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Brazilian beef ban petition fails to generate much interest

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That petition on the White House’s “We the People” website calling for the United States to ban Brazilian beef was looking for 100,000 signatures. It fell a little short. In fact it was short by 97,985 signatures and is now locked down. The Billings, MT-based Rancher-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund or R-CALF USA was hoping the… Continue Reading

Presidential bribes likely to slow JBS USA’s independence day

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When Federal Police in Brazil moved on several meatpacking plants on March 17, where meat inspectors were suspected of being on the take, no one could have predicted the probe would shortly be felt as far away as Northern Colorado and other North American locations with JBS USA facilities. But that’s where it’s landed, after two… Continue Reading

Egg rolls sold by Costco in Quebec recalled for Listeria

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Deliwok Quebec Inc. recalled an undisclosed volume of chicken egg rolls sold by Costco Wholesale stores in Quebec after tests by Canadian officials showed Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The Deliwok Suprême brand “Chicken Egg Rolls” have a best-before date of June 14, so there is concern consumers may have unused portions of the recalled product in their… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters target French, Portuguese companies

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A French company that packs olives and garlic and a sardine packer in Portugal are both on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for food safety violations at their facilities. In warning letters dated May 5 and recently made public by FDA, the agency outlined violations and gave the companies 15 working days to… Continue Reading

Feds expand E. coli warning about Dutch veal imported to U.S.

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A federal warning about potentially contaminated veal imported from the Netherlands has been expanded to include additional products distributed to restaurants and grocery stores in four states. The warning from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) now covers more than 1,600 pounds of Dutch veal that may be contaminated with Non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing… Continue Reading

Rogers flour sold by Costco in Canada linked to new outbreak

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Another E. coli O121 outbreak traced to flour, this time Rogers brand, has sickened at least six people in British Columbia where public health officials are urging consumers to check their homes for the implicated flour. As of Friday evening neither the company, Rogers Foods Ltd. of Armstrong, British Columbia, nor the Canadian Food Inspection… Continue Reading

Cheese from Nicaragua recalled for Listeria concerns

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Another Miami-based company is recalling imported cheese because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Global Garlic Inc. recalled “Queso Fresco/ Whole Milk Cheese” from Nicaragua but did not report how the possible bacterial contamination was discovered. Global Garlic distributed the De Mi Pais brand cheese to retailers in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Fl, and in… Continue Reading

USDA reorganization plan could reduce food safety protections

Opinion

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A seemingly minor component of the USDA reorganization plan released last week could have a negative impact on food safety as the plan gets implemented. Much of the focus has been on the creation of a new undersecretary for trade position, but the plan also calls for the establishment of an interagency committee that would… Continue Reading

Maple Leaf Foods recalls chicken products because of staph

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Maple Leaf Foods is recalling an undisclosed amount of chicken strip and sandwich products under three brands because they maybe contaminated with toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria. Retailers in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec received the products, which are now under recall, according to a notice posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. “Consumers… Continue Reading