Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption

WI Firm Recalls Frozen Pork Sausage Patties for Possible Metal Fragments

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-raw-pork-sausage-patties-image21596461

Kenosha Beef International LTD of Kenosha, WI, is recalling approximately 89,235 pounds of pork sausage patty products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. The frozen, pork sausage patties were produced on May 13, 2015. The following products are subject… Continue Reading

Macadamia Nuts Recalled for Potential Salmonella Contamination

Sincerely Nuts macadamia nuts package

Sincerely Nuts Inc. of Brooklyn, NY, is recalling packages of Sincerely Nuts Macadamia Nuts (Raw) Whole and Sincerely Nuts Macadamia Nuts (Raw) Unsalted Halves and Pieces because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, The affected Sincerely Nuts Macadamia Nuts (Raw) Whole and Macadamia Nuts (Raw) Unsalted Halves and Pieces were distributed nationwide via… Continue Reading

Korean Scientists Report Second ‘Kill Step’ for Salmonella in Peanut Butter

Peanut butter with spoon in jar

American consumers lost their innocence about peanut butter when manufacturers of such well-known brands as Peter Pan, Great Value, King Nut, and Organic Trader Joe’s Salted Valencia all failed to remove the Salmonella contamination from their once-trusted products. Peanuts are grown in fields, along with manure and mud and other materials, so the presence of… Continue Reading

Our Food Safety System Needs a Fully Funded FSMA

Opinion

obamaFSMA_406-1

Lung cancer and a brain tumor didn’t kill my mother — Salmonella-contaminated peanut butter did. My friends and family mourned her passing, but we resolved to try to fix the system that ultimately allowed irresponsible food manufacturers to ship tainted peanut products nationwide, sickening more than 700 people and killing nine. In February 2009, I testified… Continue Reading

FDA Warns Powdered Caffeine Distributors About Safety Risks

Bulk-caffeine_406x250

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking steps to help prevent more deaths from the use of pure powdered caffeine. Last week, the agency issued warning letters to five distributors of powdered caffeine, stating that their products are adulterated “because they are dietary supplements that present a significant or unreasonable risk of illness… Continue Reading

6 E. Coli Cases in Washington State Linked to Mexican Food

Los Chilangos food truck

Officials with King County Public Health in Seattle, WA, are investigating six cases of E. coli O157 infection which have been linked to Mexican food sold at local farmers markets in the area. Three people have reportedly been hospitalized, including a four-year-old girl. “Through a few initial interviews with ill people, we determined that everyone who became… Continue Reading

The Rare Burger Issue

Opinion

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-rare-burger-fries-delicious-hamburger-french-fried-egg-background-image36265927

As part of my daily public health mission, I track foodborne outbreaks and teach food safety. I do the latter to try to reduce the former, anywhere, anytime, any way I can introduce it into conversation because everyone should be served safe food. Recently, on a rare night out, I was trying to order a hamburger… Continue Reading

Conspiracy Theories Bloom as Sentencing Nears in PCA Case

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-male-judge-writing-paper-courtroom-close-up-image46898705

Somewhat competitive conspiracy theories are working their way into the final days of the Peanut Corporation of America criminal case nearing final sentencing on Sept. 21. Mary Wilkerson’s public defender is spinning the conspiracies in support of new motions to dismiss the guilty jury verdict his client received in September 2014 for obstruction of justice. (Wilkerson had worked in PCA’s front… Continue Reading

Frozen Corn Distributed Under Four Different Labels Recalled for Listeria Risk

Recalled frozen corn label

Bonduelle USA Inc. of Brockport, NY, is recalling 9,335 cases of frozen corn because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The frozen cut corn was distributed to stores in the following states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana. The… Continue Reading