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Food safety tips for those in path of Hurricane Matthew

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Editor’s note: The USDA posted this information Wednesday in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The National Hurricane Center expects that Category 3 Hurricane Matthew will affect Florida’s Atlantic coast Thursday evening… Continue Reading

Retail beef grinders better be keeping their logs come Saturday

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If it takes a little longer to get your butcher’s attention on Saturday, he or she might be busy with grinding logs. And if grinding logs are a successful tool, it will be easier to find the source of contaminated beef during outbreaks. The final rule requiring “official establishments and retail stores” that grind raw beef products… Continue Reading

Ready-to-eat ham recalled for possible rubber material

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Algona, WA-based 502 Boundary Blvd. Inc., formerly known as Fletcher’s Fine Foods Ltd., is recalling approximately 8,694 pounds of ham products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically rubber, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Wednesday. The products were produced and packed by Sofina Foods, a London, Ont.,… Continue Reading

Water not up to EPA standards brings pork sausage recall

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Catawissa, PA-based Bunge’s Meats recalled an undetermined amount of pork sausage products on Thursday that were produced with water that did not meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) drinking water standards, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The various pork sausage items were produced between Feb. 24 and… Continue Reading

Arizona tamales recalled because meat was produced without federal inspection

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Tucson Tamale Wholesale Company LLC of Tucson, AZ, is recalling approximately 915 pounds of beef tamale products that contain meat produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday. The ready-to-eat beef tamales were produced on various dates from Aug. 11 to Sept. 13,… Continue Reading

Congressional battle continues over federal catfish regulation

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House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-WI, may want to wait until after the Nov. 8 election, when the House of Representatives returns for the lame-duck session, to decide whether there will be a vote on the nation’s new and evolving catfish program. Every week that goes by sees the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new program for catfish inspection… Continue Reading

Colorado company recalls beef products linked to E. coli illness

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Good Food Concepts LLC, doing business as Ranch Foods Direct of Colorado Springs, CO, is recalling about 2,600 pounds of non-intact beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Tuesday. Based on epidemiological investigation, one case-patient has been identified in Colorado in connection to… Continue Reading

Feds delay poultry testing; expect many operations to fail

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Certain poultry producers have a few extra weeks to beef up their pathogen reduction programs, which were scheduled to face new Salmonella and Campylobacter testing beginning in May. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) won’t begin assessing whether poultry operations are meeting new pathogen reduction standards until July 1, according to… Continue Reading

Pulled pork products recalled in Missouri for misbranding

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Burger’s Ozark County Cured of California, MO, is recalling approximately 150 pounds of pulled pork products due to misbranding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Friday, May 27. The seasoned pulled pork items were produced and packaged on Jan. 26, 2016. The product has the correct label on… Continue Reading

Foster Farms recalls chicken nuggets because of plastic, rubber

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Foster Poultry Farms of Farmerville, LA, is recalling approximately 220,450 pounds of fully cooked frozen chicken nuggets that may be contaminated with extraneous blue plastic and black rubber materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The fully cooked frozen chicken breast nuggets were produced on Feb. 22 and… Continue Reading