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E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Boston Restaurant Chain Hospitalizes 10

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Public health authorities are investigating an outbreak of E. coli stemming from the Chicken & Rice Guys chain of restaurants in the Boston area. As of April 13, 14 people were sickened with an E. coli infection after eating at a couple of the Chicken & Rice Guys locations, and all but four of those required hospitalization. Investigators with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Boston’s Inspectional Services Division have not yet determined the source of the outbreak but said all of the restaurants would remain closed until the source is identified. “They will remain closed until we ... Read More

Couple that found dead bat in prepackaged salad must undergo rabies testing

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A bat’s deteriorating carcass found in bag of prepackaged salad purchased at a Florida Walmart has prompted a recall of a limited number of cases of Fresh Express’s Organic Marketside Spring Mix. The contaminated salad is undergoing testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to rule out whether the bat had rabies and if the consumers of the salad were at risk. “Transmission of rabies by eating a rabid animal is extremely uncommon, and the virus does not survive very long outside of the infected animal,” the CDC said in a press release. “CDC is supporting Florida local and ... Read More

Herbal Tea From San Francisco Shop linked to serious illness, death

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San Francisco health officials are urging the public to dispose of any herbal tea mixed and sold by Sun Wing Wo Trading Company in the city’s Chinatown district after a plant-based toxin in the herbal tea severely sickened at least two people, one of whom has died. According to the Los Angeles Times, an unidentified woman in her 50s became sick within an hour of sipping on a medicinal tea she bought at the suspect vendor in February. The San Francisco Department of Public Health reported that she immediately developed weakness and abnormal heart rhythms and lost consciousness. The woman, ... Read More

Norovirus Outbreak From Oysters Sickens Hundreds In Pacific Northwest

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Hundreds of people in the Pacific Northwest have become sickened by norovirus linked to the consumption of raw oysters harvested from coastal Washington and British Columbia. Seattle-King County Public Health is investigating an apparent outbreak of norovirus from raw or undercooked oysters harvested in Washington between Jan. 10 and March 20. Officials report that as many as 39 people in the county were sickened after eating raw oysters in several different restaurants and at private events throughout the county. In Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada says consumption of raw and undercooked oysters has been blamed for the 321 ... Read More

More than 63K pounds of ground beef contaminated with ‘extraneous material’

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King’s Command Foods LLC is recalling approximately 63,252 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with “extraneous material,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The problem was discovered when the company received several consumer complaints that metal objects were found in the beef products. To date, there are been no confirmed reports of injuries or adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products. Anyone with concerns about an injury or illness should contact their health care provider. This recall, which is an expansion of a previous recall announced March 9, ... Read More

Traditional milk takes aim at plant-based alternatives

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The milk in your local grocery’s dairy aisle is claiming identity theft, and it even has a proposed bill in Congress to bolster its case. According to Fortune, the milk industry has twice attempted in the last two decades to convince the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to enforce its definition of milk, “the lacteal secretion…obtained by the complete milking of one or more healthy cows.” The definition means the almond, coconut, soy, cashew or pea milk sold in grocery stores technically doesn’t make the cut. It is a point of contention for traditional milk producers because the FDA has ... Read More

Trader Joe apple sauces recalled after glass particles found in jars

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Manna Products Co., is recalling three types of Trader Joe’s Unsweetened Apple Sauces because pieces of glass were found mixed into some jars of the product. Consumers with specific containers of Trader Joe’s All Natural Unsweetened Apple Sauce, Trader Joe’s Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce, and Trader Joe’s First Crush Unsweetened Gravenstein Apple Sauce are advised not to eat the products and to return them to Trader Joe’s for a full refund, or dispose of them. Products affected by the recall include Trader Joe’s All Natural Apple Sauce with the UPC 00014359, and all “Best Before” Date Codes through DEC 16, 2018. This brand ... Read More

Canadian baby food recall linked to cases of botulism food poisoning

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning U.S. residents to be aware of a baby food recall issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that has caused botulism food poisoning in some babies. The recall involves PC Organics baby foods that are only sold in Canada, but the FDA is concerned that some U.S. consumers may have purchased the products. The recall was initiated by Loblaw Companies Ltd. For PC Organics baby food pouches on Feb. 3, and expanded Feb. 8 to include more than 30 products in a variety of flavors. A full list of affected products, sizes ... Read More

FDA Warns Cookie Dough Maker That Listeria Threats Persist

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The Iowa-based food manufacturer whose cookie dough products spurred recalls for Blue Bell ice cream, Weight Watchers sundaes, Publix-brand ice cream, and a number of other products for potential Listeria contamination has received a notice from federal regulators warning that the actions the company took to clean up its operations may not have been adequate. Aspen Hills Inc. of Garner, Iowa, produces cookie dough and a variety of other products, which it supplies to other food producers who use them as an ingredient in their own products. Ice cream manufacturer Blue Bell Creameries was the first to detect a problem ... Read More

State Shuts Down Alabama Caterer Following Wedding Reception Salmonella Outbreak

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An Alabama caterer has had its food service permit revoked following a November wedding reception in which more than two-thirds of the attendees were sickened with Salmonella Enteritidis bacteria. According to the Alabama Department of Health, Indelible Catering of Moulton, Alabama, and its owner Darvin McDaniel are no longer authorized to prepare food as caterers in the state. Mr. McDaniel’s company effectively went out of business in November when Dr. Scott Harris, assistant state health officer, issued an emergency order suspending the caterer’s permit to prepare food until the state’s investigation was completed. Alabama public health officials reported that at ... Read More