E. coli outbreaks highlight food-safety concerns

More than four-dozen people became sick after eating E. coli and Salmonella-contaminated foods last month, federal food-safety agencies announced. The E. coli illnesses trace back to clover sprouts and ground beef, while the Salmonella threat links back to the seed-based chia powder.

Thousands of pounds of meat recalled across U.S.

Thousands of pounds of meat had to be recalled because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contaminations and an E. coli contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture labeled the recalls as “Class I” and called them “high” health risks.

Salmonella strain prompts chicken recall

Costco wholesale stores have joined grocery chain Kroger Co. in recalling Foster Farms’ chicken products from its shelves. The recall involves nearly 40,000 pounds of chicken sold on the west coast that has been linked to a 20-state outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg contamination. So far, the outbreak has caused at least 317 illnesses.

FDA halts food inspections

Because of the government shutdown, the Food and Drug Administration sent thousands of its workers home on furloughs. As a result, routine food inspections and imported food inspections have stopped.