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Virginia Officials Warn of Botulism Risk from Corfinio Soups, Sauces

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The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is warning consumers not to eat any canned soups or sauces made by Corfinio Foods of Richmond, VA, because they were improperly processed and therefore susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum. Ingestion of botulism toxin from improperly processed jarred and canned foods may lead to serious illness… Continue Reading

Correction

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The Food Safety News report posted Aug. 18, 2014, about a recent Food and Drug Administration warning letter concerning Dr. Bronner’s Magic “All-One!” Fresh Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil was incorrect in that the FDA letter did not say that the product contained trans fat, but rather that the product did not have a required statement… Continue Reading

Developing a Food Recall Plan is Important to any Food Processor’s Business

Opinion

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(This article by Frank Gublo of Michigan State University Extension and Paige Filice of MSU’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife was first posted July 28, 2014, on the MSU Extension site and is reposted here with permission.) Food processors should have processes in place, such as a HACCP plan and a recall plan, to evaluate products and the management… Continue Reading

FSIS Enhances Food Safety Protections for Ground Beef

Opinion

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(This Aug. 14, 2014, blog post by Brian Ronholm, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, is reposted here with permission.) On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced new procedures that will allow the agency to trace contaminated ground beef… Continue Reading

IAFP Interview: Waldrop Discusses Mechanically Tenderized Beef

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Christopher Waldrop, director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America, spoke with Food Safety News at the 2014 Conference of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP). The discussion covered the food safety risks associated with mechanically tenderized beef, as well as some of Waldrop’s concerns with the USDA’s new poultry… Continue Reading

CDC: Outbreak Linked to Organic Sprouted Chia Powder Produced Three Salmonella Strains

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Organic sprouted chia powder was responsible for an unusual Salmonella outbreak — which now appears to be over — that sickened 31 people in 16 states. It was unusual in that the organic sprouted chia powder was said to be responsible for three strains of Salmonella in the single outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control… Continue Reading

FSIS Comes Full Circle With Grinder Logs and Faster Tracebacks to the Source

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It was not so long ago that USDA meat inspectors and their supervisors didn’t even want to hear it. Ground beef from a small Miles City, MT, processor was contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, but the men from the federal Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) did not want to know that all the beef… Continue Reading

Colorado Restaurant Closed for Repeated Food Code Violations

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The Weld County Commission on Monday approved the recommendation of its health department to close a colorful Mexican restaurant in Greeley, CO, for multiple critical food code violations. Tacos y Salsas, one of 12 units in a Colorado chain of restaurants owned by David Martinez, saw its Greeley outlet shut down until health code violations… Continue Reading

Food Vendors Shut Down for Health Code Violations at Western Montana Fair

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Three food vendors were shut down Friday at the Western Montana Fair in Missoula, MT, after health department inspectors found that “hundreds of pounds of food” the concessionaires were planning to serve had not been properly refrigerated for several days. Other violations involved improper storage of food, unsanitized dishes, and employees not washing their hands…. Continue Reading

Raw Milk Distribution Schemes Cannot Escape Wisconsin Licensing Requirements

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Attorneys for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund lost twice in a single Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision handed down last week in Madison. Farm-to-Consumer attorneys Elizabeth G. Rich and David G. Cox represented two groups of plaintiffs that were both out to trim the regulatory authority of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer… Continue Reading