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Survey reveals food safety perceptions of fast casual restaurants

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A recent survey of attitudes toward food safety in so-called fast casual restaurants found a majority of respondents prefer to see their food prepared in front of them by workers wearing gloves, would complain if they saw unsanitary behavior or conditions, and might return under certain circumstances to a restaurant that had faced a foodborne illness…. Continue Reading

UK food safety pilot program lets some stores, pubs police themselves


In announcing plans to shift food safety regulation away from a “one-size-fits-all” approach, the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency also announced it has designed a three-month pilot program that will allow certain big retailers and restaurants to oversee their own food safety operations. “For many years we’ve had an inspection model that includes sending local authority inspectors to… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters: Seafood HACCP issues, Salmonella in pistachios


On Sept. 30, the Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to Shin Ho Sing Ocean Enterprises Co. Ltd. in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, to inform the company that its HACCP plan for frozen, cooked saury did not meet federal requirements. The warning letter explained that FDA had acquired a copy of the firm’s HACCP… Continue Reading

China adopts strict rules governing safety of food sold online


As of Oct. 1, China has a strict set of regulations governing how food producers and operators — including related third-party computer platform and delivery service providers — store, market and transport their products sold online. Known as “Order 27,” the China Food and Drug Administration’s “Measures of the Investigation and Punishment of Illegal Conducts Concerning Online… 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

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

UPDATE: Toronto bakery expands sliced deli meat recall for Listeria


UPDATE 6:15 p.m. Oct. 5: The recall was expanded again today and now includes “all deli meats products sliced and sold by Tre Rose Bakery, 2098 Kipling Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, up to and including Oct. 4, 2016, are included in this recall. These deli meat products might also have been incorporated into sandwiches and other products… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters: Pests, seafood HACCP issues, drug residues


The most recently posted food-related warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration went to a sprout operation, two seafood importers, a seafood processor and two dairy farms. Chicago’s Indoor Garden was sent a warning letter on March 25 regarding an inspection FDA conducted from May 11-14, 2015, at the company’s sprout operation at 4459 Division St…. Continue Reading

Cyclospora cases drop after FDA monitors Mexican cilantro


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is linking its program to more closely monitor fresh Mexican cilantro to a drop in domestically acquired Cyclospora cayetanensis infections. According to a Sept. 19 update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Sept. 16 there were at least 134 confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis with illness onset… 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