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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Apocalypse

More Sickened by Foster Farms Chicken

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Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 2:46 PM
click image An "unadulterated" chicken sandwich - MALCOLM BEDELL/FROMAWAY.COM
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  • An "unadulterated" chicken sandwich
Foster Farms chicken is still making people sick. 

Government officials prematurely declared the outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella poisoning that began in March 2013 over in January. But since then, new infections have continued to develop  - most of them in California, where Foster Farms is headquartered.

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dinner at home - A. SCATTERGOOD
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You're twice as likely to get food poisoning in a restaurant than from cooking at home, according to a new study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. That includes getting sick from such lovelies as botulism, salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, hepatitis A and listeria.

The group analyzed "solved" outbreaks over a 10-year period (2002-2011). They found that more than 1,610 outbreaks in restaurants were responsible for sickening over 28,000 people, compared to 893 outbreaks sickening roughly 13,000 people in private homes.

One in 6 people in the U.S., or about 48 million, suffer from foodborne illness every year, according to CSPI. As many as 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die as a consequence.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

Food Recall

Peanut Butter, Cheese, Dips Recalled for Listeria

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Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 12:57 PM
click image Pimento cheese spread - MALCOLM BEDELL/FROM AWAY.COM
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  • Pimento cheese spread
A Minnesota company that makes peanut butter, cheese spreads, dips and salsas has recalled all its products - yes, all of them - for possible Listeria contamination, according to Food Safety News.

Even better, the Parker Farms products were distributed nationwide and sold at places such as Whole Foods, Target, Costco and Walmart.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Food Safety

5-Second Rule Is Real, According to Study

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Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 6:00 AM
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The five-second rule is actually legit, according to a new study by scientists who are laughing that they got research money to test this.

The "rule" goes, if you drop food on the floor, it's OK to still eat it as long as you pick it up within five seconds. That is actually pretty accurate, say researchers at Aston University's School of Life and Health Sciences in the U.K.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Food Safety

500 Ways to Eat a Yoga Mat

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Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM
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  • Environmental Working Group
Remember how everybody freaked out last month because they suddenly realized Subway was using a chemical also found in yoga mats in its bread? Well, guess what? Subway may have been unfairly singled out, as the chemical in question, azodicarbonamide (ADA), is included in hundreds of food products.

Subway quickly reassured the public that it would no longer use ADA in its bread. But at least 500 more food items on the market contain the compound, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group, which reassures the public that there are "Nearly 500 ways to make a yoga mat sandwich." 

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

Food Safety

Glove Law for Food Handling Could Be Repealed in California

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Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 3:26 PM
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For chefs and local restaurateurs who've been up in arms, so to speak, since California's so-called glove law went into effect on Jan. 1 of this year, forcing food handlers to wear a new pair of plastic gloves each time they handle food, help may be on the way.

Today Dr. Richard Pan, chair of Assembly Health Committee (D-Sacramento), announced emergency legislation (AB 2130) that would repeal the section of the Retail Food Code prohibiting bare-hand contact with food. If their legislation passes, the current law - which has been interpreted to affect everyone from sushi chefs to bartenders - would be replaced with the law as it existed in 2013.

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click image One of the recalled cheeses - ROOS FOODS
  • Roos Foods
  • One of the recalled cheeses
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are reporting a listeria outbreak in California and Maryland connected to cheese. So far just eight people have been infected in the two states, but seven have been hospitalized and one (in California) has died. Five of the illnesses, two mother-newborn pairs and a newborn, were related to pregnancy.

All of the individuals affected thus far have been Hispanic and all reported consuming soft or semi-soft Hispanic-style cheese.

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Friday, February 21, 2014


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Renowned rancher Bill Niman, pictured here on his ranch with wife Nicolette and son Miles, has several hundred thousand dollars worth of pasture-raised product tied up in the massive Rancho Feeding Corp. recall. [photo courtesy Bill Niman]
Rancho Feeding Corp., a slaughterhouse in Petaluma, California, has suspended operations indefinitely and is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of meat that has reached 30 states. In the words of the U.S. Department of Agriculture: The meat is "unfit for human food." The facility has "processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection."

A rancher who's worked for 40 years with the mega-slaughterhouse speculates that the recall has to do with its dairy cows, and New York butchers say USDA's number is a political exaggeration.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

click image Salisbury steak and eggs - FLICKR/YUYA TAMAI
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service on Monday shut down a problematic California slaughterhouse that provides beef for the National School Lunch Program.

Hanford's Central Valley Meat Co. was shuttered for failing to meet cleanliness standards.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Food Recall

Hot Pockets Pulled as Part of Massive Beef Recall

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Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 11:17 AM
The recalled products - NESTLE USA
  • Nestle USA
  • The recalled products
Remember that giant beef recall we reported last week? Did you happen to muse about where that 8.7 million pounds of "diseased and unsound" cow parts might have ended up?

Well, some of it made its way into Hot Pockets! (That thud you just heard was every stoner in L.A. fainting.)

Glendale-based Nestle is voluntarily recalling two of its Hot Pockets products: Philly Steak and Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese in certain sizes. The Hot Pockets were distributed nationwide. For the complete list of recalled products, click here.

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