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Canada Rejected Plant's Tainted Peanuts

Firm tried to export unsuitable food weeks before current salmonella outbreak

(Newser) - Weeks before the earliest signs of a national salmonella outbreak that now has been traced to peanuts from a Georgia processing plant, peanuts exported by the same company were found to be contaminated and were returned to the United States. The rejected shipment—coming over the US border across a... More »

Georgia Peanut Plant Has History of Health Violations

Facility cited by regulators for dirty surfaces, other infractions in '06, '07

(Newser) - The Georgia plant at the center of an expanding recall of peanut products has a history of health violations, the New York Times reports. The salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 500 nationwide came from the Blakely facility cited in 2006 and 2007 for dirty surfaces and a variety... More »

Peanuts' Wide Use Complicates Recall

(Newser) - The wide range of products containing peanut butter makes the ongoing salmonella outbreak especially tough on regulators and consumers, CNN reports. It's everywhere, from ice cream to energy bars to dog treats. The outbreak has so far sickened nearly 500 people and killed six in 43 states, and investigators expect... More »

Widening Peanut Recall Now Includes Pet Treats

486 are sick following outbreak at Georgia single plant

(Newser) - Peanut-flavored pet treats are the latest addition to the recall list of at least 125 peanut butter products, USA Today reports. A salmonella outbreak at a Georgia peanut plant has so far sickened some 486 people and may have caused six deaths. Pets can get salmonella from the peanut treats,... More »

Whole Foods' Labels Tell Half the Story

Food chain's labels don't provide enough information about allergens

(Newser) - Eat, drink, and be wary, chocolate lovers: Whole Foods may not be telling you the whole story about its premium chocolate bars, reports the Chicago Tribune. In an investigation into product labels that promised “good manufacturing practices.” the Trib found that the supermarket chain’s chocolate bars contained... More »

Rising Food Allergies Drive a Swelling Specialty Market

'Free-from' foods will bring in $3.9B this year

(Newser) - As the number of people with allergies soars, so does the “free-from” food market—that is, foods that avoid common allergens like peanuts, the Washington Post reports. Specialty foods are expected to bring in $3.9 billion this year, a study says, while gluten-free products will likely bank some... More »

Science Could Crack Peanut Allergy: Expert

Researcher predicts cure, or genetically modified nut

(Newser) - Scientists are working to help those with peanut allergies and may even replace nuts with a tasty, genetically modified snack, one expert says. "There are multiple types of studies that are ongoing now," said Dr. Wesley Burks of Duke University. "I think there's some type of immunotherapy... More »

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