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FDA seeks ideas to prevent food poisioning

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking for ideas on how to find disease-causing organisms in food – especially Salmonella in fresh produce. The 2014 FDA Food Safety Challenge was developed under the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, which grants all federal agencies broad authority to conduct prize competitions to spur innovation, solve […] [Read More]
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Live Well workshop at Griffin Hospital in Derby

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A free workshop series at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby aims to help individuals with an ongoing health conditions or those caring for a loved one with an ongoing health condition get their lives back. Sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Social Services Aging Services Division, Connecticut Department of Public Health and Griffin Hospital, […] [Read More]
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Norovirus outbreaks linked to food service workers

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Here’s some food for thought before you place that takeout order or head out for a restaurant meal. Most norovirus (aka stomach flu) outbreaks from contaminated food occur in food service settings, according to a Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infected food workers are frequently the source of these […] [Read More]
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FDA project unearths some fishy labeling

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Wondering if your “wild caught” salmon is actually “farm-raised?” Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration are able to answer this and other questions through a project that creates DNA barcodes to identify individual fish species. The massive project is part of an effort aimed at solving the problem of species substitution, which can result […] [Read More]
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Don’t invite food poisoning to Thanksgiving dinner

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This holiday season should be a time of giving thanks — not foodborne illness. But it’s no secret that turkey — that centerpiece of the Thanksgiving holiday — can make you ill if not handled properly. According the Connecticut Department of Health, one in six Americans will get sick from food poisoning this year. Here […] [Read More]
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Study finds something fishy about sushi

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Think you’re doing something good for yourself by eating sushi? That depends on what kind you’re eating. A study published in the Journal of Risk Research suggests that regularly eating certain kinds of sushi could expose lovers of the delicacy to high levels of mercury and lead to health risks. Researchers out of Rutgers University in […] [Read More]

Broccoli salad recalled for listeria distributed in Connecticut

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Maryland-based Taylor Farms is recalling about 5,084 pounds of broccoli salad kits, due to concerns about possible listeria contamination. The kits were shipped to distributors and retail locations (such as delis) several states, including Connecticut. The products subject to recall are: 6.06-lb. boxes labeled “Taylor Farms Broccoli Crunch With Bacon and Dressing,” case code 310151, […] [Read More]

FDA proposes measure to protect animal foods

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The Food and Drug Administration has proposed  preventive measures to protect all animal foods from disease-causing bacteria, chemicals and other contaminants. This includes the food that pet owners give their dogs, cats and the like, as well as the feed that farmers give their livestock. According a statement on the FDA website, Preventive Controls for […] [Read More]

Plant linked to salmonella in chicken won’t close

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that three poultry plants linked to a drug-resistant salmonella outbreak would remain open. The department opted to allow Foster Farms processing plants in California to remain open after the company agreed to improve food handling safety procedures. The company’s chicken has been linked to hundreds of cases of […] [Read More]

Connecticut salmonella case linked to national outbreak

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At least one Connecticut person might have sickened by the Foster Farms chicken linked to nearly 300 cases of Salmonella poisoning in 18 states, according to the state Department of Public Health. Department spokesman William Gerrish said Connecticut had one case of a person infected with a strain of Salmonella Heidelberg implicated in the outbreak. […] [Read More]