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Jimmy John's Implicated in 5 Illness Outbreaks

Chain stops selling sprouts after FDA warning about 'adulterated' food

(Newser) - Veggies served by sandwich chain Jimmy John's have been linked to five outbreaks of E. coli and salmonella over the past seven years, affecting consumers in at least 17 states, the FDA said Tuesday. The most recent outbreak saw 22 people in Iowa sickened with E.coli in late... More »

Hard-Boiled Eggs Linked to Listeria Outbreak

CDC warns retailers, consumers about bulk eggs sold in pails by Almark Foods of Georgia

(Newser) - The CDC is linking a deadly listeria outbreak in multiple states to hard-boiled eggs from an Almark Foods plant in Georgia. For those worried about getting sick, however, the warning is tricky. It involves eggs sold in bulk mainly to food-service operators, stores, and restaurants, meaning they might turn up... More »

Food Experts Warn: Don't Rinse That Turkey

And don't leave it to thaw at room temperature, either

(Newser) - Go ahead and rinse your cranberries, potatoes, and green beans. But food experts say don't—repeat don't—wash the turkey before popping it in the oven on Thanksgiving Day. Experts at the US Department of Agriculture say that could spread the germs lurking on your turkey—to be... More »

2M Pounds of Chicken Need to Be Thrown Away

Recall issued for Simmons products

(Newser) - Consumers in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania should check their fridges for potentially contaminated poultry products, authorities say. A recall notice has been issued for chicken products from Simmons Prepared Foods Inc. produced from Oct. 21 through Nov. 4 over fears they may have been contaminated... More »

King Arthur Flour Announces Recall

Wheat was linked to E.coli outbreak

(Newser) - King Arthur Flour has recalled 14,218 cases of flour—around 114,000 5-pound bags—over potential E.coli contamination. The recall affects unbleached all-purpose flour sold through Target, Walmart, and distributors nationwide, USA Today reports. The company says no illnesses have been linked to the flour, but it is... More »

Feds Ask Food-Makers: Can We Eat This, or What?

'Best by,' 'sell by' and other terms leave some of us confused

(Newser) - If milk is a few days past its "Sell By" date, is it safe to drink? US regulators are urging food-makers to be more consistent with labeling terms like "Best By" and "Enjoy By" that cause confusion, the AP reports. By clarifying the meaning of such dates,... More »

CDC: You May Be Handling Raw Chicken Incorrectly

Agency advises against rinsing it off before cooking

(Newser) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a message: "Don't wash your raw chicken!" The agency estimates a million people fall ill each year after eating contaminated poultry, but it warns in a tweet that rinsing off the meat before cooking can do more harm than... More »

Food Inspectors Heading Back to Work Without Pay

FDA inspections of 'high risk' items were to resume

(Newser) - The FDA says it will resume inspections of some of the riskiest foods—such as cheeses, produce and infant formula—that had been briefly halted as a result of the partial government shutdown. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Monday that the agency is bringing back about 150 unpaid employees for... More »

Shutdown 'Puts US Food Supply at Risk'

FDA has suspended domestic inspections

(Newser) - The government shutdown has put America's food supply at risk despite the best efforts of the Food and Drug Administration, experts warn. The agency has had to suspend routine testing of most domestic food production facilities, though inspections of imports are continuing. Inspectors working without pay are continuing to... More »

29K Pounds of Sausage Recalled Over Risk of Metal

5 people have found metal fragments in Jimmy Dean sausage links

(Newser) - Check your freezer for 23.4-oz. packages of Jimmy Dean's "Heat 'n Serve" sausages, recalled over an apparent risk of metal fragments. The Monday announcement from the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service refers to five customer complaints of metal pieces in the frozen... More »

Flood of New Illness Reports Hit Chipotle

But hey, there's free guacamole Tuesday!

(Newser) - Food safety concerns are once again plaguing Chipotle: Consumer complaints filed on IWasPoisoned.com —a website that tracks possible food poisoning cases and helped reveal a 2015 E. coli outbreak at Chipotle locations—suggest close to 200 people have fallen ill after eating at a Ohio restaurant, per Business... 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 »

228K Pounds of Spam Recalled After Oral Injuries

At least 4 consumers found metal objects in food

(Newser) - The US Department of Agriculture is recalling more than 228,000 pounds of Spam and another product made by Minnesota-based Hormel after four consumers complained about metal objects in the food. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says the canned chicken and pork in question was produced in... More »

Nationwide Veggie Recall Now Includes Target, Walmart

Listeria was detected in sample from Calif. supplier

(Newser) - Salad mixes and other "minimally processed" vegetable products from a California supplier have been recalled at outlets across the US out of what Mann Packing says is an "abundance of caution." The supplier voluntarily recalled the products, which have "best if used by" dates of Oct.... More »

First Hot Dogs, Now Sausages: New Meat Recall

Recall announced by Armour-Eckrich Meats after metal shards found

(Newser) - On the heels of a recall on hot dogs that contained metal shards , a Kansas food distributor has recalled nearly 100,000 pounds of precooked sausage products for the same reason, reports the AP . The recall was announced Wednesday by Armour-Eckrich Meats in Junction City. The USDA's Food Safety... More »

Company Relocating After Massive Burrito Recall

Suspect burritos were sold in 4 states

(Newser) - A New Mexico company that recalled more than 252,000 pounds of frozen burritos because of possible listeria contamination says it's relocating. Green Chile Concepts LLC says it will start making food products at its new manufacturing plant starting Monday in a long-planned move. The US Department of Agriculture... More »

USDA Wants to Do Away With 'Sell by' and 'Use by' Labels

And replace them with a standardized 'best if used by' date

(Newser) - The USDA wants Americans to know it's probably fine to eat that yogurt hiding in the back of the fridge. Consumerist reports the agency released new guidance Wednesday asking meat and dairy producers to do away with the various "sell by" and "use by" dates they put... More »

5 Tips to Avoid Poisoning Your Thanksgiving Guests

Unless, of course, you want to poison them, in which case, wash that turkey bird

(Newser) - It's almost Thanksgiving, that special time of year in which Americans join hands around a dead stuffed bird, imbibe copious amounts of alcohol, argue politics, field invasive questions from boundaryless relatives, and give thanks that the holiday is annual rather than quarterly. Or maybe that's just our house.... More »

Single Mom Faces Jail for Selling Food on Facebook

Mariza Ruelas belongs to a food group on the site

(Newser) - When California single mother of six Mariza Ruelas joined the Facebook group 209 Food Spot a few years ago, she and other members would exchange recipes, meet for potlucks, and sometimes swap or sell their dishes among members. So Ruelas said yes when a member of the group asked to... More »

'5-Second Rule' Is Baloney

In some cases, contamination is instantaneous, say researchers

(Newser) - The five-second rule is off by about five seconds in many cases, and not in the direction you hoped. That's what Rutgers researchers say in a new study debunking the classic kitchen rule, which declares it safe to eat food off the floor if scooped up in a flash.... More »

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