November 2010

RawMilk.jpgI must admit that I am a bit perplexed by the proponents of raw milk. On average it seems that they spend a disproportionate amount of time twittering on Twitter and posting angry comments on blogs – mine in particular – about “Food Nazis” – of which I am apparently one, along with a long


The Outbreak

The CDC posted a few moments ago an update on the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to Bravo Gouda Cheese sold at Costco.  To date thirty-eight persons infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from five states. The number of ill persons identified in each state with this

Karen Gardner of the Frederick News Post posted an article last night; “Salmonela Outbreak Sickens Eight at Frederick Nursing Home.” She noted that the “residents [were] infected over four months.”

pict5.jpgSalmonella sickened eight people at Homewood at Crumland Farms nursing home in Frederick from July to early this month, according to the Frederick County Health

Screen shot 2010-11-23 at 5.15.29 PM.pngBravo Farms of Traver in the Central Valley is expanding its previous cheese recall to include ALL Bravo Farms cheese.

Bravo Farms had previously issued a recall on its Dutch Style Gouda, and now “out of concern for any further contamination we have decided to further expand the recall to include all of our cheeses,&rdquo

Calabro Cheese, a East Haven, Conn. establishment is recalling approximately 57 pounds of Rotolini, meat and cheese roll appetizer products, that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Screen shot 2010-11-23 at 4.38.56 PM.pngThe products subject to recall include:

• 8-ounce packages of “CALABRO All Natural ROTOLINI Mozzarella

It is good for your health and bad for my business.  If you do not have one, shoot me an email at  From my friend Pete:  “People trust the accuracy of the bimetallics, thinking that they are protecting their families’ health by using it, could actually be putting their families at risk. Bill, can

Screen shot 2010-11-22 at 8.58.31 AM.pngWest Broward High School students interested in science have new incentive to pursue higher education today. Marler Clark, the Seattle-based food safety law firm, announced a donation of $10,000 to the newly established Marler Clark – Samantha Safranek Scholarship Fund.

The fund’s namesake, Samantha Safranek, was one of forty people who became ill with E.