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Casing group was last meeting on Almanza’s FSIS calendar

Barbara Negron, president of the North American Natural Casing Association, and her associate Eric Svendsen, were the last people from outside the federal government to meet with Al Almanza before he retired. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued its Officials’ Calendar of Meetings for July 2017 yesterday, showing Almanza’s final few meetings with… Continue Reading

Recall expanded: Raspberry mousse cakes linked to outbreak

Canadian officials have expanded a recall of raspberry mousse cakes linked to a norovirus outbreak, saying at least six additional provinces are involved, and possibly the entire country. Five brands and unbranded raspberry mousse cakes are included in the recall, originally posted Aug. 11 and expanded Wednesday. “This additional information was identified during the Canadian… Continue Reading

Fighting slime: Researchers develop bacteria-killing plastic film

Plastic films made with bacteria-killing polymers have been proven effective as a frontline defense — not to mention offense — in the battle against biofilms in food production operations. A preferred place of residence for pathogens such as Listeria and E. coli, biofilms form easily and are extremely difficult to eradicate, according to the Food… Continue Reading

Hindu leader slams Kellogg’s for not disclosing beef gelatin

Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism (USofH), is calling out Kellogg’s CEO John A. Bryant for failing to disclose that some  of the company’s cereals contain beef-based gelatin. Gelatin is a protein made from the skins and bones of pigs and cows. It’s a common ingredient in many products. Hindu religion prohibits… Continue Reading

Cumberland Farms chicken Caesar salad recalled for allergen

Missa Bay LLC of Swedesboro, NJ, has recalled 1,719 pounds of chicken Caesar salad products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The product contains wheat, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label as required by federal law. The chicken Caesar… Continue Reading

Michigan farm recalls shell eggs because of Salmonella

A poultry farm in Michigan is reportedly recalling shell eggs in eight counties because they may be contaminated with Salmonella enteriditis, which was found at the farm during an outbreak investigation. Neither the state agriculture department nor the state health department had posted any information about the recall as of Monday night, but area media… Continue Reading

OIE reports on antimicrobial agents, animals in 130 countries

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) is out with a first-time overview of the use of antimicrobial agents in animals. The 67-page report includes the first annual reporting on the use of antimicrobial agents in animals with global and regional analysis based on data ranging from 2010 to 2015. A total of 130 OIE… Continue Reading

‘Danger Zone’ is a terrific tune, but a sour song in a lunch bag

Fall is fast approaching which means the back-to-school buzz is underway for school supplies lists, and grocery lists. Many parents will resume packing lunches for their kids during the week. When food is left at room temperature in a lunch box or bag all morning, bacteria can grow to dangerous levels putting children and their immature… Continue Reading

FDA warns peanut firm about insanitary conditions, labeling

A peanut production facility in Virginia is on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for serious violations of food safety regulations regarding sanitary conditions during production, storage and transportation, and product labeling. Officials from the FDA’s Baltimore District Office inspected the Petersburg, VA, location of Coleman Peanut Co. from Nov. 29 through Dec. 5 in… Continue Reading

Canada-U.S. in talks about inspection system equivalencies

Audits of Canada’s meat, poultry, and egg inspections conducted in September 2016 and written up in a report in April this year are now getting attention. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service sent a copy of the final audit report to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), raising significant questions that require attention. Canada and the United States periodically… Continue Reading