Food Safety http://www.kplu.org en Calif. lettuce grower expands recall across nation http://www.kplu.org/post/calif-lettuce-grower-expands-recall-across-nation <p>SALINAS, Calif. &mdash; A California lettuce grower has expanded a recall of some bagged salads after routine sampling detected listeria contamination. No illnesses have been reported.</p><p> Mon, 21 May 2012 20:23:23 +0000 The Associated Press 5049 at http://www.kplu.org Lavender farmers want attention from foodies http://www.kplu.org/post/lavender-farmers-want-attention-foodies <p>The area around Sequim on Washington&#39;s Olympic peninsula is known as one of the top lavender growing regions in the nation. Most of that lavender ends up as dried flowers or scented potpourri.</p><p>Nowadays, it&rsquo;s also ending up in food. The growers are meeting today (April 30th) to discuss <a href="http://sequimlavenderfarmersassociation.org/Sequim_Certified.html">the safest ways to make those flower buds edible, using a certification process</a>.</p><p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 13:08:14 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 4867 at http://www.kplu.org Lavender farmers want attention from foodies Mad cow case found, but meat supply deemed safe http://www.kplu.org/post/mad-cow-case-found-meat-supply-deemed-safe <p>U.S. officials announced a case of mad cow disease in a dairy cow in California. It is only the fourth such case detected in the U.S. since the first case was identified in 2003.</p><p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 22:57:52 +0000 The Associated Press 4847 at http://www.kplu.org From Health Food To Health Risk: Sprouts Slip Off The Menu http://www.kplu.org/post/health-food-health-risk-sprouts-slip-menu At the rate they're going, those nutritious-looking sprouts may disappear from sandwiches and salads near you in not too long. And that may be a good thing.<p>This week, the Beaumont, Tex.-based Jason's Deli chain announced that it would no longer serve fresh sprouts, citing frequent recalls due to bacterial contamination.<p>"We've lost confidence in sprouts," Daniel Helfman, the chain's director of public relations, <a href="http://www.thepacker.com/fruit-vegetable-news/Jasons-Deli-Sprouts-are-out-137959928.html">told</a> <em>The Packer</em>, a produce trade journal. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 17:24:36 +0000 3949 at http://www.kplu.org From Health Food To Health Risk: Sprouts Slip Off The Menu