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Faces of Food Safety: Meet Aaron Strickland of FSIS

Contributed

Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service, republished here with permission. Arron Strickland has worked for FSIS for six years and currently serves as the lead consumer safety inspector (LCSI) at Establishment P-40183 in Kinston, North Carolina…. Continue Reading

British retailers to self-report chicken Campylobacter results

England’s top nine retail grocers are going to begin publishing results of the Campylobacter retail survey of fresh shop-bought chickens produced in the United Kingdom on their store websites. The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) said the change follows discussions involving the industry and the agency. The retailers will sample and analyze fresh chicken for… Continue Reading

New York finds Campylobacter bacteria in Yoder Farm raw milk

Unpasteurized, “raw” milk from the Martin Yoder Farm should be immediately discarded because it is contaminated with Campylobacter jejuni bacteria. New York officials have prohibited the farm from selling raw milk until further notice. The farm immediately stopped selling the unpasteurized milk on Sept. 13 when state officials notified the owner of a preliminary positive… Continue Reading

Abusive veterinarian turns FSIS Billings District into his own fiefdom, paper charges

In a two-part series, a daily newspaper in Montana documents 12 years of harassment by a vindictive federal supervisory inspector of some of the state’s small meat plants. In “Feds admit harassing small Butte meat plant, but take no action” and “‘Legg regs’ take their toll on plants throughout Montana,” the Montana Standard newspaper shows… Continue Reading

Processing problem spurs recall for staphylococcal enterotoxin

Processing deviations discovered by inspectors reviewing records at a Washington sausage company have prompted a recall of numerous products because they could be contaminated with staphylococcal enterotoxin. German Sausage Haus LLC of Camano Island, WA, is recalling 1,252 pounds of heat treated, not fully cooked, not shelf stable meat products. The company shipped the products… Continue Reading

Omnichannel ops and IOT

IOT prevents mandated data tracking for food retailers from being a logistical nightmare

Editor’s note: This is Part 3 of a special series sponsored by Par Technologies Corp. Read Part 4 on Sept. 25. With just a few taps on a smartphone, a week’s worth of groceries is ordered for a family and delivered right to their door. For them, their grocery store’s adoption of the omnichannel approach to streamline… Continue Reading

FDA warns cattle feed, cheese, supplement producers

A Kentucky cattle feed manufacturer, a Vermont cheese processing facility, and a New York supplement facility are all on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for violations of federal food safety rules. The FDA sent the warning letters to the companies in August and September, and posted them for public view in recent days. Companies are allowed… Continue Reading

Deal on: USDA gives green light to China’s poultry inspections

Audit released is for processing, not slaughter

The “our beef for your chicken deal” hatched by President Donald Trump with the People’s Republic of China last May appears to be on track. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) yesterday quietly released the final audit report showing China’s  inspection system for poultry processing is equivalent to U.S. systems and standards. An onsite review was… Continue Reading

Officials: Misuse of cheese, dispenser caused botulism outbreak

California report on April-May outbreak still pending; no action yet against business owner

As victims of botulism poisoning traced to gas station nacho cheese continue to deal with severe health problems four and a half months after becoming ill, California health officials are trying to decide whether to fine the gas station owner. The illnesses began in late April. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) began its… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: She said, he said — we’ve been warned

We must invest now in science, surveillance, systems to minimize threat of foodborne terrorism

Opinion

Islamic State leaders are reportedly asking followers to carry out terror attacks by poisoning food in Western supermarkets. It’s not like poisoning our food has not happened before, and we certainly have been warned. In 2011 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned of infectious disease outbreaks caused by pathogens falling into the wrong hands and… Continue Reading