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Diamond Macadamia Nuts Recalled For Possible Salmonella Contamination

Nuts are a delicious and filling snack and a tasty addition to a cookie, but they’re a lot less healthy when they come with a generous coating of Salmonella bacteria. That’s the case with macadamia nuts from Diamond, which have been recalled after routine testing turned up bacteria on a bag of nuts. [More]

Natasha L.

Inspector General: FDA Still Takes Too Long To Recall Tainted Food Products

Five years ago, the Food Safety Modernization Act granted the Food and Drug Administration the statutory authority to compel food producers to recall tainted products. However, a new report from a federal investigator shows that people are falling ill while the FDA sometimes takes months to issue recalls, even after it has evidence of contamination. [More]

Adam Fagen

CDC Says Salmonella Outbreak In Cucumbers That Began In August Is Finally Over

The Salmonella Poona outbreak that started last year in cucumbers imported from Mexico caused 907 known illnesses in 40 states, sent at least 204 people to the hospital, and caused four known deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has finally declared the outbreak to be over, concluding that they couldn’t find how the cucumbers became contaminated in the first place. [More]

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5 Strange Things We Learned About Sudden Closures Of Old Country And HomeTown Buffets

Earlier this month, buffet restauranteur Ovation Brands filed for bankruptcy and abruptly shut down many of its restaurants — like Old Country Buffet, HomeTown Buffet, Fire Mountain, and Ryan’s Steakhouse — without even a heads-up to its employees. Curious about what drove Ovation into this bankruptcy — the company’s third since 2008 — we took a closer look at some of the court filings, which raised more questions than they did answers. [More]

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Alfalfa Sprouts Under Investigation For Salmonella And E. Coli Formally Recalled

Last week, we brought you the news that there were two unrelated investigations into bean sprout producers, but no recalls yet. Maybe, we thought, it’s time to put warning labels on sprouts served raw in sandwich shops and salad bars, telling people to eat at their own risk. Now the sprouts involved in both incidents have been formally recalled. [More]

If You’re Still Eating Raw Sprouts, You May Want To Rethink That

If You’re Still Eating Raw Sprouts, You May Want To Rethink That

Sprouts are a tasty addition to a salad, a sandwich, or a stir fry, but they’re also grown in water and usually eaten raw. That makes them excellent vehicles to bring a variety of foodborne pathogens straight from the farm or processing plant to your mouth. Over a year ago, we wondered whether everyone should just stop buying and eating sprouts, and since then, the sprout-growing industry hasn’t done anything to make us change our minds. [More]

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Macadamia Nuts From Target, HyVee, Western Family Recalled For Potential Salmonella Contamination

If you’ve bought raw macadamia nuts from a number of retailers across the country, it’s time to check your pantry: nuts sold at retailers including Target, HyVee, Pear’s Gourmet, and independent grocery stores that carry Western Family brands have been recalled because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Why is it that raw dried nuts keep getting recalled for problems with that one pathogen, anyway? [More]

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7 Things We Learned About Food Safety Oversight From A Foodborne Illness Expert

Foodborne illness outbreaks have dominated the news in recent months: E. coli and norovirus at Chipotlelisteria in prepackaged Dole salad mixes, and salmonella in cucumbers. These outbreaks have sickened — and in some cases killed — consumers,  and one food safety expert says that inadequate safety oversight is at least partly to blame. [More]

People Are Still Getting Sick From Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak

People Are Still Getting Sick From Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak

When the strain of Salmonella making people sick was traced to batches of cucumbers imported from Mexico back in September, it seemed that the cucumber outbreak was solved. Only people are still getting sick with that same strain, suggesting either that people keep cucumbers around for a while or that there’s another food source still out there infecting people. Since we last updated you, hundreds of more people have become sick, and authorities reported three more deaths. [More]

Trader Joe’s Recalls All Bags Of Raw Cashew Pieces Over Salmonella Concerns

Trader Joe’s Recalls All Bags Of Raw Cashew Pieces Over Salmonella Concerns

If you like to grab a handful of nuts for a quick snack now and then, you might want to check that your stash doesn’t include raw cashew pieces from Trader Joe’s, as they may come with a side of salmonella. [More]

JEM's Cashew Cardamom is just one of 12 types of nut butter spread being recalled.

Nut Butter Spreads Recalled Over Salmonella Risk After Report Of 11 Illnesses In Nine States

An Oregon company issued a recall for 12 different types of nut butter as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigates 11 salmonella-related illnesses in nine states that may be linked to the spreads.  [More]

Dole Recalls Bagged Spinach Over Salmonella Concerns

Dole Recalls Bagged Spinach Over Salmonella Concerns

If you recently purchased some Dole brand bagged spinach at the supermarket, it’s time to go check out the bag to see if it’s among the spinach being recalled for possible salmonella contamination. [More]

October Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: Beware Of Surprise Cheese Curls

October Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: Beware Of Surprise Cheese Curls

In this month’s Recall Roundup for food and supplements, dried fruit doesn’t declare its sulfites, tortilla chips may have some cheese curls mixed in, sausage patties may have bonus metal shards, and plenty of pet food and treats may contain foodborne illnesses that can make you and your furry friends sick. [More]

Aspen Foods Recalls 561,000 More Pounds Of Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Aspen Foods Recalls 561,000 More Pounds Of Stuffed Chicken Breasts

After what we’re guessing were a fraught couple of weeks of discussions between Aspen Foods and the U.S. Department of Agriculture after the government agency warned consumers not to eat the company’s products, stuffed chicken breasts produced since August have officially been recalled. This recall of 561,000 pounds of chicken breasts follows the recall of almost 2 million pounds earlier this year. [More]

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Two More Peanut Company Employees Sentenced To Prison For Deadly Salmonella Outbreak

A week after a court sentenced the former owner of Peanut Corporation of America to 28 years behind bars for knowingly distributing salmonella-tainted food products tied to nine deaths and potentially thousands of illnesses, two more PCA staffers have received federal prison sentences for their part in the conspiracy to defraud and sicken consumers. [More]

Salmonella-Contaminated Cucumbers Have Killed 3 People, Hospitalized 112

Salmonella-Contaminated Cucumbers Have Killed 3 People, Hospitalized 112

Salad is supposed to be beneficial to your health, but hundreds of people across the country have become sick due to their taste for fresh cucumbers. While the veggies’ supplier and one distributor have recalled affected batches of vegetables, and reports of new infections have slowed down, the outbreak has still made 558 people sick, sent 112 to the hospital, and now three people have died. [More]

Former Peanut Co. Exec Gets 28 Year Prison Sentence For Salmonella Outbreak Tied To 9 Deaths

Former Peanut Co. Exec Gets 28 Year Prison Sentence For Salmonella Outbreak Tied To 9 Deaths

A year after being found guilty of knowingly shipping contaminated foods that sickened thousands and is tied to the deaths of at least nine people, Stewart Parnell, the former owner of Peanut Corporation of America, has been sentenced to 28 years behind bars, while two of his colleagues received lighter — but still substantial — sentences. [More]

Salmonella Outbreak In Minnesota Linked To At Least 17 Chipotle Restaurants

Salmonella Outbreak In Minnesota Linked To At Least 17 Chipotle Restaurants

A salmonella outbreak in Minnesota that’s sickened 45 people and sent five to the hospital has been linked to at least 17 Chipotle restaurants, say investigators with the state’s Department of Health. Officials believe that the contaminated ingredient has already been removed from all Chipotle restaurants in Minnesota. [More]