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FDA Warning Letters: Salmonella, Listeria, Drug Residues, HACCP Issues

FDA Warning

The latest batch of warning letters posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were addressed to a nut processor, a cheese manufacturer, four dairies, and two seafood importers. In the most unusual letter of the group, FDA wrote that the president of Gold State Nut LLC in Biggs, CA, was observed handling a bearded dragon… Continue Reading

Four-Year Court Battle Pitting Sugar Against Corn Syrup Ends in Secret Agreement


Ten days into the sugar vs. high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) jury trial, it’s over. All the parties — and there were many in Western Sugar Cooperative, et al. v. Archer Daniels-Midland Company — agreed to end it and pick up their own costs and attorneys’ fees. They also agreed to keep details of the settlement… Continue Reading

Hep A Vaccinations for 3,000 Cost $100,000 After NY McDonald’s Exposure


The Finger Lakes Times reported Nov. 28, 2015, that Seneca County Public Health recognized for its response to a recent Hepatitis A scare after a McDonald’s worker in Waterloo, NY, was diagnosed with the illness. The department set up clinics at Mynderse Academy and the county office building, vaccinating thousands of diners who patronized the restaurant… Continue Reading

Dog Chew Bones Distributed at PetSmart in 9 States Recalled for Salmonella Risk

Blue Buffalo dog bone

Blue Buffalo Company of Wilton, CT, is recalling one production lot of Cub Size Wilderness Wild Chews Bones because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The product was distributed starting Nov. 19, 2015, in PetSmart stores located in the following nine states: California, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and… Continue Reading

Taylor Farms Recalls Products Possibly Containing Celery After E. Coli Outbreak

Costco chicken salad label

Tracy, CA-based Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. is recalling a long list of products because they may include celery, which could potentially contain E. coli 0157:H7. The recalled products are being recalled “out of an abundance of caution” by Taylor Farms due to a Celery and Onion Diced Blend testing positive for E. coli 0157:H7 in a… Continue Reading

Costco: FDA Tests Indicate Vegetables in Chicken Salad May Be E. Coli Source

Costco chicken salad label

Initial testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) points toward a vegetable mix sourced from a California produce wholesaler as the potential source of E. coli connected with Costco’s rotisserie chicken salad. At least 19 people in seven states have so far been sickened with E. coli infections linked to the chicken salad, which Costco… Continue Reading

Salmonella Found in Raw Milk Sample From New York Farm


Consumers are being warned not to consume unpasteurized raw milk from the Jerry Dell Farm at Freeville in Tompkins County, NY, because it could possibly be contaminated with Salmonella. According to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, no illnesses associated with the product have been reported. A routine sample of the milk… Continue Reading

FDA Ramping Up Microbiological Sampling of Cucumbers, Hot Peppers


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is increasing its microbiological testing of cucumbers and hot peppers, two vegetables that have been linked with several foodborne outbreaks. The agency has a more robust surveillance sampling approach under development, and one piece of it is the new microbiological surveillance sampling model designed to identify patterns that could… Continue Reading

Don’t Forget Food Safety When Preparing for Thanksgiving


As you’re preparing Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends this year, remember the food safety basics: clean, separate, cook and chill. Don’t risk making any loved ones sick with a foodborne illness! Clean: Wash your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds throughout the cooking process, especially before handling food and after handling… Continue Reading

CDC: 19 E. Coli Cases in 7 States Linked to Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Tuesday that, as of Nov. 23, there were 19 people from seven states sickened by the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 linked to consumption of Costco chicken salad made with rotisserie chicken. Five people have been hospitalized and two developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a… Continue Reading