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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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Things were more than a little fishy at a local seafood-processing plant. So fishy, in fact, that the Department of Justice has gone to court to shut down the Los Angeles seafood company, Neptune Manufacturing Co., for producing and distributing "adulterated products." Translation: The facilities were filthy, and the Food and Drug Administration had been trying to get the company to clean up its act for seven years.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Food Safety

Genetically Modified Potato Lowers Cancer Risk

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Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 8:16 AM
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A new potato has been genetically modified to produce less of a potentially cancer-causing chemical when fried.

The Innate potato, which was just approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for commercial planting, produces up to 70% less acrylamide, a chemical that is emitted when potatoes are fried to make such snacks as French fries and potato chips. The chemical causes cancer in rodents and is a suspected human carcinogen. The potato, whose "innate" DNA has been altered, also resists bruising.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Food Safety

32,000 Pounds of Gluten-Free Breaded Chicken Recalled

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Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 2:02 PM
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Murry’s Inc., a Lebanon, Pa. company, is recalling about 31,689 pounds of gluten-free breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with staphylococcal enterotoxin, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The frozen, uncooked products have a best by date of Aug. 9, 2015 and were distributed to retail locations nationally. The following products are subject to recall:
  • 12-oz. boxes of “Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets”
  • 10.5-oz. boxes of “Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast"

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Environment

Whole Foods Is Now Rating Your Produce

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Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM
On Oct. 15, Whole Foods Market launched a new rating system called "Responsibly Grown" that assesses its fruits, vegetables and flowers based on how their growing practices affect people's health and the environment.

The produce will be labeled “good,” “better,” or “best” to help shoppers make more informed choices, the company says on its website. The new initiative also prohibits “some of the most hazardous neurotoxins still allowed in agriculture,” Whole Foods said.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Apocalypse

Foster Farms Chicken Strips Recalled for Listeria

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Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 7:45 AM
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Guess Foster Farms missed being in the spotlight.

A mere two months after the Centers for Disease Control declared the company's 16-month-long salmonella outbreak finally over, Foster Farms chicken is now being recalled for listeria.

About 40,000 pounds (1,223 cases) of Foster Farms' frozen, pre-cooked Chicken Breast Grilled Strips have been pulled from the marketplace, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service. The agency issued a warning statement about the chicken on Thursday, Sept. 25.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Desserts

Artificial Sweeteners May Raise Blood Sugar

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Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 6:00 AM
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A new study published Sept. 17 in the journal Nature says that artificial sweeteners found in diet soda, yogurt and other foods consumed by millions of people may actually raise blood sugar levels instead of lowering them, the Wall Street Journal reports, contributing to the development of diabetes and obesity.

Zero-calorie sweeteners such as saccharin, sucralose and aspartame, introduced into diets about a century ago, may cause these metabolic changes by altering the population of bacteria in the gut, according to the research.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Food Safety

Tomatoes, Salad Kits Sold at Vons and Costco Recalled

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Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 12:40 PM
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Taylor Farms of Tracy, Calif. is issuing a recall of some lots of tomatoes and salad kits that contain them because they may be contaminated with salmonella, according to the Associated Press.

The produce company issued the voluntary recall Saturday night, Sept. 13,  for Expo Fresh Roma tomatoes shipped to Costcos in Los Angeles and Hawthorne, as well as to Las Vegas and to Tacoma and Lynwood in Washington. Only tomatoes listed as packed on Sept. 5 or 6 are affected.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cheese

Kraft Recalls 7,691 Cases of American Cheese Slices

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Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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Kraft Foods has recalled almost 8,000 cases of Kraft American Singles Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product that were distributed nationwide because an ingredient wasn't stored at the proper temperature, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

While "unlikely," this could lead to premature spoilage or foodborne illness, according to the FDA. No illnesses have been reported (officially — however, see below). The affected product is limited to four varieties with “Best When Used By” dates of Feb. 20, 2015, and Feb. 21, 2015. (The “Best When Used By” dates are on the bottom of the package.)

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Friday, August 29, 2014

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Despite legal bans and doctors’ warnings about trans fat, nearly one in 10 processed food products sold in the United States still contains it, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Yet most foods that contain trans fat don't list it on the label, so consumers are unwittingly eating it, according to the research.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Food Safety

Over 90,000 Lbs of Chicken Caesar Salad Kits Recalled

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Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 1:59 PM
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Over 90,000 pounds of chicken Caesar salad kits made by Corona-based APPA Fine Foods have been recalled due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

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