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First Source Recalls Products With Sunflower Kernels due to Listeria Risk

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First Source, a bulk distributor and packer of candy and other gourmet specialty items based in Tonawanda, NY, is recalling the following items because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes: 15 LBS Alpine Valley Fitness Mix with lot code BD 161021 15 LBS Alpine Valley Yogurt Fruit/Nut Mix with lot code BD… Continue Reading

Manufacturers of canned crab meat, corn salsa get warning letters

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Pasteurized canned crab meat and black bean and corn salsa were among the foods that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was concerned about this month. FDA sent a warning letter on May 5, 2016, to the Empire Crab Company in Philadelphia because the agency found that its pasteurized canned crab meat was adulterated,… Continue Reading

Food Defense Rule designed to combat intentional adulteration

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From the books they left behind, we know that ancient people from all cultural and religious backgrounds feared that their enemies might poison their food. Our fear that our enemies might poison our food supply increased after airplanes were used as missiles to attack the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. That’s why food defense has been… Continue Reading

Review finds LGMA compares favorably with FDA produce rule

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An expert panel has found that the best practices guidelines already followed by California and Arizona growers compares favorably with the new Produce Safety Rule now finalized under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). All four reviewers on the panel say that the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement’s (LGMA’s) food safety guidelines provide the same kind… Continue Reading

Two acidified food manufacturers come under FDA scrutiny

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S & S Foods Inc. in Mustang, OK, and Faye’s Texas Naturals in Goliad, TX, share a lot in common. Both are acidified food manufacturers, both are regulated by the Dallas District Office of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA),  from which both received an FDA warning letter in the last week of April. The S… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Officials confirm outbreak linked to Taylor Farms

Minnesota health officials confirmed Monday that they detected and investigated a Salmonella outbreak beginning in April continuing into this month that they linked to Taylor Farms Organic Kale Medley Power Greens sold at Sam's Club locations in the state. Federal officials also detected a person in Virginia sickened by the same strain of Salmonella and are monitoring the situation for additional victims.

UPDATED CONTENT: A spokeswoman with the FDA responded to Food Safety News after this story was posted. Information on the distribution of the implicated salad and the FDA’s involvement in the outbreak investigation has been added below. One produce company is falling on its sword and another has become mum on the topic of an… Continue Reading

Growers eye FDA’s Produce Safety Rule from ground level

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The fresh produce industry is watching closely as enforceable requirements in the FDA’s Produce Safety Rule gradually come into play at ground level. The rule is one of seven the agency has drafted to implement facets of the sweeping 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Published in the Federal Register on Nov. 27, 2015, the final version of… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Secret outbreak investigation targeted packaged salads in April

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UPDATE May 16, 2016: A spokeswoman for Pacific Coast Fruit Co. responded to Food Safety News today regarding the outbreak statement the company posted May 6 and later removed from its website. “This alert was pulled from our website Saturday pending confirmation of some additional information from Taylor. We are sorry for any inconvenience this posting may have caused,” Jaynelle… Continue Reading

Texas company recalls fresh peppers because of Salmonella fears

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Montero Farms is recalling orange habanero peppers, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The McAllen, TX, company shipped the orange peppers in 8-pound cardboard boxes to locations in Indianapolis and McAllen beginning April 28 and continuing through Friday when the recall was posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website. The… Continue Reading

Federal judge for eastern Michigan sends Scotty’s to sidelines for repairs

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A Detroit area sandwich distributor is now under a federal court’s permanent injunction with orders to clean up its act. Scotty’s Inc. and co-owner and manager Sandra L. Jackson cannot — under terms of the injunction — receive, prepare, process, pack, hold or distribute any of their ready-to eat sandwich products until they complete a… Continue Reading