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Former Michigan Farmers’ Coop COO Faces Felony Involving ‘Adulterated’ Soy Products

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The former chief operating officer of a rural Michigan farmers’ cooperative has been charged with one felony count of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. According to a story published Thursday in the Huron Daily Tribune, JoAnn Rutkowski of the former Thumb Oilseed Producers Cooperative in Ubly, MI, was indicted for causing the introduction of… Continue Reading

Canada’s Parliament Considers Bill Limiting Horse Slaughter

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The most recent ban on equine inspections by USDA meat inspectors has moved the horse slaughter debate up to Canada’s House of Commons. A Member of Parliament (MP) from southeastern British Columbia hopes that a final hour of debate next month can persuade the country’s federal lawmakers to pass his bill limiting slaughter only to… Continue Reading

Food Poisoning Suspected in Southern Illinois, Two Hospitalized

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A possible outbreak of food poisoning earlier this month sickened several people and hospitalized two in Mt. Vernon, IL, according to a news report published Tuesday. The sicknesses occurred around April 6, but additional details were sketchy. One victim reportedly told local media outlets that he had become ill after attending a brunch at the… Continue Reading

Ackee Products Can Be Seized or Refused Entry for Toxin Levels, Says FDA

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing final guidance on enforcement criteria for ackee products containing the toxin hypoglycin A. Ackee is a fruit native to West Africa but is also found in Central and South America, many Caribbean countries, and Southern Florida. Canned, frozen and other ackee products are marketed in the U.S., largely… Continue Reading

Recall of Processed Egg Products Expanded, FSIS Releases Distribution List

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Nutriom LLC of Lacey, WA, is recalling an additional 82,884 pounds of processed egg products that were produced on dates not included in the original Feb. 15 recall announcement from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Monday’s announcement from FSIS included a 56-page distribution list of retail outlets in 46 states which may… Continue Reading

Abady Cat Food Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

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The Robert Abady Dog Food Co. LLC of Poughkeepsie, NY, is recalling its 2-lb., 5-lb. and 15-lb. boxes of “Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats” because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled boxes of “Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats” were distributed nationwide in retail stores… Continue Reading

Europe’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Expands Well Beyond Italy

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An outbreak with at least 240 confirmed cases of the Hepatitis A virus originally thought to be confined to Italy is making a much larger footprint in Europe. There have been 240 cases of individuals who have not visited Italy associated with the outbreak in France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom…. Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Six Addressed to Seafood Facilities

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The bulk of the nine warning letters released last week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration were addressed to seafood processing facilities for violations of seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) regulation. HACCP failures at Portland Fish Exchange of Portland, ME, led FDA to declare the company’s seafood products – including histamine-producing… Continue Reading

Clostridium Perfringens Apparent Cause of Michigan Outbreak

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The Muskegon County Department of Health reports that preliminary results from the Michigan Department of Community Health have shown the presence of a common foodborne illness-causing bacteria called Clostridium perfringens in a sample tested from Bonicki’s Restaurant and Sports Bistro. Public health officials had reported receiving at least six calls from local customers who fell… Continue Reading