Food Safety

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    January 29, 2013

    Shareholders to Sue KFC Parent After Recent China Chicken Scare and Stock-Price Tumble

    We hear a lot in this country about food recalls, and over the past few years we've heard enough from overseas to become wary of the food supply that makes its way to our shores from China. But how much do we hear about food raised in China that stays in China? And how often does it occur to us tha ... More >>

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    November 9, 2012

    Nesquik Recalled for Salmonella Risk

    The good news for Nesquik? Wreck-It Ralph, the animated film with which it has a promotional partnership, is looking like a blockbuster. The bad news? The only reason we're talking about Nesquik's promotional partnership with Wreck-It Ralph is because of a recall of the chocolate-powder drink mix. ... More >>

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    November 9, 2012

    Fresh Express Recalls Spinach for Salmonella Risk

    Well, look at that: It's a Friday When Food Attacks two-fer. Hot on the heels of the news that Nestle has recalled Nesquik for a risk of salmonella contamination, comes word (via the FDA) that Fresh Express has recalled bagged spinach for potential salmonella contamination. Specifically, Fresh Expr ... More >>

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    November 2, 2012

    Carrots Recalled for Salmonella Risk

    What's this? A recall for potential salmonella contamination that doesn't involve peanuts or peanut butter? Excuse us for a moment while we try to remember how to handle this.

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    September 13, 2012

    "Pink Slime" Manufacturer Sues ABC News, Probably Because of Headlines Like This One

    Not long ago -- say, the winter of 2011-2012 -- Beef Products Inc. (BPI) of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, was just another faceless corporate cog in the American food system, producing a substance called finely textured lean beef, which few of us knew existed Then along came an ABC News report that r ... More >>

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    October 25, 2011

    Just Recall It: Landshire Recalls Nike All-American Sandwiches

    fda.govSt. Louis-based Landshire has recalled sandwiches owing to listeria concerns.​A local sandwich company has had its products recalled after screenings in North Carolina revealed possible listeria contamination. Landshire of St. Louis voluntarily recalled 1,751 cases of the Nike All-Amer ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    New Salmonella and E. Coli Outbreaks. Even Celebrities Aren't Immune

    Wikimedia CommonsThis little E. coli bacteria continues its reign of terror.​ Although our food contamination issue might not be as bad as the E. coli outbreak gripping Germany, we're still not doing great. The Centers for Disease Control notes in its June issue of Vital Signs that salmonell ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Killer Salmonella-Laced Pastries, Melons a Menace

    WikipediaLovely, deadly zeppole.​One person is dead and at least 38 have become ill - 24 hospitalized - from salmonella in pastries sold by a Johnston, Rhode Island bakery. Food Safety News reports that those infected all consumed zeppole made by DeFusco's Bakery. The pastries were sold in s ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    New Study Finds Fewer Cases of Food-Borne Illness

    E. coli (and other pathogens): Fewer cases, still deadly.​The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has lowered its estimate of the annual number of cases of food-borne illness in America, the New York Times reports. This new estimate reckons that each year 48 million people suffer from food p ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    Flame-Retardant Chemicals Found in Butter

    At least it's less likely to burn. Discovery News shares a study from the University of Texas group that discovered BPA in canned foods. This time they've found flame-retardant chemicals in butter. The chemicals don't just happen to be in the butter naturally; polybrominated diphenyl ethers are most ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Monsanto to Glenn Beck: We Are Not Evil and Sinister and Manipulative, Unlike You

    MonsantoGlenn, it may look like something else, but really, sometimes corn is just corn.​As Ian noted over on Gut Check, Senate Bill 510, the food safety bill, passed yesterday morning with a vote of 72 to 25. This, despite the best efforts of Glenn Beck. Beck took to the airwaves Monday night in ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    7-11 Doesn't Want to be Opportunisitc, Preceeds to Beat Slurpee Summit Idea to Pulp

    7-11 freaks out at the prospect of a Slurpee Summit. USA Today reports that the company got really excited when President Obama suggested the possibility of a "Slurpee summit" with the new Republican leadership. They've contacted the White House and offered to cater the summit. A new ad campaign wil ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    Caffeine Kills

    Time reports that a man died of a caffeine overdose. Michael Lee Bedford, a 23-year-old Brit, died after eating spoonfuls of powdered caffeine at a party - the equivalent of 70 energy drinks. If he'd opted for a more traditional manner of death by caffeine intoxication, he could have consumed 100 cu ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    Food Safety Legislation Stalls in U.S., Turns Violent in China

    While a senator vows to stall the food safety bill in the Senate, the Chinese government takes a much firmer stance against producers of tainted food. The Associated Press reports that Chinese authorities will instate the death penalty against the worst food safety violators. Minnesota Public Radi ... More >>

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    September 9, 2010

    Science Groups and Food-Borne Illness Survivors Push for Legislation

    With food safety legislation still in limbo, on Wednesday everyone from focus groups to food-borne illness survivors pushed to get the law passed. CNN reports that since the bill first passed the House 13 months ago, there have been 85 recalls of FDA-approved foods. Statements on the urgency of the ... More >>

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    August 20, 2010

    Be Sure to Overcook Your Chicken! (But for Heaven's Sake Don't Grill It!)

