Dairies are experiencing dire financial straights, causing an interim study for the Georgia General Assembly to consider making raw milk as legal as peaches. It  comes in a year that has seen  year-over-year declines continue in the number of dairy operations, continuing a long trend of farmers deciding to exit
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Georgia state health officials are investigating whether E. coli was spread at the Georgia National Fair held earlier this month.

Officials with the Georgia Department of Public Health said they have confirmed four cases of the illness among children who were at the event from Oct. 7 to Oct. 17,
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USAID and USDA have awarded funding to Land O’Lakes International Development for capacity building and food safety projects in six countries.

Five programs will focus on agricultural capacity building, food safety and cooperative development in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The amount of U.S. Agency for International Development
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State legislatures remain in session from Alabama to Wyoming, with food safety mostly getting only a light touch from lawmakers who seem largely focused on budgets and education in this non-election year. In Alabama, where a new cottage food bill took effect last June 1, Extension services are getting
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The Stone Mountain Pecan Company in Monroe, GA, is recalling 540 packages of its “Pecanettes” sold in 8-ounce packages because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The products were distributed only in Georgia and directly to consumers at the retail level from the Stone Mountain Pecan
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Abe’s Finest Meats of Palatka, FL, is recalling approximately 80,050 pounds of hickory-smoked sliced bacon products due to misbranding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday. The recalled 10-lb. bulk frozen packages of “CEDAR CREEK HICKORY SMOKED SLICED BACON” were produced on various dates between
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