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GenomeTrakr is FDA’s version of Hoover’s fingerprint file

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Editor’s note: This article was originally posted on FDA’s Consumer Updates page. A person commits a crime, and the detective uses DNA evidence collected from the crime scene to track the criminal down. An outbreak of foodborne illness makes people sick, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses DNA evidence to track down… Continue Reading

Raw cat food recalled in U.S., Canada for Listeria, Salmonella

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Three flavors of Rad Cat Raw Diet pet foods are being recalled from 48 U.S. states and Western Canada because they might be contaminated with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes, posing a health hazard to humans and pets. Lab tests confirmed Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes in samples of the cat food from Radagast Pet Food Inc…. Continue Reading

Whole Foods macadamia nuts recalled after Salmonella test

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Marin Foods Specialties Inc. is recalling packaged raw macadamia nuts sold in Whole Foods Market stores because of possible Salmonella contamination. Routine testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration detected Salmonella in the raw macadamia nuts, which are labeled as “Whole Foods Market Raw Macadamia Nuts,” according to the recall notice. Based in Byron,… Continue Reading

Crescent Specialty recalls pistachios because of Salmonella

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At the request of the federal government, Crescent Speciality Foods Inc. is recalling raw pistachios because of possible contamination with Salmonella. The Everett, WA, company distributed the to retail stores and online stores in Oregon and Washington state from Oct. 21, 2015 through May 2 this year. No illnesses had been confirmed in relation to… Continue Reading

7 workers positive for Salmonella; restaurant reopens


Eleven people, including seven employees of Ajuua’s Mexican Restaurant, are confirmed with Salmonella infections related to the restaurant, which reopened Saturday. Ector County Health Department Director Gino Solla said late last week that the root cause of the outbreak was still unknown, but that fresh tomatoes and/or salsa made and served at the restaurant  in… Continue Reading

Appellants in PCA criminal case given more time to file briefs


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has set Oct. 5, 2016, as the deadline for appellants Stewart Parnell, Michael Parnell and Mary Wilkerson, to file briefs. Originally they were due on June 20. The trio is appealing their convictions and sentences in the Peanut Corporation of America criminal case that went to a jury trial in… Continue Reading

Possible Salmonella outbreak traced to Texas restaurant


Public health officials in Ector County Texas are investigating a possible Salmonella outbreak that has caused a restaurant owner in Odessa to voluntarily close his business. As of Tuesday, two lab-confirmed Salmonella cases had been traced back to Ajuga’s Mexican Restaurant at 2120 Andrews Highway, according to a report by KWES-TV. County Health Director Gino… Continue Reading

Poultry dangers: Live birds blamed for 7 ongoing outbreaks


Seven separate Salmonella outbreaks across 35 states sickened more than 300 people in the first four months of this year and are ongoing. All the outbreaks are being blamed on live poultry from “backyard flocks.” Public health officials from local to federal levels, along with veterinary and agriculture officials across the country are collaborating with… Continue Reading

Feds delay poultry testing; expect many operations to fail


Certain poultry producers have a few extra weeks to beef up their pathogen reduction programs, which were scheduled to face new Salmonella and Campylobacter testing beginning in May. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) won’t begin assessing whether poultry operations are meeting new pathogen reduction standards until July 1, according to… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: My New Hero, Walmart’s Frank Yiannas


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Last week I had the honor to speak at the Michigan State University (MSU) Food Safety Program (for those who follow me on Instagram, I took a ferry, car, train and plane to get there).  The speech was included in two days of sessions facilitated by Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety & Health, Walmart,… Continue Reading