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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
Complimentary smoothies handed out at the USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show at the HP Pavilion on Aug. 16 and 17 may have been contaminated with hepatitis A, state health officials said Monday. The smoothies, provided at the JumpSport booth, were prepared at a Willow Glen-area Jamba Juice by an employee diagnosed with hepatitis A. Though the risk appears minimal, the California Department of Public Health said that people who consumed the drinks should monitor their health.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2007 | David Pierson and Tiffany Hsu, Times Staff Writers
Surrounded by fruits and vegetables from around the world, Annie Rong dug diligently through a tall pile of Chinese ginger roots in the produce section of an Asian supermarket in Monterey Park. Tossing a full bag into her cart, the 71-year-old immigrant from southern China said that nothing, not even news that imported ginger from her native country was believed to be contaminated, would stop her from eating the spicy root.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2007 | Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
San Juan Bautista, Calif. On a hot, bone-dry afternoon -- not unlike the one last summer when something went horribly wrong here -- Will Daniels stands on the edge of a field, its neat rows of seeded soil stretching toward the horizon. Any day now, the first glossy leaves of a new crop will sprout, and within weeks, tons of fresh salad greens will be harvested, processed and sent to market. Daniels wishes he could rewind the clock to Aug. 15, 2006. Stop workers from picking that lethal crop.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Orange County Health Care Agency warned consumers Friday to avoid raw and undercooked oysters from the southern part of Hood Canal in Washington state after nearly a dozen people became ill eating them. Three were from Orange County and had eaten at different restaurants. Most of the others were from Northern California, agency spokeswoman Deanne Thompson said. The health agency recommends oysters be cooked at a minimum of 145 degrees to destroy bacteria that can cause illness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Canned chili, stew, hash and dog food made by Castleberry's Food Co. could be tainted with botulism, county health officials warned Tuesday. U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials issued a similar warning earlier this month after the food made four people in Texas and Indiana seriously ill. The brand is also sold under the names Cattle Drive, Kroger and Great Value. The company's pet food is sold under the Natural Balance Eatables brand. More information on the recall can be found at: www.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
The California Department of Public Health warned consumers Friday not to eat a certain type of candy imported from Mexico because it contains "high levels of lead" that could cause health problems, particularly in pregnant women and young children. The warning pertains to De La Rosa Pulparindo candy, a tamarind-flavored sweet. It is packaged in bright red 10-ounce boxes containing individually wrapped pieces of about half an ounce each.
NATIONAL
July 19, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
President Bush created a Cabinet-level panel Wednesday to improve the safety of imported food and other products, responding to concerns raised after tainted toothpaste and pet food reached the United States from China. He named Mike Leavitt, secretary of Health and Human Services, head of the panel and gave it 60 days to review U.S. regulations as well as safety procedures in other countries and come up with ways to ensure the quality of imports.
NATIONAL
July 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The number of people sickened after eating at the Taste of Chicago festival last week has reached 378, the health department said, and 12 are known to have been hospitalized. The outbreak was connected to an herb tomato cucumber salad with hummus.
WORLD
July 10, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
China's former drug and food safety watchdog chief was executed today after being found guilty of corruption and dereliction of duty amid a series of food and drug safety scandals, the New China News Agency said. The Supreme People's Court approved the death sentence for Zheng Xiaoyu, 62, who was convicted of taking bribes worth about $850,000 from eight companies. Zheng, head of the State Food and Drug Administration from 1998 to 2005, was sentenced May 29 and his appeal was heard last month.
WORLD
July 5, 2007 | Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writer
While international concern over China's food and product safety has focused on exports to the United States and other countries, a report published Wednesday suggests that it is the Chinese people who have the most to fear. A government watchdog says that more than 99% of the foods exported to the United States met Chinese quality standards, slightly higher than the safety score of U.S. foods imported into China.
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