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NEWS
August 16, 1987 | United Press International
Health officials have recalled more than a ton of Greenbank Farms raw-milk cheese, which they said was contaminated with a potentially life-threatening bacteria. Food and Drug Administration officials said the recall of Greenbank Farms sharp cheddar cheese distributed in California and Washington has been given the department's highest priority because of the life-threatening potential of the bacteria, listeria monocytogenes.
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NEWS
October 30, 1999 | MARLA CONE, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
Consumers in Japan are unknowingly eating dolphin and porpoise-- marketed as whale meat--that contain dangerously high levels of mercury and other contaminants, according to new research by a Harvard University biologist. The scientist who discovered the contamination feels so strongly about the health threat that he took the unusual step last week of writing a letter to top Japanese officials calling for public warnings and an immediate ban on sales of the contaminated meat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2005 | Natasha Lee and Claudia Zequeira, Times Staff Writers
From Bel-Air to Holmby Hills it was hard to get a cup of coffee Thursday. Stan's Donuts had to use bottled water to make its famous doughnuts. And Noah's Bagels was forced to sell non-bagel sandwiches. And so it went, as a warning over possible water contamination sent coffee shop owners, hoteliers and residents on Los Angeles' Westside scrambling to find other ways to satisfy their breakfast needs.
NEWS
July 7, 1996 | STANLEY MEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Recalling the muckraking food-industry exposes of almost a century ago, President Clinton on Saturday announced a new system for guarding against deadly bacteria in meat and poultry by relying more on scientific testing and less on the touch, sight and smell of federal inspectors. The responsibility for designing and implementing the new system--and its eventual cost of perhaps $100 million a year--will fall mainly on private industry.
NEWS
June 17, 1993 | ROBERT LEE HOTZ, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
Every year, soft-drink manufacturers and brewers fill more than 95 billion metal cans in a rattling, high-speed, mechanical conga line. At the average Pepsi-Cola plant, 2,000 cans every minute speed single-file along an enclosed conveyor line to be filled with the cola company's most profitable product. The aluminum cans, which account for more than half the cost of every soft drink, have become the object of a national consumer scare.
BUSINESS
March 15, 1989 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
Stevedores in Los Angeles temporarily refused to unload a refrigerated freighter from Chile on Tuesday as dockworkers, fruit wholesalers, grocers and growers confronted the government's new warning against tainted fruit. The dockworkers relented later in the day after government inspectors declared the cargo safe for handling. The cargo was unloaded, but it remains detained at the Port of Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1991 | LANIE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
County health officials are investigating an apparent outbreak of food poisoning that made at least 11 Bullock's employees ill but may have affected as many as 200 workers at the store. "I feel very confident the numbers are going to increase significantly," County Environmental Health Director Robert E. Merryman said late Friday. "Public health nurses are interviewing people now. There's a very good chance that a couple of hundred people became ill."
NEWS
January 23, 1993 | TOM GORMAN and DOUG CONNER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Food poisoning caused by contaminated hamburger patties--which so far has stricken about 150 people in the Northwest and on Friday claimed its first victim, a 2-year-old boy--probably had its roots in a slaughterhouse and not in the restaurant chain where the hamburgers were sold, Washington state health officials said. But most of the bacteria could have been destroyed if the meat had been properly cooked, officials said.
NEWS
August 16, 1990 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The family of a man who lapsed into a coma three weeks ago after gulping down a cocaine-laced Colombian soft drink has reversed their decision to disconnect his respirator after seeing movement in his arm and leg for the second consecutive day Wednesday. Doctors say 25-year-old Maximo Rene Menendez is brain dead. But on Tuesday his mother, who was moments away from giving approval to have her son removed from a respirator, saw him move slightly.
NEWS
May 4, 1990 | DANIEL P. PUZO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Salmonella levels in raw chicken are much higher than previously believed, according to a recent federal study in which almost three out of five birds tested positive for the potentially harmful bacteria. An independent laboratory test conducted for The Times also found the more than 50% of the locally purchased chicken showed evidence of salmonella.
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