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Virginia Chipotle reopens after food poisoning outbreak

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Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. reopened one of its Sterling, Virginia restaurants this week after having closed the burrito fast food chain for two days after receiving several reports of customers who became ill after dining at the restaurant, Reuters reported. The incident brings back sore memories for Chipotle. In 2015, the company faced multiple foodborne illness outbreaks at several restaurants across the country that sickened more than 500 people with E.coli, salmonella and norovirus. Symptoms of those illnesses include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea that can be bloody. The outbreaks led to Chipotle falling under a federal investigation and getting hit with around ... Read More

Hot dogs recalled for extraneous material, bone

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More of a summertime favorite has been recalled. Approximately 7.2 million pounds of hot dogs were recalled last weekend by Marathon Enterprises, Inc., based in Bronx, New York. The recall was prompted by customer complaints about finding extraneous material – specifically bone fragments – in the product, according to Food Safety News. The Food Safety Inspection Service’s Consumer Complaint Monitoring System (CCMS), which is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), began receiving complaints on July 10. The CCMS has received at least one report of “a minor oral injury from eating one of the bone-bearing products.” Consumers concerned ... Read More

Kraft asked to remove ‘toxin’ in mac and cheese

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The bright yellow-orange color of powder-based mac-and-cheese should have raised red flags alone, but now lab tests have found that at least 10 varieties of these powered macaroni and cheese products, including the popular Kraft brand, contain toxic industrial chemicals, called phthalates, hormone-disrupting chemicals that can cause reproductive and thyroid issues and neurological problems in children and unborn babies. The Coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging is putting its foot down about the issue, calling for “Trump’s Food and Drug Administration” (FDA) to get off its bum and start regulating and prohibiting these chemicals in our foods. But since ... Read More

Walrus Meat Source of Two Trichinellosis Outbreaks

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Trichinellosis or trichinosis is often associated with consuming undercooked pork, but a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report shows that two outbreaks of the infection in Alaska over the last 12 months was tied to walrus meat. The report explains that the outbreaks demonstrate how more trichinosis cases in the U.S. have been linked to non-porcine (pig family) wild game species since the late 1990s. The two outbreaks occurred in August 2016 and May 2017 and each included five confirmed cases. Although undercooked walrus meat has been the cause of most trichinosis cases in Alaska since 1975, ... Read More

Clif Builder Bars, Clif Kid Zbars recalled

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Clif Bar & Company is recalling some of its snack bars due to the possibility of the presence of undeclared peanuts and some tree nuts, which could pose a health risk to people who are allergic to these products. Affected flavors include the CLIF BUILDER’S Bar Chocolate Mint, CLIF Kid Zbar Protein Chocolate Mint, and CLIF Kid Zbar Protein Chocolate Chip. The recalled products include CLIF BUILDER’S 18-count Variety Pack Chocolate Peanut Butter and Chocolate Mint with Lot Codes from 24MAR16M to 08FEB18M; CLIF Kid Zbar Protein 30-count Variety Pack with Lot Codes from 31MAY16M to 15OCT17M; CLIF BUILDER’S Chocolate Mint ... Read More

Foodborne Botulism on the Rise, CDC Says

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In April, it made its way into the nacho cheese at one Sacramento, California, gas station, killing one and sickening nine other consumers, Righting Injustice reports. North Korean officials, according to USA Today, claim it is what ailed Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who was serving a 15-year sentence for alleged anti-state acts, before he was transferred back to the U.S. in June, where he became comatose and died days later. It is botulism, or the toxin produced by the bacteria, Clostridium botulinum, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the number of foodborne botulism ... Read More

Publix recalls Tropical Medley Mix

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Publix Super Markets has issued a voluntary recall of its Tropical Medley Mix out of concern for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The product is a mixture of dried fruits. Publix representatives say they were alerted to the possible listeria contamination by the company that supplies the dried apricots in the mix. The recall applies to 5.7 oz clear plastic containers of the mix that were sold at Publix in the retail produce departments in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina. The affected products have a UPC code of 41415-08586. All use-by dates are being recalled. Listeriosis, the ... Read More

Food Safety: Before, During and After Bad Weather

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Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall early Thursday morning and it will likely not be the last storm of what is expected to be a busy hurricane season. Flooding and power outages frequently accompany these bad weather events, compromising the safety of food for those in a storm’s wake. Residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida’s panhandle who are bearing the brunt of Tropical Storm Cindy may consider the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s  (USDA) recommendations for handling food safely following a storm or other bad weather event. Food safety during power outages: Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. ... Read More

Spaghetti and meatball products recalled

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Food manufacturing giant Conagra Brands is recalling approximately 717,338 pounds of its spaghetti and meatball products. The recall was prompted after one of the company’s ingredient suppliers alerted it that the bread crumbs used in the product contains milk, but Conagra’s labels for the recalled products “did not specify that the items contained milk,” according to CNN. Milk can cause allergic reactions and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires any products containing major food allergens, such as milk, to be clearly labeled so that consumers can easily identify them. The products subject to the recall were produced from ... Read More

Hepatitis A In Frozen Tuna Prompts Another Recall

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Federal and state health officials are investigating the potential hepatitis A contamination of frozen yellowfin tuna distributed by Hilo Fish Company to restaurants and other customers in California, New York, Oklahoma and Texas. The risk of contamination was discovered in mid-May after Hilo Fish tested samples of frozen tuna provided by the Sustainable Seafood Company of Vietnam and Santa Cruz Seafood Inc. of the Philippines. Earlier, in May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that people who consumed raw tuna products from several supermarkets and restaurants on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, between April 27 and May 1 may ... Read More