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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.
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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.
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.
NATIONAL
December 25, 2006 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
Recurring outbreaks of food-borne illness from contaminated produce are "unacceptable" in today's society, the government says. But when it comes to preventing new occurrences, the Food and Drug Administration hasn't done much of the basic research that would let it write regulations to fix the problem. Six years after the FDA first issued general guidance to the produce industry on how it might prevent contamination from microbes such as E.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2006 | Jerry Hirsch and Marla Cone, Times Staff Writers
A Pennsylvania man who said he became sick after eating a chalupa and a quesadilla at a Taco Bell sued the owner of the Irvine-based restaurant chain Friday, joining what attorneys expect will be a growing wave of legal claims arising from an outbreak of E. coli bacteria. Taco Bell and parent company Yum Brands Inc.
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