December 9, 2016

Dole Listeria Salads Also Sold in Vermont

We have been notified that Price Chopper stores in Vermont have been carrying Dole salads being recalled because of a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. The FDA has been notified. Vermont has not been listed among the states that received the recalled products. We contacted the FDA and the Vermont Department of Health and neither responded by press time. This underscores the fact that everyone should examine packages of Dole salads that they purchased. If the manufacturing code made up of a list of numbers that is either above or below the "Enjoy By" or "Sell By" date starts with an "A", that means that product was produced in the Springfield, Ohio plant that made and shipped the salads that made people sick. The Ohio Department of Health found Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in … [Read more...]

Worthy Burger E. coli Outbreak Grows to Nine Patients

The E. coli outbreak at Worthy Burger restaurant in South Royalton, Vermont has grown, according to what Bradley Tompkins, a health surveillance epidemiologist with the Vermont Department of Health, told Valley News. Two more cases have been linked to the restaurant, making the total to date six confirmed and three probable cases. The state has not updated its news release about this outbreak since September 22, 2015. Eight of the nine patients at ground beef at Worthy Burger in August and September of this year. State health inspectors found the DNA of Shiga toxin, the compound produced by E. coli bacteria, in an unopened package of beef at the restaurant. They believe that undercooked burgers served at that restaurant are the source of the pathogenic bacteria that caused the … [Read more...]

Vermont’s GMO Law Prompt Lawsuit From Food Groups

Moments after Vermont Governor Peer Shumlin signed a law on May 8th requiring that all foods containing genetically modified ingredients sold in that state be labeled as such, the Grocery Manufacturing Association (GMA) said it would sue the state.  And now it has. Yesterday, the GMA, the Snack Foods Association, the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Association of Manufacturers filed suit in federal district court challenging the law which was the first of its kind. The law goes into effect July 1, 2016. After that date, violators face penalties and further action by the Attorney General’s Office. "Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law – Act 120 – is a costly and misguided measure that will set the nation on a path toward a 50-state patchwork of GMO labeling policies … [Read more...]

Vermont Endures Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Cargill Ground Beef Sold At Hannaford Stores

The Salmonella outbreak linked to Cargill ground beef sold at Hannaford grocery stores has hit Vermont hard. Of the 33 people sickened in the multi-state outbreak, 10 are from Vermont. And of 11 hospitalizations in seven states, three are from Vermont. Vermont's case patients, who became ill between June 6 and June 26, are from Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, Rutland. and Windham counties, according to the Vermont Department of Health (VDH). Since June, VDH has been part of a collaborative investigation that has grown to include, seven state health departments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA, FSIS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After laboratory testing confirmed that the Salmonella strain that sickened people and the … [Read more...]

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