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FDA Budget is Cut While Millions in U.S. are Still Sickened by Food

By Eddie Farah on October 16, 2012

Jacksonville Product LiabilityThere is little surprise that there can be a disconnect in Washington D.C. when it comes to perception and reality. Take for instance the House of Representatives’ 2011 vote to cut the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) food safety budget because House Republicans had argued, “our food system is 99 percent safe.”

Let’s look at the facts: in 2005, the United States had two fruit and vegetable recalls. In 2011 that total was 37. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million people are sickened, 128,00 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year due to food-borne illness. Read the rest »

Listeria Outbreak Nationwide and in Florida from Cantaloupe Grown in Colorado

By on September 30, 2011

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports there have been 72 people nationwide sickened with four strains of Listeria monocytogenes in 18 states including Florida. The illness began showing up after July 31, 2011 and was traced back to a farm in Granada, Colorado that grew the Rocky Ford type of cantaloupe, named for the region where it’s grown. Jensen Farms issued a voluntary recall on September 14.

So far there has been one person in Florida infected. Texas has 14 illnesses, while New Mexico has 10 and Colorado 15. Thirteen deaths have been reported – 2 in Colorado, 1 in Nebraska, 4 in New Mexico , 1 in Oklahoma, 2 in Texas, 1 in Maryland, 1 in Missouri and 1 in Kansas.

Consumers are being urged not to eat any Rocky Ford cantaloupes from Jensen Farms, while other cantaloupes are safe to eat. If you don’t know where it comes from, the CDC recommends you discard the fruit. Read the rest »

Foodborne Illness Outbreak May Be Related to Recalled Papayas

By on July 29, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Sunday, July 23, notified the public of a massive recall of papayas from Agromod Produce, Inc. of McAllen, Texas, because of a link to the bacterial contamination Salmonella, which can cause fatal infections in people with an underdeveloped or compromised immune system.

Symptoms of Salmonella sickness are fever, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and abdominal pain. In rare instances the bacteria can enter the bloodstream causing more severe illness. The FDA tested samples at Agromod Produce in Texas and found the positive confirmation along with a second positive test at the border. The FDA says the shipments that tested positive were not distributed in the U.S. The whole fresh papayas, grown in Mexico, were distributed throughout the U.S. and Canada and sold in retail stores prior to July 23, Sunday. Consumers should look for a Blondie Brand, Tastylicious Brand, Mananita, and Yaya Premium papaya with yellow, blue, orange and green stickers. Read the rest »

Egg Investigation Reveals Unsanitary, Defective Product

By on September 3, 2010

The report is stomach turning. Chicken manure piled high, rodents and wild birds carrying salmonella living near chickens that lay eggs for consumers. Chickens crowded in small cages with infections and broken bones. The Consumer Affairs article contains details too sickening to describe.

That is part of the Food and Drug Administration’s report on the half-billion egg recall, the largest in U.S. history, and the sickening of approximately 1,500 people in 10 states. It is the largest epidemic of Salmonella Enteritidis in the U.S. The report states that chicken mill workers were not wearing protective clothing. FDA inspections were nowhere to be found. Welcome to modern day agriculture or agribusiness as it’s known. Read the rest »

Salmonella Egg Recall Called Urgent

By on August 24, 2010

An outbreak of Salmonella-infected eggs traced to two Iowa farms has sickened more than 2,000 individuals around the country, including as far east as Georgia.

The Salmonella strain in question is Enteritidis (SE). As many as 2,000 people may have been sickened in 17 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So far, no cases have been reported in Florida.

Salmonella causes severe cramps, fever, diarrhea, and in some cases in people with a weak immune system, can cause a life-threatening bloodstream infection. Read the rest »

Ground Beef Recalled in Oregon

By on July 12, 2009

The United States Department of Agriculture issued a June 2 statement regarding S.P. Provisions, a Portland, OR company and their product recall of nearly 40,000 pounds of ground beef products. The products were recalled due to concerns of potential E. coli contamination.

The recall includes five- and ten-pound bags of ground beef as well as “chili grind” products. The USDA says the recall was prompted by microbiological sampling by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, and not by reports from consumers which, according to the article, were not received by the USDA. Read the rest »

Tainted Tomato Scare Hits Florida Hard

By Eddie Farah on June 20, 2008

If you look at the states listed on the FDA’s website as the ones from which you can safely buy tomatoes  free from salmonella contamination,  Florida remains the only state broken up by counties.

That’s because the suspected site of the nationwide contamination – that has so far sickened 552 people in 32 states- is centered in central or south Florida.

Florida was in the middle of harvesting tomatoes when the salmonella outbreak was first identified in Mid-April.

This weekend, FDA inspectors are heading to Florida farms looking for the source of the rare Saintpaul strain of salmonella in tainted tomatoes. A packing house is where many tomatoes from various farms come in and the contamination could be spread. Read the rest »

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