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GenomeTrakr is FDA’s version of Hoover’s fingerprint file

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Editor’s note: This article was originally posted on FDA’s Consumer Updates page. A person commits a crime, and the detective uses DNA evidence collected from the crime scene to track the criminal down. An outbreak of foodborne illness makes people sick, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses DNA evidence to track down… Continue Reading

Teddy Grahams sold in foodservice channels recalled for potential peanut residue

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Mondelēz Global LLC of East Hanover, NJ, has announced a nationwide voluntary recall in the United States of Nabisco brand Honey Maid Teddy Grahams Cinnamon Cubs Graham Snacks sold only in foodservice channels (not in supermarkets). This recall is being conducted following notification of a wheat flour recall by Grain Craft, a third-party flour supplier to… Continue Reading

Atlantic Spice recalls sunflower seed snacks for Listeria risk

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Atlantic Spice Company Inc. of North Truro, MA, is recalling its 16-ounce packages of Sunflower Seeds Roasted Salted, Tropical Mix and Cranberry Health Mix snacks because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The company stated that no illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The potential for… Continue Reading

Trade secret clause gags FDA on distribution of recalled flour

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“CCI” may look and sound like a primetime crime series, but it’s actually the abbreviation for a legal phrase blocking FDA from revealing what food companies received flour that General Mills later recalled after it was linked to an ongoing E. coli outbreak. Officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to comment on… Continue Reading

Activists get timely crack at making CAFOs report pollution data

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Hanor Companies is moving its headquarters to Enid, OK, from Wisconsin and several activists groups would like to see the pork producer pull out of North Carolina soon, too. They may get their wish as a federal court in North Carolina has decided to let a potentially game-changing lawsuit against an 8,000-pig farm go forward…. Continue Reading

Cheesecakes, oyster crackers recalled for possible peanut residue

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Two additional recalls have been announced due to the possible presence of undeclared peanut residue in the Grain Craft flour used to make the recalled products. Kellogg Company of Battle Creek, MI, and Snyder’s-Lance Inc. of Charlotte, NC, are recalling respectively, graham cracker crumbs used to make certain SpartanNash brand cheesecakes and Lance brand oyster crackers…. Continue Reading

Tippin’s Key lime pie recalled for potential peanut residue

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Tippin’s Gourmet Pies LLC of Kansas City, KS, has voluntarily recalled select 8-inch Key Lime Pies because they may contain flour containing undeclared peanut residue, which is one of the most common food allergies. Tippin’s stated that the firm initiated the recall after becoming aware that its supplier, Kellogg Company, was conducting a recall of graham… Continue Reading

Epic food recalls: What’s the deal with that?

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Anyone who has been following news lately is aware of two epic recalls prompted by concerns that two firms may have produced and distributed foods contaminated Listeria monocytogenes:  CRF frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables and SunOpta sunflower kernels. These recalls have been massive in scope because these foods were used as ingredients by… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Foreign catfish discover the U.S. really does have borders

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Editor’s note on update: A list of specific retail locations that received the recalled product is now available on the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service website. Click here for the list  which may be updated as additional information becomes available. The U.S. border has suddenly become meaningful to importers of Siluriformes, including foreign catfish. It’s all… Continue Reading

Halal appeals get meaty; federal court jurisdiction challenged

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When it went through the trial court, the case just seemed like a switch-a-roo scheme that got busted. But now, a consolidated appeal with oral arguments planned is sparking  broader interest because it’s become a question about the jurisdiction of federal courts. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has allowed the federal government… Continue Reading