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Possible pasteurization failure spurs cottage cheese warning

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Wisconsin officials are warning of a possible pasteurization failure and advising the public to not eat a specific lot of cottage cheese made by Westby Cooperative Creamery. The consumer alert is for 4 percent cottage cheese from the cooperative in Westby, WI. The implicated lot was sold on or before Aug. 26 in plastic containers… Continue Reading

Oysters recalled in Canada because of Salmonella

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Five Star Shellfish Inc. is recalling oysters from Canadian retailers because of possible Salmonella contamination. The Prince Edward Island company distributed the Five Star branded oysters to retailers in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario, according to the recall notice posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. There is a possibility the oysters were distributed to other… Continue Reading

Summit County public health official takes issue with coverage

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I am writing to express my disappointment in your Aug. 10 story, “Privately provided stool samples flush out Salmonella outbreak.” The story does not accurately characterize or describe the general policies of the Summit County Public Health Department or the specific actions that were carried out related to this particular outbreak. Summit County Public Health,… Continue Reading

Government gets extra time to respond on DeCosters’ rehearing

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The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wants the government to have sufficient time to respond before it decides whether to grant a rehearing on the jail sentences for 82-year-old Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his 53-year-old son Peter DeCoster, the egg men implicated in a nationwide Salmonella outbreak in 2010. Once the U.S. Department of Justice’s… Continue Reading

Officials relying on consumers to stop unlicensed caterer

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Despite differences in rules between the American and National leagues, three strikes means you’re out no matter who you are — rogue caterer Rick Stevenson is no doubt thankful those rules don’t seem to apply to him. In July, at least two dozen people got sick — three with confirmed Salmonella infections — at “the… Continue Reading

Wal-Mart’s chicken safety program shows significant results

Wal-Mart's Great Value brand chicken parts such as these drumsticks are now produced under stricter food safety requirements, as is all chicken provided to the retailer by U.S. suppliers.

With four steps, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has taken a giant leap in poultry food safety, reporting a decrease of the frequency of Salmonella contamination of chicken parts to 2 percent. The multi-national retailer has been working with its U.S. chicken suppliers on stepped-up food safety requirements since December 2014. Suppliers of chicken parts such as… Continue Reading

Tehina and hummus recalled in Israel for Salmonella contamination

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The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the country’s Ministry of Health say that tehina and hummus products sold to the army by Shamir Salads were contaminated with Salmonella. After finding “health anomalies” in samples from the salads, IDF returned the products to the company. Two other salad producers, Tsabar (Sabra) and Achla, also reported their products… Continue Reading

Caterer without permit linked to Salmonella outbreak

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A rogue caterer who has been operating without proper permits since at least 2012 has been named in a rare move by public health officials in Tacoma, WA. Operating as Mr. Rick’s Catering, Rick Stevenson’s food is the suspected vehicle in a Salmonella outbreak that could impact 175 people in multiple counties. Tacoma-Pierce County Health… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Sending condolences to Chipotle’s PR guy

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What a drag it must be to wake up every day as the public relations guy for Chipotle Mexican Grill. Seriously, consumers to the left of you, media to the right, and there you are — stuck in the middle with Steve Ells and the burrito bunch. For almost a year now the Denver-based fast… Continue Reading

Privately provided stool samples flush out Salmonella outbreak

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Clarification: After the original version of this article was published, Summit County Public Health officials informed Food Safety News that the department had actually collected more than 70 stool samples in connection with the Salmonella outbreak. They said all samples were submitted for laboratory testing. For more information on Summit County’s response to this outbreak, please see… Continue Reading