State and local ballot issues involving food and agriculture sometimes push food safety onto the political stage. Not much of that is likely in 2018, however, because this year only a handful of states are going to be voting on food or agricultural measures.

According to Ballotpedia, the nonpartisan online political encyclopedia, Arizona, California, Colorado,…

This NASA photo shows a canal snaking through the Arizona desert near Yuma, AZ. Such canals carry water to communities and farmers.

Federal officials say contaminated canal water near romaine lettuce growing fields is the likely source of the unusually virulent strain of E. coli that has sickened people across 36…

For months a hepatitis A outbreak has been described in terms of homeless and drug-addicted victims in San Diego. New information this week from local, state and federal health officials shows a much broader geographic scope that is not limited by socio-economic boundaries.

On Tuesday, Sacramento authorities urged recent patrons Haggis Oaks Golf Course to…

In the last couple weeks, the posse has gotten bigger, but the source of a troubling E. coli O157:H7 outbreak on the Utah-Arizona border still has not been identified.

Now joined in the ongoing investigation into the Hildale,UT/Colorado City, AZ, area outbreak are the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, Mohave County Department of Health, Utah…

Food safety experts usually don’t see shelf life or expiration dates as big issues, but survey results consistently show that the public worries about those use-by and best-buy dates. It only stands to reason, then, that those who smoke or munch on marijuana would have similar concerns. Stepping up to help those worried about possibly…

Arizona lawmakers are considering a bill that seeks to do away with state licensing for a wide variety of professions, trades and positions — including packers of fresh produce and other foods. Arizone-lettuce-field With the state being No. 2 in the nation for production of lettuce and leafy greens, the deregulation legislation could compromise food safety…

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-tuna-roll-sushi-portrait-japanese-cuisine-image51374614At least 50 people in the southwestern U.S. have been sickened with a rare strain of Salmonella that has been associated with consumption of raw tuna sushi in several states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC said Monday that the agency is working with public health officials in nine…

Maricopa County, AZ, is reporting nine illnesses from a rare strain of Salmonella paratypi which officials say is associated with raw minced or ground tuna used in sushi. Disease onset for the nine AZ cases was from April 3-16, 2015, and three people have been hospitalized, the county reported on Friday, May 15. http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-tuna-maki-image16991138“We are…

The Pinal County Public Health Services District (PCPHSD) has temporarily suspended the food establishment permit of the Windmill Winery in Florence, AZ, after a wedding at the facility on March 19 was linked to a Salmonella outbreak. Health department officials were alerted to the outbreak when a wedding guest called to report that several attendees…

Schreiner’s Fine Sausage Company of Phoenix, AZ, is voluntarily recalling 28 ready-to-eat meat products because they might be contaminated with Listeria. The following products were distributed in the metro Phoenix area and bear the establishment number “EST 24” inside the mark of inspection produced prior to Dec. 1, 2014, and are subject to recall:

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