    Yessiree, folks, that there's a Perdue chicken, all wrapped up and ready to be overcooked in the name of food safety!​Ya know that warning you see when you buy chicken at the grocery store, the one that says you need to cook it until it's all dried up and stringy so as to avoid certain death f ... More >>

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    July 26, 2010

    What Are You Getting With That Ballpark Hot Dog? You Don't Want to Know.

    Want some rat crap with that $6 hot dog? How do the nation's sports venues fare when food vendors are inspected? All over the place, with many of them not good. ESPN published a major report on the state of concession stand safety. It's good news for St. Louis sports fans: Busch Stadium and Edward J ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    Salmonella: It's Not Just for Chicken and Eggs Anymore.

    How does a salmonella outbreak come from a meat production facility that's following all the rules? The Providence Journal investigates the strange case of Daniel, Inc., a sausage-curing company in Rhode Island with a perfect food safety track record for 34 years. That is, until the company's meat c ... More >>

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    January 27, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 1.27

    ​ U.S. finally has a nominee for food safety undersecretary. (USA Today)Salami recalled in light of salmonella outbreak. (WKOW-TV)Haggis is legal again. ( dish of 2010: fried chicken. (The Seattle P-I)

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    May 5, 2009

    Schnucks Wins Coveted Black Pearl Award is the Black Pearl Award, I hear you ask in a tone of great bewilderment? And why is it coveted?We at Gut Check are here to help!We must also confess -- we were drawn to this arduous research task by our fondness for pirates.Shopping at Schnucks, particularly during t ... More >>

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    April 7, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 4.7

    Georgia rallies around its beloved peanut, salmonella outbreak be damned. (New York Times)The stark realities facing chain restaurants during the recession. (New York Times)From the You Can't Make This Stuff Up Dept.: North Korea accuses South Korea of food poisoning its soccer team prior to a World ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 3.19

    Georgia, home to the Peanut Corp. of America salmonella outbreak, is about to adopt what might be the toughest food-safety laws in the country. (Seattle Times)Scientists find yet another possible correlation, this time between meat consumption and blindness. (Daily Telegraph)A possible answer to the ... More >>

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    March 9, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 3.9

    Georgia, known for peanuts -- and source of Peanut Corp. of America's salmonella outbreak -- only recently introduced food-safety standards for the legume. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)The number of diners sickened at London's Fat Duck restaurant now numbers in the hundreds. The cause of the illnes ... More >>

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    March 5, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 3.5

    Minnesota, which first caught the salmonella outbreak linked to Peanut Corp. of America, could serve as a model for food-safety efforts. (USA Today)Venezuela President Hugo Chavez nationalizes Cargill's operations in his country. (Reuters)Bam! Emeril personally responds after a woman uses one of his ... More >>

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    February 10, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 2.10

    Details are sketchy, but it appears that the FBI has raided Peanut Corp. of America, and the company at the heart of the salmonella outbreak has suspended operations. (CNN)The salmonella outbreak has frightened many consumers off peanut butter, even when it's totally safe. (Reuters)And now to fulfil ... More >>

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    February 9, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 2.9

    Peanut Corp. of America lied to the FDA when it said it hadn't knowingly shipped salmonella-tainted peanut-butter products. (Los Angeles Times)Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack wants all federal food-safety programs under one agency. (AP)Starbucks announces its first ever breakfast combo deals. ( ... More >>

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    February 2, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 2.2

    In today's news: peanut butter, peanut butter, peanut butter.

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    December 23, 2008

    Gut Check Thing of the Year Nominee: Melamine

    The fourth and final nominee for the 2008 Gut Check Thing of the Year is the contaminant melamine.

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    October 27, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 10.27

    Could the potato be the key to providing food aid around the world? (New York Times) In light of the melamine-tainted milk scandal, the government of China promises tougher standards for food safety. (AP) Seriously, folks: Stop the eating contests before someone else dies. (AP) - Ian Froeb

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    October 6, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 10.6

    The FDA says trace amounts of melamine in food pose no health risk. (Washington Post) A new salmonella outbreak, this one apparently caused by people undercooking chicken in the microwave. (Medical News Today) A look at Michelin's 2009 starred restaurants for New York City. ( - Ian Froe ... More >>

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    September 24, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 9.24

    Allegations of price-fixing in the tomato- and egg-processing industries. (AP) Another food-safety scare in Asia: Two people in Japan fall ill after eating China-made bean paste. (AFP) Some Neanderthals had a taste for seafood. Cool story. (Guardian) - Ian Froeb

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    September 22, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 9.22

    China's food-safety head steps down as the melamine-tainted infant formula crisis widens: Over 53,000 have been sickened. (CNN) In Japan, the agriculture minister steps down after a scandal over contaminated rice. (AP) A look at the new PBS series featuring Mario Batali, Mark Bittman and Gwyneth P ... More >>

