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Canal water may have tainted romaine lettuce

Contaminated irrigation canals may have helped spread the E. coli bacteria that spoiled fields of romaine lettuce and made the crunchy salad green off-limits to millions of Americans for weeks this spring, the government said on Thursday.

The outbreak of E. coli disease killed five people and sickened at least 210 in 36 states, making it the largest outbreak of the killer bacterial infection in a decade.

It was traced to romaine lettuce grown around Yuma, Arizona. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration cautioned people to avoid romaine lettuce unless they could be sure that it wasn't grown in the Yuma area.

The CDC and the FDA said the outbreak was over weeks ago, but the investigation into how so much lettuce got contaminated will take months. No single farm was implicated in the outbreak.

The FDA said Thursday that it found one possible explanation — contaminated canal water.


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Why is WHOLE FOODS getting its fruit from the same place as Costco and Walgreens??? Do they just slap an organic label on their products and we are none the wiser? Cause for great concern and I think an investigation.
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Multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon sickens 60 people


Sixty people were infected by the outbreak and 31 people were hospitalized, the CDC said, adding that no deaths have been reported.


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India Sues Nestlé For $100 Million After Lead Found In Noodles


In an unprecedented move, India is seeking colossal damages from Nestlé following a massive food safety scandal. 

Laboratory tests found unsafe levels of lead in Maggi Noodles, a popular brand of instant noodles sold across the country. The tests also detected MSG, which contradicts the brand's message of "No Added MSG."

India's food safety regulators declared the salty snack "unsafe and hazardous for human consumption," and shopkeepers yanked the bright yellow packets from the shelves in June. 

The Indian government filed a class-action suit against Nestlé India for unfair trade practices and the sale of defective goods. Reuters reports that this is the first time India has gone after a foreign corporation to avenge customers.


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Are you eating HORSE? Researchers find 20 per cent of samples of 'ground beef' sold in the US contain the illegal meat

Deceptive Labeling
Brussels Plans Tougher Organic Food Rules

Deceptive Labeling: Brussels Plans Tougher Organic Food Rules

The European Commission plans to tighten rules on the booming organic food sector due to concerns that many products aren't as pure as claimed. More rigorous checks are needed and loopholes must be removed, says a draft paper seen by SPIEGEL. By Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


Nestlé will soon begin testing its products on human brain and liver cells

Nestlé will soon begin testing its products on human brain and liver cells, reports The Wall Street Journal, in a bid to find out exactly how healthy foods and drinks are good for us.

The food products giant will obtain the cells from a biotech firm to examine how nutritionally enhanced drinks, smoothies and other products can have medical benefits. Nestlé’s deal to obtain the stem-cell-like cells made from mature human cells from Cellular Dynamics International Inc. will be officially announced this week, according to the WSJ.

Nestlé competitors like the yogurt giant Danone have also been investing in nutrition or medically enhanced products, with the worldwide market for health and wellness food and beverages is forecast to grow from $772 billion in 2013 to $944 billion in 2018.

Read more: Nestlé Will Test Health Foods on Human Brain Cells |

Leaked! Food Lobby Threatens to Sue Any State that Tries to Label GMOs

[gmoearthx2]Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton
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Apparently GMOs are so awesome and wonderful, the companies that sell them are doing everything they can to keep people from knowing it.

The Organic Consumers Association is reporting that the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association — the mega lobby group that represents 300+ companies and much more than just grocery stores — is using a leaked talking points memo to basically misinform and intimidate our legislators with threats of lawsuits should they even attempt to back a GMO labeling law in their state.

This is the same organization that is petitioning to allow GMOs to be considered “natural” on food packaging, and the same group that is trying to get a weak voluntary federal law passed to preempt the adoption of any meaningful labeling legislation at the state level.

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