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Neto’s Sausage recalls 23 different beef, pork, chicken products

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Neto’s Sausage Co. Inc. has recalled more than 7,600 pounds of beef, pork and chicken products that were manufactured in the past year without being inspected by USDA. The Santa Clara, Calif., company issued the Class I “high risk” recall Jan. 6 for 23 different sausage products that were distributed online nationwide. Although the products… Continue Reading

2015 in Review: Animal Antibiotics

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It’s difficult to summarize what happened on the animal antibiotics front this year. There were lots of pledges, lots of discussions and lots of reports, but not very many actions. Still, we still wanted to recap what happened in the 2015 regarding animal antibiotics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that antibiotic-resistant infections… Continue Reading

Canada’s Salmonella Infantis Outbreak Hits 98

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This notice has been updated to include seven additional cases of Salmonella Infantis related to this outbreak, bringing the total to 98 cases. This update is to remind Canadians to follow proper food safety practices when handling, repackaging and cooking poultry products, to avoid getting sick. Why you should take note The risk to Canadians… Continue Reading

Canada Salmonella Outbreak: Poultry Products “Items of Interest”

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The Canadian federal government reported today that it is working with provincial health agencies to identify the source of a Salmonella outbreak that has infected 91 people between March and November. Eight provinces reported infections during this period, including Quebec (13), Ontario (53), Alberta (11), British Columbia (6), Saskatchewan (2), Nova Scotia (2), Manitoba (2), New… Continue Reading

Coming Next Summer: Antibiotic-Free Chicken From Papa John’s

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Papa John’s is the latest fast-food chain to announce plans to cut out antibiotics from its chicken production. But while McDonald’s set a two-year timeline, Chick-fil-A set a five-year timeline, and Subway was criticized for setting no timeline at all, the pizza chain is pledging to be antibiotic-free by next summer. Papa John’s will be the… Continue Reading

Could the UK Chicken Price War be Adding to the Campylobacter Problem?

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Some critics say that the health of British families is being put at risk because an ongoing retail “price war” on chicken is keeping investments from being made to help reduce Campylobacter contamination. Professor Chris Elliott, who conducted the British government’s inquiry into the 2013 horse meat scandal, says that U.K. chicken farms could limit the Campylobacter incidence by not “thinning”… Continue Reading

Details Sought About Subway’s Switch to Antibiotic-Free Chicken

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Last week, officials at Subway said that the fast-food chain plans to switch to chicken raised without antibiotics by next year, but antibiotic preservationists are frustrated by the lack of details from the company. The Natural Resources Defense Council, Keep Antibiotics Working, U.S. PIRG, Center for Food Safety, Food Animals Concern Trust, Consumers Union and other… Continue Reading

Tyson, McDonald’s Cut Ties With TN Chicken Farm After Video Showing Abuse

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Two major food corporations with well-known brands to protect have cut ties with a Tennessee chicken farm that finds itself the latest target of an animal abuse investigation by Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals. First Tyson Foods Inc., which contracted with the Tennessee farm to raise chickens, and then McDonald’s, which is supplied with chicken… Continue Reading

Chicken Flock Study on Salmonella Transmission Makes Novel Discovery

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Despite Salmonella being the most common illness-causing foodborne bacteria in the U.S. food system, still very little is known about the precise processes through which the bacterium contaminates and transmits among its most pervasive carriers: chickens. New research from the University of Arkansas, however, is aiming to bridge the gap in knowledge about how Salmonella infects such a large percentage… Continue Reading

UK Retailer Sets Aggressive Targets for Campylobacter Reduction in Chicken

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Tesco has made some of the strongest progress among U.K. retailers with regard to reducing Campylobacter levels in store-bought chicken — currently a major problem in the country, where 73 percent of chicken sold in stores is contaminated with the bacteria. Despite its progress, the company is making continued pledges to reduce Campylobacter rates and is now setting… Continue Reading