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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.

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.

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.

Salmonella linked to pork in eight Washington state counties

Seattle - 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.

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

New York City - 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.

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.

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."

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.

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

Charente Maritime - 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

Davao - 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.
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