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Outbreak sparks nationwide public health alert and hog recall

This photo was posted on the Good Vibe Tribe Facebook page July 3.

UPDATED CONTENT:  A recall was announced on Thursday afternoon, with USDA officials reporting it could not be initiated earlier because company personnel from Kapowsin Meats were not available. New information about the recall is followed by the original story about Wednesday night’s public health alert. Kapowsin Meats Inc., in Graham, WA  recalled  approximately 11,658 pounds of pork… Continue Reading

Bar-S recalls chicken and pork products including franks and corn dogs

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The Altus, OK-based Bar-S Foods Co., late Tuesday recalled more than 372,000 pounds of chicken and pork hot dogs and corn dogs that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The ready-to-eat, chicken and pork hot dogs and corn dogs were produced on July… Continue Reading

Frozen catfish recalled for potential chemical contamination

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Haring Catfish Inc. of Wisner, LA, is recalling approximately 21,521 pounds of catfish products that may be adulterated with a residue of public health concern, specifically gentian violet, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 51217” inside the USDA mark of… Continue Reading

Animal rights mean no second chance for downer calves

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For the veal calf headed to market, it’s a distinction without a difference. If all goes according to plan, the animal will go to slaughter without incident, which means the producer will be happy. If the veal calf, however, falls down and cannot get up, the animal will be “promptly euthanized,” which means the Humane… Continue Reading

Foreign officials, states and businesses want Almanza’s time

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The federal government’s top food safety officials made up in the second quarter for any lapses in their first quarter in reporting of their meetings with people outside the U.S. government. The so-called public calendars disclose after-the-fact who has gained valuable face time with top decision makers. At USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS),… Continue Reading

FSIS moves establishment specific data to open government portal

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Seven years in the making, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is about to begin quarterly releases of establishment-specific data for inspection and enforcement actions as well as sampling and testing results. “FSIS’ food safety inspectors collect vast amounts of data at food producing facilities every day, which we analyze on an ongoing basis… Continue Reading

Flour-related outbreak spurs recall of 22 tons of hors d’oeuvres

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More than 22 tons of raw hors d’oeuvres such as chicken quesadillas, mini tarts and steak spring rolls are being recalled nationwide because they were made with flour linked to an ongoing E. coli outbreak. Kabob’s Acquisition Inc. recalled the 28 different frozen, not ready-to-eat meat and poultry products Friday evening, according to a notice… Continue Reading

Cuba open for U.S. meat and poultry producers; cash required

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All federally inspected meat, poultry and egg plants in the United States are now eligible to export to Cuba under export requirements published this week. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) posted the list of eligible products and documentation requirements for meat, poultry and egg producers who want to ship products to Cuba. Eligible products include… Continue Reading

Inspection of Miller’s Organic Farm is July 11; raw milk at issue

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Amos Miller had his day in court, but he failed to show cause as to why Miller’s Organic Farm and he “should not produce the summoned information and grant summoned access.” That’s what federal Judge Edward G. Smith states in a newly issued court order. And that order, according to Paul Flanagan, a USDA Food… Continue Reading

Risk of Listeria contamination prompts lemongrass basil chicken recall

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Winter Gardens Quality Foods Inc. in New Oxford, PA, has recalled approximately 42 pounds of Lemongrass Basil Chicken entrées that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to a July 1 announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The retail distribution list, posted July 5, can be found here…. Continue Reading