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The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has fined six companies based in Los Angeles and San Mateo counties for ignoring warnings and repeatedly selling imported fruits and vegetables grown with illegal pesticides.

Kroger recalls four everyday spices due to Salmonella risk

Kroger Company, the nation's second-largest supermarket chain, has recalled four different spices, packaged under the Kroger brand name. The recalled products include garlic, black pepper, cinnamon, and even bacon bits.

Mexican cilantro blamed for Texas Cyclorspora outbreak

Human feces and scraps of toilet paper found in fields growing cilantro in Puebla, Mexico is believed to be the likely cause of this year's outbreak of cyclosporiasis in Texas, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Monday.

Op-Ed: Farm-raised salmon — What you don't know about your fish

I recently wrote a story about salmon farming practices in Chile. I focused on the horrendous amount of antibiotics used by fish farmers, and then I became curious. Why were human-use antibiotics being used at all? Here is what I found out.

Chile's salmon fisheries using high levels of antibiotics

Chile is the world's second largest producer of salmon, behind Norway, putting out 895,000 thousand metric tons of the fish in 2014. But during that same period, Chilean salmon farmers used 1.2 million pounds of antibiotics, up 13 percent from 2013.

Toronto sets up anonymous website to track food-borne illness

In an effort to track food-borne illnesses that might go undetected, Toronto Public Health (TPH) has set up an anonymous, confidential and voluntary website called GastroBusters.

McDonald's reports profit overall despite decline in U.S. sales

The world's largest hamburger chain is still looking for the magic formula to beef up its menu and reverse years of declining U.S. sales.

Salmonella linked to pork in eight Washington state counties

Washington state and local health officials are partnering to investigate a number of cases and clusters of Salmonella infections that have popped up in eight counties recently. The cases all appear to be linked to eating pork.

Update: Raw tuna likely cause of 62 Salmonella illnesses

As of July 22, 2015, 62 people have been infected with an outbreak strain of Salmonella, with 11 people being hospitalized. A seafood distributor is recalling all its yellowfin tuna, sourced from a processing plant in Indonesia.

Number of food recalls in U.S. has almost doubled since 2002

According to a report released by reinsurance company Swiss Re, the number of U.S. food product recalls and the costs associated with those recalls has nearly doubled since 2002.

UK's Tesco aggressively battling Campylobacter in poultry

United Kingdom retailer, Tesco, has made some of the biggest advances among UK supermarkets in reducing Campylobacter levels in store-bought chicken. Campylobacter contamination of chicken products is a major problem in the country.

Round two of the kale debate — Dangers based on 'bad science'

The Internet has been awash with charges that kale, the new "superfood," may make you sick if eaten to excess because of an excess of thallium in its leaves. These charges are being discredited as being nothing more than "bad science."

Out-sized benefits of kale overlook its dark side

People who love kale, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower often eat these vegetables on a regular basis. But over-indulgence may be dangerous. It may sound strange, but healthy-eating food addicts may be doing themselves harm.

Beer yeast creates the perfect chocolate

Making high quality chocolate is an art form and food technologists are continually experimenting with new processes. In a left-field move, one group has started to use the yeast from manufacturing beer.

Cyclospora outbreak hits Texas, sickening 182 people

For the third year in a row, Texas has been hit with a Cyclospora outbreak. The outbreak has prompted health officials to go looking for the cause. With 182 cases already this year, it is expected that the number of illnesses will exceed 2014's numbers.

Op-Ed: Another chicken recall — We must be doing something right

Aspen Foods, a division of Chicago, Illinois-based Koch Foods, has issued a voluntary recall covering about 1,978,680 pounds of frozen, breaded, raw, stuffed chicken breasts.

Murry's recall: chicken products for Staphylococcal contamination

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has just issued a Class 1 recall notice for Murry's Inc. gluten-free breaded chicken nuggets. The recall was issued after a sample of the product tested positive for Staphylococcal enterotoxins.

Omaha Steaks, other companies recalling frozen chicken products

Several states, the CDC, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) are investigating two outbreaks of Salmonella enteritidis infections all linked to raw, frozen, stuffed chicken products.

How France dominates oak barrel trade for fine wines

Crafted by artisans using high quality oak, "Made in France" wine barrels -- in which age some of the world's most expensive wines -- are selling like hot cakes abroad, with exports making up 70 percent of the market.

Almost 2,000 children sickened by 'poisoned' candy in Philippines

At least 1,925 people. the majority of them school children, became sick after eating candies purchased last week from street vendors on the southern island of Mindanao, Philippines. Sixty-six people remain hospitalized.

