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FDA updates spice risk profile; 7,200 samples analyzed

Four years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a draft risk profile on the public health dangers associated with spices, identifying the presence of pathogens such as Salmonella and filth in general. It described efforts to reduce the public health risk posed by consumption of contaminated spices and identified control options to prevent contamination…. Continue Reading

Walmart, Loblaw, Metro recall popcorn in Canada; insects found

Canadian officials posted a nationwide recall of Great Value brand popcorn from Walmart stores after a consumer complained of finding insects in the product. The recalled popcorn, produced Dec. 28, 2017, is packed in 1-kilogram bags. The packaging identifies the product as “Great Value Popping Corn” according to the recall notice posted Feb. 6 by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Consumers can identify the recalled Great Value brand… Continue Reading

USDA’s acting officials use face time to promote agency agenda

Meeting with people outside the federal government usually means hearing about somebody’s else’s agenda, but USDA’s top food safety officials apparently think it can be a two-way street. During this past December and January, Carmen Rottenberg and Paul Kiecker have used their meetings with outside parties to promote USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)… Continue Reading

French baby formula scandal broadens; retailers blame Lactalis

Negative news keeps piling up for French dairy giant Lactalis, which recalled 12 million cans of baby milk in December because of a multi-country Salmonella outbreak traced to the product. Forty infants across France, Spain and Greece have been confirmed in the Salmonella Agona outbreak. Lactalis distributed the product to 86 countries. The company sells… Continue Reading

FDA warns supplement maker food safety ignorance no defense

A dietary supplement manufacturer is on notice from the FDA because the firm’s products were prepared, packed, or held under conditions whereby they may have become contaminated with filth, or whereby they may have been rendered injurious to heath. Staff from the Food and Drug Administration inspected the San Francisco, CA, location of Reishi D. International Inc. from Aug. 2-7, 2017, and discovered  “serious violations” of the… Continue Reading

Spring chickens have sprung; CDC warns of pathogen dangers

Backyard flocks infected more than 1,100 people across 48 states this past year, killing one person

Baby chick season is upon us. Some say the big question is whether the chicken or the egg came first, but public health pros say a more important question is whether you know the food safety do’s and don’ts involved with backyard flocks. In 2017, live poultry was responsible for 10 Salmonella outbreaks in the United States, sickening more… Continue Reading