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Organic turmeric ginger green tea recalled for Salmonella risk

Republic of Tea organic turmeric ginger green tea

The Republic of Tea is recalling its Organic Turmeric Ginger Green Tea in response to a possible health risk. The Novato, CA-based company stated April 29, 2016, that it was notified by a supplier of the possibility that one lot of its organic ginger ingredient may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. There have been no illnesses reported… Continue Reading

Is that the answer blowin’ in the wind, or pathogen drift?


“The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.” — Bob Dylan The question in the case of food safety is: “What’s blowing in the wind?” Turns out it can be dangerous pathogens such as E. coli, Campylobacter and Salmonella when manure is spread on the land, which is a common agricultural practice. At least that’s… Continue Reading

Costco, Diamond Pet Food pay dog owners for poison pet food


The Ottawa-based Consumer Law Group says Diamond Pet Food and Costco are now paying out varying amounts to settle damage claims from Canadians whose pets required screening and/or treatment when some were exposed to Salmonella in 2011 and 2012. A class action law firm first announced the settlement in March. Consumer Law Group led the class action… Continue Reading

CVS recalls organic herbal tea because of Salmonella


Organic spiced herbal tea is under a nationwide recall by CVS Pharmacy because one of the ingredients is potentially contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled Gold Emblem Abound branded organic spiced herbal tea was distributed nationwide, according to a recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration’s website. It can be identified by the UPC number… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: A Salmonella Outbreak to Forget — Chili’s Vernon Hills 2003



On June 30, 2003, Lake County Health Department (LCHD) received a report from Lake Forest Hospital indicating that a patient was ill with a Salmonella infection. The LCHD immediately contacted the patient and interviewed him, using a questionnaire that is standard for the epidemiological investigation of foodborne illness outbreaks.One of the first things learned by… Continue Reading

California testing confiscated cheese; outbreak continues


California officials continue to investigate a five-month Salmonella outbreak they believe is connected to Mexican-style soft cheeses and are testing cheese seized from Bakersfield woman’s home. Grace Martinez told BakersfieldNow.com that the 30 packages of cheese officials took from her home were brought to the U.S. by her family members from Sinaloa, Mexico. She sells… Continue Reading

New Stanford center targets Salmonella with $10M grant

Markus Covert will head the Allen Discovery Center for Multiscale Systems Modeling of Macrophage Infection  at Stanford University.

A new center at Stanford University has Salmonella in its crosshairs, with a $10 million grant to use against the bacteria that causes more than 100 million infections annually. The Allen Discovery Center for Multiscale Systems Modeling of Macrophage Infection will be directed by Markus Covert, an associate professor of bioengineering. The center takes its… Continue Reading

2 million base pairs later: CDC stands by DNA evidence


Last month, when health officials reported they discovered a pathogenic connection between raw milk from a Pennsylvania dairy and two illnesses in 2014 — one in California and the other in Florida — a wave of disbelief and condemnation began rippling out from the raw milk community. News stories about the announcement from the Centers… Continue Reading

Buffets Inc. bankrupt, may not pay outbreak victim’s damages

Old Country Buffet

A federal court order demanding payment of $11.37 million to a severely injured Salmonella victim may now be worth nothing more than an invitation to a bankruptcy meeting for unsecured creditors. The March 7 bankruptcy of Texas-based Buffets Inc., its third since 2008, limits the ability of a Nebraska man with life-threatening injures to collect… Continue Reading

Health secretary tells antibiotic-resistance panel to stay on task

Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell

Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia M. Burwell could not be more succinct in what she wants out of the next two days. She penned a letter to the leadership of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combatting Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria about the need to focus today and tomorrow during the group’s meetings in Washington D.C…. Continue Reading