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Researchers find dangerous tapeworms in Alaskan salmon

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Salmon lovers have a new reason to opt for roasted instead of raw. Scientists have documented that the Japanese broad tapeworm has made its way to the waters of the North Pacific and is thriving among the salmon population there. Published in the February edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases the findings of a research team… Continue Reading

Cocina Verify tackles restaurant food safety in Latin America

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A third-party food safety program for restaurants that want to show travelers that they adhere to U.S. food code standards is taking root in Central and South America, and is looking to expand into Southeast Asia in the near future. It’s called Cocina Verify, a company that grew out of its founder’s experience traveling south… Continue Reading

Rare strain of E. coli strikes across Canada: source unknown

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A dozen cases of E. coli O121 have been confirmed in three Canadian provinces, according to matching genetic fingerprint data, but the source of the outbreak has not yet been identified. The Public Health Agency of Canada reports four of the rare O121 cases were confirmed in British Columbia, four in Saskatchewan and four in… Continue Reading

Dairy industry seeks Trump’s help with Canada under NAFTA

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U.S. dairy organizations and the state departments of agriculture across the country turned to President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday to combat Canada’s existing and soon-to-be-expanded protectionist policies designed to block imports from the United States. They say the policies are in direct violation of Canada’s trade commitments under the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) and the… Continue Reading

Network of raw camel milk operations spurs FDA warnings

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A Saudi entrepreneur who runs a California-based raw milk network that stretches across the United States is on notice from the FDA to stop making illegal claims about the therapeutic benefits of unpasteurized milk, including raw camel milk. In a warning letter dated Sept. 15, 2016, and recently made public, the Food and Drug Administration… Continue Reading

FDA warnings: Tofu, supplements and fish eggs

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Three warning letters recently posted by the Food and Drug Administration cited food safety violations at a tofu production plant in California, a supplement company in Nebraska and a supplier of fish roe based in Peru. Companies that receive FDA warning letters are given 15 days to respond in writing. Failure to make necessary changes… Continue Reading

Europe experiencing an increasing trend of listeriosis

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European experts have noted an increasing trend of listeriosis illnesses since 2008, except for a stabilization of infections from the pathogen from 2014 to 2015. Most infected people were over 64 years of age. The findings are included in the most recent annual report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and European Center for Disease Prevention and Control… Continue Reading

France begins 2-year test for county-of-origin labeling

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A two-year trial period for mandatory country-of-origin labeling is getting underway in France, but it’s not as likely to conflict with international trade rules as the U.S. COOL program did in recent years because it’s tied to the European Commission’s work on the issue. Country-of-origin labeling (COOL) efforts in France will focus on 100 percent French… Continue Reading

FDA warnings: Foreign seafood, Kansas cider, Minnesota dairy

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Warning letters recently made public by the Food and Drug Administration addressed food safety violations at seafood processing operations in Portugal and Peru, dirty equipment and insects at a cider production facility in Kansas and improper use of antibiotics by a dairy in Minnesota. Recipients of FDA warning letters have 15 days to respond to the… Continue Reading

Ireland reports food safety enforcements for November

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The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has released the four Enforcement Orders it served on food businesses in November for breaches of food safety laws. The Enforcement Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE). Two Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on: Roma Grill, a take-away, The… Continue Reading