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Violations with spinach, catfish cited in FDA warning letters

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A Harbor City, Calif., food manufacturing facility and a Bronx, N.Y., seafood importer received warning letters that were recently released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Environmental samples taken inside the California food processing facility owned by Flying Food Group LLC revealed the presence of the human pathogen Listeria monocytogenes near food and food contact surfaces. In the… Continue Reading

Safer wings than yesterday’s for the big game next year?

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Standards to prevent 50,000 illnesses through reductions in Salmonella and Campylobacter set by USDA last week might just work. If they do, Americans who yesterday are said to have dined on 1.3 billion chicken wings during Super Bowl 50, are likely to take notice. And one year from now, it’s also likely Secretary of Agriculture… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Nuggets of news from recent days

Opinion

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Welcome to Beach Beat — I figure when your mom gives you a great byline at birth, you should use it every chance you get. I couldn’t be happier about my byline being added to the list of journalists at Food Safety News. In case you missed it, or ICYMI as the millennials say, I… Continue Reading

U.S. Rep tells FDA to pick up the pace of outbreak investigation

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A congresswoman from Connecticut told the FDA “American families should not be dying from the food they eat” and asked the agency to step up its investigation of an ongoing seven-month Salmonella outbreak that has killed six people. “Since this outbreak (which began in July 2015) was first reported on Sept. 4, 2015, there have been… Continue Reading

Canada upgrades Paolini meat warning to recall status

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A public warning about sausage from Paolini’s Sausage and Meats of Calgary, Alberta, has been upgraded to a recall with additional meats added to the list of products that may have been contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. “Consumers should not consume and distributors, retailers and food service establishments should not sell or use the recalled… Continue Reading

USDA, Obama commit to food safety research

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing grants totaling more than $30 million to fund 80 research projects aimed at improving food safety, reducing antibiotic resistance in food and increasing the resilience of plants. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the grant awards Wednesday, also saying that President Obama’s 2017 budget proposes investing $700 million for… Continue Reading

NOAA plans traceability regs for seafood importers

Later this year about 600 international fish brokers and 2,000 importers are going to be required to provide more robust paper trails for selected species to curb so-called fish fraud and reduce human health risks. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) unveiled the new requirements for imported seafood Thursday. The regulations are the product of a… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Could announcing July E. coli outbreak have prevented Chipolte’s fall

Opinion

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Yesterday, with the announcement of an expanded criminal investigation and slumping sales, combined with a stock price creeping slightly back up from the bottom after a multi-billion dollar free fall, it does make you wonder if Chipotle could have turned its bus around before it drove off this cliff? Now it could be facing criminal… Continue Reading

NASDA cues up FSMA implementation and GMO labeling at conference

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The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) wraps up its 2016 Winter Policy Conference today and the influential group is laying down some tracks others may have to follow. The 2016 NASDA conference is also celebrating 100 years of “advocating agriculture.” NASDA is player on food safety at both the national and state… Continue Reading

Chipotle plans $50 million ad blitz amidst expanded federal criminal investigation

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Characterizing a string of foodborne illness outbreaks as an “unfortunate set of events,” Chipotle Mexican Grill’s founder Steve Ells reported the chain’s net income dropped 44 percent in the last quarter of 2015. Ells’ co-CEO Montgomery Moran revealed more bad news yesterday during the Denver company’s quarterly earnings conference call — the Department of Justice… Continue Reading