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Inspector General again finds weaknesses in organic imports

Consumers buying pricey organic produce would likely be upset if they knew the imported fruits and vegetables they pay premium prices for are sometimes doused with chemicals when they reach the United States. A new report by USDA’s Inspector General looks at the National Organic Program’s international “arrangements and agreements” and finds them badly in need of… Continue Reading

Papaya Salmonella outbreak slams Hispanic population in U.S.

Four U.S. outbreaks traced to papayas from Mexico have sickened 235; more cases expected

The popularity of fresh papaya in some ethnic cuisine is resulting in a disproportionate number of Hispanics being infected in four ongoing Salmonella outbreaks. With 235 laboratory confirmed infections as of this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the number of Hispanic victims in the individual outbreaks ranges from 50 percent to… Continue Reading

Floodwater pathogens can’t be washed off of fresh produce

The state of Florida produces more fresh fruits and vegetables than any other state except California, and is the top tomato state in the country. As with backyard gardens, Hurricane Irma has turned many of Florida’s commercial fruit and vegetable fields into patches of pathogens that can’t be washed away. From the Food and Drug… Continue Reading

CDC discovers fourth Salmonella outbreak linked to papayas

Federal and state officials are investigating another deadly Salmonella outbreak traced to papayas imported from Mexico, but they have not named retailers that sold the contaminated fruit. At least 14 people across Arizona, California and Colorado have been confirmed with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Anatum, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…. Continue Reading

More papayas with Salmonella; Bravo Produce recalls fruit

Editor’s note: Because the Salmonella outbreaks traced to fresh papayas have effected a disproportionate number of Hispanic people, we are providing this link to the FDA’s recall notice in Spanish. Please share it with people you know who may not be aware of the outbreak and recalls. Bravo Produce Inc. Retira Maradol Papaya de Productores y Exportadores… Continue Reading

New details show Walmart, Publix received recalled produce

Listeria risk already known for fresh vegetables at BI-LO, Harveys, Winn-Dixie and Fresco y Más

Additional distribution details are now available from Country Fresh Orlando LLC showing the company’s freshcut vegetable products that were recalled because of Listeria concerns went to Walmart and Publix stores in addition to other retailers. The recall includes diced bell peppers, vegetable kabobs, and creole and fajita mixed diced vegetables packaged under the Country Fresh… Continue Reading

FDA issues warning letters to handlers of sprouts, fish products

A California sprout processor, a Denver fish processor and a New York seafood importer are all on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for violations of the federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act. Two of the three facilities confirmed positive test results for Listeria, after environmental samples were taken during FDA inspection, and sent to laboratory analysis… Continue Reading

Southeastern Grocers recalls SEG freshcut produce for Listeria

Multiple products recalled from BI-LO, Harveys, Winn-Dixie and Fresco y Más grocery stores

Multiple media outlets reported Sunday that Listeria concerns prompted Southeastern Grocers LLC to recall freshcut produce products from BI-LO, Harveys, Winn-Dixie and Fresco y Más grocery stores. However, no recall information had been posted by the Food and Drug Administration, Southeastern Grocers or any of the retailers as of 11 p.m. EDT Sunday. The recalled products… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A found in freshcut pineapple in British Columbia

Consumers urged to seek post-exposure vaccine ASAP if they ate Western Family pineapple chunks

Anyone who has eaten Western Family brand freshcut pineapple in British Columbia recently is at risk of developing Hepatitis A and has an extremely limited amount of time to take the post-exposure vaccination for the virus. Complicating the situation is the fact that Canadian public health officials believe other products are affected, but they had… Continue Reading

Papaya Salmonella cases top 200; more farms implicated

The victim count in ongoing Salmonella outbreaks traced to papayas from Mexico has topped 200, with U.S. officials not only reporting they linked two more farms to sick people, but that they expect to identify even more farms and victims. Infections from three additional serotypes of Salmonella bacteria have been confirmed in outbreak victims, according… Continue Reading