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School lunch supplier expands recall as precaution over Listeria

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Let’s Do Lunch, the Gardena, CA, school lunch supplier doing business as Integrated Food Service (IFS), has expanded its July 19 recall, this time providing lists of all recalled products, the identities of all IFS distributors, and the names of all the schools involved. The reason for the expanded recall remains the same: The products have “the… Continue Reading

Colorado company recalls beef products linked to E. coli illness

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Good Food Concepts LLC, doing business as Ranch Foods Direct of Colorado Springs, CO, is recalling about 2,600 pounds of non-intact beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Tuesday. Based on epidemiological investigation, one case-patient has been identified in Colorado in connection to… Continue Reading

Beef recall in New Hampshire is connected to the E. coli cluster

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That E. coli O157:H7 illness cluster in New Hampshire, which has grown to 14 cases, is now connected to  a recall of about 8,000 pounds of raw beef products by PT Farm LLC in North Haverhill, NH. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said the recalled products may be contaminated… Continue Reading

Serrano peppers quickly pulled from supply chain over salmonella

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A fast-moving recall effort this past weekend by Edinburg, TX-based Warren Produce appears to have stopped serrano peppers potentially contaminated with salmonella from reaching retail produce counters. The newspaper and website covering the fresh produce industry, ThePacker, reports that Warren Produce was notified about the problem at 4:30 p.m. July 22 after the Food and… Continue Reading

UK Panel: Raw or lightly cooked eggs safe for pregnant women

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The Food Standards Agency of the United Kingdom is just about ready to tell pregnant women and other vulnerable groups like the young and the elderly, that its safe to eat lightly cooked or raw eggs. The new guidance for these consumers groups will likely come after an eight-week consultation period for a report suggesting… Continue Reading

New polymer coatings for food-contact surfaces resist microbes

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Special new coatings being investigated by researchers are more resistant to bacteria and other microbes than food-contact surfaces used today, according to a report on a recent symposium hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). “Manufacturers already work diligently to keep their facilities clean, but we are creating materials that are even less likely… Continue Reading

Hugo’s town well was breached, but there’s no THC in the H2O

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More extensive testing during the weekend proved the town water in Hugo, CO, does not contain any THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, as was reported by public officials last week. A shed covering a town wellhead was broken into, but the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department has not been able to determine when the break-in occurred… Continue Reading

Alaska public health investigates Salmonella cluster in Bethel

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A team from Alaska’s Division of Public Health traveled to the town of Bethel last week to investigate a cluster of Salmonella illnesses reported there. Louisa Castrodale, a state epidemiologist, told KYUK Public Media the cluster of sick people confirmed with Salmonella infections amount to an unexplained situation that raises public health concerns. “It’s not… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters: Cockroaches, seafood HACCP problems

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The most recently posted warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration went to a seafood importer in Miami and a food manufacturing facility in Puerto Rico. The letters were sent in February and June but just recently made public. FDA’s Florida District Office told Pescatlantic Inc. in a June 14 warning letter that a… Continue Reading

UV light oven has potential to decontaminate produce at home

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Haiqiang Chen, Ph.D., of the University of Delaware is busy developing a device using ultraviolet (UV) light to kill foodborne pathogens on fresh produce in consumers’ homes and elsewhere. His UV light oven, which is about the size of a microwave oven, will combine UV light with stirred-up water to reduce Salmonella and other bacteria and… Continue Reading