August 2005

Seattle law firm Marler Clark and Asheville, NC attorney Mark Kurdys have jointly filed a second lawsuit against Orchid Island Juice Co. of Fort Pierce, Florida.

The firm represents Barbara Jane Dooley, a 72-year-old Jackson County, North Carolina resident who became ill with Salmonellosis after consuming Orchid Island unpasteurized orange juice in June while dining

Pasteurization, since its adoption in the early 1900s, has been credited with dramatically reducing illness and death caused by contaminated milk. But today, some people are passing up pasteurized milk for what they claim is tastier and healthier "raw milk."

Public health officials couldn’t disagree more.

“Drinking raw (untreated) milk or eating raw milk products

The FDA is advising processors and repackers that Majestic International Spice Corporation of Montebello, California is voluntarily recalling its dried "Extra Fancy Basil" spice in 12.5 kilogram bags because FDA found the product contaminated with Salmonella Blockley.

FDA is issuing this advisory because we are concerned that the firm has not adequately alerted its consignees

Food safety attorney William Marler today reissued calls for more stringent recall procedures for contaminated food in the aftermath of a Salmonella outbreak at a restaurant in San Francisco. According to health officials, 22 ill persons have tested positive for a strain of Salmonella matching the strain associated with raw almonds.

In May, 2004, officials

Heed these tips for eating at restaurants as well as festivals and fairs to help ensure food-borne illness doesn’t become part of the outing, says the USDA:

  • Wash your hands. You know where they’ve been, and some of those places aren’t pretty.
  • Shun any fresh-cooked food that doesn’t arrive at your table piping hot. Ditto

County and state health officials continue investigating a salmonella outbreak at a South San Francisco restaurant in July that may be linked to raw almonds. One worker and 21 diners were left sick after eating La Tapatia Restaurant, reports the San Mateo County Daily Journal.

State investigators discovered La Tapatia bought raw almonds in bulk

The FDA is informing the retail and food service industries that incorporating an ingredient that is intended to be cooked into a ready-to-eat food that will not be cooked or otherwise treated to eliminate microorganisms of public health concern can pose a serious food safety risk. A recent multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium has been

At least 50 salmonella-caused illnesses have been reported within Northern Virginia in recent weeks.

Health officials are trying to determine if the cases are linked and warn all residents in the region to report such illness to them.

There have been 151 confirmed cases of Salmonella in Northern Virginia so far this year. This