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Foodservice: Front lines of food safety require sacrifices

Opinion

His day had just begun but already he was headed back home. The look of defeat in his eyes, the slight grimace on his face, and the sweat on his brow gave it all away: He was going home sick. During the past several months I have had the privilege of interviewing and surveying dozens of… Continue Reading

FDA echoes CDC: Fresh papayas linked to Salmonella outbreak

One dead, 46 sick across 12 states; outbreaks in 2010, 2011 also linked to Mexican papayas

No recall has been issued, but Food and Drug Administration officials are warning the public against eating Maradol papayas from Mexico in general — and Caribeña brand specifically — because they have been linked to a Salmonella outbreak. One person in New York City has died and 46 others across 12 states have been confirmed… Continue Reading

One dead, 46 sick in Salmonella outbreak traced to papayas

Federal officials have joined Maryland’s Health Department in a warning against eating yellow Maradol papayas because of Salmonella contamination, reporting one person has died and at least 46 others are sick in an ongoing outbreak that began in mid-May. Additional victims are likely to be added to the case count because people who became ill… Continue Reading

Produce states get $30 million to help FDA enforce new rule

Forty-three states and territories are getting a total of $30.9 million from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help the federal agency implement the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule. “Congress envisioned the states and FDA working together as an integrated food safety system when it passed FSMA,” said Barbara P. Glenn, CEO… Continue Reading

At the IAFP departure lounge: Remembering all we’ve learned

The day after the 2017 International Association for Food Protection always leaves attendees headed home with not only complete lessons, but also those “bits and pieces.” Attendees at final event, the awards banquet, spoke about it over their roasted flat iron steak and creme brûlée cheesecake. The problem with the IAFP conference is it is… Continue Reading

Packing pouches to protect produce from pathogens

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is helping scientists at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Fort Pierce, FL, develop a small plastic pouch to make food safer. Sanitizers are often used to kill microbes on produce. Food processors in the U.S. add chlorine to wash water in produce packing operations as a preventative measure, and… Continue Reading

Food safety universe dimmer with the loss of two bright stars

Opinion

Editor’s note: This column by Ben Chapman was originally posted on BarfBlog.com and is reposted here with permission. I never met Dave Theno. I saw him speak a few times at IAFP (International Association for Food Protection), and other places; he had a fantastic story to tell. He had the experience of cleaning up after… Continue Reading

Listeria in production plant spurs recall of a ton of salads

Castellini Group subsidiaries Club Chef, CC Kitchens involved, as well as Kroger Fresh Selections

Following a Listeria-related recall by its parent company Club Chef involving freshcut produce snacks, CC Kitchens LLC today recalled more than a ton of salads because they contained lettuce that had been recalled for possible Listeria contamination. Also today the Kroger Co. posted recalls of several additional CC Kitchens salads because of potential Listeria contamination…. Continue Reading

BrightFarms recalls leafy greens, herbs because of metal pieces

Urban greenhouse grower BrightFarms Inc. of New York City is recalling an undisclosed volume of packaged salad greens and herbs because they may be contaminated with pieces of metal “as a result of construction.” The recall covers only leafy greens and herbs grown at BrightFarms’ greenhouse farm in Elkwood, VA, according to the recall notice… Continue Reading

Listeria control workshop opens 2017 Food Safety Summit

CHICAGO — There is a war on against deadly Listeria, and the facts on the ground are changing in some dramatic ways. Ten generals in that war took to the stage here Tuesday at 2017 Food Safety Summit for reports on what they called “The Latest in Listeria Control.” Few Americans paid much attention to Listeria until… Continue Reading