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CDC calls an end to investigation over pistachio outbreak

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The outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo and Salmonella Senftenberg associated with Wonderful Pistachios that touched nine states is apparently over. It sickened 11 people and sent two to hospitals. There were no deaths. As a result of the outbreak investigation, Lost Hills, CA-based Wonderful Pistachios on March 9, 2016 recalled a limited number of flavors and… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Officials confirm outbreak linked to Taylor Farms

Minnesota health officials confirmed Monday that they detected and investigated a Salmonella outbreak beginning in April continuing into this month that they linked to Taylor Farms Organic Kale Medley Power Greens sold at Sam's Club locations in the state. Federal officials also detected a person in Virginia sickened by the same strain of Salmonella and are monitoring the situation for additional victims.

UPDATED CONTENT: A spokeswoman with the FDA responded to Food Safety News after this story was posted. Information on the distribution of the implicated salad and the FDA’s involvement in the outbreak investigation has been added below. One produce company is falling on its sword and another has become mum on the topic of an… Continue Reading

Fish, chicken and dairy — mostly raw milk — top outbreak list

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The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta is out with its annual report on foodborne disease outbreaks, showing 864 outbreaks involving 13,246 people, 712 hospitalizations and 21 deaths in 2014. CDC also reported the outbreaks led to 21 recalls of food products in 2014. Among the report’s other findings: Single food… Continue Reading

UPDATED: New labels, instructions for tenderized beef roll out today

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UPDATE: Additional cooking instructions provided by FSIS after this story was posted. The 6.2 billion servings of mechanically tenderized beef roasts and steaks consumed annually by Americans might be a little safer because of labeling requirements that take effect today, just ahead of the summer grilling season. They’ve been coming for a long time. The federal… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Secret outbreak investigation targeted packaged salads in April

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UPDATE May 16, 2016: A spokeswoman for Pacific Coast Fruit Co. responded to Food Safety News today regarding the outbreak statement the company posted May 6 and later removed from its website. “This alert was pulled from our website Saturday pending confirmation of some additional information from Taylor. We are sorry for any inconvenience this posting may have caused,” Jaynelle… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: What do a massive food recall and Donald Trump have in common?

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Well, other than two things – both contain items with orange colored flesh and both absorbed last week’s news cycle – nothing else.  But, I got your attention. What do we know about the current frozen food Listeria outbreak and recall? In March of 2016, as part of a routine investigation into a report of… Continue Reading

Problems found at frozen veg plant linked to outbreak

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Damaged equipment at a frozen food plant — described by federal inspectors as being impossible to clean — could be a contributing factor in a Listeriosis outbreak that began in 2013 and is ongoing. Staff from the Food and Drug Administration inspected the CRF Frozen Foods LLC plant in Pasco, WA, from March 14-17, according… Continue Reading

CDC sending states new outbreak tool; launching PulseNet 2.0

Robert Tauxe, director of the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   was among the speakers at the 18th annual Food Safety Summit.

CHICAGO — The federal government is rolling out a powerful new, and increasingly affordable food safety weapon to about 30 states next year and to all 50 within two years. Dr. Robert Tauxe, who runs the foodborne, waterborne and environmental disease division of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, told attendees at the… Continue Reading

Secondary recalls over those Listeria contaminated veggies are piling up

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The expected “secondary” recalls from the Listeria outbreak identified in March, and which may date as far back as 2013, are piling up. In March, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta connected reports on eight people from California, Maryland, and Washington who shared Listeria infections that could be linked to… Continue Reading

Record attendance expected for Food Safety Summit in Chicago

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CHICAGO — Organizers are expecting the 18th annual Food Safety Summit this week to be a record breaker as attendees and exhibitors focus on looming compliance dates for food companies that are subject to new rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011. The conference and trade show at the Stephens Convention Center opened… Continue Reading