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CDC says Rose Acre Farms egg outbreak ‘appears to be over’

A 10-state Salmonella Braenderup outbreak associated with the largest egg recall since 2010 is apparently over, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Originally announced April 16 as a nine-state incident with 23 illnesses, the outbreak ended up with 45 confirmed cases in 10 states with 11 of the sick people requiring… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Change of heart on Trade Secrets, or a Random Act of Transparency?

Two weeks ago, the FDA published the “FDA Update on Traceback Related to the E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce.”  The diagram entitled “Redacted draft traceback diagram for FDA investigation of multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce from Yuma growing region,” told the public that the outbreak, which… Continue Reading

Iowa added to list of states that received melon linked to outbreak

Retailers that received the implicated melon include Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, Whole Foods/Amazon

As the FDA added another state to the list of those that received pre-cut melon implicated in a salmonellosis outbreak, the chair of the Congressional Food Safety Caucus implored federal agencies to find “what deficiencies led to this outbreak.” First reported by federal officials on June 8, the outbreak has sickened 60 people across five… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: FDA continues its role as Chicken Little

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After 25 years doing food litigation, I am seldom surprised by the announcement of a foodborne illness outbreak. It was no different last Friday when Indiana announced a multi-state Salmonella outbreak linked to cut fruit — mainly melons sold at large retailers in several states. Over the years, people in government or in various parts of the… Continue Reading

Salmonella outbreak linked to cut watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe – Fast Facts

Types of products being recalled FDA reports fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and freshcut fruit medley products containing any of these melons produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, IN, were reportedly sent to the following states: Georgia Illinois Indiana Kentucky Michigan Missouri North Carolina Ohio Companies Recalling Products: Caito Food Distribution Costco Delish… Continue Reading

Seafood processor netted for lack of hazard plan

A seafood processing facility in New York is on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation. Officials from the FDA inspected the Bronx, NY, the location of Fair Fish Co., Inc. on Feb. 27 and 28, and March 8, 2018. According to a May 31 warning letter recently made public by the FDA,… Continue Reading

‘Millions’ of roaches plagued maker of Pedigree, IAMS, Cesar, other pet foods

The Mars Petcare U.S. Inc. low-acid canned pet food production facility in Columbus, OH, was crawling with an infestation of German cockroaches between October 2016 and July 2017. Mars markets wet dog and cat foods in cans, plastic tubs, and laminated pouches under the Pedigree, Cesar, Whiskas, Nutro and IAMS brands. Pet food from the plant… Continue Reading

Pecan processor cited for using pool chemical to soak nuts

Operators of a pecan plant are on notice because federal inspectors found live cockroaches, lab-confirmed rodent feces, general filth, and nuts soaking in a swimming pool chemical at the Orangeburg Pecan Co. Inc. The Food and Drug Administration has given the firm repeated opportunities to correct problems in the facility, according to a May 17 warning letter made public  in recent days. Food companies are given… Continue Reading