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Faces of Food Safety: Meet Sabrina King of the USDA

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Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sabrina King is an enforcement, investigations and analysis officer (EIAO), serving the Office of Field Operations (OFO) in the Atlanta district. As an EIAO, King performs food safety assessments (FSAs) in slaughter and processing… Continue Reading

When food safety crisis hit, Perdue had to prepare for next one

Former Gov. Sonny Purdue is president-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of agriculture.

This century’s most deadly outbreak of foodborne illness came out of the state of Georgia while secretary of agriculture nominee Sonny Perdue was governor, and there was not much he could do about it. After King Nut peanut butter made by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) was implicated in the deadly nationwide outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium, investigators from… Continue Reading

Small recall of chicken salad at Whole Foods stores in east

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Attleboro, MA-based Willow Tree Poultry Farm Inc. is recalling 204 pounds of chicken salad products because of misbranding, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The consumer ready product containers are labeled as chicken salad with the USDA mark of inspection, but actually contain an egg salad product, according to the Jan…. Continue Reading

Misbranding brings recall of Harry & David fully cooked turkey

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Burger’s Ozark Country Cured in California, MO, is recalling 1,905 pounds of fully cooked turkey products because of misbranding, according to  the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The fully cooked turkeys were produced on Nov. 22, 2016, and packaged on Nov. 23, 2016, according to the Jan. 18 recall notice. Consumers… Continue Reading

FSIS issues new notice on slaughter, humane handling

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The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a new notice with instructions for Public Health Veterinarians (PHVs), inspection program personnel (IPP) and District Veterinary Medical Specialists (DVMs) regarding humane handling and slaughter. It directs official livestock establishments to determine if their written systematic approach for human handling meets… Continue Reading

Recall of ribs for no inspection; sent to Michigan restaurants

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Boucherville, Quebec-based Olymel S.E.C./ L.P. Saturday recalled  approximately 1,124 pounds of pork ribs products for being repacked and distributed without the benefit of federal inspection, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The pork ribs items were repacked and produced from Jan. 10 to Jan. 13, 2017. The following… Continue Reading

Ton of chicken tenders recalled after consumer complaint

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After a consumer complaint, Schreiber Processing Corp. in Maspeth, NY, has recalled  2,330 pounds of chicken tender products that may be contaminated with plastic and misbranded, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The breaded chicken breast tenders were produced on Dec. 8, 2016, and packaged on Dec. 9,… Continue Reading

Chicken breasts recalled for misbranding and allergens

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Houston’s Perfect Fit Meals LLC Tuesday recalled 3,546 pounds of chicken breast products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The product may contain milk and wheat, known allergens which are not declared on the product label. The ready-to-eat chicken breast items were produced on Dec. 20… Continue Reading

Dion’s diners exposed to Listeria risk from sliced deli meats

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People who have eaten sliced deli meats from Dion’s restaurants in three states are at risk of infection from Listeria monocytogenes according to a public health alert from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Dion’s restaurants in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas used the implicated meats on pizzas, salads and open-faced sandwiches from mid-December… Continue Reading

No recall: Chicken served last month could still cause illnesses

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Anyone who ate fajita or gyro dishes made with chicken strips in restaurants in the Cleveland, OH, area in December should monitor themselves for symptoms of Listeria infection in the coming weeks. Ready-to-eat, fully cooked chicken breast strips produced by House of Raeford in Mocksville, NC, and shipped to restaurants in the Cleveland area may… Continue Reading