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Tracing Food-Borne Illnesses Through Grocery Loyalty Cards

By admin | November 21, 2011

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Photo: joelogon

By: Michele Wolfson

There have been food-borne illnesses this year that have killed over two-dozen people and have made about double that amount extremely ill. Many more may have been afflicted if it weren’t for food safety officials finding value in shopper loyalty cards. These officials are faced with food-borne illness outbreaks across communities and states that seem to have no obvious links- until now.

Food purchases can be traced through loyalty cards and provide an accurate record of everything shoppers bought at the store going back for years. Read More

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Latest Salmonella Outbreak Forces Recall on Pine Nuts

By admin | November 3, 2011

Photo: Kirsten Loza

Photo: Kirsten Loza

By: Michele Wolfson

Food poisoning bacteria sent shivers through the American public this summer when contaminated cantaloupe lined the shelves of supermarkets, causing a reported 28 deaths and counting. Now we have another outbreak to watch out for- pine nuts. Turkish pine nuts sold in bulk at Wegman’s have been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has made 42 people ill in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Arizona, Georgia, Maryland, and New York. New York has the greatest number of cases, with 26 people reported ill, the CDC said in a statement. Last week, Wegman’s recalled 5,000 pounds of pine nuts.

No deaths have been reported, and one person who was hospitalized locally has been released, health department spokesman John Ricci said Thursday. Read More

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