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Toxic Metals Found in 95% of Baby Foods

Contaminants hurt developing brains, researchers warn

(Newser) - Toxic metals now banned in pesticides still linger in our soil and water—and they are present in a frightening proportion of baby foods, according to a new study. Researchers at the Healthy Babies Bright Futures Foundation say arsenic, lead, mercury, or cadmium were found in almost all of the... More »

Taco Bell Announces Big Recall After Customer Finds Metal

2.3M pounds of seasoned ground beef has been yanked from restaurants, distribution centers

(Newser) - Yo quiero Taco Bell, but that side of metal slivers—not so much. CNN and USA Today report the fast-food chain recalled about 2.3 million pounds of seasoned beef Friday from distribution centers and restaurants in nearly two dozen states after a customer says they found a metal shaving... More »

That's a Lot of Pork: Feds Make Largest Agricultural Seizure Ever

1M pounds of pork seized at New Jersey port

(Newser) - Federal authorities say 1 million pounds of pork products allegedly smuggled from China have been seized at a New Jersey port, the AP reports. Troy Miller, field operations director for the Customs and Border Protection in New York and New Jersey, says it's the largest agricultural seizure ever made... More »

Australia Strawberry Spiker 'Motivated by Spite'

50-year-old woman arrested after nationwide scare

(Newser) - A woman accused of spiking strawberries with sewing needles was motivated by "spite or revenge" over a workplace grievance, prosecutors in Australia say. My Ut Trinh, 50, was arrested Sunday after what police described as a "complex investigation" that began in September, the BBC reports. At a court... More »

Australia Issues Scary Warning on Strawberries

Consumers are reporting finding needles inside them

(Newser) - Reports out of three Aussie states have strawberry lovers checking their fresh fruit carefully. The BBC and ABC Australia report that sewing needles have been found embedded in strawberries, from six different brands, that came out of supermarkets in Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria, per NSW police. Queensland Health... More »

Rat Wipes $190M Off Restaurant Chain's Value

Hotpot video went viral in China

(Newser) - Hotpot, a bubbling vat of broth in which diners dip pieces of meat and other morsels, is a beloved family meal in China, especially when the weather starts to cool down. But not when there's a rat in it. The Xiabu Xiabu hotpot chain saw its stock dive more... More »

Tainted Water Blamed for Deadly E. Coli Outbreak

Romaine lettuce outbreak is over, feds say

(Newser) - The worst E. coli outbreak in the US since 2006 is over, with five people dead and more than 200 sickened by tainted romaine lettuce, federal authorities say. The outbreak, which affected people in 36 states and caused at least 96 hospitalizations, was traced to the Yuma region in western... More »

17.7 Tons of Ground Beef May Be Contaminated With Plastic

Recall notice affects Kroger products

(Newser) - The USDA's food inspection unit wants people to check their freezers for ground beef that may have been contaminated by pieces of hard, blue plastic. A recall notice has been issued for 17.7 tons of ground beef from a batch that ended up at Kroger stores, among other... More »

Tyson Foods Issues Chicken Nugget Recall

Customers found bits of plastic in their chicken

(Newser) - Tyson Foods Inc. says it's voluntarily recalling more than 132,000 pounds of chicken nuggets after receiving reports that "hard, white plastic" was found in some nuggets. The company based in Springdale, Ark., said Tuesday that the 5-pound bags of fully cooked panko chicken nuggets were sold at... More »

FBI: Man Sprayed Mouse Poison at Whole Foods

And maybe at more than a dozen other stores, too

(Newser) - The mystery of the man who appeared to be contaminating food at a Michigan Whole Foods has apparently been solved. It was a tip from the public that the FBI says led to the arrest of the unidentified man, who has copped to pouring a mouse poison concoction on food... More »

FBI Seeks Guy Seen Pouring Liquid on Whole Foods Salad Bar

He was spotted sprinkling 'unknown' substance on food items at store in Ann Arbor, Michigan

(Newser) - Something you don't want to hear before digging into a food bar at your local supermarket: that someone was spotted sprinkling an unknown substance on it. That's what Whole Foods is saying happened at one of its stores in Ann Arbor, Mich., just over a week ago, and... More »

Man Filmed Himself Peeing on Rice Krispies at Plant

The act occured in 2014

(Newser) - The Kellogg Company says producing quality food is "of the utmost importance"—a sentiment apparently ignored by the guy who urinated on a conveyor belt at one of its plants. A video of the act filmed by the man himself and recently posted to a viral video site... More »

In an Order of McDonald's Fries, a Human Tooth

Japan unit apologizes for recent instances of contaminated food

(Newser) - Things you don't expect to hear from McDonald's: There is no indication that a human tooth found in an order of fries was fried. That from the fast-food giant's Japan unit, which has been digging into the discovery of the tooth, which turned up in an order... More »

Costco, Trader Joe's Peaches, Plums Recalled

California packing company says it has fixed the listeria risk

(Newser) - Watch out for those plums and peaches: A California packing company has recalled fruit sent to big stores around the country after internal testing revealed possible listeria contamination. The recall affects whole white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, plums, and pluots sent to stores, including Costco, Trader Joe'... More »

In China's Troubled Food, Chicken Butt, Feathers Lurk

'Guardian' rounds up some pretty disgusting ingredients

(Newser) - Despite occasional attempts to crack down, food scandals in China are a persistent—and gross—problem, the Guardian finds in a round-up of the country's recent food scandals. In Jiangsu province, 16 men have been handed hefty prison sentences for making and selling "poisonous and harmful" cooking oil... More »

Brothers Charged Over Cantaloupes That Killed 33

Lawyer: Jensens had no knowledge of contamination

(Newser) - Two cantaloupe growers—brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen, 37 and 33—have been federally charged over the 2011 listeria outbreak that left 33 dead and hundreds of others ill. The brothers, whose family has been farming for four generations, turned themselves in; they pleaded not guilty to six counts of... More »

Fecal Matter on Meat at Plants Using New USDA System

3 of 5 pork plants in pilot program have terrible safety records

(Newser) - A disturbing, extensive Washington Post piece today reveals that the USDA hopes to implement a program nationwide that allows pork plants to process meat in less time while using fewer USDA safety inspectors—despite the fact that three of the five plants that have used the new meat inspection approach... More »

Headmistress in Deadly Lunch Scandal Arrested

Meena Kumari was on her way to surrender

(Newser) - The headmistress at the school where 23 children died after eating insecticide-tainted food has been arrested, the BBC reports. Meena Kumari, who allegedly forced students to continue eating even after the quality of the meal was questioned, fled after the deaths but was headed toward court to turn herself in... More »

Deadly Lunch Traced to India School's Headmistress

Husband ran grocery store that sold tainted cooking oil

(Newser) - The headmistress of the Indian school where 23 students died after eating a contaminated school lunch Tuesday may be to blame, say police, who are seeking the unnamed woman and her husband, who have since fled. Bihar's education minister says the headmistress's husband ran the grocery store where... More »

Free School Lunch Kills 22 Kids in India

Insecticides thought to be the cause

(Newser) - A horrible story out of India: At least 22 children between the ages of 8 and 12 are dead after eating a free school lunch yesterday; more than two dozen others were hospitalized after eating the rice, soybean and potato curry, which is believed to have been tainted with insecticides,... More »

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