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Salmonella outbreak traced to fish fry likely winding down

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More than 50 people have been sickened in a Salmonella outbreak in Tennessee apparently stemming from a volunteer fire department fish fry fund raiser earlier this month. Multiple media in and around Lacassas, TN, are reporting that a Sept. 10 fish fry at the Lascassas Fire Department has been identified as the likely outbreak event,… Continue Reading

Another Seattle restaurant closed amid illness outbreak

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Another foodborne illness outbreak has closed another Seattle restaurant. This time around it’s the Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge in the city’s Queen Anne neighborhood. The closure notice from Public Health – Seattle & King County is brief and slim on details. As of Friday health officials couldn’t even say whether the sick people are… Continue Reading

Staff of life can pose food safety dangers

A deer makes its way through a wheat field on the Palouse region in southeast Washington. More land is planted with wheat in the world than any other crop. It provides 20 percent of the world’s caloric consumption, and 20 percent of the protein for half of the world’s poorest people. (Photo by Horst Onken)

Just as wheat is the staff of life in many human civilizations, it is as important to animals and insects. In fact, they love it, as anyone who has lived near or worked in the wheat fields very well knows. All manner of critters, including deer, birds and rodents, will seize the opportunity to dine on… Continue Reading

Wilkerson remains in search of PCA ‘exculpatory documents’


Mary Wilkerson has been here before. She’s the only defendant in the Peanut Corporation of America criminal case to be convicted and sentenced for the cover-up related to Salmonella testing rather than the criminal conspiracy related to a deadly outbreak. Wilkerson, 43, is serving a five-year sentence at the federal prison in Marianna, FL, for… Continue Reading

Not a lot standing between egg man Jack DeCoster and jail


The sole question remaining before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals is whether the federal jail sentences imposed on Austin “Jack” DeCoster and Peter DeCoster are lawful in light of the findings at sentences. In a newly filed response to the DeCosters’ request for a rehearing on their three-month sentences, government attorneys say the sentences… Continue Reading

Salmonella spurs Illinois company to recall frozen shrimp

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A Northbrook, IL, company is recalling an undisclosed amount of frozen shrimp imported from Vietnam and distributed in nine states because of Salmonella contamination. Censea Inc., also known as Central Seaway Co. Inc., is recalling “A-PAC” brand headless shell on black tiger shrimp from restaurants, retailers and wholesalers after tests by the Arizona Department of… Continue Reading

Research reveals eggs from small flocks more likely to contain Salmonella


Penn State researchers have found that eggs from small flocks of chickens are more likely to be contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis than eggs sold in grocery stores, which typically come from larger flocks. That conclusion was drawn from a six-month study done last year in Pennsylvania. Researchers from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences collected and… Continue Reading

Canadian company recalls oysters because of Salmonella

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Atlantic Shellfish Products Inc. is recalling oysters sent to retailers after Salmonella was detected during testing by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. As of the Monday posting of the recall notice, no illnesses had been reported in connection with the Atlantic Shellfish branded oysters. Officials were not sure if the implicated oysters had been distributed… Continue Reading

Asher’s Chocolates recalls 41 products because of Salmonella

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Asher’s Chocolates/Lewistown Inc. is recalling 41 different chocolate and snack products from retailers nationwide after routine testing by the company returned positive results for Salmonella. “In our 124 years of business, we have never previously detected Salmonella in our testing. We are working and cooperating fully with the U. S. Food & Drug Administration on… Continue Reading

Salmonella outbreak linked to NC cheeses appears to be over

This is one of the photos from the Chapel Hill Creamery website that shows the company's production process.

It’s been more than a month since the last Salmonella case was confirmed in an outbreak traced to cheeses from a North Carolina company, suggesting the episode is over. Some of the implicated cheeses were made with unpasteurized, raw milk. Chapel Hill Creamery recalled all of its cheese and ceased operations in late July. North Carolina’s… Continue Reading