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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A Smorgasbord of Foods Recalled for Listeria

In the latest of food recalls due to potential contamination with the potentially deadly bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, a New Jersey food company is recalling more than a ton of frozen meatballs packaged under the Sam’s Club brand “Member’s Mark” because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Rich Food Products of Vineland, NJ shipped the ready-to-eat […]

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Three Kitchen Items to Help Keep You Food Safe

As we start a new year and look ahead to spring cleaning, there are three kitchen items that can help keep you and your family food-safe. 1. A digital thermometer. A tip-sensitive digital thermometer will make checking the internal temperature of meat, soups, and casseroles accurate and easy.  These days, food thermometers aren’t just for […]

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The Record on Sprouts and Illness

The Illinois-Wisconsin region continues as the center of a Salmonella montevideo outbreak likely caused by raw sprouts at Jimmy John’s restaurants. According to federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), eight residents of three states —Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota — have been infected with Salmonella montevideo. There have not been any deaths or hospitalizations […]

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Possible link to Salmonella and sprouts

At least two cases of illness in Wisconsin have been linked to a possible outbreak of disease from Salmonella. The investigation is tied to the Jimmy John’s sandwich chain and specifically to sprouted seeds (sprouts) served by the restaurant.  As a result, on Saturday (January 20, 2018), Jimmy John’s pulled sprouts from the menu at […]

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Expanded Recall: Ice Cream Bars and Biscuits (frozen, bagged)

Risk of illness is back in the news with an expanded, nationwide recall of ice cream bars and another recall of frozen buttermilk biscuits.  IIn addition a recall announced earlier this week of 12-count containers of orange cream bars, Fieldbrook Foods Corporation has issued a voluntary recall of all chocolate coated vanilla ice cream bars […]

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