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FDA Warning Letters: Seafood HACCP Violations, Manufacturing Plant Contamination

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A Maspeth, NY, seafood importer, a Springfield, VA, bean sprout operation, and a Brooklyn, NY, cheese manufacturer were on the receiving end of recent warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Shah Poran Distributors Inc. was sent a warning letter dated Aug. 12 from FDA’s New York district office concerning alleged violations of the seafood… Continue Reading

Harsher Sentences Remain Possible in PCA Criminal Case

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Harsher sentences could be imposed in three weeks if the trial judge in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case decides that the defendants were conscious, or accepting, of reckless risk of death or bodily injury in committing the crimes they stand convicted of by a jury. U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands… Continue Reading

Antibiotic Resistance: Let’s Change the Way We Understand It

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In the past few days, there have been two interesting reports on antibiotic resistance. One was released by Consumer Reports entitled, “How Safe Is Your Ground Beef?” The other, much less publicized, was put together by scientists and physicians who work in public health and do know something about antibiotic resistance. This second report was published… Continue Reading

USDA Case Study: Consumers Seem to Recognize the Most Dangerous Outbreaks

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A report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that consumers respond to foodborne illness outbreaks differently depending on the severity. The case study, produced by Fred Kuchler, Ph.D., an economist with USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS), compared warnings about cantaloupes issued in 2011 and again in 2012. The first recall was due… Continue Reading

USDA Expands Pork Recall Linked to 152 Confirmed Cases of Salmonella

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The original Aug. 13 recall of pork products from Kapowin Meats of Graham, WA, was for approximately 116,262 pounds of whole hogs that may be contaminated with Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:-. Now, in an Aug. 27 expansion of that earlier recall, approximately 523,380 pounds of pork are being recalled in: varying weights of boxed and bagged… Continue Reading

Judge: Transfer Offer After Moldy Applesauce Report Wasn’t Retaliatory

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In 2011, when applesauce from Snokist was making children sick as far away as North Carolina, USDA Agricultural Marketing Services local inspector Wendy Alguard told Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigators arriving on the scene in Yakima, WA, about the problem. She thought FDA ought to know that Snokist employees often had to scrape mold from… Continue Reading

Food Freedom Bill Aims to Turn Back Time to 1967

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Even though their two raw milk bills have gone nowhere, a bipartisan “food freedom caucus” in Congress has decided to expand its federal agenda. In a campaign helped by Virginia farmer and author Joel Salatin, the group has added House Resolution (HR) 3187, the Processing Revival and Interstate Meat Exemption (PRIME) Act, to allow states to… Continue Reading

Business Groups Support Appeal to Keep DeCosters Out of Prison

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Sending food industry executives to jail for company food safety violations, even if they did not know about them, might seem a useful way to bring about more compliance, but corporate America is rising up to strike down the practice. Amicus briefs are pouring in from industry groups to support the appeal to the St. Louis-based U.S…. Continue Reading

Kraft Heinz Recalls Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon for Possible Spoilage Problem

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Kraft Heinz Foods Company of Newberry, SC, is recalling approximately 2,068,467 pounds of turkey bacon products that may be adulterated because it may spoil before the “Best When Used By” date, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Tuesday. The problem was discovered by the establishment during an investigation into spoilage-related consumer complaints…. Continue Reading

CDC: 495 in 30 States Now Have Cyclospora Infection, Possibly From Cilantro

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Update: CDC posted another update on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, detailing this outbreak investigation. As of Aug. 21, the agency stated that 495 people from 30 states with confirmed Cyclospora infections had been reported, which is 19 more people than CDC reported on Aug. 18. The previous story follows: According to the latest update posted Tuesday, as of… Continue Reading