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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

USDA Offers Back-to-School Food Safety Tips for Parents

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It’s back-to-school time, and, for many students, that means that many parents will be packing lunches for their kids again. Leaving food at room temperature can cause bacteria to grow to dangerous levels that can cause illness. Bacteria grow most rapidly in the range of temperatures between 40 degrees F and 140 degrees F, doubling… Continue Reading

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Linked to Missouri Slaughter Plant Suspended by FSIS


Update: Rain Crow Ranch, the Doniphan, MO, cattle operation which owns a nearby beef processing facility recently shut down by the federal government for humane handling violations, is being sued in connection with a 2014 E. coli death. According to an Aug. 17, 2015, Massachusetts newspaper report, a Braintree, MA, couple is suing Rain Crow Ranch and Whole Foods Market, claiming… Continue Reading

Big 3 and Big Plants Leave Inhumane Handling Tracks Across FSIS’ Third Quarter


Inhumane treatment in the handling and/or slaughtering of animals was cited last quarter at three out of four large-volume plants where USDA meat inspectors started administrative actions, either now taken or pending, that often end with short suspensions. The nation’s top meat producers — Cargill Meat Solutions, JBS, and Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. — own… Continue Reading

Multi-drug Resistance Identified in WA Salmonella Outbreak


The strain of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- linked to pork that has infected 134 people in Washington, hospitalizing 16, is multi-drug resistant. According to an update posted Friday evening by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotic resistance testing conducted on clinical isolates from three infected people found that the Salmonella was resistant to ampicillin, streptomycin,… Continue Reading

CDC Offers a Look Back at 20 Years of FoodNet


Twenty years ago, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta established the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) to track incidence of foodborne illness. For the September 2015 issues of Emerging Infectious Diseases, members of the FoodNet workgroup wrote about the history and achievements of the program. In the late 1980s… Continue Reading

Salmonella Illnesses Prompt Recall of Whole Hogs for Barbeque


Whole hogs for barbeque, recalled Thursday, have been associated with 32 Salmonella I 4, [5],12:i:- illnesses now being tracked by the Washington State Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. And officials say those cases may be part of a larger outbreak. Graham, WA-based Kapowsin Meats has recalled 116,262… Continue Reading

WA Salmonella Cases Now at 134 in 10 Counties, Outbreak Strain Found at WA Slaughterhouse


The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) issued an update Wednesday, Aug. 12, on the Salmonella outbreak linked to pork products. According to DOH, there are now 134 cases in 10 counties around the state, and testing has found the outbreak strain at a pork slaughterhouse in Graham, WA. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… Continue Reading

Union Warns Members About Accessing the Web Using Government Time, Equipment


USDA’s meat, poultry and egg processing inspectors who work for the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are being warned by their union not to use government time and equipment to access or trade certain information on the web. For example, off-limits during work time and/or using work equipment is a “Union Thugs” site, which… Continue Reading