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Dole Expands Bagged Salad Recall to the U.S. Over Listeria Concerns

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Dole Fresh Vegetables has expanded to the U.S. its voluntary recall of bagged salad after initially issuing a recall in Canada. The concern is that some of the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The products being recalled are Dole Italian Blend (UPC 7143000819), Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend (UPC 1111091045), Little Salad Bar… Continue Reading

Cyclospora Case Count Rises to 418

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At least 418 people in 16 states are now known to have been sickened with cyclospora infections between mid-June and mid-July, according to updated numbers from state health departments as of the end of the day Thursday. This latest case count marks a 40-case jump from the 378 illnesses reported by the Centers for Disease… Continue Reading

Cryptosporidium Outbreak Sickened 300 in UK Last Year

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Approximately 300 people in England and Scotland were sickened in an outbreak of Cryptosporidium in May of 2012, announced public health authorities this week. The parasite that caused the outbreak is thought to have originated in ready-to-eat bagged salad mixes, said England’s Health Protection Agency in a report published Tuesday. “The strongest association with infection… Continue Reading

Dole Recalls Bagged Salad in 10 States for Listeria Risk

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A bagged salad product sold under the Dole American Blend brand is being recalled by Dole Fresh Vegetables after it tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have yet been associated with the recalled product, which is sold in 12 oz. bags coded A275208A or B, with a use-by date of October 17 and UPC… Continue Reading

Expired Bagged Salad Recalled by Fresh Express

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Fresh Express, Inc. announced Sunday that the company was recalling a limited quantity of expired 10 oz. Hearts of Romaine salad with the expired Use-by Date of August 23, 2012 as a precaution due to a positive test for Listeria monocytogenes.  Product codes associated with the recall begin with “G2222″. According to a company press… Continue Reading

Bagged Salad Recalled for Potential Listeria Contamination

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Dole Fresh Vegetables is recalling 1,039 cases of bagged salad due to the potential that it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The California-based company issued the voluntary recall Wednesday after a sample of its Dole Italian Blend taken by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture tested positive for Listeria. The sample was collected as… Continue Reading

Caesar Salad Kits Containing Recalled Cilantro Withdrawn from Market

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A California-based company is recalling approximately 77,688 pounds of its Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Kits because they include dressing made with cilantro that was recalled Friday for potential Salmonella contamination. Real Mex Foods of Vernon, CA issued a voluntary recall of the salad kits Thursday after the company was informed by a supplier that the… Continue Reading

Should the Microbiological Data Program Be Saved?

Maybe ... Maybe not...

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After nearly being chopped from existence, the USDA’s Microbiological Data Program (MDP) has been saved for the remainder of 2012. However its future existence is questionable. MDP is a national foodborne pathogen monitoring program implemented in 2001. Through cooperation with State agriculture departments and other federal agencies, MDP manages the collection, analysis, data entry and… Continue Reading

USDA Decides to Spare Produce Testing Program This Year

After an uptick in press coverage on the impending shutdown of the Microbiological Data Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to keep the produce testing program running, at least through the end of the year. As Food Safety News reported last week, if the program were to shut down, as it was slated… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: President Obama, Tell Your Kids Not To Eat Their Fruits and Veggies After August 1st!

Food safety program started by Bush to be killed by Obama at end of July

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Sign Change.org Petition to Save the Program. President Obama, you probably do not remember my three daughters: Morgan, Olivia and Sydney, hanging out with Sasha and Malia and Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers backstage before one of the inaugural parties, but $50,000 out of my pocket does. As you might remember, I went all… Continue Reading