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Possible pasteurization failure spurs cottage cheese warning

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Wisconsin officials are warning of a possible pasteurization failure and advising the public to not eat a specific lot of cottage cheese made by Westby Cooperative Creamery. The consumer alert is for 4 percent cottage cheese from the cooperative in Westby, WI. The implicated lot was sold on or before Aug. 26 in plastic containers… Continue Reading

Listeria prompts recall of fresh-cut vegetables in 9 states

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A Texas company is recalling 30,000 cases of fresh-cut vegetable products from eight retail chains — including Wal-Mart, QuikTrip and Publix — after a random sample tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Country Fresh LLC of Conroe, TX, distributed various combinations of 45 different fresh-cut vegetable products to retailers in nine states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,… Continue Reading

Consumer complaints spark recall of frozen chicken entrées

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Consumer complaints have spurred Sentry Foods Solutions LLC to recall more than 10 tons of frozen chicken entrées that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically glass or hard plastic. The Tucker, GA, company produced and packaged the 21,570 pounds of frozen chicken products on March 17, March 18, April 30, and May 13, according to… Continue Reading

Public comments so far show support for third GMO apple

Neal Carter founded Okanagen Speciality Fruits in 1996 in Summerland, British Columbia. The company has developed and gained approval for genetically modified apples that have non-browning properties.

There are 18 days remaining in the public comment period on the Arctic Fuji as Okenagan Specialty Fruits Inc. seeks permission to market its third variety of genetically modified, non-browning apple. Bioresource engineer Neal Carter, founder and president of the fruit company in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada, already gained permission from the U.S. Department of… Continue Reading

Survey of store recall notification policies shows efforts are ‘inadequate’

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A new survey of 32 leading grocery chains about their in-store recall notification practices reveals policies so “woefully inadequate” that consumers may or may not hear about recalled food items, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should move quickly to adopt a standardized recall notification system as required by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). That’s… Continue Reading

Brains sent to California recalled for ‘specified risk material’

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Almost 7,500 pounds of beef brain products sent to a distributor in California are under recall because they may be contaminated with “specified risk materials” that are inedible and prohibited for use as human food. Green Bay Dressed Beef LLC, doing business as American Foods Group LLC, of Green Bay, WI, produced the beef brains… Continue Reading

Egypt investigates strawberry link to Hepatitis A cases in U.S.

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Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture is investigating the possibility that strawberries being exported to the United States are contaminated with Hepatitis A. Ministry spokesman Edi Hawash said media reports from Virginia sparked the inquiry. He said Egypt has not received any official request from any U.S. government agency. Virginia health officials suspect that 17 recent cases of Hepatitis… Continue Reading

Enough meat and vegetables for record second-quarter recall stew

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Stericycle Inc., the Indianapolis business-to-business services company that tracks all sorts of recalls, including food, does its counting and comparisons by lots. Other ways of counting might be better for food. USDA, for example, has long used pounds of meat in reporting recalls. In the second quarter of 2016, however, recall activity for both U.S…. Continue Reading

Oysters recalled in Canada because of Salmonella

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Five Star Shellfish Inc. is recalling oysters from Canadian retailers because of possible Salmonella contamination. The Prince Edward Island company distributed the Five Star branded oysters to retailers in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario, according to the recall notice posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. There is a possibility the oysters were distributed to other… Continue Reading

FDA warns Hawaii seafood processor about handling of tuna

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A seafood-processing facility in Honolulu was found to have “serious violations” of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations during a May 17 and 20 inspection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The resulting warning letter, dated July 27 and sent from the agency’s San Francisco District Office, informed Tropic Fish… Continue Reading