Check your refrigerator (again): lettuce and blackberries

Individuals are urged to check their refrigerators (again) for items currently involved in national recalls: romaine lettuce and blackberries. Wisconsin officials have found E. coli O157:H7 in an unopened bag of pre-washed, chopped romaine lettuce that originated from Salinas Valley, California; the lettuce was in an ill person’s home. Evidence is not yet available to […]

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Consumers need wake-up call about potential dangers of flour

A recent posting in Food Safety News tells a common tale: “She’s in the kitchen happily enough making some chocolate chip cookies. Happy because her family loves them but also happy because she loves nibbling on some of the raw cookie dough. It’s something she’s done every since she was old enough to start baking. […]

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Botulism outbreak linked to home-canned peas

On June 6, 2018, at 1:30 p.m., the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene was notified of three related women who had arrived at a hospital four hours earlier for evaluation for acute nausea, dizziness, blurred vision, slurred speech, drooping eyelids, thick-feeling tongue, and shortness of breath. Within hours, all three patients […]

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Warning: Don’t use honey on pacifiers

Last year health officials reported that four infants in Texas developed botulism poisoning after consuming honey. The children, all less than a year old, had all been given pacifiers containing honey before they became sick. All four babies had to be admitted to hospitals for life-saving treatment. Botulism poisoning attacks the nervous system and often […]

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