The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Tuesday that, as of Nov. 23, there were 19 people from seven states sickened by the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 linked to consumption of Costco chicken salad made with rotisserie chicken. Five people have been hospitalized and two developed hemolytic uremic…

Since 2010, there have been waves of bills involving food and food safety washing through state capitals on subjects such as cottage foods, agricultural security, raw milk, and labeling food products containing genetically modified ingredients. The 2015 legislative sessions underway in 47 of the 50 states are different. In this second part of our look…

A Republican legislator in New Mexico wants to bail out the state’s school lunch program by using tax money to purchase $1.4 million in locally grown fruits and vegetables, which would then be provided to the schools without charge. State Rep. Jimmie C. Hall of Albuquerque, who is also executive director of the 4-H Development…

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working with local officials to investigate a case of tetrodotoxin poisoning in Fairfax County, VA, which they suspect is linked to the consumption of imported puffer fish, according to a report from FDA. The patient under investigation received the puffer fish in a package from relatives in South…

Science teachers in Virginia with an opinion about vaccines, raw milk, or genetically modified organisms in food would be best advised to keep their mouths shut under the currently proposed House Bill 207. Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) is the “chief patron,” or sponsor, of the bill that local media suggest is probably…

The cottage food movement that has gained traction in the states since about 2010 is continuing to take hold this legislative season. Current law recently crafted in Virginia permits unlicensed home kitchens operating without inspections to produce a long list of cottage foods that can be sold in homes or at farmer’s markets. And, for…

One child has died and at least seven others have been sickened from E. coli infections in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virgina.

News reports said a 2-year-old girl from Dryden, VA. died Sunday at Johnson City Medical Center, after being transferred from a Southwest Virginia community hospital.

The girl’s brother is reportedly undergoing treatment at …

Virginia is considering new rules to ensure contaminated oysters from the Chesapeake Bay are not shipped out of the state in response to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) crackdown on oysters.  Under the new rules, if contaminated oysters are shipped out of the state, the entire oyster industry could face closure.

The Virginia Marine …