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Food Recalls – 2017 is Not Immune

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Touch the Soil News #610 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration finds January of 2017 a busy month. Following are some of the food recalls of the last 30 days:   Pictsweet Breaded Okra is being recalled for possible glass fragment contamination. Blue Ridge Beef’s raw dog and cat food is being recalled for Listeria monocylogenes. HY-Vee candy trays are being recalled for possible salmonella poisoning. Hostess Brands is recalling its Holiday White Peppermint Twinkies for possible salmonella poisoning. Palmer Brands is recalling chocolate coated candy for possible salmonella poisoning. Dutch Valley Foods’ Capuccino Snack Mix is being recalled for possible salmonella poisoning. Mikesell’s Nacho Cheese’s Tortilla Chips are being…

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Oversights, Carelessness and Corruption Compromise Food

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Touch the Soil News #164 The title of this news piece almost reminds one of politics – an activity surrounded by perils, corruption and unsafe practices. One of the investigative themes we cover in Touch the Soil News relates to compromises in the food chain – a scary thought. Yet, it is these kinds of discoveries that support trends for decentralization, localization and transparency – even if it means starting your own food garden for a portion of your nutritional needs. Following are a few highlights from events unfolding within the last 30 days (sources: FDA and Food Safety News): 8/21/15 │ Alphin Brothers – a North Carolina seafood processor…

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