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Beach Beat: FSN à la ‘Night Gallery’ with a side of E. coli



Pondering the news from this week’s food safety beat, I found myself perplexed, paranoid and peeved. A terrifying trio of unrelated stories was begging for a beach beating. I was passionate enough to think I would not need to court the muse. Three hours later, nothing worth reading had crossed my keyboard. The “Pathogens’ Field… Continue Reading

Raw milk producer says state’s testing method is the problem


The owner of a California organic dairy is working with state officials to find the source of Salmonella that has twice this month caused recalls of his raw milk, even though he believes the state’s test results are not indicative of the safety of his unpasteurized dairy products. The 500-cow operation, Organic Pastures Dairy Co. in… Continue Reading

Recall and quarantine targeted at Organic Pastures raw milk products — again


For the second time this month, Organic Pastures Dairy of Fresno, CA, is recalling raw milk products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. Late Monday, California State Veterinarian Annette Jones announced that raw milk and cream produced by Organic Pastures with a code date of June 1, 2016, is the subject of a statewide… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: DeCosters – Three Months Seem Just About Right



Jack DeCoster and Peter DeCoster were sentenced April 13, 2015 by U.S. District Court Judge Mark Bennett to three months in prison for introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.  In addition, they were each required to pay $100,000. The DeCosters’s former company, Quality Egg LLC, was fined nearly $6.8 million. Eggs from their Iowa farms… Continue Reading

Garden of Life RAW Meal Salmonella Outbreak Not Quite Over


According to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Salmonella has been confirmed in one person in Wisconsin likely associated with recalled Garden of Life RAW Meal. DATCP is collaborating with Wisconsin Department of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the latest illness, including tracing the source… Continue Reading

Fish, chicken and dairy — mostly raw milk — top outbreak list


The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta is out with its annual report on foodborne disease outbreaks, showing 864 outbreaks involving 13,246 people, 712 hospitalizations and 21 deaths in 2014. CDC also reported the outbreaks led to 21 recalls of food products in 2014. Among the report’s other findings: Single food… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Secret outbreak investigation targeted packaged salads in April


UPDATE May 16, 2016: A spokeswoman for Pacific Coast Fruit Co. responded to Food Safety News today regarding the outbreak statement the company posted May 6 and later removed from its website. “This alert was pulled from our website Saturday pending confirmation of some additional information from Taylor. We are sorry for any inconvenience this posting may have caused,” Jaynelle… Continue Reading

Texas company recalls fresh peppers because of Salmonella fears


Montero Farms is recalling orange habanero peppers, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The McAllen, TX, company shipped the orange peppers in 8-pound cardboard boxes to locations in Indianapolis and McAllen beginning April 28 and continuing through Friday when the recall was posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website. The… Continue Reading

Organic tea recalled nationwide because of Salmonella

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Frontier Co-op of Norway, IA, is voluntarily recalling its Organic Hojicha Tea because of potential contamination with Salmonella bacteria. The recalled tea was sold nationwide from Dec. 13, 2014, through April 21 this year, according to the recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration’s website. No illnesses had been confirmed in connection with the… Continue Reading

Salmonella in Organic Pastures raw cream spurs another recall


Organic Pastures Dairy Co. of Fresno, CA, is again recalling its raw milk products because of contamination with pathogens. This time California inspectors found Salmonella bacteria in the company’s raw cream. No illnesses had been linked to the unpasteurized, raw cream as of the posting of the May 9 recall notice by the California Department… Continue Reading