KFC debuts 'Chizza' — Pizza with a fried-chicken crust

KFC has introduced a new menu item last week — Chizza — a pizza with a fried chicken crust. Media reaction has been disbelief and horror, while others have been willing to give the dish a try.

Salmonella fears prompt recall of Barber chicken products

Portland, Maine-based Barber Foods is expanding their July 2 recall of raw, stuffed, frozen chicken products that may be contaminated with Salmonella, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS).

JBS — The biggest meat processing company you've never heard of

Transparency is something everyone wants today. Whether its government or what is put in our foods, the public demands to know, and food companies around the world are sitting up and taking notice. JBS, the world's largest meat producer, also hears us.

Where's the beef? House committee votes to stop Argentine beef

On Wednesday, the news came out that the U.S.was lifting a 14-year-old ban on beef from Argentina and 14 states in Brazil. The ban was put in place after an outbreak of foot and-mouth-disease in the country in 2001.

Starbucks raises price of some of its drinks

Feeling the pain? You're not alone. Your morning coffee just got a little more expensive. Starbucks, the nation's largest cafe chain, raised the price of most of its drinks by as much as 20 cents on Tuesday.

Pakistan 'Sweet Homes' children suffer food-borne illness

More than 180 children at a home for orphans in Pakistan were rushed to three different hospitals Sunday after becoming ill right after reportedly eating "substandard" food for breakfast.

Barber Foods recalls Chicken Kiev over Salmonella concerns

Portland, Maine-based Barber Foods is recalling 58,320 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed chicken breasts that may be contaminated with Salmonella enteritides.

Video: Fun recipes for the Fourth of July Commissioned

With the Fourth of July fast approaching, chances are you're also thinking about some festive food from the occasion. A video series has some simple and fun suggestions.

Ciguatera fish poisoning in Florida under reported

As if people don't have enough food borne illnesses to worry about, now we find there is another illness. It's called Ciguatera toxin poisoning. It is estimated that the number of cases of this food borne illness has been greatly under-reported

Canadians warned of possible Salmonella risk from breaded chicken

Canadian consumers are being warned of a possible risk of Salmonella infection from handling, cooking or eating frozen, raw, breaded poultry parts. The warning comes after tracking 44 cases of Salmonellosis across the country.

Op-Ed: Michigan food safety bills targets Aramark Correctional Services

Michigan's prison food contractor, Aramark Correctional Services, is the focus of a pair of bipartisan bills that would require food safety inspections of prison kitchens. The bills were prompted by reports of maggots in the food served to prisoners.

Niagara bottled water recalled due to E. coli concerns

Possible E. coli contamination has been found in water bottled under the Niagara brand name. The Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture, Environmental Protection (DEP), and Health are advising consumers not to drink the bottled water.

Using technology to go up against the Khapra beetle

Khapra beetles are a serious threat to food safety around the globe. They can destroy a significant portion of stored grains due to their "dirty eating" habits. They are difficult to control, and can survive anywhere, as long as it is warm.

A strange tale of ketchup and pornography

Heinz has issued an apology after a QR code on a bottle of its famous ketchup directed users to a pornography site, rather than to the intended product information section on the company's own website.

Major supermarkets recall gluten-free products

A number of supermarkets in the U.K. have pulled their own brand gluten-free and 'free from' products after a potential cross-contamination issue was reported, leading to the products possibly containing gluten.

Op-Ed: Ongoing budget cuts are putting food safety at risk

In 2010, Congress passed a sweeping food safety law that gave the FDA broader powers in preventing foodborne illness outbreaks. But with all the new powers allowed, Congress failed to give enough funding to the agency to carryout the new laws.

US 'phenomenally thirsty' for wine: Experts

The American wine market, already the world's biggest, still has "phenomenal" potential for growth if handled with care, US wine professionals said this week at the world's leading wine fair, Vinexpo.

Local gin kills 70 in Nigeria: Health officials

About 70 people have died in Nigeria's oil-rich south after consuming home-brewed gin that was found to contain large amounts of methanol, senior health officials said on Wednesday.

Will trans fat get banned in the U.S?

The Food and Drug Administration ruled Tuesday that artificial trans fat will be removed from the United States food supply within the next three years.

Trans fat is not safe and must be removed from food: US

Partially hydrogenated oils, known as artificial trans fats, are not safe to eat and must be removed from the food supply in the next three years, US regulators said Tuesday.

Understanding the logistics of food-borne illnesses

The CDC released its latest summary of food-borne illnesses in the U.S., and 2013 saw 818 reported cases of food-borne illness outbreaks, being consistent with the 800 to 850 cases reported each year for the last four years.