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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, vomiting, headache, high fever and abdominal pain. There are reports three people have died, one of them at Matany Hospital, Napak…
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 possible Salmonella Agbeni cases in an update from the 21 confirmed and nine possible infections earlier this month. Bama Gruppen…
Public health officials report closing two more Seattle area restaurants. Take a Break Coffee and Kelly Cannoli LLC Seattle were ordered closed during the past week. Public-Health Seattle-King County closed Kelly Cannoli at 11310 Lake City Way NE in Seattle on March 12 for operating without final plumbing approval and final health plan review in addition to license approval. On March 18, the agency closed Take-a-Break Coffee at 3828 Lake Washington Blvd. in Kirkland for operating…
More dogs in more ports of entry are being put to work by Customs and Border Protection to help the USDA keep African swine fever 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 to reach U.S. herds. It was the dogs that last week led U.S. border agents to seize 1 million pounds…
An Illinois grocery store is recalling 54 pounds of ground beef because of test results following routine product sampling by inspectors on March 14, according to a recall notice posted March 19 by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Employees at La Rosita Fresh Market Inc. in Mt. Prospect, IL, ground the beef at the store’s meat counter on March 13 and 14, packaging it in varying weights in white trays covered with…
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 First Amendment grounds. Iowa did not roll over. It immediately pulled the pin on a strategy for a review by…
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 Register. All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must include the agency’s name and the docket number FSIS–2019–0004. Comments…
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 small quantities of alkaloids are enough to trigger intoxication that can lead, in serious cases, to being in a coma…
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 Campylobacter. The figure for the previous results from July to September was 3.5 percent, for April to June 2018 it was…
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 the hospital and two days after her son was born he passed away. Testing during this time by doctors found…