Will salmonella outbreak affect Valencia peanut acreage in eastern New Mexico?

By Naveen Puppala: CNJ columnist In 2008, the U.S. had a bumper peanut crop resulting in 2,573,950 tons of peanuts. Timely rain and less disease pressure resulted in high yields in the Southeast and the Carolinas. Cool weather and high winds had resulted in just an average crop for the Southwest where peanuts are grown […]

Ethics in peanut butter case questionable

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist I don’t know if I coined this term; I rather doubt it. Nonetheless, I find it a useful one, and have even used it in ethics classes that I have taught. Immediately, the class gets the sense of what I am talking about, when I refer to “flexible ethics.” Maybe […]

Local food bank discards recalled items

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sheila Ferreira, left, Patricia Weist, middle, and Nancy Taylor of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico pack up any food items on a 16-page list containing peanut paste, which was part of a national recall. CNJ staff The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico has thrown out about 15 […]

Health officials: Salmonella investigation expanded

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health says an investigation into salmonella cases in Roosevelt County has expanded. NMDOH officials said Tuesday they have confirmed 12 cases in Roosevelt County by DNA testing and say they are all from the same strain. The latest of those cases was confirmed on July 7, according […]

Portales restaurant, salmonella link investigated

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico State health officials are investigating the possibility of a link between six reported cases of salmonella and a Portales restaurant, according to a New Mexico Department of Health press release. All six people ate at La Hacienda Restaurant in Portales prior to becoming ill, according to Dr. Winona Stoltzfus, […]

Local salmonella cases continue to rise

The number of Curry County salmonella cases climbed to five Wednesday, up one from previous reports, health officials said. According to Department of Health spokeswoman Deborah Busemeyer, there is a likelihood the patients were infected by tomatoes eaten at Curry County restaurants or purchased from area stores, though she said she did not have specific […]

Salmonella scare having little effect locally

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer New Mexico residents aren’t seeing red. Since food establishments pulled tomatoes due to Salmonella risks on Friday, local restaurants are noticing a visual impact on food, but not much else. “Nobody’s really said anything about it,” said Misty Baca, a store manager at Clovis’ Mabry Street Dairy Queen. “We […]

Salmonella outbreak includes Curry County

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Salmonella scare

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Stansell’s Thriftway removed its supply of Peter Pan peanut butter Thursday after hundreds of cases of salmonella led to a nationwide recall. Officials are looking into a suspected salmonella case in Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Officials from several area grocery stores reported Thursday they have removed brands of […]

Salmonella cases linked to single New Mexico hatchery

By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Seventeen cases of salmonella poisoning in the Southwest since April have been linked to a single New Mexico hatchery, according to the New Mexico Department of Health. Department of Health Public Information Officer Deborah Davis declined to release the name of the hatchery or where it is located because […]

Local salmonella cases traced to state

CNJ staff Salmonella cases reported in Curry and Roosevelt counties are linked to young poultry from a New Mexico hatchery, state officials said. A total of nine people from New Mexico and four other states have reported salmonella infections in the past two months, most cases occurring in children age 1 or younger, according to […]