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CDC: Recalled Fruit Likely Caused Listeria Cases Last Summer

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This past summer, consumers were confronted with a series of recalls of peaches, nectarines, plums, pluots and other stone fruits potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The fruit, sourced from Wawona Packing Co., was recalled from major retailers such as ALDI, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Kroger and Walmart. Many consumers began expressing concerns that they had been infected, and the… Continue Reading

Update: Amy’s Recall Prompted by Warning From CA Spinach Supplier

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(Update: According to the March 23 Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, CA, the Amy’s Kitchen recall of its branded products containing spinach was prompted by a recall notice from frozen vegetable processor Coastal Green Vegetable Co. of Oxnard, CA, warning customers that they might have been supplied with spinach potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Paul Fanelli, a… Continue Reading

Defendants Sentenced in UK Horse Meat Scandal

Judge notes suspicion of complicity

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The first prosecutions brought in England following Europe’s 2013 horse meat scandal ended with one defendant getting a fine and another a short and suspended prison sentence, but only for what they’ve admitted doing. A Dutch trial getting underway today could bring a different outcome. Southwark Crown Court Judge Alistair McCreath did provide a lecture along… Continue Reading

Blue Bell Recalls Single-Serve Ice Cream Cups Due to Listeria Risk

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Blue Bell Ice Cream of Brenham, TX, is recalling 3-oz. institutional/food service ice cream cups — chocolate, strawberry and vanilla — with tab lids because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. There have been no reported illnesses to date. On March 22, the Kansas Department of Health & Environment reported one positive test… Continue Reading

Wegmans Recalls Bagged Frozen Spinach for Potential Listeria Contamination

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Wegmans, a regional supermarket chain based in Gates, NY, has recalled 12-oz. bags of frozen spinach due to potential Listeria contamination. The company stated Saturday that its supplier, Twin City Foods Inc. of Stanwood, WA, had notified Wegmans of the possibility of contamination. The recalled product is 12-oz. Wegmans Organic Food You Feel Good About… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Seafood HACCP, Drug Residues, CGMP Violations

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In its latest round of letters sent to food producers with alleged health and safety violations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doled out warnings to four seafood producers, two dairies, a vinaigrette producer, and a manufacturer of baked goods. Two seafood processors in Norway received warnings over problems related to their Hazard Analysis &… Continue Reading

Scientists Model Global Trends in Animal Antibiotic Use

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Last spring, the World Health Organization stated that there are “major gaps” in surveillance and data sharing related to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant foodborne pathogens and their impact on both animals and humans. One gap to fill is the amount of antibiotics consumed by food-producing animals worldwide each year. Estimates so far have been simply… Continue Reading