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Food safety concerns raised with closing of 259 USDA offices

January 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The U.S. Agriculture Department announced Monday it will close nearly 260 offices nationwide, a move that won praise for cutting costs but raised concerns about the possible effect on food safety.
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Horses could soon be butchered for human consumption in U.S. again

November 30, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Congress quietly lifted a 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections, and activists say slaughterhouses could be up and running in as little as a month. Continue Reading

Egg producer brings in three outside experts to task force

November 21, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

An embattled egg producer that lost McDonald’s and other customers says it’s creating a task force to review its food safety, animal care and sustainability practices.
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Smucker recall of chunky peanut butter includes N.D., Minnesota

November 16, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

J.M. Smucker Co. is recalling some 16-ounce jars of its Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky sold in several states because of possible salmonella contamination.
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UPDATE: 6 Twin Cities area salmonella illnesses linked to Minnesota organic eggs

October 20, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says it’s traced the contaminated eggs to the Larry Schultz Organic Farm in Owatonna, where tests confirmed the presence of salmonella. Farm owners are cooperating with the investigation and have issued a voluntary recall of the eggs. Continue Reading

6 Twin Cities area salmonella illnesses linked to Minnesota organic eggs

October 20, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says it’s traced the contaminated eggs to the Larry Schultz Organic Farm in Owatonna, where tests confirmed the presence of salmonella. Farm owners are cooperating with the investigation and have issued a voluntary recall of the eggs. Continue Reading

COMMENTARY: Food recalls sign that system works, if not perfect

October 3, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

“Some will say these tragedies confirm all that is wrong with how food is grown, distributed and sold in the U.S. and much of the developed world,” Minneapolis columnist Eric Wieffering writes. “I’d argue the opposite: that the recalls prove that the U.S. food safety system works far better than most people give it credit for.” Continue Reading

Listeria patient from N.D.’s Stutsman County no longer hospitalized

September 29, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Health Department epidemiologist Sarah Weninger said the Stutsman County woman is recovering from her illness. Authorities have not identified the woman, who is at least 60 years old. Continue Reading

Listeria patient from N.D.’s Stutsman County no longer hospitalized

September 29, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Health Department epidemiologist Sarah Weninger said the Stutsman County woman is recovering from her illness. Authorities have not identified the woman, who is at least 60 years old. Continue Reading

RECALL OF GROUND TURKEY: What took third-largest meat recall in history so long?

August 4, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The first sickness was in March. The first outbreak signs appeared in May. So why the wait? Tracking down the source of an illness is a difficult, complicated business, and federal officials defended the months-long process today by saying they wanted to be absolutely sure before they asked Cargill to initiate the third-largest meat recall in history. Continue Reading