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Making sure ‘healthy’ means what it says on food packages

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With final rules on the Nutrition Facts label published, consumers soon will see an updated label on food packages that makes the calories and serving sizes of products easier to see and that gives them additional nutrition information, such as added sugars, vitamin D, and potassium. The marketplace is teeming with rows and rows of… Continue Reading

Four brands of frozen onion rings recalled for undeclared milk

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McCain Foods USA Inc. of Lisle, IL, is recalling frozen onion rings sold at retail under four different brands due to incorrect packaging that does not declare milk as one of the ingredients. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they… Continue Reading

Berries tied to outbreak likely only went to Tropical Smoothie

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Frozen strawberries from Egypt implicated in a Hepatitis A outbreak and used by Tropical Smoothie Café were not distributed to other restaurants or retailers as far as federal officials know, but more people are expected to get sick. Virginia, the hardest hit of the eight states with victims, reported Monday that 104 Virginians are confirmed… Continue Reading

FDA finds Listeria in facility; fish company recalls salmon

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A New York company is recalling an undisclosed amount of smoked salmon from retailers and restaurants because federal inspectors found Listeria monocytogenes at the company’s production facility. Mt. Kisco Smokehouse of Mt. Kisco, NY, recalled two lots of whole Atlantic smoked salmon and four lots of sliced Atlantic salmon Monday, according to a notice posted… Continue Reading

Canned beans, peas recalled; possible shellfish contamination

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Sager Creek Foods Inc. of Walnut Creek, CA, a subsidiary of Del Monte Foods Inc., announced a recall Friday of approximately 15,000 shipped cases of primarily non-retail canned beans and peas because they could contain trace amounts of shellfish contamination. Of the 15,000 cases being recalled, 14,761, or 98.5 percent, were distributed to foodservice customers. Photos of… Continue Reading

New Jersey firm recalls Bhelpuri rice snack for Salmonella risk

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Krishna Food Corp. of Neshanic Station, NJ, is recalling 16 cartons of Bikaji Chowpati Bhelpuri, net weight 300 g., 10.58 oz., batch number 2016 F97, best before June 2017, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The product, a type of Indian puffed rice snack, is packed within a pouch and was distributed in… Continue Reading

FDA closes SM Fish; Listeria at facility matches sick people

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Federal officials have effectively closed down a New York company after repeatedly finding Listeria in its food production plant, reporting that one of the seven strains of the pathogen in the facility genetically matches infections in at least four people. The Food and Drug Administration has suspended the food facility registration of SM Fish Corp…. Continue Reading

Wilkerson remains in search of PCA ‘exculpatory documents’

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Mary Wilkerson has been here before. She’s the only defendant in the Peanut Corporation of America criminal case to be convicted and sentenced for the cover-up related to Salmonella testing rather than the criminal conspiracy related to a deadly outbreak. Wilkerson, 43, is serving a five-year sentence at the federal prison in Marianna, FL, for… Continue Reading

Goat cheese — some unpasteurized — recalled for Listeria

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Samples of goat cheeses collected Aug. 29 by Pennsylvania officials tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes but the Apple Tree Goat Dairy’s recall notice was not posted by federal officials until Tuesday. The Richfield, PA, goat dairy has recalled feta, gouda, pasteurized chèvre and French herb chèvre cheeses because of the Listeria test results, according to… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters: Cheese misbranding, drug residues

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A cheese manufacturer in Ohio and a dairy farm in Arizona were the recipients of the most recently posted food-related warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In a letter dated Aug. 29, FDA’s Cincinnati District Office told the Middlefield Original Cheese Co-op in Middlefield, OH, that an inspection of its facility on May… Continue Reading