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  • by U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Many Americans will be celebrating the Fourth of July outdoors this year a little differently, with celebrations at home, including backyard barbecues and picnics perhaps with only your household. No matter how you’re celebrating the Fourth of July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) encourages you to make food… Continue Reading
  • by News Desk
    A dairy owner and company have been sentenced in New Zealand for processing and selling potentially hazardous goat meat. The dairy owner, Ananda Krishna, was convicted and was sentenced to 200 hours of community work. The business, Shop ND Save Limited, was fined NZ$2,250 (U.S. $1,460) at Christchurch District Court. The 54-year-old and the company… Continue Reading
  • by Guest Contributor
    Opinion Despite what you might think, America’s broken campaign finance system is about more than expensive ads flooding your screen and glossy mailers clogging your mailbox. The outsized role of money in politics has a real-world impact, with elected officials too often prioritizing the interests of a wealthy donor class and leaving many people behind…. Continue Reading
  • by Bill Marler
    CNN reported this week that Coca-Cola is shutting down the juice and smoothie brand Odwalla at the end of July. Coca-Cola purchased the brand in 2001. Coca-Cola made the call “given a rapidly shifting marketplace and despite every effort to support continued production,” John Hackett, president of Coca-Cola’s Minute Maid business unit, which includes the company’s juice… Continue Reading
  • by Dan Flynn
    “Pandemic potential” or “pandemic-on-pandemic” are scary concepts these days and Chinese and British scientists are using those very terms to describe the threat from a new swine flu virus. Not to worry, in one regard, because human-to-human transmission does not occur with the new swine flu virus.    That might be more comforting if other… Continue Reading
  • by Joe Whitworth
    Five children needed hospital treatment in an Australian state as part of a Salmonella outbreak linked to backyard poultry. Queensland Health is investigating Salmonella Typhimurium infections predominantly among young children that had contact with backyard chickens. As of June 26, there had been 17 cases reported across the state. Thirteen of these were children aged… Continue Reading
  • by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Planning to enjoy a picnic, barbecue, or meal under the summer sun on this holiday weekend? In addition to food safety, remember to practice social distancing — stay 6 feet apart from others you don’t live with — and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s safety precautions to protect yourself and others from… Continue Reading
  • by News Desk
    California officials have recalled and quarantined raw milk from Valley Milk Simply Bottled because tests have shown it to be contaminated with Campylobacter jejuni. State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones announced the recall and quarantine today in a public alert. She warned consumers about the dangers in the alert. There is concern that some people may… Continue Reading
  • by News Desk
    The second round of trade talks between the United States and United Kingdom has ended with food standards, including safety, still high on the agenda. Negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) took place from June 15 to 26 with the next session planned for the end of July. They began in May with U.S…. Continue Reading
  • by Joe Whitworth
    The source of a national Yersinia outbreak in recent weeks in Norway that affected 23 people is believed to have been salad with spinach or baby spinach. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet) said the Yersinia enterocolitica O3 outbreak was considered to be over. It started in mid-May and people fell sick from mid… Continue Reading