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    September 18, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 9.18

    A new U.N. reports finds that the food crisis has increased the number of undernourished people by 75 million. (Bloomberg) The meatpacking plant at the heart of the fatal listeriosis outbreak in Canada reopens. ( The FDA is considering a mandatory food-tracking system to improve food sa ... More >>

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    September 8, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 9.8

    The U.N.'s leading climate-change authority says we should eat less meat to combat global warming. (Daily Telegraph) Contaminated meat slicers are the likely source of Canada's fatal listeriosis outbreak. (Globe and Mail) Violence threatens the U.N.'s food aid in Darfur. (BBC News) - Ian Froeb

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    August 29, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 8.29

    The president of Maple Leaf Foods says his company, not government inspectors, should shoulder the blame for the fatal listeriosis outbreak. (National Post) Remember the salmonella outbreak? Apparently, it's over. Eat your peppers freely. (Bloomberg) Gordon Ramsay vs. Paul McCartney in a steel-cag ... More >>

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    July 30, 2008

    FDA Links Salmonella Outbreak to Specific Farm

    The investigation into the cause of the recent salmonella outbreak may finally be reaching a conclusion: The FDA has traced salmonella to a Mexican farm producing serrano peppers. - Ian Froeb

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    July 25, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 7.25

    Europe's Food Safety Authority says no, for now, to meat and milk from cloned animals. (New York Times) A Florida congressman wants tomato growers compensated for losses due to the salmonella scare. (Wall Street Journal) The return of the restaurant review in New Orleans. (New York Times) The EPA ... More >>

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    July 22, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 7.22

    Jalapeños are now the leading culprit in the salmonella outbreak. (New York Times) You still won't be able to find a Bud in Cuba, despite InBev's presence in the country. (Reuters) The harrowing tale of an outbreak of ciguatera, a particularly nasty form of food poisoning, on a fishing boat. ... More >>

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    July 14, 2008
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    June 25, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 6.25

    In light of the salmonella outbreak in tomatoes, official Gut Check cabinet member Secretary of Health and Human Service Michael Leavitt wants a food-safety office in Latin America. ( The U.S. reaches a food-safety agreement with Vietnam. (Bloomberg) Food aid is running short for v ... More >>

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    June 13, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 6.13

    Special Baltimore hotel room edition! Reaction from Governor Blunt and others to InBev's offer for Anheuser-Busch. (AFP) The latest on the salmonella outbreak in tomatoes and serious Congressional criticism on the FDA's food-safety efforts. (Washington Post) Pirates threaten World Food Program fo ... More >>

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    June 12, 2008
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    April 7, 2008

    Dierbergs Recalls Malt-O-Meal Cereal

    Potential salmonella contamination has led to a recall of Malt-O-Meal Unsweetened Puffed Rice Cereal and Unsweetened Puffed Wheat Cereal sold at Dierbergs, reports the Post-Dispatch. No illnesses have been reported. -Ian Froeb

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    March 24, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 3.24 This week's food safety concern? Cantaloupe! Cantaloupe from Honduras is suspected in a salmonella outbreak. (AP) The head of Nestle -- the biggest food and beverage company in the world -- says biofuels are threatening our food supply. (AFP) Minced onions force a plane t ... More >>

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    January 30, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 1.30 The Government Accountability Office says the FDA should be more specific about its plans to improve food safety. (Reuters) Should the FDA follow China's example and enact swift, strong measures to improve food safety? It seems to be work-- OH MY GOD POISONED DUMPLINGS! (Guardian) ... More >>

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    January 9, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 1.9 A disturbing story out of New England: three elderly men died and a woman suffered a miscarriage after drinking milk contaminated with listeria. The milk was pasteurized, so officials are still trying to determine at what point the milk was contaminated. (AP) The U.S. is offering h ... More >>

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    October 10, 2007

    Salmonella! Pot Pies! The Year of Eating Dangerously Continues...

    Frozen turkey and chicken pot pies from Banquet (owned by ConAgra) are the likely culprits of a salmonella outbreak. (CNN) -Ian Froeb

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    August 8, 2007

    Feds to Tour Bridgeton Schnucks

    Late this afternoon I learned that Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt and FDA Commissioner Dr. Andrew C. von Eschenbach will tour the Schnucks in Bridgeton tomorrow morning. Their visit is part of a fact-finding mission for the food-safety panel that President Bush created last m ... More >>

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    August 3, 2007

    Food Safety Update

    A quick update on one of Gut Check's favorite stories: The U.S. will assist China's efforts to improve food and drug safety. (AFX News) Also, the FDA has changed its plans: It will now keep several food-safety labs open. (San Jose Mercury News) -Ian Froeb

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    July 26, 2007

    China Syndrome

    A few weeks ago, when news broke of a Chinese street vendor selling steamed buns allegedly made partly out of cardboard, I expressed my dismay at the media's hyperbolic reporting of the story. Using this one incident as an argument in the larger debate about food safety wasn't just shoddy logic -- i ... More >>

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