March 2008

We have to wonder if the food industry and its regulators are in cahoots with one another to make recalls as confusing as possible in order to get the public to just stop paying attention.

In the last week, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has put out company press releases for Charlie’s Produce, T.M.

Alamosa, Colorado and Walkerton, Ontario have something in common now.  Both cities have in their history the experience of seeing their public water contaminated with tragic consequences.  In Alamosa the water is tainted with salmonella.

Eight years ago, it was E. coli O157: H7 in Walkerton’s water that eventually led to seven deaths and 2,500 residents

Recalls of Honduran cantaloupes continued today (3/26/08),  and the latest company caught  with salmonella-tainted cantaloupes usually imports fruits from Costa Rica.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration put out two company press releases announcing voluntarily recalls of Central America-grown cantaloupes.  First Central American Produce, Inc. of Pompano Beach, FL said it was recalling cantaloupes grown, packed

The Columbine is a colorful Rocky Mountain flower so favored by First Lady Mame Eisenhower that Ike adopted it as the name for "Air Force One" before anyone had a name for the President’s airplane.

More recently, Columbine High School in Jefferson County, west of Denver, was the site of the most tragic high school

Honduras is not happy with Uncle Sam.   The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is telling people to toss cantaloupes from Agropecuaria Montelibano in Honduras.

At least 50 people in 16 states have become sick with salmonella from eating the Honduran cantaloupes.   The FDA warning, however, has itself turned into an international incident.

Honduran President

Alamosa residents woke up this morning to learn they have about 72 hours before the town begins flushing a high amount of chlorine through its public water system.

When that begins, boiling water will no longer make it fit for cooking or drinking.  The town has been on a bottled water order since last Wednesday.

This town of 9,000, including Colorado’s Adams State College, was declared to  in a state of emergency today (3/21/08) by Gov. Bill Ritter due to the salmonella outbreak that may be related to the public water supply.

The emergency came as 139 Alamosa residents were said to be sick with salmonella.  Seven were in the

Kowalke Family Sprouts Inc., which distributes through Farmer’s Markets, Whole Foods and Gelson’s Supermarkets,  is recalling all its alfalfa sprout products because the seeds used to grow them were found to be contaminated with Salmonella.

No illnesses have yet been associated with the Kowalke sprouts.   The California Department of Public Health announced the recall, which