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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

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

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

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

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

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

Federal police drop dragnet on Brazilian meat inspectors

Brazil’s Federal Police last week were out to clean up some corruption in the country’s meatpacking industry in a big, but targeted way. Two major exporting companies, JBS and BRF, are being probed for possible payoffs to meat inspectors who are being accused of waiving food safety requirements. Brazil on March 17 deployed 1,100 police… Continue Reading

Seafood and food processing facility found with violations

The seafood processing and food manufacturing facility in Honolulu owned by Modern Macaroni Co. Ltd was inspected Dec. 6-13, 2016. Serious violations were found, which the FDA says renders the fish or fishery products from the facility to be adulterated. The agency notified the company about the violations in a Feb. 23 warning letter, which was… Continue Reading

Hawaii finds excess bacteria in Meadow Gold milk; stops sales

Meadow Gold Dairies in Hawaii is under order to stop distributing and selling its 2 percent reduced fat milk because state tests during the past four weeks have repeatedly showed more than 10 times the allowed level of coliform bacteria it the product. The order from the Hawaii State Department of Health on Monday will… Continue Reading