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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Japan Agrees to Ease Mad Cow Restrictions on U.S. Beef

For only the second time in ten years, Japan on will further ease restrictions on U.S. beef imports starting February 1 to allow entry of beef and beef products from cattle less than 30 months of age. Previously, a 2006 restriction limited U.S. beef imports to products from cattle less than 20 months of age…. Continue Reading

Adulteration – In the Eyes of the Beholden?


“Salmonella on a raw uncooked product is not, in and of itself, a public health risk … Salmonella on a raw uncooked hamburger does not make it adulterated. It does not mean that the plant is not operating in an unsanitary way.” – Patrick Boyle, CEO of the American Meat Institute, in a 2002 Frontline interview… Continue Reading

Sprouts Recalled in Pacific Northwest Over Listeria Concerns

Sprouters Northwest of Kent, Washington is recalling 1,953 pounds of alfalfa, clover, brocco sandwich sprouts, and spicy sprouts due to the potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only… Continue Reading

Government Reports Foodborne Illness Stats for 2009-2010

CDC reports 299 outbreaks; raw milk rising as cause

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have analyzed data on all foodborne illness outbreaks that occurred in 2009 and 2010, pinpointing the pathogens and foods that were most frequently the source of outbreaks. While many figures matched those from previous years, CDC found that outbreaks linked to raw dairy had increased, and the number… Continue Reading

Last of Canada’s E. coli Victims Discharged From Hospital

Not a single E. coli O157:H7 outbreak can be considered a good one, but when everyone recovers it is about as good as it gets. And that’s how Canada’s January E. coli outbreak –sourced to California lettuce– is ending. “The last patient was discharged,” John Gillis, media relations advisor for the Capital Health District Authority… Continue Reading

Horsemeat Scandal in UK and Ireland Prompts Massive Recall

Meat traced to Polish company

Retailers in the United Kingdom and Ireland have recalled an estimated 10 million pounds of hamburger after three beef processors were found to be distributing burger patties that contained horse and pig DNA. Over the weekend, the Irish Food Safety Authority (IFSA) informed news outlets that the horsemeat has since been traced back to an… Continue Reading

FSIS Makes Cut to Foreign Meat Safety Audits Public

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it has stopped annual food safety audits for foreign countries shipping meat to the U.S. and will now do these audits just once every three years. The policy change was made nearly three years ago, and Food Safety News exclusively reported on the scale-back nearly three months ago, but USDA’s Food… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Test Run for New FSIS Traceback Policy


Troy and Sterling Heights are a pair of hardscrabble Michigan towns both about 20 miles north of Detroit now dealing with a Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak. Each has a retail meat market that since Thursday first recalled 500 and then the second 550 pounds of ground beef. Each meat market in turn sold ground beef to… Continue Reading

More Listeria Brings Another Recall of Smoked Sockeye Salmon

One lot code of 4-ounce Whole Catch Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon — cold smoked and sliced—and sold in stores in 12 states has been recalled by the Austin-based Whole Foods Market because it tested positive for Listeria Monocytogenes. No illnesses have yet been reported. The recalled sockeye was being sold in Whole Market stores in… Continue Reading