WSDA: Think Twice Before Giving Bunnies, Chicks As Gifts

With Easter this weekend, the Washington state Department of Agriculture is out with a warning. Although it may be tempting to gift a small child with a fuzzy baby rabbit or chick, the WSDA says giving such animals as gifts should only be done after careful consideration for the health of the children and the […]

USDA Accepting Comments On Salmonella Plan

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has extended the public comment period for its work on reducing salmonella in the meat, poultry, and processed egg products. “With the expectation is that we change when new information becomes available and that’s one of the reasons we have this meeting we don’t want to stay in […]

USDA Announces Public Meeting on Salmonella: State of the Science

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service will host a virtual public meeting on Salmonella next month. Federal agencies included in the meeting will discuss the commitment to reduce pathogen contamination to decrease salmonella infections associated with regulated food items. The week before the public meeting, USDA’s Office of Food Safety will release the “Roadmap […]

Washington Health Investigating More Cases Of Salmonella Linked To Backyard Poultry

The Washington Department of Health is investigating four more cases of Salmonella link to backyard poultry.  Last week’s cases were reported in Clallam, Island, Stevens and Spokane counties.  That brings the total number of cases being investigated this year up to 20.   Those that came down with salmonella range in age up to 85, […]