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United Nations food aid linked to 3 deaths, 262 poisonings in one week 3.20.19

More than 250 people have fallen ill in Uganda linked to a fortified blended food distributed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for prevention of malnutrition. Officials urge people to stop eating the food until further notice. A total of 262 people have been affected since March 12, with symptoms of mental confusion,... Continue Reading

Snack mix recall expanded as patient count increases in Salmonella outbreak 3.20.19

More cases of Salmonella infections have been reported in Norway with a link to imported dried fruit and coconut. Salmonella Agbeni has been detected in several samples of the snack mixes. Salmonella Gamaba was also found in two unopened packages from the same lot. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet) reported 32 confirmed and seven... Continue Reading

African swine flu may reach U.S. herds via Chinese pork products 3.20.19

More dogs in more ports of entry are being put to work by Customs and Border Protection to help the USDA keep African swine flu from entering the United States. They fear Chinese food containing pork or pork products, or a world traveler, might become the transmission vehicle for the swine disease that has yet... Continue Reading

An 8th Circuit strategy is behind Iowa’s ‘ag-gag’ 2.0 3.19.19

Analysis Federal judges so far haven’t been willing to share any of their enviable security blanket with animal agriculture. But that might change if a strategy out of Iowa is successful. It was as recently as January that senior federal district court Judge James E. Gritzner ruled Iowa’s first “ag-gag” law was unconstitutional, mostly on... Continue Reading

USDA wants to know how to teach consumers about food safety practices 3.19.19

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking comments about how to effectively educate consumers about food safety practices in their homes. The deadline to submit comments is May 17. Anyone can submit comments via the internet, regular mail, hand delivery or courier. Specific directions on each method are included in the USDA’s notice in the Federal... Continue Reading

Greenyard recalls green beans for jimson weed risk; may close facility 3.19.19

Greenyard Frozen France has recalled frozen green beans because they could contain parts of a poisonous plant commonly known as jimsom weed or jimsonweed. The scientific name of the plant is Datura stramonium and it contains high levels of tropane alkaloids including atropine, hyoscyamine and scopolamine. It is in the nightshade family of plants. Very... Continue Reading

Decrease in UK chickens positive for highest levels of Campylobacter 3.19.19

The percentage of fresh whole chickens produced in the United Kingdom positive at the highest level of Campylobacter contamination has decreased, according to the latest set of results. For the top nine retailers, 3.1 percent of chicken samples tested from October to December 2018 carried more than 1,000 colony forming units per gram (cfu/g) of... Continue Reading

‘He was my hero’, says mother whose son died because of Listeria 3.18.19

on assignment: south africa Johannesburg — A South African woman described her son as a “hero” after he died due to listeriosis and she was cleared of any symptoms. Vuyani Moledi became pregnant with a boy while studying at The University of South Africa (UNISA). She was seven months pregnant when she was rushed to... Continue Reading

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