Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption


FDA bans frozen strawberries from Egyptian firm, cites Hep A

logo ICAPP Egypt strawberries

Federal officials have red listed frozen strawberries from an Egyptian grower-shipper because of contamination with Hepatitis A, but they won’t say if the import ban is related to the ongoing outbreak linked to Tropical Smoothie Café locations. The Food and Drug Administration issued an Import Alert for frozen strawberries from the International Company for Agricultural… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters: Seafood HACCP, misbranding, drug residues


Four out of five recently posted food-related warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration went to companies based in other countries. Three involve seafood HACCP issues, while the other two address food labeling/misbranding problems and drug residues, respectively. FDA wrote to Tentay Food Sauces Inc. on April 19 to say that violations of seafood HACCP… Continue Reading

Soylent bars recalled after dozens of unconfirmed illnesses

woman eating Soylent Food Bar

With dozens of consumers complaining online about classic food poisoning symptoms after eating Soylent Food Bars, Canadian officials announced a recall of the meal replacement product late today. Rosa Foods Inc. of Los Angeles just started marketing the Soylent brand nutrition supplement bars in August, with the first shipments going to consumers via Internet sales… Continue Reading

Egypt says its frozen and fresh strawberries are Hepatitis A-free


Egypt’s reaction to the Hepatitis A outbreak in the United States sourced to frozen strawberries exported from the Middle East nation may not be any more meaningful than its response to Europe’s massive 2011 E. coli outbreak. This time, Egypt’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment said that frozen strawberries originating from the country are,… Continue Reading

Outbreak tied to strawberries slowing; victims sue Sysco Corp.

strawberry smoothie

New cases of Hepatitis A infections linked to strawberry smoothies have slowed so much that the state hardest hit, Virginia, is no longer providing daily updates. In a weekly update, posted Thursday, the Virginia Department of Health reported 107 people who have tested positive for Hepatitis A reported drinking  smoothies Tropical Smoothie Café prior to… Continue Reading

FDA warns California firm about pistachios linked to Salmonella outbreak

recalled Wonderful pistachios

A California company has been warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to fully document any manufacturing changes it makes so that two Salmonella strains found in its pistachios and linked to a multistate outbreak this past spring will not recur. The FDA warning letter, dated Oct. 7, was addressed to Stewart Resnick, owner of The Wonderful Company based… Continue Reading

FDA testing finds weed killer residue in honey, instant oatmeal

EPA calls glyphosate 'unlikely to be carcinogenic'; comments due by Oct. 17

Slide 1

Testing for glyphosate residue at a U.S. Food and Drug Administration laboratory in Atlanta has found up to 1.67 parts per million (ppm) in certain instant oatmeal cereals and up to 121 nanograms per gram (ng/g) in samples of honey. Glyphosate is a widely used and controversial herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. It was… Continue Reading

Trout recall for E. coli blamed on General Mills flour

recalled Clear Springs Foods trout

An “urgent” product recall issued Thursday and encouraging “immediate action” to remove breaded trout from commerce because it contains General Mills flour linked to an E. coli outbreak was still not available on the Food and Drug Administration website Monday afternoon. Clear Springs Foods Inc. of Buhl, ID, sent the recall notice to purchasing officers… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters: Seafood HACCP and labeling violations


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently posted a warning letter that went out to Royal Lagoon Seafood Inc. of Theodore, AL. FDA’s New Orleans District Office wrote to the company on Sept. 22 to say that an inspection of its seafood processing facility on June 28 and 29 found “serious violations” of both the… Continue Reading

Illnesses linked to Costco chicken salad in Washington

This product photo is posted with the public health warning regarding Costco chicken salad.

Less than a year after Costco recalled chicken salad that sickened people across seven states another outbreak linked to the club store’s rotisserie chicken salad has been revealed — more than a month after the suspect food was sold. Only one Costco store was implicated as of Sunday when the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection… Continue Reading