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April 27, 2007 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
After Sept. 11, 2001, the Food and Drug Administration developed a comprehensive plan to guard the nation's food supply against tainted imports, which were seen as a serious security threat. But nearly six years later, the plan has languished because of a lack of official will and tight federal budgets, according to former senior officials involved in formulating the strategy.
April 25, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Families victimized by tainted spinach and peanut butter put a human face Tuesday on recent high-profile outbreaks of food-borne illness, urging lawmakers to strengthen federal oversight of the nation's food supply. "I can't protect them from spinach -- only you guys can. I can't," said Michael Armstrong, as he and wife, Elizabeth, cradled daughters Ashley, 2, and Isabella, 5.
April 13, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A 15th person has tested positive for E. coli linked to the outbreak originating at a Foothill Ranch Souplantation, authorities said Thursday. The latest victim, a young adult who ate at the restaurant March 23, was not hospitalized, an Orange County Health Care Agency spokesman said. Fourteen of the infected people were customers at the restaurant, and one is an employee. Investigators do not know if the worker was infected by eating at Souplantation or through an outside source.
April 11, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Menu Foods Ltd., whose products have been blamed for the deaths of at least 16 animals, expanded its pet food recall after it found contaminated wheat gluten at a plant in Canada. Menu Foods said one shipment of wheat gluten tainted with melamine -- a substance used to make fertilizer -- was sent to its Mississauga, Ontario, facility from a plant in Emporia, Kan. The company didn't say how much food it called back.
April 11, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Another E. coli infection linked to the Foothill Ranch Souplantation has been reported, bringing the total to 14, health officials said Tuesday. The latest victim, an adult, ate at the restaurant March 23, said Howard Sutter, a spokesman for the Orange County Health Care Agency. Though the person developed symptoms, he said, no hospitalization was required.
April 6, 2007
Three new cases of E. coli bacterial infection associated with a local restaurant have been uncovered, bringing the total to 10, Orange County health officials said Thursday. As in the earlier cases, the recently identified victims -- two under 18 and one over 50 -- all ate at the Foothill Ranch Souplantation on Towne Center Drive in Lake Forest on March 23 or 24, said Howard Sutter, a spokesman for the Orange County Health Care Agency.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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