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Food Irradiation: Facts and Figures


In October 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a draft risk assessment on the levels of contaminants in spices. The report made headlines nationwide for including the finding that 12 percent of spices imported to the U.S. were contaminated with everything from insects and rodent excrement to human hair and staples. Another major… Continue Reading

Studies on Restaurant Food Safety Produce Some Unsettling Data


In a recent study of restaurant safety practices, 62 percent of restaurant workers handling raw ground beef with their bare hands did not wash up before handling other ready-to-eat foods or cooked ground beef. That was just one of numerous statistics brought to light by a series of studies on restaurant food safety practices published… Continue Reading

Costco Recalls Organic Ground Beef in Canada for E. Coli Contamination


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Costco Wholesale Canada announced yesterday that Costco was recalling its Kirkland Signature brand Organic Lean Ground Beef for potential E. coli contamination.   Kirkland Signature Organic Ground Beef with a UPC code of 4 00000 91873 0 with a Best Before Date of 13-OC-15 was sold at Costco… Continue Reading

Salmonella Could Be Beef Industry’s New Biggest Challenge


This article was originally published on August 2 by The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting as part of a series titled “Cracks in the System.” Salmonella-tainted ground beef could be the biggest challenge facing the industry, said a leading beef researcher. Scientists have realized they may have misidentified the source of Salmonella in beef cattle. They now… Continue Reading

The Big Five: Most Common Salmonella Strains in Foodborne Illness Outbreaks


This article was originally published on August 2 by The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting as part of a series titled “Cracks in the System.” An estimated 1.2 million Salmonella-related illnesses occur each year in the United States. Approximately 400 people die. While Salmonella is most often associated with poultry products, outbreaks are linked to a wide… Continue Reading

Kansas Firm Recalls Ground Beef for E. coli Risk


A Kansas-based company is recalling 50,100 pounds of ground beef because it may be contaminated with E. coli. National Beef Packing Company of Liberal, KS issued a voluntary recall of its ground beef Wednesday after USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service found E. coli O157:H7 in a sample of product. The company was the only… Continue Reading

Coco Loco A&M in College Station is Likely Source of E. coli Outbreak


Ground beef served by Coco Loco A&M, located on George Bush Drive not far from the Texas A&M Golf Course was the likely source of an April E. coli outbreak that sickened ten people in the College Station/Bryan area. Health officials announced their findings at press conference Tuesday after a collaborative investigation involving local, state… Continue Reading

Press Conference on Brazos E. coli Outbreak Set for Today


At a press conference today, the Brazos County Health Department is expected to name both the restaurant and beef supplier involved in the April E. coli outbreak that sickened ten people, including two local boys. On Monday, the department report the source of the E. coli illnesses was ground beef served by a local Bryan-College… Continue Reading

Salmonella Ground Beef Outbreak Sickened 22, CDC Reports


An outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium linked to ground beef that started in early December of 2012 is now thought to have ended in mid-February after sickening a total of 22 people, announced the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday. The 22 illnesses linked to the outbreak occurred in 6 states: Arizona (1 case), Illinois… Continue Reading

Safety of the National School Lunch Program’s Frozen Ground Beef Products



The government’s Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) Commodity Procurement Staff purchases a variety of food products for use in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and other food assistance programs. One of these commodity items is frozen ground beef. All ground beef that is generated for the NSLP is further processed and cooked at other USDA… Continue Reading