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Feds delay poultry testing; expect many operations to fail

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Certain poultry producers have a few extra weeks to beef up their pathogen reduction programs, which were scheduled to face new Salmonella and Campylobacter testing beginning in May. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) won’t begin assessing whether poultry operations are meeting new pathogen reduction standards until July 1, according to… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: FSN à la ‘Night Gallery’ with a side of E. coli

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Pondering the news from this week’s food safety beat, I found myself perplexed, paranoid and peeved. A terrifying trio of unrelated stories was begging for a beach beating. I was passionate enough to think I would not need to court the muse. Three hours later, nothing worth reading had crossed my keyboard. The “Pathogens’ Field… Continue Reading

New Salmonella case has FDA pondering internet recall issues

Garden of Life provided the label sample on the left to the FDA for posting with its recall notice. As the outbreak linked via DNA to its "Organic Raw Meal" powders spread across the country, the company redesigned its labels and changed the word order in the product name to "Raw Organic Meal" as shown on the right.

More than 20 years after consumers began buying food via the internet, federal officials are considering whether they should develop recall procedures and notification methods specific to online retailers. The novel course of contemplation at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in response to a new Salmonella Virchow case reported by Wisconsin health… Continue Reading

Cantran Meat Co. Recalls Pork Due to E. Coli Worry

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Cantran Meat Co. Ltd. is recalling raw pork and pork organ products from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. Consumers should not consume and food service establishments, retailers, distributors and manufacturers in Alberta, should not serve, use, or sell these products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The affected raw pork and pork… Continue Reading

Garden of Life RAW Meal Salmonella Outbreak Not Quite Over

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According to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Salmonella has been confirmed in one person in Wisconsin likely associated with recalled Garden of Life RAW Meal. DATCP is collaborating with Wisconsin Department of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the latest illness, including tracing the source… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Officials confirm outbreak linked to Taylor Farms

Minnesota health officials confirmed Monday that they detected and investigated a Salmonella outbreak beginning in April continuing into this month that they linked to Taylor Farms Organic Kale Medley Power Greens sold at Sam's Club locations in the state. Federal officials also detected a person in Virginia sickened by the same strain of Salmonella and are monitoring the situation for additional victims.

UPDATED CONTENT: A spokeswoman with the FDA responded to Food Safety News after this story was posted. Information on the distribution of the implicated salad and the FDA’s involvement in the outbreak investigation has been added below. One produce company is falling on its sword and another has become mum on the topic of an… Continue Reading

Fish, chicken and dairy — mostly raw milk — top outbreak list

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The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta is out with its annual report on foodborne disease outbreaks, showing 864 outbreaks involving 13,246 people, 712 hospitalizations and 21 deaths in 2014. CDC also reported the outbreaks led to 21 recalls of food products in 2014. Among the report’s other findings: Single food… Continue Reading

UPDATED: New labels, instructions for tenderized beef roll out today

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UPDATE: Additional cooking instructions provided by FSIS after this story was posted. The 6.2 billion servings of mechanically tenderized beef roasts and steaks consumed annually by Americans might be a little safer because of labeling requirements that take effect today, just ahead of the summer grilling season. They’ve been coming for a long time. The federal… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Secret outbreak investigation targeted packaged salads in April

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UPDATE May 16, 2016: A spokeswoman for Pacific Coast Fruit Co. responded to Food Safety News today regarding the outbreak statement the company posted May 6 and later removed from its website. “This alert was pulled from our website Saturday pending confirmation of some additional information from Taylor. We are sorry for any inconvenience this posting may have caused,” Jaynelle… Continue Reading

Problems found at frozen veg plant linked to outbreak

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Damaged equipment at a frozen food plant — described by federal inspectors as being impossible to clean — could be a contributing factor in a Listeriosis outbreak that began in 2013 and is ongoing. Staff from the Food and Drug Administration inspected the CRF Frozen Foods LLC plant in Pasco, WA, from March 14-17, according… Continue Reading