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Retail deli operators unaware of Listeria recommendations

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Retail delicatessens and their food safety programs are the target of a year-long, nationwide pilot project that begins next week and seeks to determine whether best practices are being used to control Listeria monocytogenes. During a pre-pilot exercise from Dec. 8-15, 2015, inspectors visited 16 retail delis and found that retailers were not aware of… Continue Reading

FSIS Requests Comments on Listeria, Allergen Guidance

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) posted four notices to the Federal Register this week. Two solicit comments from the public, while the third provides the agency’s responses to comments on a previous notice. Also posted this week was a fourth notice requesting approval to conduct a new survey of… Continue Reading

Norovirus Temporarily Closes California Deli

A family-owned deli in Northern California was closed for two days last week after its food was linked to at least 45 potential norovirus infections. North Park Deli of Concord, CA shut its doors Tuesday after people who had attended an event catered by the business that weekend began to report gastrointestinal symptoms, reported the… Continue Reading

Crawfish? Crayfish? Mud bugs? Call Them Anything But Lobster

It wasn’t New York City inspectors nor the Food and Drug Administration that found that the nation’s best-known deli was selling lobster salad without the lobster, but a reporter from Cajun country. I’m not the only one who has traveled hundreds of miles to get to Zabar’s, the Manhattan Mecca for all deli lovers. The… Continue Reading

Nearly 8 Tons of Deli Meat Recalled

A California company is recalling approximately 15,900 pounds of ready-to-eat deli pastrami and roast beef that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday.  Rose & Shore Meat Co. of Vernon, CA said the problem was discovered after the company tested product at the… Continue Reading

Listeria Concern Prompts Deli Potato Salad Recall

Price Chopper Supermarkets is voluntarily recalling potato salad sold in its deli section because of a possibility that it may be contaminated with Listeria. According to a news release issued Tuesday by the company, the “Regular Homestyle Potato Salad’ was sold by the pound in the stores’ delis between Saturday, March 19 and Monday, March 28…. Continue Reading

Bad Broccoli Blamed for 64,000 Pound Meat Recall

Tracy, CA-based Taylor Farms Pacific has recalled 64,000 pounds of chicken and pork products because the broccoli in the packages may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been associated with the bad broccoli in the ready-to-eat products, which were sold in Pavilion’s, Raley’s, Safeway, and Von’s stores in western states. The chicken and… Continue Reading

Listeria Test Prompts Broccoli Product Recall

A California company has recalled cooked and fresh products containing broccoli that were distributed to Safeway, Vons, Pavilions and Pak N’ Save stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Taylor Farms Pacific announced the recall after a random test by agricultural officials was positive… Continue Reading

FDA Has Food Safety Tips for Deli Slicers

As part of an initiative to improve food safety practices in retail and foodservice establishments, FDA has developed a poster and flyer designed to raise awareness of sanitation concerns with commercial deli slicers commonly used to cut meats, cheeses and produce in food stores, delis and restaurants. The poster, targeted to operators of food establishments… Continue Reading

USDA Suspends Tyson Deli Meat Plant in Buffalo

Meat processing was temporarily suspended at Tyson’s deli meats plant in Buffalo, NY, an action that by week’s end put 480 people out of work. The action was “a result of USDA activities following the plant’s voluntary deli meat recall in August,” according to Tyson ‘s spokesman Gary Mickelson. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service… Continue Reading