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Beach Beat: Round and round Chipotle goes,... Opinion Denver, we have a problem. Despite a corporate policy of “zero tolerance” for food safety mistakes, the most infamous burrito chain in the country continues to make it’s customers sick. Laboratory test results announced this week by public health officials in Delaware County, OH, confirmed what disease detectives had suspected for a couple of... Continue Reading

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Smoothies shop near Seattle Airport closed for... A Seattle-King County Public Health food inspector late Thursday ordered the closure of Burien Fresh Smoothies in conjunction with an ongoing foodborne illness outbreak that has seen two people admitted to hospitals. Burien is a town of about 50,000 immediately west of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in King County, WA. The restaurant is at 15712 1st Avenue... Continue Reading

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Irish food safety officials unveil strategy to... Ireland has launched a food safety and authenticity strategy to proactively identify and mitigate risk in the supply chain. Implementation will focus on seven areas: communications; training; risk assessment; contingency planning; data capture, analysis and utilization; policy design; and harmonization of activities. A project team has been created for each area. The Minister for Agriculture,... Continue Reading

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CDC confirms bacteria in stool samples from... County health officials in Ohio say although food samples from a Chipotle restaurant, as well as stool samples from people who ate there, initially tested negative for Clostridium perfringens bacteria, follow up tests by the CDC show that’s what made the customers sick. Confirmation test results on the food are pending. A specific food has... Continue Reading

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Parasitic outbreak count climbing; FDA still... The number of people with parasitic infections in an ongoing outbreak continues to increase, with 40 more added in the past week. The tally stands at 476 now in the outbreak traced to salad mix distributed by Fresh Express and sold by some McDonald’s restaurants. Since the initial outbreak announcement on July 13, there has... Continue Reading

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Lead levels in baby food ‘worrisome’ but... Laboratory analysis of 50 big-name baby foods showed the presence of at least one heavy metal in all of them, with two-thirds having “worrisome” levels, according to information from Consumer Reports. Researchers also said organic products were as likely to have lead or other heavy metals as non-organic foods.  Every product tested had measurable levels... Continue Reading

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‘Gold standard’ of defense against animal... Food safety is for naught if animal diseases are not kept at bay. The federal Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program is funded through the so-called Farm Bill. And 120 groups representing animal agriculture late this week let Senate conferees know the 2018 Farm Bill does not provide enough money to prevent animal diseases. Differing... Continue Reading

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Sweden investigates nationwide E. coli... Swedish authorities are investigating a national outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 with at least 50 cases. Folkhälsomyndigheten (Public Health Agency) and Livsmedelsverket (National Food Agency) said it appears to be one of the biggest outbreaks of infections from the potentially deadly pathogen that the country has ever had. Sweden usually records about 30 to 50... Continue Reading

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Don’t let lunch become a sickening experience... Back-to-school season is upon us and there are simple tips and tricks that can help parents and kids alike pack pathogen-free lunches. Number one on the list? Handwashing It’s the first step in avoiding foodborne illnesses. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, a recent study by the USDA found that 97 percent of the times study... Continue Reading

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Massachusetts governor wants public health... Massachusetts Gov. Charles D. Baker has vetoed permissive raw milk language in a bill to help coastal areas pay for recent storm damage and instead proposed lawmakers consider stronger regulation of milk that does not undergo pasteurization. “Consumption of unpasteurized milk can result in foodborne illness and possible death due to bacterial infections, especially among... Continue Reading

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