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Food safety at Trump-Kim Summit is responsibility of Singapore’s AVA

If President Donald J. Trump or North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un desire some home-cooking today waiting for tomorrow’s big summit, they’ll have no problem finding plenty of American and Korean foods in Singapore.  And they can rest assured about food safety during their visit to the Republic of Singapore, the city-state of 5.6… Continue Reading

Canadian companies recall fresh pea sprouts for Listeria risk

Two companies are recalling pea sprouts after Canadian authorities tested the products and found the potentially deadly pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. Golden Pearl Mushrooms Ltd. was the first to recall “pea shoots” products June 7, followed by Evergreen Herbs Ltd., according to notices on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Golden Pearl did not provide any date… Continue Reading

After court loss: Cattlemen want Trump to make COOL part of the deal

Those independent cattle ranchers who mostly hold up in Billings, MT, won’t back down when it comes to country of origin labeling (COOL), which is also favored by many food safety advocates. A federal judge in Spokane just declined to bring back COOL for beef and pork, but the ranchers say there is still someone… Continue Reading

Tiger Brands wants new standards and food safety group

After listeriosis outbreaks in North America in recent years, the responsible parties involved usually responded with promises on their own to enact more stringent standards. That’s definitely how Canada’s Maple Leaf Foods and Colorado’s Rocky Ford Cantaloupe Growers Association responded to deadly outbreaks. They acted on their own to make improvements. In South Africa, there’s… Continue Reading

Salmonella outbreaks from raw frozen chicken not related

CDC reports the outbreaks in Canada and the U.S. involve different strains of bacteria

Salmonella Enteritidis outbreaks in Canada and the United States that have been traced to raw frozen chicken patties are likely not related, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The strain in Canada is not related genetically to the strain in the U.S., so the outbreaks do not appear to be related,”… Continue Reading

One child dead, 13 others sick in raw cheese E. coli outbreak

A French company this weekend expanded its recall of cheese made with unpasteurized milk after health officials reported a seventh child has developed kidney failure because of an E. coli infection linked to the cheese. At least 14 children age 5 and younger from various regions of France are confirmed with E. coli 026 infections,… Continue Reading

Canadian Salmonella outbreak traced to raw, frozen chicken

Not yet known if U.S. outbreak is related to Canadian illnesses; suppliers not identified

State, provincial and federal officials in Canada and the United States are investigating Salmonella outbreaks linked to raw frozen breaded chicken products, but they haven’t said whether the outbreaks are related. In Canada, public health officials announced the Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak June 2 just as the country’s food safety agency posted a recall of “No… Continue Reading