growers Inc. of Harrisonburg, VA, announced Wednesday that one lot of its conventional fresh-cut cilantro was being recalled due to the potential of Salmonella contamination. The company said the single lot, consisting of 465 plastic clamshell containers in all, was shipped to two customers in Maryland and Alabama (one retail distribution center and one… Continue Reading

CDC Shares Data on E. Coli and Salmonella in Beef

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A widely held belief among food safety experts is that the U.S. beef industry has made enormous strides in the past two decades to reduce outbreaks and recalls associated with beef. One of the many measures initiated by industry to help reduce illness associated with beef has been the Beef Safety Conference, held each year… Continue Reading