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Privately funded food safety lab opens at Cornell University

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A new food safety lab opened April 29 on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY, funded by a $250,000 pledge from the Rich Family Foundation. The foundation is affiliated with Rich Products Corp., a global food supplier based in Buffalo, NY. The idea behind the new 1,400-square-foot Rich’s Food Safety Lab is to partner with the… Continue Reading

Don’t let pathogens crash your Memorial Day picnic

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With the first summer holiday weekend set to begin with the end of the workday today, picnic baskets and grills are already on standby as people across America look forward to outdoor dining as part of their Memorial Day weekend activities. Unfortunately, pathogens are poised to spoil the food and fun. Warm weather, traditional summertime foods,… Continue Reading

Backroad Country brand nuts, snacks recalled for Listeria risk

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Troyer Cheese Inc. of Millersburg, OH, is recalling nuts and nut mix products distributed to 31 states because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The following four products sold under the Backroad Country brand are subject to the recall, according to a notice on the Food and Drug Administration website: Cranberry Nut… Continue Reading

Rice University spore research could boost food safety efforts

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Deciphering how bacteria respond to stress could yield new clues for combating food spoilage and for controlling foodborne pathogens, and that goal is closer now that a team led by Rice University bioengineering researchers has decoded the mechanism that some bacteria use to make life-or-death decisions during extremely tough times. The new study, published online Monday… Continue Reading

FDA salutes four industry food safety initiatives in reportable food registry

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Four initiatives by the private sector to improve food safety are called out for recognition in the 5th Annual Reportable Food Registry Report, which has been submitted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They include: Guidance on Environmental Monitoring and Control of Listeria for the Fresh Produce Industry: A guidance document was published… Continue Reading

UK restaurant owner gets 6 years for role in peanut allergy death

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Restaurant owner Mohammed Zaman, 52, has been found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence in the anaphylactic shock death of a customer in the United Kingdom who was allergic to peanuts. In the sentencing, which was also for six food safety offenses, the Teesside Crown Court imposed a six-year jail term on Zaman. The sentence was… Continue Reading

Three more companies recall products containing sunflower kernels

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted three more recalls of food items containing sunflower kernels. Two of the recalls were posted Tuesday, May 24, and another was posted May 20. All three of the recalling firms indicated that no related illnesses have been reported to date. The two most recent recalls involve… Continue Reading

California lifts Dungeness crab health advisory in northern area

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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has lifted the last remaining health advisory for Dungeness crab caught along a stretch of the state’s northern coast. The advisory was for Dungeness crabs caught in ocean waters north of 40°46.15′ N Latitude — a line extending due west from the west end of the north jetty at the entrance of Humboldt… Continue Reading

UK’s Food Standards Agency reports first-quarter food incidents

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The United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has released details on food incidents the agency handled during the first quarter of 2016. The summary is for all food incidents which occurred between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2016, that led to an alert being issued by the FSA to recall or withdraw food products from sale…. Continue Reading

Recall and quarantine targeted at Organic Pastures raw milk products — again

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For the second time this month, Organic Pastures Dairy of Fresno, CA, is recalling raw milk products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. Late Monday, California State Veterinarian Annette Jones announced that raw milk and cream produced by Organic Pastures with a code date of June 1, 2016, is the subject of a statewide… Continue Reading