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Organic chia, flax powders on recall for Salmonella risk


Advantage Health Matters is recalling Organic Traditions branded sprouted flax seed powder and sprouted chia powder products because of possible Salmonella contamination. Similar products under the Organic Traditions brand were linked to a Salmonella outbreak in 2014 that sickened more than 80 people in the U.S. and Canada. As of 4:30 EST today the U.S…. Continue Reading

More organic macadamia nuts and butters recalled after Salmonella test


Living Tree Community Foods of Berkeley, Calif., is recalling its “Alive, Organic Macadamia Nuts” and “Alive, Organic Macadamia Butter” because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled organic macadamia nuts and butter were distributed to retailers in California and Connecticut and nationwide to mail order customers, according to the recall notice… Continue Reading

Officials decline to name Kentucky restaurant in Salmonella outbreak


The Estill County, Kentucky Health Department reports that it is investigating a Salmonella outbreak in the community. Of the 41 people showing symptoms, 19 are confirmed to have Salmonella infections. All 19 of those people reported eating at one restaurant before becoming sick, but county and state health officials have not named that restaurant. The… Continue Reading

Mahina Mele Farms expands recall of macadamia nut products


Mahina Mele Farms LLC has expanded its recall of macadamia nuts and macadamia nut butter to include all products distributed from Oct. 21, 2015, through Jan. 20. A sample from one lot of macadamia nuts tested by the Food and Drug Administration tested positive for Salmonella, spurring the initial recall by the company, which is… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Could announcing July E. coli outbreak have prevented Chipolte’s fall


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Yesterday, with the announcement of an expanded criminal investigation and slumping sales, combined with a stock price creeping slightly back up from the bottom after a multi-billion dollar free fall, it does make you wonder if Chipotle could have turned its bus around before it drove off this cliff? Now it could be facing criminal… Continue Reading

Chipotle plans $50 million ad blitz amidst expanded federal criminal investigation

Chipotle founder and co-CEO Steve Ells

Characterizing a string of foodborne illness outbreaks as an “unfortunate set of events,” Chipotle Mexican Grill’s founder Steve Ells reported the chain’s net income dropped 44 percent in the last quarter of 2015. Ells’ co-CEO Montgomery Moran revealed more bad news yesterday during the Denver company’s quarterly earnings conference call — the Department of Justice… Continue Reading

Multistate Salmonella outbreak tied to RAW Meal organic shake powders

Raw Meal Salmonella outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has joined states in an investigation or a Salmonella Virchowa outbreak that has infected at least 11 people across nine states. “The epidemiologic and laboratory evidence available at this time suggest that RAW Meal Organic Shake & Meal products made by Garden of Life LLC are a likely source of… Continue Reading

Braga Organic Farms recalls pistachios after Salmonella test

Braga Organic Farms

Braga Organic Farms of Madera, Calif., has voluntarily recalled pistachios and other products because of possible  Salmonella contamination. The recalled products were distributed in retail stores in California, Oregon and Washington, and nationwide via online sales. The products are packaged in clear or green standup bags with date codes stamped on the bottom of the bags…. Continue Reading

UPDATED: CDC declares Chipotle E. coli outbreaks over; cause unknown

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The two most recent outbreaks linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants appear to be over, according to federal officials who say the root cause of the E. coli infections has not been determined. Testing of fresh produce, meat and other foods from Chipotle restaurants has not provided investigators with much insight, according to the Centers… Continue Reading

Nothing ruled out yet as cause of Chipotle E. coli outbreaks

Chipotle founder and co-CEO Steve Ells

As executives with Chipotle Mexican Grill prepare a new advertising campaign — sans food safety references — federal officials say nothing has been ruled out as the root cause of E. coli outbreaks among the chain’s customers. However, Chipotle officials suggested they have information about the cause of some of their customers’ illnesses in a… Continue Reading