8.7 Million Pounds of Meat Recalled

Doug / 04-25-2014 / Consumer Safety

According to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), as part of an ongoing investigation it has been discovered that meat processed by a California company may not be fit for consumption. A Northern California company has recalled over 8.7 million pounds of meat due to discovery that diseased and unhealthy animals might have […]


Attention Florida Winn Dixie Shoppers

Doug / 02-19-2014 / Consumer Safety

As of January 12, 2014, Winn Dixie announced an immediate recall of 30 oz. canisters of the store’s Instant Chocolate Drink Mix, with the expiration date JUL 14 15B. The product was pulled fro the shelves of Winn Dixie locations throughout Florida due to a potential incorrect formula mixture, which could result in an undeclared […]


The Pill of the Poisoned Apple

Doug / 10-29-2013 / Consumer Safety

It seems that as long as children have gone from door to door dressed in costume and asking for candy there has been some rumor of poisoned or tampered candies coming home.  Each of us can certainly remember sitting on the living room floor while Mom and Dad went through our evening’s take looking for […]


Hidden Dangers in the Sea

Doug / 10-08-2013 / Consumer Safety

Over the course of this year at least 27 Floridians have become sick from infections of Vibrio vulnificus. Vibrio vulnificus is a deadly bacterium that lives in warm and/or brackish seawater. It is the most underreported foodborne pathogen, according to CDC. The infection is commonly associated with eating raw shellfish, such as oysters and often […]


How the Federal Government Shutdown is Harming Your Health

Doug / 10-02-2013 / Consumer Safety

As we’re sure you’re aware of by now, fighting between the parties in our nation’s capitol have lead to a shutdown of many of the Federal Government’s functions.  While we’re not about to weigh in on Obamacare and whether it is good or bad for the country or the economy, we do want to bring […]


Starting a Food Fight in Federal Court

Doug / 09-03-2013 / Consumer Safety

The Northern District of California Federal Court is turning into a scene from “Animal House” with fighting left and right. This is not the typical food fight we all know and remember, but a legal battle over labeling and healthy food choices. According to Contra Costa Times, “class-actions lawsuits have piled up […] targeting the […]


Do I Have a Case Against Walt Disney World?

Doug / 01-25-2012 / Consumer Safety

Q: My 15-month-old daughter and husband became violently ill after sharing a children’s meal at a restaurant on Walt Disney World’s property in Orlando. My daughter was hospitalized for nausea, vomiting and dehydration. The doctor suspected food poisoning. It took my daughter a month to fully purge her infant system of the toxins and to […]


Florida Man Dies From Airline Food Poisoning

Doug / 12-14-2011 / Consumer Safety

The family of a Florida man who died from food poisoning from a meal he consumed on a flight has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against American Airlines, according to ABC News. Othon Cortes, 73, died after eating a chicken meal on a flight that was contaminated. His widow and daughter filed the suit. American […]


Halloween Safety Reminder

Doug / 10-28-2011 / Car Accident

With Halloween and trick-or-treaters out this weekend, we’d like to remind all of our readers that safety should always be your top priority.  Here are a few things to keep in mind as you enjoy the holliday: Only eat candy in manufactured, sealed packaging.  Avoid homemade or treats in sandwich bags to prevent possible food […]


Top Five Deadliest Food-Borne Illnesses

Doug / 10-07-2011 / Food-borne Illnesses

Listeria is all of a suddenly the most popular word on the news and Internet. Listeria is one of many types of bacteria that have been found in the food supply, triggering food poisoning and sometimes death. It seems as if the entire U.S. food supply has experienced some type of bacteria, from listeria-contaminated spinach […]


How to Help Prevent Food Poisoning

Doug / 10-05-2011 / Food-borne Illnesses

People infected with food-borne organisms may be symptom-free or may have symptoms ranging from mild intestinal discomfort to severe dehydration and bloody diarrhea. Food poisoning and food-borne illnesses outbreaks have become common throughout the United States. A recent Listeria outbreak caused by contaminated spinach dip affected Florida Publix stores. The recall affects 16-ounce containers of […]


