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UK Panel: Raw or lightly cooked eggs safe for pregnant women

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The Food Standards Agency of the United Kingdom is just about ready to tell pregnant women and other vulnerable groups like the young and the elderly, that its safe to eat lightly cooked or raw eggs. The new guidance for these consumers groups will likely come after an eight-week consultation period for a report suggesting… Continue Reading

Criminal charges pending against Ontario raw milk advocates

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When provincial agricultural officials in Ontario raided raw milk advocate Michael Schmidt’s farm this past October, they were accompanied by local police. The raid turned into a standoff that ended only when a deal was reached that allowed some samples and computers to be removed, but dropped equipment seizures. After going through raids and trials… Continue Reading

Cuba open for U.S. meat and poultry producers; cash required

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All federally inspected meat, poultry and egg plants in the United States are now eligible to export to Cuba under export requirements published this week. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) posted the list of eligible products and documentation requirements for meat, poultry and egg producers who want to ship products to Cuba. Eligible products include… Continue Reading

E. coli source remains elusive; General Mills recall spans Pacific

This is one of the varieties of General Mills flour included in the now 30-million pound recall.

Five days after General Mills Inc. tripled the size of its flour recall — now at 30 million pounds — officials in China warned people there to stop using certain bags of Gold Medal flour because of possible E. coli contamination. Unlike the expanded recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website, the… Continue Reading

Mushroom soup recalled in Canada for potential botulism

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Raices Food Inc. is recalling Verano Food Purveyors brand Mushroom Soup from the marketplace because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), no illnesses have been reported. The recalled soup was distributed in Nova Scotia. The public should not consume the recalled products described below. Anyone who… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Fresh chili peppers recalled because of Salmonella

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UPDATED CONTENT 10:55 p.m. EDT — In addition to the packaging described in the original notice, the recalled fresh chili peppers may have also been sold in bulk or in smaller packages, with or without a label, and may not bear the same brand or product name as the 454-gram packages, according to an updated recall notice… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Watch for Pink Chicken and ‘Microwave Burritos’

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Scottish food safety officials have launched a campaign to remind the public to throughly cook chicken to kill potentially deadly pathogens such as Campylobacter. The campaign warns of the dangers of consuming pink chicken and uses photos such as this to grab the attention of consumers and foodservice operators.

Most days news of the food safety variety is alarming at best and tragic at worst, so it is with tremendous pleasure that I can share a couple of stories that crossed my screen in recent days. They left the office cat staring blankly, yet defensively, as I chuckled at Google news alerts. ‘Nothing spoils… Continue Reading

Coroner rules raw milk caused death of three-year-old boy

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Raw milk was the probable cause of death of a three-year-old boy in 2014, the Australian Coroner’s Court has ruled. An  inquiry by Coroner’s Solicitor Rebecca Cohen found that the previously healthy Victoria boy, began suffering from gastro symptoms on Sept. 30, 2014, and was admitted to Frankston Hospital four days later. He was transferred… Continue Reading

First update to food safety law since 1967 in Nepal

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National food safety laws are coming in for attention around the world and the latest to look at changes is Nepal. The government in Kathmandu wants to amend its Food Safety Act to broaden the definition of food and define more types of malpractice in food trade. The changes in the law are being designed… Continue Reading

Takeda’s norovirus vaccine first to reach human trials

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A vaccine for the world’s most common cause of acute gastroenteritis and the USA’s most common cause of foodborne illness is now in human clinical trials. The trial by Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. involves the first norovirus vaccine prospect to enter human adult or efficacy trials. Rob Goodwin, vice president and global norovirus program head for… Continue Reading