Egg Farm in Salmonella Outbreak Identified

FDA inspectors found an egg farm in North Carolina that is responsible for an outbreak of salmonella illness that sickened at least 35 people in a several state area. Upon inspection, dozens of live and dead rodents were found inside the hen houses and insects hovered throughout the farm. Employees were seen touching contaminated body parts…

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Caution Needed with Backyard Poultry

The U.S. CDC is investigating 10 separate multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections in people who had contact with live poultry from backyard flocks. Almost 1000 people have been sickened, 215 of those required hospitalization. and one person has died. Researchers have isolated at least 10 different strains from those affected. PositiveTip: Always wash your hands with soap and…

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Are Bagged Salad Greens Safe?

British researchers have discovered that minimal amounts of damage to salad leaves can greatly increase the risk of Salmonella food poisoning. Apparently, the nutrient-rich juices secreted from crushed leaves in bagged salad products stimulates this bacteria's growth 280-fold compared to sterile water.  PositiveTip: Follow these practical preventive guidelines to minimize this risk: Purchase the freshest bags…

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Nationwide Salmonella Outbreak

Local, state and federal inspectors (the few still working during the shutdown) have traced almost 300 cases of Salmonella heidelberg to three California Foster Farms raw chicken products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has noted that products with P6137, P6137A, or P7632 on the USDA mark of inspection are suspect. Foster Farms initially denied a problem,…

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Check Your Eggs Carefully!

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) observed a four-fold increase over the usual in cases of Salmonella enteritidis this summer. The source has been isolated to eggs produced by Wright County Egg of Iowa packaged under the following brands: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps.PositiveTip: Don't eat…

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