Julia Thomas

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Julia Thomas is a junior at Bainbridge High School on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She is the features editor and a reporter for her school newspaper, the Spartan Standard, and aspires to have a career in journalism. In her spare time, Julia can be found running cross country and track, skiing, and fulfilling her travel bug whenever possible.

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Dairy and meat farms in California were among the most recent establishments to receive federal warning letters after unacceptable levels of drug residues were found in cattle that they sold for slaughter. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration visited each establishment to inspect operations there and looked at records to track animals that were slaughtered. If an animal from a dairy farm was slaughtered for human consumption, FDA checked with the Food Safety and Inspection…
This free, three-day workshop, hosted by United Fresh and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Science Foundation and GlobalG.A.P., among others, will teach attendees how to use and interpret the Field Operations and Harvesting Harmonization Standards. The first two days will feature the official training materials developed by the Produce GAPs Harmonization Initiative Calibration Committee. The third day is optional and is designed for those auditors and operations interested in GlobalG.A.P.…
Old Style Sausage of Denver, CO is recalling approximately 3,000 pounds of bratwurst distributed to restaurants in Colorado because the sausage contains egg, an allergen not declared on the package label.  The problem was discovered during a routine food safety assessment and may have occurred as a result of a change in ingredient formulation, according to the recall alert. FSIS and the company said they have not received reports of adverse reactions. The sausages being…
M.E. Thompson of Jacksonville, FL is expanding the recall of its Anytime Deli Turkey & Ham Footlong to include the Italian Footlong and Classic Cuban, sold under the brand names Anytime Deli, Sandwich Central and Dandee, because the sandwiches may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall was the result of routine sampling by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which revealed that the finished products contained Listeria monocytogenes.  According to the recall news release,…
Kaytee, a Central Garden & Pet brand, is recalling two products, Kaytee exact® Hand Feeding Formula Baby Birds and Kaytee exact® Hand Feeding Formula Baby Macaw, due to high levels of vitamin D.  The recalled products are used primarily by bird breeders for feeding baby birds. Baby birds being fed the formula may run the risk of kidney failure when ingesting the product. According to the recall news release, an elevated amount of vitamin…
John B. Sanfilippo and Son are recalling Fisher Vanilla Bean Almonds and Fisher Cocoa Mocha Almonds because they contain soy ingredients not declared on the label, and a snack nut blend because it contains soy and milk ingredients not listed on the label. There have been no reports of adverse reactions. The recall is for:  – Fisher Cocoa Mocha Almonds, 10 oz.,  UPC 07069002389,  JBSS Item Code P02389, Best By 09/28/13 GH1 – Fisher Vanilla Bean…
Mediterra S.A. of Chios, Greece is recalling various foods sold via the Internet and in one New York retail store because they contain allergens not listed on the labels.  – PIE WITH CHIOS MASTIHA:  80 g, LOT 09120202 and best-before end 12/30/2012 contains egg albumin, wheat flour and nuts (almonds).  – HONEY PIE WITH ALMONDS 80 g, LOT 27111107 and best -before end 06/30/2012, contains egg albumin, wheat flour and nuts (almonds).   – HALVA PIE…
Kathy Kaye Foods is recalling certain Classic Caramel Cob Junior because it may contain peanuts, an allergen not included on the label.  No adverse reactions have been reported. Routine sampling and analysis by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets revealed the presence of peanut allergen at 34 parts per million in packages of Classic Caramel Cob Junior with a best-by date of Dec. 23, 2011. People who have allergies to peanuts run…
Two Minnesota companies – Import Foods Wholesale and Seng Ong Wholesale – are recalling various types of imported fish because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause botulism.  In each case, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Laboratory personnel confirmed that the fish were not properly eviscerated prior to processing. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with either company’s products. The sale of improperly eviscerated fish, 5 inches in length or greater,…
Wegmans is recalling specific date codes of its Pita Breads and Thin Sandwich Rolls because they may contain bits of metal or plasticized fabric from a damaged conveyor belt. To date, there have been no reports of foreign objects being found. The recalled pita breads and sandwich rolls would have been purchased on Wednesday, March 28 only. The recall is for: – Wegmans Pita Bread, White, 14 oz. – UPC: 77890-11363 with a best-if-used-by date of…