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CNN reported that federal food inspectors want consumers to check their fridges and pantries for several items that could make them sick — from lettuce to cheese nips — due to a series of issues — from E. coli to lack of inspection. Dozens of people have fallen ill across more than 15 states from food contamination in recent days. Keep reading for the products to avoid — especially lettuce in pre-packaged bags and romaine lettuce from Salinas, California.
Why This Matters: No one wants to have Thanksgiving ruined by foodborne illnesses that are preventable if you get the warning. The problem, as we learned particularly during the government shutdown earlier this year, is that there are gaps in the warning and inspection system. So watch closely for any warnings and food recall notices that the government puts out.
Here is the Full List (so far)
Romaine Lettuce from Salinas, California. AND if you don’t know where your romaine lettuce came from, don’t eat it. “If romaine lettuce does not have labeling information for its growing area or the source cannot be confirmed, consumers should not eat or use the romaine,” said Frank Yiannas of the Food and Drug Administration.
Ready Pac brand Chicken Caesar Salad. Health officials tested and found it positive for E. coli last Thursday, the USDA news release said. According to CNN, the bags that tested positive had been shipped to distribution locations in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Frozen Chicken Fried Rice with the “P-34708″ inside the USDA mark of inspection.” A Mississippi company is recalling 172,692 pounds of chicken fried rice products because they may contain plastic pieces that were shipped to retail locations in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, and Texas.
Cheese Nips 11 oz Boxes with “best by” date of May 18, 19 or 20, 2020. The company is recalling these cheese crackers “due to the potential presence of small food-grade yellow plastic pieces,” the Food and Drug Administration said.
EPA’s acting chief of enforcement sent a memo to staff last week (that The Hill obtained) calling for them to “[s]trengthen enforcement in overburdened communities by resolving environmental noncompliance through remedies with tangible benefits for the community” with a particular emphasis on “cornerstone environmental statutes.”
Why This Matters: The Biden administration can immediately make progress correcting environmental injustice through fair and strong enforcement of current laws
A long battle over the use of a bug-killing pesticide linked to brain damage in children may be coming to an end. In a ruling last week, a federal appeals court gave the Environmental Protection Agency 60 days to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos, commonly used on oranges, almonds, and other crops — or prove there’s a safe use of the chemical.
Why This Matters: The pesticide industry used the same playbook as with PFAS, tobacco, and oil: raisedoubt about the clear science and prevent immediate action from being taken, to the harm of everyone else.
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