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Top food safety job and others remain to be filled at USDA

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With the somewhat tardy appointment of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as secretary of agriculture combined with Senate Democrats taking their time with the confirmation process, there’s going to be a backup of some other important appointments at USDA and across the federal government. And the backup is occurring even though one man came close to… Continue Reading

Rules for Safe Food for Canadians Act reach final review phase

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Canada is running a couple of years behind the U.S. when it comes to overhauling its basic food safety law, but very shortly it will catch up. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has opened a three-month public comment period on new food safety rules to implement Canadian law. Referred to as a “consultation period” under Canadian… Continue Reading

ND bill would allow raw milk sales despite ‘inherent risks’

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A North Dakota bill that would allow producers to sell unpasteurized, raw milk direct to consumers says dairies won’t have to do anything to control “the inherent risks” and that people who buy the milk “assume the inherent risks,” including death. Sponsored by nine state representatives and two state senators — all Republicans — House… Continue Reading

Rear Admiral with a lot of experience now acting CDC director

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At noon Friday, when President Donald J. Trump took the oath of office, Dr. Tom Frieden ceased being director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He left CDC on a day when the agency was dealing with the first known outbreak in the U.S. of Seoul Virus, a form of hantavirus, linked to… Continue Reading

Tech helps shippers, transporters keep it cool, safe, compliant

The third in a four-part series brought to you by Par Technology Corp.

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It’s the dead of summer and a truckload of fresh beef is making its way from the Texas Panhandle to a distribution center in Tennessee. Somewhere around mile 670, in western Arkansas, the truck breaks down. A quick assessment by the driver reveals it’s a major breakdown and backup is called. In total, the trailer… Continue Reading

FDA warnings: Florida juice plant, Hawaii sandwich maker

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Following inspections, the Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters that were recently made public to a Florida juice producer and a Hawaii company that produces tuna sandwiches. Companies have 15 days to respond to FDA warning letters in writing. FDA has not yet issued a closeout letter for either of the companies listed below…. Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Sprout, sprout, let it all out — comment now

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Fresh, raw sprouts are among the most notorious of offenders in terms of foodborne illness outbreaks with almost 2,500 confirmed victims, including three deaths, in the past 20 years in the U.S. alone. Add in the 2011 E. coli outbreak in Europe — which sickened more than 3,900 people, killing 53 and leaving about 800… Continue Reading

Feds find potential process defect; chicken bowls recalled

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Chicken and rice bowls packaged under the R Kitchen brand for the Roche Bros. grocery chain are under recall by manufacturer Hans Kissel Co. LLC for possible bacterial contamination because of a problem in a processing plant. More than three tons — 6,348 pounds — of two flavors of the R Kitchen branded microwavable, ready-to-eat… Continue Reading

Frozen ‘@ease’ chicken meal starters recalled in seven states

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More than half a ton of “@ease” brand frozen chicken meal starter products are under recall because they contain undeclared allergens that could cause serious or life-threatening reactions in people with sensitivities to eggs, milk or wheat. Mountain View Packaging LLC or Boise, ID, packed the 18-ounce packages of “@ease Sweet Chili Chicken Meal Starter”… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Sabrina King of the USDA

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Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sabrina King is an enforcement, investigations and analysis officer (EIAO), serving the Office of Field Operations (OFO) in the Atlanta district. As an EIAO, King performs food safety assessments (FSAs) in slaughter and processing… Continue Reading