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Second dairy – Cozy Vale Creamery – pulls raw milk for E. coli

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For the second time this month unpasteurized raw milk is being pulled from retail dairy cases in Washington because of E. coli contamination. This time it’s Cozy Vale Creamery of Tenino, WA. The Washington State Department of Agriculture inspectors discovered the contamination in a sample of the dairy’s raw milk and is working with the… Continue Reading

Deli Thin Dietz & Watson Mortadella Recalled

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Mount Olive, NJ-based Fratelli Beretta USA Inc. Wednesday recalled approximately 468 pounds of mortadella product due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The product contains pistachio nuts, known allergens which are not declared on the product label. The product  being recalled was  produced on Nov. 30, 2016…. Continue Reading

Researchers zap noro on fresh lettuce with blast of ionized gas

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When you put one of the toughest bugs on the planet in a match-up with some of the most delicate fresh foods, it doesn’t take a Vegas mathematician to figure the odds are against the food making it through a sterilization process undamaged. Among the most delicate and most prone to carry foodborne illnesses are… Continue Reading

Montana House committee OKs raw milk bill by 12-11 vote

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A bill that would allow the sale of unpasteurized raw milk in Montana is scheduled for a second reading before the state’s full House of Representatives today after earning committee approval by a one-vote margin. The House has until March 30 to advance Rep. Nancy Ballance’s House Bill 325 to the Montana Senate for consideration…. Continue Reading

Warning letters follow up recent FDA inspections

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Bao International Inc. in La Canada, CA, Mama Turney’s Homemade Pies Inc. and  Southern Aire Seafood Inc., both in Nashville, and MBDR Foods LLC in Lenexa, KS all have one thing in common. They’ve recently received warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Association. Warning letters usually follow FDA inspections that turned up food… Continue Reading

FSIS gives tips on controlling Listeria in retail delicatessens

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USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is out with guidance for retail delicatessens on how they better control Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in their shops.  It has come up with eight recommendations for delicatessens to consider using to protect the public health from Lm. On the list of eight are:’ Eliminate visibly adulterated product from retail… Continue Reading

Saputo pulls gouda from stores in latest Listeria recall

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Multi-national dairy giant Saputo Inc. is the latest company to issue a nationwide recall of its cheese products because state inspectors found Listeria monocytogenes in another brand of cheese made by a Saputo supplier. Montreal-based Saputo is recalling specialty gouda cheese packaged under two brands — Great Midwest and Dutchmark. The Great Midwest branded cheese… Continue Reading

January saw few outside meetings for top food safety officials

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The federal government’s transition month of January saw only a handful of meetings involving top food safety officials and members of the public. Both the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration report on meetings between their top officials and people outside the government. FSIS reports on those meetings… Continue Reading

Whole Foods, other stores pull squash noodles for Listeria

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Veggie Noodle Co. of Austin, Texas is voluntarily recalling its Butternut Spirals because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The freshcut vegetable company distributed the spiral cut butternut squash to Whole Foods Markets and other retailers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin. “The potential contamination of the Butternut Spirals was… Continue Reading

Imported food sickens more Americans than ever

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Increasing demand in the U.S. for year-round access to all foods means more foreign food in grocery stores and that means more foodborne illness outbreaks from imported food. Writing for the March edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases, a journal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, four researchers take a deep dive into outbreak trends involving… Continue Reading