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U.S. Supreme Court asked to review DeCoster v. U.S.

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A writ of certiorari has been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, requesting the high court review DeCoster v. United States. The government has until Feb. 15 to respond the writ. Appellate attorney Peter D. Keisler asks in the writ that the Supreme Court consider the case because a ruling by the 8th U.S. District Circuit… Continue Reading

Six grocery chains across 12 states recall snacks for Salmonella

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Chocolate covered pretzels and other snacks with long shelf lives are being recalled from hundreds of stores by at least six grocery chains across a dozen states because of possible Salmonella contamination, The snacks — some in party trays themed for the football playoff season — were produced by Palmer Candy Co. using an ingredient… Continue Reading

Tupperware recalls seasoning; Salmonella risk from milk plant

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People who bought Tupperware brand chipotle seasoning mix after Aug. 2, 2016, are urged not to use it because of potential Salmonella contamination from a powdered milk ingredient. Tupperware U.S. Inc. of Orlando, FL, posted the recall with the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday, joining almost 20 other companies that have recalled foods because of… Continue Reading

Publix, Wal-Mart, Palmer brand snacks recalled for Salmonella

Salmonella problems at Valley Milk Products LLC powdered milk plant again blamed

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Five weeks after the U.S. Marshals Service raided a powdered milk factory at the request of FDA, seizing more than 4 million pounds of product because of possible Salmonella contamination, down-stream food companies are still initiating recalls, the latest being the iconic Palmer Candy Co. The 149-year-old, family-owned candy company based in Souix City, IA,… Continue Reading

Network of raw camel milk operations spurs FDA warnings

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A Saudi entrepreneur who runs a California-based raw milk network that stretches across the United States is on notice from the FDA to stop making illegal claims about the therapeutic benefits of unpasteurized milk, including raw camel milk. In a warning letter dated Sept. 15, 2016, and recently made public, the Food and Drug Administration… Continue Reading

FDA warnings: Tofu, supplements and fish eggs

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Three warning letters recently posted by the Food and Drug Administration cited food safety violations at a tofu production plant in California, a supplement company in Nebraska and a supplier of fish roe based in Peru. Companies that receive FDA warning letters are given 15 days to respond in writing. Failure to make necessary changes… Continue Reading

Mother, son sue eatery for Thanksgiving dinner food poisoning

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A mother and her son who were among the 260 people sickened by bacteria-contaminated food served by the Golden Ponds Restaurant & Party House are suing for their injuries and damages. Attorneys Paul V. Nunes of Rochester, NY, and Bill Marler of Seattle filed the lawsuit on behalf of plaintiffs Natalie Woods and her son Connor Wynn… Continue Reading

Health officials warn against buying from mobile meat sellers

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Reports of people selling meat out of trucks and backpacks in an Indiana community spurred health officials to issue a public warning and a request for help Wednesday. “There is great risk in buying meat or seafood from unlicensed vendors,” the Brown County Health Department warning states. “Sometimes this meat is obtained from places where… Continue Reading

FDA warnings: Foreign seafood, Kansas cider, Minnesota dairy

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Warning letters recently made public by the Food and Drug Administration addressed food safety violations at seafood processing operations in Portugal and Peru, dirty equipment and insects at a cider production facility in Kansas and improper use of antibiotics by a dairy in Minnesota. Recipients of FDA warning letters have 15 days to respond to the… Continue Reading

Storms and stability ahead for food safety efforts in 2017

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Food safety in 2017 will be dependent on our “complicated bureaucracies” that exist to get through transitions and times of change. Both USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  are sure to be  taking many “business as usual” actions in January. Confucius taught the Ancient Chinese bureaucracies… Continue Reading