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Food Safety

What’s Going on with El Pollo Loco in Modesto?

Food Safety,Our Blog,Outbreaks & Recalls,Salmonella | April 19, 2019

What to do when there seems to be a cluster of foodborne illnesses centered around a business, but you can’t be sure? Take the case of El Pollo Loco in Modesto, California. Genetic fingerprinting seemed to indicate that it was… read more

A Scientist Explains How Does Bacteria Get in Melons

Food Safety,Our Blog,Outbreaks & Recalls,Salmonella | April 17, 2019

It’s that time of year again.  As the temperatures begin to defrost and food sharing holidays come into full swing, we experience another cut melon outbreak – and subsequent recall.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with… read more

Passover Food Safety

Food Safety,Our Blog | April 17, 2019

Happy Spring everyone! For most of us, this past winter has been particularly brutal, with record-setting cold temperatures, snow, and now flooding. We are collectively ready for spring, and eager to get together with family and friends for upcoming special… read more

Nursing Home Legionnaires

Food Safety,Legionella,Legionnaire's disease,Our Blog,Outbreaks & Recalls | April 15, 2019

Presence of legionella bacteria in a nursing care facility is a topic of concern. The bacteria causes Legionnaires disease, a severe form of pneumonia that causes lung inflammation. The fatality rate is high and stands at 10%. The disease is… read more

Caito Foods Precut Melon Recall & Outbreak

Food Safety,Our Blog,Outbreaks & Recalls,Salmonella | April 14, 2019

A pre-cut melon Salmonella outbreak has triggered an urgent recall of pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit mixes. This time, the CDC and FDA are already involved in the investigation, along with local health authorities, to get the word… read more

Outbreak! Caito Foods Fresh Cut Melon Has Salmonella (Again!)

Food Safety,Our Blog,Outbreaks & Recalls,Salmonella | April 12, 2019

It looks like last year’s Summer of Salmonella is returning with the Spring of Salmonella. This time precut fruit is again on the chopping block (no pun intended). Sound familiar? Probably because it is. Remember last years’ precut melon salmonella… read more

Mystery Canadian Salmonella Outbreak

Food Safety,Our Blog,Outbreaks & Recalls,Salmonella | April 9, 2019

A recent salmonella outbreak has infected six Canadian provinces, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec. While the source of the outbreak is yet to be determined and the investigation is ongoing, the Public Health Agency of Canada… read more

Gardening Food Safely

Food Safety,Our Blog | April 8, 2019

Gardening is a healthy pastime in many ways. It offers the opportunity for low impact exercise, making it a suitable pursuit for individuals of different ages and abilities. As the Better Health Channel notes: “people with disabilities, seniors and children… read more

Compost Safety (Hint: Compost Can Cause Legionnaires’ Disease)

Food Safety,Legionella,Legionnaire's disease,Our Blog | April 3, 2019

Compost is called black gold for a reason. A mainstay of organic gardening, compost is considered a valuable soil conditioner, one that makes soil more hospitable to plants. Made of decomposed organic material, compost encourages healthy populations of earthworms and… read more

No! Not Nutella! The Nutella Factory Shut Down

Food Policy,Food Safety,Our Blog | April 2, 2019

It’s sad (or unfortunate, at least) but true. Until about seven years ago, I had never even heard of Nutella. But through subtle propaganda instigated by my children, I bought a jar. In all honesty, I prefer the time-honored peanut… read more