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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2007 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Almost all of the people sickened by the E. coli bacteria after eating at a Lake Forest restaurant were under age 18, Orange County health officials said Tuesday. Three of the seven who became ill were hospitalized. Health officials said they were still searching for the source of the bacteria that caused the diners to become ill about a week after eating at the Foothill Ranch Souplantation in Lake Forest between March 23 and 25. Of the diners, six were under 18. The seventh was over 70.
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BUSINESS
April 3, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The U.S. on Monday blocked imports of wheat gluten from a company in China, acting after an investigation implicated the ingredient in the recent pet food deaths of cats and dogs. The Food and Drug Administration took action against wheat gluten from Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. after the U.S. recall of nearly 100 brands of pet food made with the contaminated ingredient.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
Federal officials reissued a warning Saturday against drinking an Armenian brand of mineral water laced with arsenic that was distributed by companies in Los Angeles County. Government tests of the imported Jermuk bottled water showed levels of arsenic up to 67 times federal safety standards. At that concentration, arsenic can cause nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting but is unlikely to cause more serious illness, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2007 | Marla Cone and Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writers
Contaminated spinach that sickened hundreds of people and prompted an unprecedented nationwide recall last fall came from a cattle ranch east of Salinas, according to a report by state and federal investigators released Friday. The spinach was grown on a 50-acre field owned by Paicines Ranch, which raises about 2,000 head of grass-fed cattle in the San Benito County town of Paicines, according to the report by the California Department of Health Services and the U.S.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2007 | Abigail Goldman, Times Staff Writer
Federal food safety officials Tuesday raised the official number of pet deaths related to tainted food to 14 from 10, adding that the number would probably rise as they tallied new information. "We are receiving many calls from consumers; we have not had the chance to confirm those yet," said Stephen F. Sundlof, director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine.
NATIONAL
March 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A major manufacturer of dog and cat food recalled 60 million containers of wet food after reports of kidney failure and deaths. The pet food was sold by stores operated by the Kroger Co., Safeway Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and PetSmart Inc., among others. An unknown number of cats and dogs suffered kidney failure, and about 10 died after eating the affected pet food, Menu Foods said in announcing the North American recall.
NATIONAL
March 4, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Food and Drug Administration says consumers should avoid eating raw oysters harvested from San Antonio Bay because more than two dozen people in Maryland became ill. The FDA said 25 people developed symptoms after eating raw Texas oysters at an event in Maryland from Feb. 9 to 11. The oyster beds in San Antonio Bay were shut down Feb. 24 by the Texas health department and remain closed.
NATIONAL
February 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Carolina Culinary Food is recalling packages of Oscar Mayer ready-to-eat chicken breast strips with rib meat because they may be contaminated, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said. Officials said Georgia Department of Agriculture food scientists found Listeria monocytogenes in a sample. That type of contamination can cause listeriosis, which is potentially fatal.
BUSINESS
February 17, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Dole Fresh Fruit Co. recalled several thousand cartons of imported cantaloupes Friday after the fruit tested positive for salmonella. The recall, which covers the eastern United States and the Canadian province of Quebec, is the second sparked by salmonella fears this week. On Wednesday, ConAgra Foods Inc. recalled its Peter Pan brand and certain batches of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'
NATIONAL
February 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A salmonella outbreak that has grown to nearly 300 cases in 39 states since August has been linked to tainted peanut butter, federal health officials said. It is believed to be the first salmonella outbreak associated with peanut butter in U.S. history, said officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 20% of the 288 infected people have been hospitalized, but none has died.
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