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Death toll nears 200 in listeriosis outbreak in South Africa

South African officials say an outbreak of listeriosis has killed 172 people since the start of 2017. It is the world’s largest reported Listeria outbreak. The National Institute of Communicable Diseases said 915 cases of listeriosis had been confirmed since Jan. 1, 2017. Early last month, only 61 deaths had been confirmed. Listeriosis is caused by… Continue Reading

Pork/shrimp dumplings recalled for misbranding, egg allergen

Corona, NY-based A & A Finest Wednesday recalled about 570 pounds of frozen pork and shrimp dumpling products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The product contains egg, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label as required by federal law. The… Continue Reading

EFSA’s lumpy skin disease recommendation shows promise

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) reports vaccines are working against lumpy skin disease but says the ailment has not been eliminated. According to EFSA, outbreaks of lumpy skin disease (LSD) in the Balkan region fell dramatically by 95 percent from 7,483 in 2016 to 385 in 2017. The figures confirm that vaccination of cattle… Continue Reading

Night Hawk recalls frozen beef dinners packed in wrong boxes

A Texas company is recalling frozen dinners because they were packaged in the wrong boxes and contain milk, a known allergen that is not declared on the label as required by federal law. Night Hawk Frozen Foods Inc. of Buda, TX, recalled almost 170 pounds of its branded beef patty meals after customers complained that… Continue Reading

Iowa company recalls chicken salad amid Salmonella outbreak

A week after Iowa health officials put out a public health warning about chicken salad sickening people with Salmonella, the USDA-regulated manufacturer is recalling the product. Triple T Specialty Meats Inc. of Ackley, IA, on Wednesday recalled about 20,600 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken salad made for Fareway Stores Inc. amidst a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella… Continue Reading

More sick in Fareway chicken salad outbreak; federal suits filed

As the case count continues to rise in a Salmonella outbreak linked to the chicken salad from Fareway grocery stores, three victims have filed civil suits in federal court seeking reimbursement for medical expenses and other costs. Illinois resident Jeff Anderson and South Dakota husband and wife Derek and Sarah Porter filed the lawsuits Tuesday… Continue Reading

FDA updates spice risk profile; 7,200 samples analyzed

Four years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a draft risk profile on the public health dangers associated with spices, identifying the presence of pathogens such as Salmonella and filth in general. It described efforts to reduce the public health risk posed by consumption of contaminated spices and identified control options to prevent contamination…. Continue Reading

Walmart, Loblaw, Metro recall popcorn in Canada; insects found

Canadian officials posted a nationwide recall of Great Value brand popcorn from Walmart stores after a consumer complained of finding insects in the product. The recalled popcorn, produced Dec. 28, 2017, is packed in 1-kilogram bags. The packaging identifies the product as “Great Value Popping Corn” according to the recall notice posted Feb. 6 by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Consumers can identify the recalled Great Value brand… Continue Reading