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Ackee Products Can Be Seized or Refused Entry for Toxin Levels, Says FDA

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing final guidance on enforcement criteria for ackee products containing the toxin hypoglycin A. Ackee is a fruit native to West Africa but is also found in Central and South America, many Caribbean countries, and Southern Florida. Canned, frozen and other ackee products are marketed in the U.S., largely… Continue Reading

Keep Food Safety Out of AIB, Kansas State Proposal

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(This was posted April 10, 2014, at barfblog.com and is reposted here by permission.) A former colleague at Kansas State University asked me yesterday if I would deliver my annual talk with summer public health students despite being unceremoniously dumped last year. I said, “Sure, I’ll always talk with students: they shouldn’t have to suffer from… Continue Reading

FDA Allows Irradiation in Crustaceans for Foodborne Pathogen Control

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will allow irradiation on crab, shrimp, lobster, crayfish and prawns to control foodborne pathogens and extend shelf life. After a safety assessment considered potential toxicity, the effect of irradiation on nutrients, and potential microbiological risk, the agency decided to amend current food additive regulations to allow “the safe use… Continue Reading

Recall of Processed Egg Products Expanded, FSIS Releases Distribution List

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Nutriom LLC of Lacey, WA, is recalling an additional 82,884 pounds of processed egg products that were produced on dates not included in the original Feb. 15 recall announcement from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Monday’s announcement from FSIS included a 56-page distribution list of retail outlets in 46 states which may… Continue Reading

Abady Cat Food Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

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The Robert Abady Dog Food Co. LLC of Poughkeepsie, NY, is recalling its 2-lb., 5-lb. and 15-lb. boxes of “Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats” because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled boxes of “Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats” were distributed nationwide in retail stores… Continue Reading

Tribes Still Troubled by FDA’s ‘Inadequate’ Consultation Policy

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With less than 30 days notice, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally set a date for face-to-face consultation with American Indian tribes and pueblos on its proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). On March 27, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Michael Taylor sent a letter to tribal… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Six Addressed to Seafood Facilities

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The bulk of the nine warning letters released last week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration were addressed to seafood processing facilities for violations of seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) regulation. HACCP failures at Portland Fish Exchange of Portland, ME, led FDA to declare the company’s seafood products – including histamine-producing… Continue Reading

Clostridium Perfringens Apparent Cause of Michigan Outbreak

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The Muskegon County Department of Health reports that preliminary results from the Michigan Department of Community Health have shown the presence of a common foodborne illness-causing bacteria called Clostridium perfringens in a sample tested from Bonicki’s Restaurant and Sports Bistro. Public health officials had reported receiving at least six calls from local customers who fell… Continue Reading