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USDA Plans to Begin Catfish Inspections in March 2016


Long-awaited U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) catfish inspections, mandated by Farm Bills since 2008, will begin next March, according to a final rule establishing an inspection program for fish in the order Siluriformes, including catfish. The final rule, which applies to both domestically raised and imported Siluriformes fish, was developed by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection… Continue Reading

Costco: FDA Tests Indicate Vegetables in Chicken Salad May Be E. Coli Source

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Initial testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) points toward a vegetable mix sourced from a California produce wholesaler as the potential source of E. coli connected with Costco’s rotisserie chicken salad. At least 19 people in seven states have so far been sickened with E. coli infections linked to the chicken salad, which Costco… Continue Reading

FDA Ramping Up Microbiological Sampling of Cucumbers, Hot Peppers


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is increasing its microbiological testing of cucumbers and hot peppers, two vegetables that have been linked with several foodborne outbreaks. The agency has a more robust surveillance sampling approach under development, and one piece of it is the new microbiological surveillance sampling model designed to identify patterns that could… Continue Reading

Don’t Forget Food Safety When Preparing for Thanksgiving


As you’re preparing Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends this year, remember the food safety basics: clean, separate, cook and chill. Don’t risk making any loved ones sick with a foodborne illness! Clean: Wash your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds throughout the cooking process, especially before handling food and after handling… Continue Reading

Ovation Brands Does Not Want To Pay $11.37-Million Salmonella Judgment

Old Country Buffet

A $11.37-million default judgment a Wyoming federal judge recently awarded to a Nebraska man for injuries resulting from Salmonella poisoning should be voided, according to lawyers representing Ovation Brands. Casper, WY, attorneys Scott P. Klosterman and Keith J. Dodson appeared in court Nov. 6 to defend Ovation Brands and Buffets Inc. (doing business as Old Country… Continue Reading

Report: Most Turkey Producers Allow Routine Antibiotic Use


Humane farming advocates Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) have released an overview of the antibiotics and other drugs used in turkey production. The organization is part of the Keep Antibiotics Working coalition, which recommends that food animal producers limit the use of medically important antibiotics to disease treatment in order to prevent overuse and subsequent… Continue Reading

Costco Chicken Salad Linked to E. Coli Outbreak in CO, UT, MT and WA


In a statement posted Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced that it is working with other western states and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate illnesses due to E. coli O157:H7 from chicken salad purchased at Colorado Costco stores in late October. The… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Seafood HACCP Issues in NY and WI

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A New York seafood importer and a Wisconsin food manufacturing facility were on the receiving end of recently posted U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letters. On Nov. 3, FDA sent a warning letter to Vern’s Cheese Inc. in Chilton, WI, stemming from inspections on May 20 and 27, and June 2, 2015. The… Continue Reading

Dishing Up Disease: Food Server Follies



(This article was originally posted here and is reposted with permission.) Few jobs are busier than being a food server during peak eating hours. And for many waiters and waitresses, the job includes more than just taking orders and delivering food. It also includes busing tables, taking money to the cashier, and some minor food preparation, such… Continue Reading

Safely Thawing a Thanksgiving Turkey Takes Planning


If you’re defrosting a frozen turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, you might want to start now. There are only three safe ways to thaw food: in the refrigerator, in cold water or in the microwave. Be sure to plan ahead because birds thawed in cold water or in the microwave will have to be cooked immediately. And,… Continue Reading