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Food Safety Regulations Will Change Industry, Brackett Says

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(This article by Tom Karst, national editor of The Packer, was first published Aug. 26, 2014, and is reposted here with permission.) The U.S. Food and Drug and Administration’s new food safety regulations aren’t the only changes facing fresh produce marketers, but the coming rules likely will be the most far-reaching, Robert Brackett believes. In a… Continue Reading

EPA Asked to Halt Pesticide Use on Apples Until New Safety Studies are Done

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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to halt use of a pesticide commonly applied to conventionally grown apples to limit storage damage until EPA has done further safety studies. EWG’s president, Ken Cook, wrote EPA on Thursday asking that the agency launch a new investigation to determine… Continue Reading

Apple Slices Recalled for Potential Listeria Contamination

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that Crunch Pak®, a Cashmere, WA, company, was recalling more than 5,000 cases of Crunch Pak® Apple Slices due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The apple slices subject to recall were shipped to regional distribution centers and sold to retailers. According to the announcement, the recall is… Continue Reading

McDonald’s, Gerber: No Plans to Use GMO Apple

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Edit (Nov. 8): This article has been amended to include a response from the creators of the Arctic Apple. The original headline read “McDonald’s, Gerber Reject GMO Apple.” Both fast-food giant McDonald’s and leading baby-food manufacturer Gerber have announced that they do not plan to sell or use the “Arctic” apple, the first genetically engineered apple… Continue Reading

NW Tree Fruit Growers Also Want Redo on FSMA Rules

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There’s a lot of anxiety in Washington State’s $2.5-billion tree fruit industry over the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Yakima Herald Republic reports. On Monday, the newspaper reported that growers of Pacific Rose apples are posting quality control supervisors to make sure orchard workers are using the new handwashing stations popping up among the trees… Continue Reading

Apples Are Covered, Kale Is Exempt: A Look at the Proposed Produce Safety Rule

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Last week Food Safety News published an article noting that nearly 80 percent of produce growers will be exempt from the landmark proposed rule that would for the first time require national preventative standards for the produce industry. We got feedback from a handful of readers who took issue with our headline because, while it is true… Continue Reading

6,000 Pounds of Expired Apple Slices Recalled for Listeria

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Freshway Foods is recalling 6,671 pounds of sliced apples that were packaged on November 12. The apples all used the same packing machine, which may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The company said they are not aware of any illnesses linked to their product, but the recall was initiated after a routine and random… Continue Reading

Alar Apples Case Precedence for BPI v. ABC

A closer look at the Lean Finely Textured Beef defamation case

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The most important food product disparagement case to come before Beef Products Inc. v. ABC was dropped into the “in” basket at South Dakota’s First Judicial District in Elk Point, SD. Like this latest case, Auvil v. CBS “60 Minutes” involved a food product being damaged by what was shown and said on television. In… Continue Reading

Apples Recalled for Potential Listeria Contamination

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A New Jersey-based company is recalling 293,488 cases and 296,224 individual units of fruit, vegetable and sandwich products because they contain apples that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Missa Bay, LLC, a subsidiary of Ready Pac Foods, Inc. of Swedesboro, NJ initiated a voluntary recall of the products Friday after Listeria monocytogenes was found… Continue Reading

Dippin’ Stix Sliced Apples and Cheese Pizza Lunch Kits Recalled for Listeria Risk

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Reichel Foods, Inc. of Rochester, Minnesota is recalling a limited amount of Dippin’ Stix Sliced Apples & Caramel with Peanuts and Armour Active Packs Cheese Pizza Lunch Kits because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported to date. The product was sent to retail stores throughout the… Continue Reading