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County won’t name food vendor behind Rifle Rodeo outbreak

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Health officials say they’re sure food from a specific vendor at the Rifle Rodeo in Garfield County, CO, caused an outbreak that sickened 40 percent of attendees, but they won’t name the rodeo organizer or the food vendor — neither of whom obtained required permits and neither of whom will be fined. About 80 of… Continue Reading

Repackers, bakery, airport warned to clean up operations

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A food warehouse and repacking facility, a bakery, a dietary supplement repacking facility and an airport are all on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for violations of the federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act. The FDA warned one company in March, another in April, the third in May, and the fourth in June…. Continue Reading

FDA warns NJ food firm to clean up or risk forced closure

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Neither management nor employees at a New Jersey food manufacturing plant understand the basics of food safety, according to federal officials who described conditions at Products Africana Inc. as “egregious” recently. Problems included live and dead insects on food and food mixing equipment, live and dead rodents, patches of mold measured in square yards, and… Continue Reading

SCORE one for the FDA: Strategic recall efforts paying off

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Editor’s note: This column was originally published by the Food and Drug Administration as a Voice Blog. We have made dramatic changes in our response to complex, potentially high-risk food safety situations that may be difficult to address quickly. Almost a year ago, we heard concerns that FDA was not doing enough to ensure that companies… Continue Reading

FDA warnings: Tacoma fish factory, St. Paul bakery cited

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Listeria monocytogenes growing on equipment and other surfaces in a Tacoma, WA, fish processing plant and filthy conditions with evidence of insect infestations in a St. Paul, MN, bakery earned business owners warning letters from the Food and Drug Administration recently. In the most recent batch of warning letters made public by the FDA, federal… Continue Reading

Illinois fish market ordered to clean up food safety violations

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An Illinois fish market that sells fresh fish from the Mississippi River and frozen imported seafood to the Chicago area and elsewhere has failed to respond to federal inspectors regarding food safety violations observed in January. Kirby Marsden, owner of Quality Fisheries — doing business as The Niota Fish Market — has serious violations at… Continue Reading

CDC says soy nut butter outbreak ‘over’ — but threat continues

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Although the government has posted its final update on the E. coli outbreak traced to SoyNut Butter Co. products — reporting 32 people across a dozen states confirmed sick —  there is an ongoing threat and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is repeating earlier warnings. “The recalled SoyNut Butter products have long shelf… Continue Reading

‘Fry them’ comments in jury room could get Parnells a new trial

Defense lawyers for executives in peanut butter Salmonella trial say jurors had loose lips

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The conduct of the 2014 jury that convicted Peanut Corporation of America executives delayed sentencing for about year, but in its final analysis the district court found a new trial based on jury misconduct was not warranted. Appellate attorneys for peanut broker Michael Parnell filed lengthy after-hours arguments Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Public’s right to know should trump trade secrets

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ICYMI, as the texters say, the FDA finally came clean about a dirty food production operation, naming Dixie Dew Products Inc. as the manufacturer of soy-based goo marketed as an allergen-free alternative to peanut butter. The revelation Friday evening came weeks after FDA inspectors found filthy conditions, insect infestation and broken food safety equipment at… Continue Reading

FDA shuts down soy nut butter maker linked to E. coli outbreak

Officials expect more victims, urge consumers and food operations to check for recalled products

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The FDA has finally named and shut down the manufacturer of soy nut butter implicated in an ongoing nationwide E. coli outbreak, noting that records and employees at Dixie Dew Products Inc. revealed food safety violations going back at least 15 years. Federal officials say they believe all of the potentially contaminated products made with… Continue Reading