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Brains sent to California recalled for ‘specified risk material’

recalled American Foods Group beef brains

Almost 7,500 pounds of beef brain products sent to a distributor in California are under recall because they may be contaminated with “specified risk materials” that are inedible and prohibited for use as human food. Green Bay Dressed Beef LLC, doing business as American Foods Group LLC, of Green Bay, WI, produced the beef brains… Continue Reading

USDA updates flood food safety advice for consumers


woman at refrigerator with rotten food

Editor’s note: As the National Weather Service continued to predict rain for already flooded areas on Monday, the USDA updated its food safety advice to consumers who are able to return to their homes.   The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may… Continue Reading

Meat, poultry inspectors verified 1.7M procedures in 3 months


They use to say breaking up is hard to do. For USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), it’s not really that difficult or uncommon. If FSIS decides there are reasons that it should not be providing meat, poultry or egg inspections at a specific company, it simply files a complaint — usually  in the nearest  federal district court… Continue Reading

Florida company recalls 3 brands of meat/poultry products

recalled poultry and meat products with bread

A Florida company is recalling almost a ton of meat and poultry products including several varieties of empanada because they were produced without being inspected by the federal government. Panna Café Express To Go Inc. in North Miami Beach, FL, recalled the 18 products Sunday. The 1,951 pounds of heat-treated, not-fully-cooked products were produced and… Continue Reading

FSIS announces expanded meat recall for misbranding and undeclared allergens


On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced an expansion of the Aug. 6 recall by South River, NJ-based Al Shabrawy Meat Inc. of an undetermined amount of baster, sausage, soujouk, salami, mortadella, makanek, and bologna products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The expansion of the recall is based on… Continue Reading

Food & Water Watch urges continuation of catfish inspections

Workers kill pangasius catfish before transfering them to the next processing line in a seafood factory in the Mekong delta of Vietnam. (© Jamesbox | Dreamstime.com)

An activist group says the rejection of 40,000 pounds of catfish from Vietnam is the best evidence possible that Congress should not kill the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new inspection program. “The (USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service) catfish inspection program is working and needs to continue in operation because it is preventing foodborne illness… Continue Reading

IAFP 2016 — Raw labels and better cooking instructions are not enough


ST. LOUIS — Manufacturers of raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned stuffed chicken products should expect a visit this summer by inspectors from the field operations office of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). According to FSIS scientist Jennifer Sinatra, the visits are part of the agency’s continuing regulatory activities, with inspectors looking at processes used to produce… Continue Reading

IAFP 2016 — The Salmonella question isn’t easily answered

IAFP 2016 Denis Stearns speaking

ST. LOUIS — A scientist, a retiree and a lawyer walk into a seminar room. There’s no punchline. They’re no joke. They came to talk Salmonella and they are deadly serious. The three-part session Monday afternoon at the annual conference of the International Association for Food Protection was headlined with a question in the program… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Legacy writing at USDA



Now that we know Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will be with us to the end, it’s time to loop back and seriously consider the food safety legacy he has left behind for himself and his President. Vilsack helped us out by putting out his own list on July 5. Under the title “Safer Food… Continue Reading

Tests pending in Salmonella outbreak traced to whole hogs

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

The number of victims in a Salmonella outbreak traced to pork served at a holiday picnic in Seattle is holding steady at 15, and public health officials think it is likely to stay that way. However, it was unknown as of Wednesday whether anyone who did not attend the Good Vibe Tribe Luau on July… Continue Reading