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FDA investigates why Amazon took 6 months to stop selling recalled soy butter linked to outbreak

Opinion

If Jeff Bezos and the little online book-selling company he founded in a Seattle garage in 1994 can employ more than 314,000 people and buy Whole Foods Markets for $13.7 billion; If he and the company known simply as Amazon can post a 25 percent revenue increase, quarter-to-quarter, taking in $38 billion from April through… Continue Reading

Amazon today removed nut butter recalled in March for E. coli

Earlier today, Amazon.com was still selling I.M. Healthy soy nut butter that was recalled in March when federal officials traced an E. coli outbreak to the product. No one from Seattle-based Amazon immediately responded to mid-morning requests for comment from Food Safety News, but by 11 a.m. Pacific time, the recalled peanut butter substitute had… Continue Reading

Cookie dough company closes in wake of recalls for Listeria

The owners of a cookie dough company responsible for recalls of Blue Bell and Blue Bunny ice cream and other products in 2016 have ceased operations, thanking the FDA for its oversight. The recalls and investigation began in September 2016 when Blue Bell found Listeria contamination in its cookie dough ice cream that had been… Continue Reading

Cookie dough producer on notice from FDA for Listeria issues

Thomas and Nancy Lundeen may never look at Groundhog’s Day the same again. They’ve got until then to respond to an FDA warning letter about Listeria in their cookie dough and production plant — give or take a day depending on how long it took an overnight service to deliver the letter. The Lundeens are… Continue Reading

CORRECTED: Blue Bell asks FDA if it can return to ‘industry norm’

CORRECTED CONTENT: Blue Bell Creameries wants the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to release it from certain food safety precautions imposed after its ice cream was linked to a deadly Listeria outbreak, seeking permission for less expensive practices it refers to as  “the industry norm.” There is no word on FDA’s response to the request, which… Continue Reading

Top food safety stories of 2016 include criminal investigations

The editors of Food Safety News have complied this list of major news from 2016. While the year will no doubt be best remember for its presidential election, there were other milestones worth remembering as we prepare to turn the page and begin the New Year. No. 10 — Mike Taylor leaves FDA, heads to the… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: A little dab’ll do ya when it comes to Listeria

Opinion

Those nerds at the FDA and CDC have been at it again, thank goodness. They took a crazy close look at the Listeria outbreak traced to Blue Bell Creameries ice cream and found evidence supporting the long-held assumption that very small amounts of the pathogen can lead to serious infections in some groups of people. Though… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Cookie dough recall hits Weight Watchers frozen desserts

UPDATED CONTENT: A spokeswoman for Weight Watchers provided the following statement. “To clarify, the voluntary recall of Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sundae is being issued by Kraft Heinz Company, the manufacturer and marketer of Weight Watchers Smart Ones products. Once Kraft Heinz identified the issue, it immediately began an investigation and… Continue Reading