Sandwich recalls hits Wisconsin

Prepared sandwiches are being recalled by Lipari Foods because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The sandwiches were distributed in 15 states. No illnesses have been reported to date in relation to this recall. All Premo and Fresh Grab sandwiches with best-by dates through Feb. 6 are included in the recall. Anyone with any of […]

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What’s up with lettuce?

Federal officials have connected some of the dots in their investigation of three concurrent outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce in late 2019. A total of 167 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 were confirmed from 27 states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from Sept. 20 to Dec. 21, 2019. Ill people […]

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Microwave food safety – an illustration of the risks

To add insult to injury, food safety colleagues in Australia are not only dealing with bush fires, but also an outbreak of illness linked to Salmonella from frozen microwave meals. Nearly 90 people across Australia have become sick in an outbreak linked to Core Powerfoods frozen meals. What we know: Salmonella and other pathogens will […]

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Microwave Food Safety

Microwaves play an increasingly important role in getting meals on the table, but special care must be taken so that microwaved food is safe to eat. Let’s look at some tips for cooking safely in a microwave oven. Is it safe to eat microwaved food?  Yes! Microwaves are very short (micro) radio waves that can […]

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Reduce Food Waste: A Resource of Food Banks and Food Pantries

Many individuals make New Year’s resolutions and these days some companies are even getting into the game.  Several prominent companies including Marriott, the hotel and hospitality company, Nestle Global, the international food and beverage company, and several branches of the U.S. government have pledged to reduce food waste in 2020.  I have been working with […]

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Consumer Warning: Hard Boiled Egg Products

There is an expanding recall of packaged (peeled) hard boiled eggs and associated products due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Packaged eggs were sold by retailers such as Walmart, Kroger, Trader Joe’s and Costco.  Eggland’s Best Brand is also involved. Snack packs that include whole, hard boiled-eggs and sold by Reichel Foods Inc. are […]

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Dozens more sick from lettuce; Wisconsin hardest hit

Three dozen more patients and two more states are officially part of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses traced to romaine lettuce, with residents in Wisconsin especially hard-hit. Over 26 individuals are confirmed with an outbreak-linked illness in Wisconsin, the most of any state in the nation. To date, 138 people across 25 states […]

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Pesticide residues in food products

Every year the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Pesticide Data Program analyzes a wide variety of food crops and processed foods for pesticide residues.  The annual report of testing covering 2018 was recently released (December 2019), with the numbers varying little from recent years. According to the report summary, “Over 99% of the products sampled had residues […]

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Cookie season in the midst of flour recalls

The holiday season is upon us, and many of us will bake at least one batch of family-favorite cookies as a holiday treat. Most people know it’s unsafe to eat raw dough, but most only think of the dangers of raw eggs and the risk of Salmonella. In light of recent flour recalls, it’s important […]

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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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