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13.5 Tons of Beef Recalled for Possible E. Coli Contamination

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Denver’s Lombardi Brothers Meats issued a July Fourth eve recall of approximately 26,975 pounds of tenderized steak and ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). No illnesses are yet known to be associated with the meat, which was distributed… Continue Reading

USDA Provides Tips for #GrillingLikeaPRO on the Fourth of July

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This Fourth of July weekend, many Americans will be celebrating our nation’s independence with family gatherings and summer cookouts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is reminding families to take extra care not to let foodborne bacteria, which grows more quickly in hot weather, ruin the fun. One of the… Continue Reading

Food Safety Advice for Those Experiencing Severe Thunderstorms

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued some food safety recommendations for the Northeast, Central Appalachians and Ohio Valley due to severe thunderstorms. The National Weather Service has announced a severe thunderstorm watch for portions of New England into the Central Appalachians and Ohio Valley. There could also… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Puerto Rico Egg Producer, U.S. Cattle and Dairy Farms

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An egg production facility in Puerto Rico was the target of a March 11, 2015, warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which was only recently made public. The letter followed a FDA inspection this past Dec. 2-10, 2014, that found the facility was in serious violation of production, storage and transportation… Continue Reading

Meats Distributed in New York Recalled Over Listeria Fears

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Dundee, NY-based Shirk Meats on Saturday recalled approximately 2,478 pounds of ready-to-eat pork and beef products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The recalled products were shipped various New York retail locations. The problem was discovered during routine sampling. In early… Continue Reading

FSIS Emails Reveal ‘Snapshot’ of Foster Farms Investigation

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Internal emails from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) made public earlier this month tell some of the story behind the agency’s attempt to recall Foster Farms products linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg in the months before it finally did so in July 2014. The latest batch of FSIS emails provided to… Continue Reading

Senators Want USDA to Finalize Poultry Pathogen Standards

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Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are asking Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to finalize USDA’s Salmonella and Campylobacter performance standards as soon as possible. In January, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) proposed changes to the Salmonella and Campylobacter Verification Testing Program created brand-new standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter levels in chicken breasts, legs and wings, and for… Continue Reading

Managing for Salmonella in 2015 Continues to Present Challenges

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Despite decades of efforts to control contamination rates, Salmonella has long been the most common illness-causing bacteria in food, and it remains the leading cause of death and hospitalization from foodborne illness in the U.S. Today, Salmonella is still one of the top food safety concerns for the food industry, government regulators, and consumer advocates, and it’s regularly the leading topic at… Continue Reading

White House Releases Spring 2015 Regulatory Plan

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Last week, the White House released its “Current Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” for spring 2015. As with previous agendas for the Food and Drug Administration, finalizing the major rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) are a priority. The rules regarding preventive controls for human food and preventive… Continue Reading