Monthly Archives: March 2012

CDC – Three Multistate Outbreaks of Human Salmonella Infections Linked to Small Turtles

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced the occurrence of three multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections.  In the investigation announcement released on March 30, CDC posted the following: A total of 66 persons infected with outbreak strains … Continue reading

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Picnic food safety post #1

Why is picnic food an annual food safety topic? There are three reasons why picnic food can be hazardous, according to North Carolina State University Food Safety Specialist Angela Fraser: Picnic foods (salads, sandwiches, hamburgers and cut fruit) receive a … Continue reading

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“Pink-Slime” to be removed from some grocers’ meat departments

Yesterday ABC News reported Safeway, SUPERVALU, and Food Lion would no longer sell lean finely textured beef (LFTB), which is also known as “pink slime.” Consumer concern was one of the primary reasons the three grocery chains will discontinue its … Continue reading

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Food Safety News Article on 1919 Botulism Outbreak

Food Safety News published an excellent article today (March 19) that describes a 1919 botulism outbreak associated with canned California olives.  The outbreak resulted in the deaths of 19 persons including seven from Michigan.  The Food Safety News article details the outbreak … Continue reading

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USDA – School Districts to Have Additional Choices for Beef Products

Reacting to consumer outcry over the use of Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB) in beef and numerous requests from school districts, the USDA has announced that it will offer more choices to schools in the National School Lunch Program when … Continue reading

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MSU student files lawsuit against Jimmy John’s

Alexsandra Shalayko, the MSU junior who tested positive for E. coli after eating a sprouts containing sandwich from Jimmy John’s Feb. 4, filed a lawsuit against the company Wednesday. Shalayko was hospitalized for three days in Troy, but purchased the … Continue reading

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US Outbreaks Linked to Imported Foods Increasing

In a March 14 news release by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it was reported that foodborne illness outbreaks associated with imported foods may be increasing.  The following is an excerpt from the article: “CDC experts reviewed  outbreaks reported … Continue reading

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