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CDC-FSIS disclose Salmonella outbreak traced to raw turkey

Outbreak strain also found in live turkeys; investigators say it's likely widespread in industry

An outbreak of Salmonella Reading caused by raw turkey products has sickened 90 people in 26 states and hospitalization was already required in 44.4 percent of those cases, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta announced Thursday. With the CDC announcement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service… Continue Reading

Political impact lingers after two main events in meat industry

Political ramifications are coming in from two events in the past week involving the meat industry. The first event was a July 12 forum sponsored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on issues surrounding the cultured meat grown from in vitro animals cell culture. A big newsmaker at that event was Dr. Michael Hansen,… Continue Reading

Food processors to agree to cease production over Listeria scare

Operators of two New York food processing companies agreed to stop preparing foods until they can comply with federal food safety laws and regulations. The action comes after Listeria monocytogenes was found in food preparation areas of their jointly owned processing facility. The companies process a variety of foods, including a variety of ready-to-eat foods… Continue Reading

FDA should choose public safety over corporate confidentiality


The FDA has an opportunity now to update its recall disclosure policy to provide consumers critical information they need and want to protect themselves during an outbreak. The agency can, and should, begin routinely identifying which retailers and individual store locations sold recalled food. This information will motivate consumers who have shopped in these stores… Continue Reading

Public overwhelmingly favors term ‘lab-grown’ over ‘clean’ meat

Consumer Reports, published by the 7 million-member nonprofit Consumers Union, last week reported on survey results showing the public expects laboratory-produced meat from cultured animal cells to be clearly labeled. The results show the public favors different language that those pushing the new products. “By an overwhelming margin, our survey found that consumers want clear… Continue Reading

Recalled Honey Smacks still on store shelves; more people sick

Some retailers are still selling recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks responsible for an expanding nationwide Salmonella outbreak, spurring the FDA to once again urge consumers to not buy or eat the cereal. Investigators have laboratory confirmation that the outbreak strain of Salmonella Mbandaka is in the manufacturing facility and in unopened packages of the cereal. As… Continue Reading

FDA sends $32.5 million to states for help with produce safety rule

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  is funding 46 state agriculture departments and one territory with a total of $32.5 million to help implement the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule. The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) was quick to salute the funding commitments. “NASDA Members have a long history… Continue Reading