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Food Irradiation: Facts and Figures

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In October 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a draft risk assessment on the levels of contaminants in spices. The report made headlines nationwide for including the finding that 12 percent of spices imported to the U.S. were contaminated with everything from insects and rodent excrement to human hair and staples. Another major… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: False Story Was NOT Ours!

Opinion

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Food Safety News is often named as a trusted source by other media, which adds to our credibility as a valued asset. Anything that devalues our credibility concerns us greatly. We experienced one of those devaluing events this week. Two Food Safety News stories which were published almost one year apart — and had nothing… Continue Reading

Oysters Recalled for Potential Vibrio Contamination

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The Connecticut Department of Agriculture is recalling its Cape Neddick/Blue Point Oysters for potential Vibrio parahaemolyticus contamination. The recalled oysters were sold at various New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut Wegmans stores. They were labeled with the following UPC codes: 2-06146-00000, 2-06152-00000, 2-06153-00000. The recalled oysters were sold in Wegmans seafood… Continue Reading

Organic Juice Recalls Offers Lesson About Mycotoxins

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Naturally producing molds and fungi, can produce chemicals called  mycotoxins, which are ubiquitous in the natural world.  Patulin is one type of mycotoxin among several, and it found in apples and pears because it is produced by mold growth. Last week, a grocery store chain based in upstate New York recalled two of its store… Continue Reading

Third Complaint Filed Against State Garden in E. coli Outbreak

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A nasty outbreak in the Northeast of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 has brought a third lawsuit against Massachusetts-based State Garden Inc., which produced the organic spinach and spring mix blend bagged salads linked to the outbreak. Sanborn, NY residents Erica and Beth Duerr filed suit against State Garden Tusday in U.S. District Court for… Continue Reading

Salad Makings Blamed for 5-State E. coli Outbreak

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The Organic Spinach and Spring Mix Blend salad makings responsible for an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (STEC O157:H7) has sickened 28 and put ten people in hospitals. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta on Monday said most of the cases were in New York State. Of those… Continue Reading

NY Spinach E. coli Outbreak Rises to 19

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At least 19 New Yorkers have fallen ill in an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to spinach salad mix purchased at Wegmans stores. That number has risen from the 16 cases first confirmed by the New York State Department of Health on Friday. Of those ill, five have been hospitalized, with four already having been… Continue Reading

Spinach E. coli Outbreak: 16 Ill in New York

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At least 16 people have fallen ill with E. coli O157:H7 in New York after eating Wegmans brand spinach, the New York State Department of Health has confirmed with Food Safety News. Four patients have been hospitalized, with three of the four now discharged. Food Safety News is communicating with health departments in states where Wegmans grocery stores… Continue Reading

Federal and State Investigators Look into Spinach Recall

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State health officials and authorities at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a recall of spinach initiated Thursday by Wegmans grocery stores, according to a lawyer representing spinach distributor State Garden. “Our understanding is that Wegmans voluntarily recalled  two sizes of organic spinach as a precaution yesterday,” lawyer Gina Ameci wrote in a… Continue Reading