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Whole Foods closes kitchens under shadow of FDA findings

Whole Foods Market is closing down all three of its regional kitchens that prepared ready-to-eat food — including the one in Everett, MA, that netted the grocery chain an FDA warning letter citing Listeria problems — and will be using outside suppliers instead. The move comes almost a year after inspectors from the Food and… Continue Reading

OSHA finalizes protection for food safety whistleblowers

Food company employees — from field workers to grocery store clerks — are on the front lines of food safety efforts but are sometimes reluctant to speak up about problems because they fear retaliation. A new rule, published Monday in the Federal Register, defines whistleblower protections for employees who disclose information about potential food safety problems…. Continue Reading

New owner may reopen fish company after food safety upgrade

The federal court documents that Friday led to the mandatory closure of the Sullivan Harbor Farm smokehouse in Hancock, ME, also included  a lengthy recipe for re-opening the facility known for annually smoking as much as 75,000 pounds of Atlantic salmon. Friday’s consent decree of permanent injunction, ordered by a federal judge, shut down Mill Stream… Continue Reading

Health Code Violations in Boston Not Unusual, Not Acceptable

Recent news that nearly half of Boston’s restaurants were cited for serious health code violations last year is not out of the norm but is still alarming. “At least two violations that can cause food-borne illness — the most serious of three levels — were discovered at more than 1,350 restaurants across Boston during 2014,” reported the… Continue Reading

Canada, Ireland Top Food Safety World Ranking

A new, comprehensive report ranks Canada and Ireland as the top countries in food safety performance. The document, produced by The Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Food in Canada in collaboration with the University of Guelph’s Food Institute, ranked 17 countries based on 10 food safety performance indicators across risk assessment, management and communication. France,… Continue Reading

U.S. Makes Top 10 List of Worst Food Safety Violators

According to the global food source monitoring company Food Sentry, the U.S. was one of the top 10 countries with the most food safety violations in 2013. In 2013, Food Sentry added more than 3,400 verified instances of food safety violations associated with products exported from 117 different countries. The incident data were gathered from… Continue Reading

Hawaii’s Restaurants Hope to See Green

New color-coded placards informing diners about food-safety violations are about to appear in Hawaii restaurants. The rule was implemented in February, but the Hawaii Department of Health wanted to spend a few months educating restaurant workers before requiring them to comply. The placards are now expected to be posted by the end of July. Green… Continue Reading

State of Hawaii Fines Molokai Bakery $20,000

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has reached a settlement agreement with Kanemitsu Bakery of Kaunakakai, Molokai, for $20,000 for violations of Hawaii Revised Statutes and Hawaii Administrative Rules. DOH stated that these statutes and rules are designed to protect public health and prevent adulterated food products from being distributed and sold under poor sanitary… Continue Reading