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‘Resident strain’ of Listeria found at Jeni’s Ohio ice cream plant

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Inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have again found Listeria at the Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams manufacturing facility in Columbus, OH. Two of the 75 environmental samples collected there on Jan. 26 were positive for Listeria monocytogenes, according to an Aug. 9 warning letter that FDA posted on Wednesday. The positive samples were taken from the… Continue Reading

Enough meat and vegetables for record second-quarter recall stew

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Stericycle Inc., the Indianapolis business-to-business services company that tracks all sorts of recalls, including food, does its counting and comparisons by lots. Other ways of counting might be better for food. USDA, for example, has long used pounds of meat in reporting recalls. In the second quarter of 2016, however, recall activity for both U.S…. Continue Reading

FDA seeks comments; extends food safety deadlines

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Today the government is scheduled to open a six-month public comment period on drafts of guidance documents that are designed to help food company operators meet new regulations — some of which have compliance deadlines in less than one month. With the publication of the first five out of 14 chapters of guidance documents today,… Continue Reading

USDA updates flood food safety advice for consumers

Opinion

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Editor’s note: As the National Weather Service continued to predict rain for already flooded areas on Monday, the USDA updated its food safety advice to consumers who are able to return to their homes.   The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Oh Canada, what’s the beef with irradiated beef?

Opinion

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Canadians have 10 days left if they wish to weigh in on the question of whether their government should allow ground beef to be irradiated to kill pathogens such as E. coli. It’s the second time this century that Health Canada has sought public comment on the topic. In 2002 a backlash of public opinion… Continue Reading

Hong Kong still testing food imports for Fukushima’s radiation

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More than five years ago on Friday, March 11, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0 set off a large tsunami sending a 50-foot wall of water over  three Fukushima Daiichi reactors. Three of the nuclear cores melted down in the next three days. About 1,600 miles away on the next… Continue Reading

Meat, poultry inspectors verified 1.7M procedures in 3 months

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They use to say breaking up is hard to do. For USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), it’s not really that difficult or uncommon. If FSIS decides there are reasons that it should not be providing meat, poultry or egg inspections at a specific company, it simply files a complaint — usually  in the nearest  federal district court… Continue Reading

FDA warns Hawaii seafood processor about handling of tuna

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A seafood-processing facility in Honolulu was found to have “serious violations” of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations during a May 17 and 20 inspection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The resulting warning letter, dated July 27 and sent from the agency’s San Francisco District Office, informed Tropic Fish… Continue Reading

Florida company recalls 3 brands of meat/poultry products

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A Florida company is recalling almost a ton of meat and poultry products including several varieties of empanada because they were produced without being inspected by the federal government. Panna Café Express To Go Inc. in North Miami Beach, FL, recalled the 18 products Sunday. The 1,951 pounds of heat-treated, not-fully-cooked products were produced and… Continue Reading

Summit County public health official takes issue with coverage

Opinion

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I am writing to express my disappointment in your Aug. 10 story, “Privately provided stool samples flush out Salmonella outbreak.” The story does not accurately characterize or describe the general policies of the Summit County Public Health Department or the specific actions that were carried out related to this particular outbreak. Summit County Public Health,… Continue Reading