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Yearly Archives: 2013

NM Attorney General’s Horse Case is Slow Off The Line

A year-end attempt by New Mexico Attorney General Gary King to quickly prevent a Roswell slaughterhouse from processing USDA-inspected horsemeat for export has apparently failed. It means a New Mexico business could be still be slaughtering horses as early as Jan. 1. King, a Democrat who is also running for governor, held a Dec. 19… Continue Reading

The 10 Biggest Foodborne Illness Outbreaks of 2013

Chicken and fresh produce lead the pack

Editor’s note: 2013 saw dozens of well-publicized foodborne illness outbreaks. While many of them were found to have sickened a handful of individuals, a few stood out as especially wide in scope. Food Safety News has compiled a list of 10 of the biggest U.S. outbreaks in 2013. Please note that the list excludes Norovirus outbreaks and… Continue Reading

Flat Creek Cheeses Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

This article includes updated information issued Jan. 22.  The Georgia Department of Agriculture has issued a recall on cheese produced in Swainsboro that could be contaminated with Salmonella. The recall affects blue and cheddar cheeses sold under the  names “Heavenly Blue” and “Aztec Cheddar” and made by Flat Creek Farm & Dairy. Last month, the dairy… Continue Reading

San Francisco Restaurant Patrons Warned of Hep A Exposure

Patrons who visited the Comstock Saloon, a San Francisco restaurant and bar, during several days in December may have been exposed to the Hepatitis A virus, according to local news station KGO-TV. An employee tested positive for the virus after working Dec. 12-15, 2013, and again on Dec. 19. That employee was not a food… Continue Reading

UK’s FSA Publishes 2014 Food Safety Priorities

Last week, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the U.K. published its Forward Evidence Plan for 2014, outlining priorities for the coming year. The plan is meant to draw the attention of potential research funders and inform stakeholders. A major portion of the plan addresses Campylobacter, Britain’s most common cause of food poisoning. In the… Continue Reading

Costco Getting Back Peanuts Purchased for Sunland

Costco Wholesale Corp.’s attempt is moving forward to keep millions of dollars in peanuts from being included in the liquidation of Sunland, Inc., once the largest organic peanut butter processor in the U.S. The Issaquah, WA-based corporate giant found peanuts it was acquiring to help Sunland locked up when the New Mexico peanut processor filed… Continue Reading

The Annual Food Safety News Christmas Day ‘Nice List’

Editor’s note: We continue with our Food Safety News holiday tradition by publishing our fifth annual Christmas Day “nice” list, calling out a few folks we think are worthy of some positive mention based on their contributions to food safety during the past year. This year, we separated the “naughty,” published yesterday, from today’s “nice.”… Continue Reading

The Annual Food Safety News Christmas Eve ‘Naughty List’

Editor’s note: One of our Food Safety News Christmas traditions is to annually recognize those who have been “naughty” and those who have been “nice” – from a strictly food safety perspective, of course. This year, we’ve opted to split the lists so that we could devote all the attention that each list deserves. Check… Continue Reading

Pet Food Problems: 10 Ways to Make It Safer

There may not be unanimity on how to change the current state of pet food manufacturing, testing and inspection in the United States, but there seems to be general agreement that some changes need to be made, if only to reduce the number of recent pet food recalls and associated illnesses that have killed or… Continue Reading

Superbugs and Other Nonsense


In a recent Consumer Reports article entitled, “The high cost of cheap chicken,” CR stated, “our tests reveal that superbugs can be found in about half of the chicken we tested.” Consumer Reports is claiming that a bacterium resistant to three or more antibiotics is a “superbug,” but nothing could be further from the truth… Continue Reading