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Biofilms with Listeria pose persistent threat in food production

It doesn’t matter how big or influential a company is, bacteria and biofilms don’t discriminate between multinationals like Dole with its tens of thousands of employees and operations like Hudson Valley Farms, where 10 or fewer people work. Both of those companies have had close encounters with Listeria, which ongoing research is showing can be… Continue Reading

CDC adds salad to Listeria questionnaire in wake of outbreak

The investigation into a multi-year, multi-state listeriosis outbreak traced to package salads from Dole might have yielded results several months earlier had sick people been asked if they had eaten leafy greens, according to a report published Thursday. Nineteen people across nine states were sickened in the U.S. from July 2015 through January this year…. Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: The New Normal

Opinion

Not so long ago, errant food industry managers and executives did not have to worry about going to jail. But they do now. The government once did not have any intentions, plans or strategies for obtaining convictions of food industry managers and executives. But they do now. Before 2010, a corporation with contaminated food that… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Will the Justice Department look at Dole’s history of recalls and outbreaks?

Opinion

In a press release last week Dole announced that it had “recently been contacted by the Department of Justice in connection with its own investigation, and we will be similarly cooperating with the DOJ to answer questions and address any concerns.”  Dole’s announcement and the Justice Department’s investigation stems from a Listeria outbreak that sickened 19… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: What do Dole, Blue Bell, Bidart and Chipotle have in Common?

Opinion

Yes, they are all under criminal investigation. Over the last week I have been in New York, Dallas, Phoenix, Boise, Fayetteville and San Francisco – and I was supposed to go to Chicago.  I really need to mow my lawn and clean the chicken coop, so I will let this speech by a U.S. Attorney… Continue Reading

Dole salad scandal spurs calls for stronger FDA

Dole Field Greens

Reactions have been varied to the news that Dole Food Co. knowingly produced and shipped salads from a contaminated facility, ranging from criticism of the FDA to an admission by Dole’s management that the company is being investigated by the Justice Department. U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, is the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee responsible… Continue Reading

Dole knew of Listeria; feds launch criminal investigation

Dole Food Co.

UPDATED CONTENT 6:37 p.m. EDT — The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Dole in relation to a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak, according to a statement from the company. “Dole has recently been contacted by the Department of Justice in connection with its own investigation, and we will be similarly cooperating with the DOJ to answer questions and… Continue Reading

Dole restarts salad facility; mum on Listeria cleaning process

Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. has resumed production at a salad facility that was linked to a deadly nine-month Listeria outbreak without revealing what was done to clean the plant or to prevent future contamination of food processed there. A statement on Dole’s website says investigations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for… Continue Reading

CDC says deadly outbreak over; Dole, FDA silent on salad plant

Dole Food Co. and the FDA remain mum on the status of a salad processing facility linked to a deadly international Listeria outbreak, which began in May 2015 and wasn’t declared over until this week. Dole officials did not provide any additional comments when asked about the final outbreak update, posted yesterday by the federal… Continue Reading

Canada disbands its Dole salad outbreak investigation team

Dole Food Co.

Health officials in Canada and the U.S. have thus far reported a total of 32 confirmed victims — four of whom died — with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes found in bagged salads produced by Dole Food Co. Canada’s Public Health Agency is wrapping up its outbreak investigation. “Given that the source of the… Continue Reading