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Mechanically tenderized steaks recalled in Canada for E. coli

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency posted a recall yesterday of mechanically tenderized steaks at the request of Vantage Foods Inc. The company cited possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination as the reason for the recall. Vantage Foods Inc. distributed the meat to various Food Basics brand supermarket locations in Ontario. No other details about how the possible contamination was discovered were included… Continue Reading

OIG says USDA reviews of exporting countries are inadequate

Inconsistencies increase risk of adulterated or unsafe meat, poultry, egg products being imported

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines,” said early-American philosopher and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson. But in the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, consistency gets greater appreciation. In its recent evaluation of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service equivalency… Continue Reading

FSN Briefly

Noro's no fun, even in Hawaii — Comment now on label delay — Raw milk issues across the pond

Herringbone prepares to reopen after outbreak Dozens more people who ate at the posh Herringbone restaurant have been confirmed with norovirus since the owners voluntarily closed down Thursday, but some local media is reporting the Waikiki restaurant is scheduled to reopen today. As of this weekend, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 45 confirmed cases… Continue Reading

Illness reported; Yummy Market recalls smoked lake trout

Yummy Market Inc. is recalling smoked lake trout because of possible contamination with the toxin that causes botulism poisoning, following the report of an illness in Canada. Consumers are urged to check their homes for the Yummy Market branded “Smoked Lake Trout w/Pepper with Cracked Black Pepper” and not eat any unused portion of the… Continue Reading

Batista bribery saga may end with reorganization of JBS assets

As chief operating officer of JBS SA, Gilberto Tomazoni is second only to 84-year old founder Jose Batista Sobrinho at the world’s largest meatpacking company. The patriarch of the billionaire dynasty returned to JBS after Brazilian police jailed his sons Wesley and Joesley Batista for insider trading. The embattled JBS Board named Tomazoni as COO,… Continue Reading

Lower Salmonella rate results in new U.K. advice on raw eggs

Benefits of eating raw or lightly cooked eggs from British hens now exceed the risks, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for the United Kingdom. Therefore, FSA has changed its official advice, which previously warned infants, children, pregnant women and the elderly against eating eggs that had not been thoroughly cooked. The revised advice, based… Continue Reading

Patients’ urine and meat samples compared for shared E. coli

There’s no direct link yet between Escherichia coli in meat and poultry and urinary tract infections, but three of six the most common E. coli genotypes in humans were found in retail meat samples. Attendees of the annual IDWeek in San Diego, sponsored by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the HIV Medicine Association and… Continue Reading

Drug-resistant E. coli figured in death of Playboy founder

A week before the Sept. 27 death of Hugh M. Hefner from cardiac arrest and respiratory failure, the 91-year old Playboy founder was battling the blood infection septicemia and a drug-resistant strain of E. coli. The new information about the publisher’s final days comes from his California death certificate, which, unlike many states, also lists… Continue Reading

Allergic reaction prompts Royal Asia to recall soup from Costco

Tai Foong USA of Seattle is recalling Royal Asia branded frozen “Shrimp Wonton Noodle Soup” — sold exclusively at Costco stores in six states — because it contains egg that is not declared on the label and has caused a confirmed reaction in at least one person. Costco began selling the soup in January at stores in… Continue Reading

Norway eyes imported food, travel in rare Salmonella outbreak

Country hasn't seen a Salmonella outbreak since 2013; officials struggle to find current source

Norway, where Salmonella bacteria is rare in domestic livestock and locally-produced food, is experiencing its first outbreak of salmonellosis since 2013. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has not been able to identify the source of the Salmonella that has recently infected at least seven people. All seven report eating at the Joe & The Juice restaurant at… Continue Reading