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Food recalls explained: Why it seems like food contamination is on the rise

The recent spate of outbreaks of food-borne illnesses raises food-safety questions. Here’s a primer on what you need to know.


U.S. government proposes new rules for hog slaughter

Federal government regulators proposed changes Friday in the way most hogs slaughtered for meat in the United States are processed in a series of new rules that officials say improve …


Wal-Mart tackles food safety with test of blockchain technology

If you shop at Wal-Mart, you might be buying packaged produce unlike any ever sold in a U.S. store. The sliced apples or cut broccoli – the merchant won’t say …


Colorado gives marijuana candy a new look to avoid confusion

DENVER – Wondering if that brownie contains pot? Colorado has you covered. A requirement that edible marijuana products come with a diamond-shaped stamp and the letters T-H-C – not just …


Chipotle makes new push to convince people its food is safe

Chipotle is making another push to convince people that its food won’t make them sick, with plans to run more newspaper and digital ads outlining the safety steps it has …


Pasco frozen food processor aims to restart production after recall

CRF Frozen Foods is unable to identify the contamination source that prompted a massive recall and led the company to lay off 300 workers at its Pasco plant. Gene Grabowski …


FDA egg inspections resume, after halt from bird flu outbreak

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has resumed inspections of egg-handling facilities in 21 states more than a year after they were suspended due to the nation’s worst bird flu …


Chipotle readies for ‘unprecedented’ marketing push after food safety crisis

Chipotle is preparing to make an “unprecedented” marketing push to bring back customers after E. coli, salmonella and norovirus were linked to illnesses at its restaurants. The Denver-based company also …


McDonald’s supplier: Meat packaging issue isolated

NEW YORK – It isn’t a household name, but the company at the center of a food scandal in China helps make some of the world’s most popular foods, including …


FDA finds problems at N. Idaho sprouts grower

Federal inspectors found numerous sanitation problems at a North Idaho sprouts grower linked to a recent E. coli outbreak.


E. coli linked to clover sprouts from North Idaho

Washington and Idaho health officials say people should avoid eating raw clover sprouts from a North Idaho producer after the sprouts were linked to seven confirmed and three probable cases …


Salads, sandwiches sold in Washington recalled over E. coli scare

RICHMOND, Calif. – More than 90 tons of ready-to-eat salads and sandwiches by a California catering company are being recalled after 26 people in three states were sickened by a …


FDA proposes rules for safer imported foods

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration proposed new steps Friday to ensure that fresh produce, cheeses and other foods imported into the United States are safe.


Britain finds horsemeat in school meals, hospitals

LONDON (AP) — Tests have found horsemeat in school meals, hospital food and restaurant dishes in Britain, officials said Friday, as the scandal over adulterated meat spread beyond frozen supermarket …


WSU offering premium beef

Washington State University is best known for Cougar cheeses and Ferdinand’s ice cream. Now there’s a new culinary specialty on the menu: beef. University staff and animal-science students are raising …


Peanut butter plant closure angers New Mexico town

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Farmers in a revered peanut-growing region along the New Mexico-Texas border should be celebrating one of the best harvests in recent memory. Instead, millions of pounds …


FDA suspends operations at peanut butter plant

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on a New Mexico peanut butter plant that had repeated food safety violations over several years, using new authority …


FDA halts operations at peanut butter plant

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration halted operations of the country’s largest organic peanut butter processor Monday, cracking down on salmonella poisoning for the first time with new …


Coeur d’Alene classes taught about food safety

Instead of posing the eternal question to Thanksgiving Day cooks – “When do we eat?” – some local eighth-grade students are equipped with a more technical line of inquiry this …


Groups win challenge to gene-altered crops

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge sided on Tuesday with environmental groups that challenged the planting of genetically-modified crops on National Wildlife Refuges in the South. U.S. District Judge James …


NM peanut capital at heart of national recall

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The country’s largest organic peanut processing plant is scrubbing its facilities top to bottom and hopes to get back in production soon after a massive recall …


NM company linked to illness expands peanut recall

WASHINGTON (AP) — A New Mexico food company that produced the peanut butter linked to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning has expanded an ongoing recall of its products to include …


NM company linked to illness expands peanut recall

WASHINGTON (AP) — A New Mexico food company that produced the peanut butter linked to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning has expanded an ongoing recall of its products to include …


Problems found at peanut butter plant in 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration found what it called “objectionable conditions” at a New Mexico peanut butter plant in 2010, two years before the current outbreak of …


Salmonella confirmed in peanut butter plant

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says it has found salmonella in a New Mexico plant that produces nut butters for national retailer Trader Joe’s and several other …


Peanut butter recall includes major retailers

WASHINGTON (AP) — A recall of peanut butter and other nut products has some of the country’s largest grocery stores pulling store-brand products off their shelves. New Mexico-based Sunland Inc. …


Trader Joe’s recalls peanut butter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The grocery store chain Trader Joe’s is recalling peanut butter that has been linked to 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states. The Food and Drug Administration and …


CDC reports incidents of tainted ricotta cheese

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials say ricotta cheese tainted with listeria bacteria is linked to 14 illnesses including at least one death. The imported Italian ricotta salata cheese distributed …


APNewsBreak: FDA warns Iowa egg firm over bacteria

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A company that promised to clean up Iowa’s egg industry after a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010 said Friday that a recent government safety inspection …


News Summary: Study aims at kid safety on tractors

DEADLY HARVEST: Accidents involving farm machinery are the leading cause of death among children who work in agriculture. Tractor accidents alone take two dozen or more young lives each year. …