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China resumes importing Brazilian meat; others appear to be following

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China is back buying Brazilian meat, apparently satisfied the bribes being paid to meat inspectors don’t threaten long term food safety. “The regularization of the Brazilian meat entrance into China shows the spirit of mutual trust between the two countries and willingness to dialogue in food faith,” Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply said…. Continue Reading

Multiple brands of fresh guacamole recalled for Listeria

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H.Y. Louie Co. Ltd. of British Columbia is recalling three brands of fresh guacamole from retailers because tests by the Canadian government found Listeria monocytogenes in the product. The recall, posted Thursday by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), came one day after the “best before” date of March 22 on the implicated guacamole. Retailers in British Columbia and possibly… Continue Reading

On the front lines of food safety — farmworkers have your back

More retailers seek produce, peace of mind from growers certified by the Equitable Food Initiative

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Who better than the people in the front lines to recognize and call out the enemy? That’s the underlying strategy of an approach to food safety that relies on farmworkers to spot possible problems in growing fields and packing sheds. Such problems include deer droppings in the field, manure drift from a nearby field, dirty… Continue Reading

USDA beefs up scrutiny of Brazilian beef amid bribery scandal

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None of the slaughter or processing facilities targeted by the Federal Police in Brazil have shipped meat products to the United States, according to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Nevertheless, FSIS immediately instituted additional pathogen testing of all shipments of raw and ready-to-eat beef products from Brazil once it heard a scandal was brewing…. Continue Reading

Federal police drop dragnet on Brazilian meat inspectors

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Brazil’s Federal Police last week were out to clean up some corruption in the country’s meatpacking industry in a big, but targeted way. Two major exporting companies, JBS and BRF, are being probed for possible payoffs to meat inspectors who are being accused of waiving food safety requirements. Brazil on March 17 deployed 1,100 police… Continue Reading

UK’s food crime fighting unit doing some public outreach

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The United Kingdom’s National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) is doing a bit of outreach this year.   The 2-year old unit for busting food crimes is inviting people to fill out public surveys and then maybe consider filling out an intelligence report about “any suspicions or information about food crime/fraud…” The NFCU is the police… Continue Reading

Two Dead in Danish Salmonella Outbreak

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Two people have died in a Danish outbreak of Salmonella that has infected at least 19 people. The two fatal cases were elderly, and suffered from other serious illnesses. All 19 victims were infected with a single strain of Salmonella, according to Luise Müller, an epidemiologist at the Statens Serum Institut.  Several of the outbreak victims… Continue Reading

An EU break for the butcher, baker, fishmonger, ice cream shop and grocer

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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is proposing  a simplified approach to food safety management in small retail businesses such as grocery shops, butchers, and bakeries. It  includes guidelines on how to identify the most relevant biological, chemical and physical hazards at each stage of the food production process, the activities or practices that make… Continue Reading

Foreign meat, poultry, eggs, and catfish with “equivalence status”

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USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) updated its “Equivalence Status Chart” yesterday.   It’s a helpful guide for those who want to know where their food may be coming from.  It includes country specific footnotes. “Equivalence Status” is a grade assigned to foreign countries with a food safety inspection system that achieves a protection… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Canada recalls I.M. Healthy products; no E. coli cases there yet

U.S. continues to investigate SoyNut Butter Co.; manufacturer of soy butter remains secret

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UPDATE: 9:50 p.m. EST, March 10, 2017 — The recall in Canada has been expanded to include additional flavors of I.M. Healthy brand soy nut butters. Following confirmation by Oregon officials that they found E. coli in I.M. Healthy brand soy nut butter Canadian officials issued a recall of the peanut butter substitute and granola… Continue Reading