Illnesses linked to restaurant/deli foods

The death toll in Michigan stands at 25 as a result of an outbreak of illness linked to Hepatitis A. There have been at least 750 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A in Michigan, with more than 80% of ill individuals hospitalized. The outbreak, which includes cases in California, Michigan, Kentucky, Utah, Nevada, New York, Arkansas […]

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Food Safety & Backyard Poultry

In 2017, live poultry was responsible for 10 Salmonella outbreaks in the United States, sickening more than 1,100 people across 48 states and killing one. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns individuals that contact with live poultry or their environment can make people sick with Salmonella infections. Live poultry can carry […]

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Start at home to help fight foodborne illness

European Union member countries recently released data on foodborne outbreaks in Europe in 2016. Results showed that 205 of the 521 “strong-evidence” outbreaks, or 39%, were caused by the consumption of food in private homes. The number of outbreaks linked to food consumed in homes far exceeded the number of outbreaks linked to food in […]

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Dog food recall; 2 children sick with Salmonella

Raws for Paws is recalling 4,000 pounds of its Ground Turkey Pet Food due to possible Salmonella contamination after reported illnesses, including two children who have been infected with Salmonella Reading. The food is sold online by Christofersen Meats Co. Inc., doing business as Swanson Meats, in Minneapolis– no relation to Swanson Meals. The Minnesota Department of Health reports that two children […]

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Environmental chemicals in food: should you be worried?

Several recent stories in the news media have reintroduced questions related to two chemicals which may be in our food, especially perchlorate and BPA. Perchlorate is a chemical used in fireworks, road flares, explosives, and rocket fuel. It is also sometimes present in bleach and in some fertilizers.Perchlorate  forms naturally in the environment in small amounts. Perchlorate […]

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