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White House Releases Fall 2015 Regulatory Plan


The White House has released its “Current Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” for fall 2015, which provides an overview of the Obama administration’s regulatory plans for the coming year. Two final rules expected to be released next month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)… Continue Reading

CDC: 19 E. Coli Cases in 7 States Linked to Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Tuesday that, as of Nov. 23, there were 19 people from seven states sickened by the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 linked to consumption of Costco chicken salad made with rotisserie chicken. Five people have been hospitalized and two developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a… 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

USDA’s FSIS Releases Food Allergen Guidelines for Producers


In an effort to reduce adverse reactions to food allergens, along with potential recalls, the  U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has released a 26-page set of guidelines to assist meat, poultry, and processed egg product producers in properly managing ingredients which could trigger such problems. “Our mission as a public health agency… Continue Reading

Why USDA Needs a New Program to Export Sandwiches to Canada


Which foods the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates and which foods the U.S. Department of Agriculture regulates are not easy questions to answer. One oft-repeated example used to demonstrate the complexities is that cheese pizza falls under the jurisdiction of FDA, but a pizza topped with pepperoni is under USDA’s jurisdiction. Another example is that USDA… Continue Reading

All American Meats Recalls 167,427 Pounds of Ground Beef Over E. Coli Concerns


All American Meats Inc., an Omaha, NE, establishment, is recalling approximately 167,427 pounds of ground beef products that may be adulterated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Nov. 1, 2015. The ground beef items were produced on Oct. 16, 2015. The following products are subject to… Continue Reading

No Product Found to Compare to VT Outbreak Strain — or to Recall


An all-too-common problem for foodborne illness investigations is that the only real evidence gets eaten. That appears to be what happened with the E. coli illnesses in Vermont last month, where 11 people had E. coli O157:H7 infections that state health officials blamed on likely contamination from undercooked hamburgers. Food Safety News last reported on the… Continue Reading

Undercooked Burgers Likely Caused E. Coli Outbreak; Ground Beef So Far Escapes Recall


Not quite a month ago, Vermont health officials announced they were dealing with an E. coli outbreak, which would eventually grow to an estimated 11 cases in three states. It was likely caused by restaurant hamburgers made from local grass-fed beef and prepared to satisfy the tastes of its customers, no matter how rare. Inside a walk-in cooler at the… Continue Reading

USDA has Food Safety Advice for Those Affected by Hurricane Joaquin

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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 those who may be impacted by Hurricane Joaquin. On Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service announced that Hurricane Joaquin is now a Category 4 hurricane in central and northwest Bahamas. It is expected to move into the United States… Continue Reading

Advisory Committee Working on the Science of Salmonella, STEC


When the government needs help with a foodborne issue, they turn to a certain committee for scientific advice. In its last term, the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) worked on how to reduce Norovirus infections and to help the Department of Defense ensure that the food procured for U.S. military personnel… Continue Reading