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Dole restarts salad facility; mum on Listeria cleaning process

The salad production facility in Springfield, OH, was highlighted in Dole’s 2010 corporate report.

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

Is that the answer blowin’ in the wind, or pathogen drift?

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“The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.” — Bob Dylan The question in the case of food safety is: “What’s blowing in the wind?” Turns out it can be dangerous pathogens such as E. coli, Campylobacter and Salmonella when manure is spread on the land, which is a common agricultural practice. At least that’s… Continue Reading

FDA: Tainted pet food more dangerous to people than pets

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Answers Pet Food got some questions recently from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which it probably did not want to hear. Samples of Detailed Answers Chicken Formula dog food taken by FDA last Oct. 5 returned positive for Salmonella Enteritis. The FDA sent Lystn LLC, which does business as Answers Pet Food, a… Continue Reading

New normal this fall: Assess, control, verify and document

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The movement of U.S. food safety efforts away from a reactive, punitive measures to a preventive system of safeguards has many food company owners fizzing. The Food Safety Modernization Act — known as FSMA in written materials and pronounced “fizz-ma” by business and regulatory people — is the source of the trepidation along the food… Continue Reading

CVS recalls organic herbal tea because of Salmonella

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Organic spiced herbal tea is under a nationwide recall by CVS Pharmacy because one of the ingredients is potentially contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled Gold Emblem Abound branded organic spiced herbal tea was distributed nationwide, according to a recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration’s website. It can be identified by the UPC number… Continue Reading

Costco Canada caught up in recall of frozen organic vegetables

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Possible listeria contamination in organic peas has caused Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. to issue its second frozen organic food recall in eight days. Organic by Nature brand frozen sweet peas are the implicated food this time, following Costco’s April 15 recall of Nature’s Touch brand organic berry cherry blend. The frozen organic fruit is linked… Continue Reading

Investigation ends; Garden of Life powders pose ongoing threat

Garden of Life provided the label sample on the left to the FDA for posting with its recall notice. As the outbreak linked via DNA to its "Organic Raw Meal" powders spread across the country, the company redesigned its labels and changed the word order in the product name to "Raw Organic Meal" as shown on the right.

Federal officials have concluded their investigation into a Salmonella Virchow outbreak traced back to Garden of Life brand organic shake and meal replacement powders, warning that additional people could become ill. Laboratory tests confirmed that at least 33 people in 23 states were infected with the outbreak strain, according to an update posted Thursday by… Continue Reading

More local food, more food safety risk, more federal grants

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With industry reporting that sales of “local foods” more than doubled from 2008 to 2014, concerns about public safety also increased, spurring the U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer almost $5 million in new food safety grants. The money is to help smaller operations comply with new food safety guidelines established by the Food and… Continue Reading

CFP’s sidebars drive food safety in ‘No Action’ atmosphere

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Editor’s note: The Conference for Food Protection is managed by an executive board that includes 23 voting members who represent: state food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; local food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; the FDA; USDA/FSIS; the CDC, the food industry; an academic institution; and consumers. BOISE, ID —… Continue Reading

More refusals were headed to produce aisles than fish counters

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A report that freely acknowledges that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “has neither the personnel nor the funding to physically inspect more than 1 percent of all shipments” looks at the results of FDA’s main border enforcement tool known as “import refusals.” FDA is responsible for the safety of food imported into the United… Continue Reading