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Better tests, stronger laws, more foods add up to more recalls

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS) is out with a report on what might be called the “recalls gone wild” era. In a 31-page report “Trends in Food Recalls, 2004-13” the researchers parse data from the Food and Drug Administration and USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The facts showed an… Continue Reading

‘Lettuce’ count the ways the feds have failed at food safety

Opinion

Editor’s note: This opinion column by Richard Raymond was originally published by feedstuffs.com and is reprinted here with permission. Yes, let us count the ways the federal government has failed to keep us safe from a foodborne illness. First is the current, growing E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to precut romaine lettuce. As of April… Continue Reading

Going for the gold in the sink at the 2018 Food Safety Summit

Gamification inspires high-level handwashing compliance  

Contributed

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of articles leading up to the 20th annual Food Safety Summit. The event, from May 7-10 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in suburban Chicago, includes certification courses; a trade show with exhibitors from industry, academia and government; an extensive list of seminars and panel discussions; and a… Continue Reading

FDA Salmonella finding prompts recall of three raw dog foods

Carnivore Meat Co. LLC has recalled two Vital Essentials raw dog food products due to possible Salmonella contamination. In addition to the Vital Essentials recall, TruDog LLC has advised its customers by email that it has withdrawn a single batch of its Boost Me product, also due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled products and… Continue Reading

FDA confirms outbreak strain at Rose Acre’s egg facility

Nothing causes more consumer confusion than the recall of a couple hundred million eggs by a significant producer. It brings out much befuddlement as retail egg buyers have to sort out Julian dates, brands, lot numbers, plant numbers and distribution channels. Worse than the confusion is that when people find eggs they have bad eggs… Continue Reading

FDA downgrades Gate Gourmet airline catering operation

In a March 29 warning letter the FDA formally notified Gate Gourmet Inc. owners that the classification of their airline catering facility in Erlanger, KY, has been downgraded from approved to provisional. In November of 2017 Gate Gourmet found Listeria in its Los Angeles kitchen at LAX airport, and several airlines including American, Delta and Virgin Australia suspended their use of the air catering service… Continue Reading

FDA warns bakery about insanitary conditions, pests

A bakery is on notice from the FDA because the firm’s products were prepared, packed, or held under conditions whereby they may have become contaminated with filth, or whereby they may have been rendered injurious to heath. Staff from the Food and Drug Administration inspected the Olympia, WA, location of Blue Heron Bakery from Nov. 28 through Dec. 6, 2017, and discovered  “serious… Continue Reading

Metro recalls roast beef paninis after positive test for Listeria

Metro Ontario Inc. of Ontario, Canada, is recalling Fresh 2 Go brand roast beef paninis from the marketplace because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The recall covers 2- and 4-packs of the roast beef paninis, marked with the UPC numbers and production codes listed below. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below, which were sold from Metro locations in… Continue Reading