Hand Washing Helps Prevent Spread of Food Contamination

Doug / 10-03-2011 / Food-borne Illnesses

The recent food-borne illnesses have brought attention to cooking food to safe temperatures and storing food safely in order to avoid bacterial contamination. Listeria, an outbreak traced to contaminated cantaloupes, has sickened 72 people and claimed lives in 18 states. Other recent outbreaks include salmonella and E.coli, traced to contaminated meats that have sickened consumers. […]


Positive Salmonella Test Prompts Second Ground Turkey Recall

Doug / 09-21-2011 / Food-borne Illnesses

As we previously reported, Cargill Corp has resumed productions on their turkey meat recall after a massive recall of its product. However, a second incident with contaminated ground turkey has prompted the company to issue yet another salmonella-related recall. Cargill Corp has announced an immediate recall of 185,000 pounds of 85 percent lean, fresh ground […]


Listeria Contamination Causes Vita Smoked Salmon Recall

Doug / 09-09-2011 / Food-borne Illnesses

The FDA has announced a recall of thousands of packages of Vita smoked salmon, which were sold at Publix, Safeway, Winn dIXIE and other Florida grocery stores. The FDA announced that the salmon may carry a risk of food poisoning due to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The agency has received no reports of illnesses […]


How Safe is Ground Turkey? Cargill Resumes Meat Production

Doug / 08-24-2011 / Food-borne Illnesses

According to Quality Assurance Magazine, Cargill has enhanced safety programs and resumed production of ground turkey after receiving approval from USDA. The plan in Springdale, AK, responsible for a massive recall of ground turkey that was found to be contaminated with salmonella, has resumed its full production. Cargill recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey […]


36 Million Pound Ground Turkey Recall

Doug / 08-19-2011 / Food-borne Illnesses

According to Food Safety News, some safety experts are not sure if recalling 36 million pound of turkey is enough. An Oregon epidemiologists says that he fears, despite the massive recall, that more Cargill ground turkey products may be contaminated with salmonella and should be taken off the market. Dr. Bill Keene, a nationally known […]


Salmonella Outbreak Injures 77 Consumers, Kills One

Doug / 08-08-2011 / Food-borne Illnesses

According to the Orlando Sentinel, salmonella cases linked to fresh or frozen ground turkey meat have been reported in 26 U.S. states. Since March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked 77 incidents to salmonella, which causes nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea. One person has died as a result of the salmonella […]


Fresh Express Recalls Spinach Bags Over Salmonella Contamination

Doug / 04-11-2011 / Food-borne Illnesses

According to KSBW, Fresh Express is voluntarily recalling 2,939 cases of bagged, pre-washed and ready to eat spinach after salmonella was detected in a random sample test. According to the company, the recall will be conducted out of an abundance of caution and so far no reports of illnesses have been reported. Fresh Express is […]


Food Safety Bill Passes the Senate

Doug / 12-01-2010 / Food-borne Illnesses

Yesterday the Senate passed a major bill which will drastically strengthen the FDA’s ability to monitor food safety to prevent unsafe foods from reaching the market rather than reacting to an outbreak of food-borne illnesses. While the Senate and House bills still need to be reconciled, both versions give the FDA new means by which they […]


Salmonella Outbreak in Fresh Eggs Expanded

Doug / 08-20-2010 / Food-borne Illnesses

Over 380 million eggs have been recalled due to a possible exposure to the food borne illness salmonella. The eggs were produced by Wright County Egg in Galt, Iowa and sold to many different wholesalers, distribution centers and food service companies, and were sold under various labels


Peanut Butter Recall

Doug / 02-06-2009 / Food-borne Illnesses

Several food companies and retailers including General Mills, Inc., and grocery companies, Kroger Co. and Safeway, Inc., have been pulling items made with peanut butter recently as a result of the current outbreak of salmonella. Recently recalled items are: Safeway: Ready Pack Eating Right Kids Apples with Peanut Butter and Orchard Valley Harvest’s Organic Bark […]


Raw Milk on the Market Again?

Doug / 06-16-2008 / Food-borne Illnesses

When I was a child growing up on the farm, we drank raw milk – raw milk being unpasteurized. That’s because my dad refused to buy milk when he milked 60 head of cattle every day. None of us got sick, but maybe we were just lucky. Drinking raw milk has become fashionable again with some consumers who prefer […]


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