Food, Drug & Agriculture

Sick with Legionnaires’ disease? Call (612) 337-6126 Elliot Olsen has regained millions of dollars for people harmed by Legionnaires’ disease. If you or a family member contracted Legionnaires at the Days Inn of Casselton, please call (612) 337-6126 for a free consultation. The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and Fargo Cass Public Health are investigating three cases of Legionnaires’ disease connected to a hotel water park in Casselton, a town of about 2,300 in Cass County 25…
218 sick 28 with hemolytic uremic syndrome 5 deaths In 2018 in the United Sates, 210 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157 were reported from 36 states. 96 people were hospitalized, including 27 people who developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). 5 deaths were reported from Arkansas, California, Minnesota (2), and New York. In Canada, 8 cases of E. coli O157 that were genetically similar to the U.S.…
The United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling on Wednesday in the case of Timbs v. Indiana, incorporating the Eighth Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause against the states through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. As we have written about, the case involves the forfeiture of petitioner’s Land Rover as punishment for selling heroin. The Indiana Court of Appeal held that the forfeiture of the Land Rover was grossly disproportionate to the gravity…
Health authorities in Australia have closed a catering firm while they investigate the death of a woman who contracted listeriosis. Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services in the state of Victoria said the confirmed case of listeriosis may be linked to consumption of food supplied to a hospital. An elderly woman in her 80s who died in an eastern suburbs private hospital on Feb. 4 was diagnosed with listeriosis. I Cook Foods…
A Houston company initiated a recall of more than 100,000 pounds of catfish because they were not inspected, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Fulton Seafood Inc. “produced” the wild caught catfish between Jan. 1 and Feb. 21, inclusive, the FSIS reported. Federal officials are concerned that people may have the recalled catfish in their homes and not realize it. “Upon arrival at retail locations, the catfish were removed from boxes…
Another California-based company is recalling catfish from Vietnam because it was not presented for import reinspection. Federal officials discovered the problem while they were performing a recall effectiveness review involving fish imported by different company. The new recall, involving TV Food LLC of San Leandro, CA, affects almost 28,000 pounds of Yellow Hito catfish, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). TV Food shipped the catfish to a distributor in Chicago…
Authorities in Norway are investigating a Salmonella outbreak that has affected nine people. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet) said the patients became ill in January and early February. They are aged from 2 to 91 years old. The agency is investigating with local authorities, the Veterinary Institute (Veterinærinstituttet) and the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet). Five men and four women have been confirmed infected with Salmonella Agbeni. They live in Oslo, Akershus, Buskerud, Rogaland…
The CDC and public health and regulatory officials in several states investigated a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Infantis infections linked to raw chicken products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) monitored the outbreak. As of February 19, 2019, 129 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis were reported from 32 states. Illnesses started from January 8, 2018, to January 27, 2019. Ill people ranged in age from less than 1 year to…
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) yesterday submitted a citizen petition to FDA related to the use of dairy terms such as “milk,” “yogurt,” “cheese,” “ice cream” and “butter” in the statements of identity for non-dairy plant-based substitutes. The petition argues that the use of these standardized dairy terms to name non-dairy foods falls short of FDA requirements, “falsely implies that the non-dairy substitutes are equivalent to and interchangeable with standardized dairy foods,” and “fails…
House Bill 1204 and Senate Bill 5397 would prohibit producers that do not participate in a plastic packaging stewardship organization from selling packaging made wholly or in part from plastic in Washington State, beginning in 2022. Plastic food service products, including utensils, and other specified plastic items associated with food or beverage service are included in the definition of plastic packaging. A “producer of plastic packaging” is defined as a person that meets one of…