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Uh Oh: 15 Million Pounds of SpaghettiOs Recalled

According to this story on 9WSYR.com, the Campbell Soup Supply Company is recalling 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs with Meatballs due to underprocessing. The cans in question are 14.75-ounce cans of SpaghettiOs with Meatballs with product code "U5" on can bottom; 14.75-ounce cans of SpaghettiOs A to Z with Meatballs, product code "4N"; 14.75-ounce cans of SpaghettiOs Fun Shapes with Meatballs, product code "KS." [via dhorst, who says "Just thought some people might be interested in 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs being recalled. That's a boatload of litte O's!"]

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Send a Pro-Eating Pig Card

As a big someecards.com fan, I was excited to finally find a food-related one to share. Go back to the bacon-wrapped pork chops diet, people. Related: Swine Flu: Can You Still Eat Pork? All Signs Point to Yes... More

Swine Flu: Can You Still Eat Pork? All Signs Point to Yes

This little piggy ... is safe to eat. If reports about swine flu and goverments banning pork imports are making you think twice about eating that bacon, don't worry: the World Health Organization (WHO) says swine flu isn't passed through meat and that it is safe to eat pork products. The flu strain in question, H1N1 influenza A virus, is named after swine because it originated in pigs and used to have little effect on humans, but because of recent mutations it has become more harmful to humans, says BBC News.... More

Salmonella Found in Raw Alfalfa Sprouts

Before you buy or make that sprout-laden salad or sandwich for lunch today, please be sure to avoid alfalfa sprouts. From the FDA: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [on April 26] recommended that consumers not eat raw alfalfa sprouts, including sprout blends containing alfalfa sprouts, until further notice because the product has been linked to Salmonella serotype Saintpaul contamination. Other types of sprouts have not been implicated at this time. Photograph ©iStockphoto.com/THEPALMER... More

Trichinosis in Free-Range Pigs: Cause for Concern, or Sloppy Editing and Writing?

Photograph from The Pug Father on Flickr As someone who has fallen head over heels for designer pig, I was initially dismayed to read in the New York Times on Friday that trichinosis, which has basically been wiped out in industrially raised pigs, had been found in two designer pigs—and that a higher percentage of free-roaming pigs had salmonella and toxoplasma. It was the mention of trichinosis that got to me. I began to worry that this news makes a serious liar out of me. For years I've been telling people not to worry about ordering pork chops medium-rare because there hadn't been a case of trichinosis reported in the U.S. in many years. Then I reread the piece... More

Another Salmonella Scare as Pistachios Recalled in U.S.

Avoid like the plague, until the next food scare hits. ©iStockphoto.com/MorePixels Another food scare? Nuts! This time, pistachios. From Reuters: A California pistachio processor issued a nationwide recall of pistachios due to possible salmonella contamination, and U.S. health regulators said consumers should avoid all pistachio products until more information is available. The affected nuts were shipped on or after September 1, 2008, by Setton Pistachio. The recall could affect more than just whole pistachios as they were used as ingredients in a range of food products. I almost grabbed a bag of pistachios as a snack last night. I'm glad I went with peanuts instead. Nobody ever got sick from peanuts. Related: What Nut Is Next? [Talk]... More

Peanut Butter Sales Down Almost 25 Percent

©iStockphoto.com/Photo-Dave Peanut butter sales are down nearly 25 percent after the recent salmonella outbreak after wary parents have stopped buying the lunchtime staple for their children, according to the New York Times. Even though the FDA issued a list of safe peanut-butter products, many consumers appear to be taking a better-safe-than-sorry tact. The downturn has led some major peanut-butter manufacturers to issue an ad campaign to reassure consumers: The J. M. Smucker Company, which makes Jif peanut butter, placed ads in newspapers across the country on Friday, including the New York Times, that said the company did not buy peanuts from the Peanut Corporation of America, whose plant in Blakely, Ga., was found to be the source of the... More

Salmonella Scare Hits the Big Time

You know something is news when it graces the cover of the New York Post. The main focus of the story is that the burger chains have stopped serving tomatoes on their burgers, and people are upset. At the Mickey D's on Sixth Avenue between 21st and 22nd streets, Beata Royzman, 17, a La Guardia HS senior, winced as she bit into a cheeseburger that didn't have tomatoes. "It's disgusting," she groaned. "It would be much better with tomatoes... Previously: Salmonella Scare Halts Tomato Sales... More

Salmonella Scare Halts Tomato Sales

These tomatoes may be safe, but others may give you Salmonella poisoning. Beware. Bountiful grape tomatoes still populate Mickey D's "premium salad," but you're out of luck if you want a tomato slice on your burger. Reuters reported today that McDonald's and Wal-Mart stores have stopped selling certain tomatoes. Chipotle and Target are also nixing tomatoes to play it safe. On Saturday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned U.S. consumers that the Salmonella outbreak—145 reported cases, including at least 23 hospitalizations since mid-April—is linked to raw red plum, red Roma, and red round tomatoes. The FDA says that it is safe to eat cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, tomatoes sold with the vine still attached, and tomatoes grown at home.... More

Exclusive: 30th Annual National Food Policy Conference

Thirty years ago, leafy spinach wasn't the green enemy and contaminated Odwalla juice hadn't killed a kid yet. These and other food policy issues were discussed at last week's 30th annual National Food Policy Conference in downtown D.C., where Serious Eats was on the scene with a room full of scientists, congressional members, strategists from Tyson and Kraft foods, and the conference BMOCs—the "ag" crowd (the USDA and FDA). 'In my day, we didn't die trying to eat PB and J.' Experts discussed issues like contaminated Peter Pan peanut butter, healthier school lunches, and the farm bill. Snarkiest among panelists was molecular biologist and Kansas State University professor Douglas Powell, who said media wasn't doing enough. In his web forum,... More

E. Coli Outbreak in Lettuce

Yes. Again. Another food scare. This time it's bagged lettuce from Dole: The voluntary recall, issued Monday, affects all packages of Hearts Delight sold in the United States and Canada with a "best if used by" date of September 19, 2007, and a production code of "A24924A" or "A24924B," the company said.... The latest recall affects packages sold in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime Provinces in Canada and in Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee starting around Sept. 8, said Marty Ordman, a Dole spokesman. If you live in the affected areas, check your fridge!... More

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