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Canada offers beef irradiation as another tool for food safety

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The government of Canada’s announcement this week of changes to its food and drug regulations to permit irradiation of ground beef was not a surprise. It was a long time coming, though, with industry having requested the change in 1998. Canada has already approved radiation to treat potatoes, onions, wheat, flour, spices and seasoning preparations…. Continue Reading

USDA says beef hearts are now OK in ground beef

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UPDATE: Aaron Lavallee, deputy assistant administrator in the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education, today told Food Safety News there’s nothing new about beef hearts being permitted by the regulations in ground beef. “There is no change to FSIS regulations,” Lavallee says. “Ground beef that consumers purchase every day… Continue Reading

Steak sandwiches added to ground beef recall for E. coli

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A Pennsylvania company has expanded its E. coli-related beff recall 10-fold, adding steak sandwiches to ground beef patties and burgers recalled last week for the pathogen. The exact volume and distribution of the more than 8,000 pounds of beef products from Silver Springs Farms Inc. of Harleysville, PA, is not clear, with some of it… Continue Reading

Ground beef recalled for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination

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Silver Springs Farms, Inc., located in Harleysville, PA , late Friday recalled approximately 740 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The ground beef items were produced on August 19, 2016 and include: 20-lb cases containing… Continue Reading

Retail beef grinders better be keeping their logs come Saturday

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If it takes a little longer to get your butcher’s attention on Saturday, he or she might be busy with grinding logs. And if grinding logs are a successful tool, it will be easier to find the source of contaminated beef during outbreaks. The final rule requiring “official establishments and retail stores” that grind raw beef products… Continue Reading

UPDATED: BOLO for recalled ground beef in Texas after E. coli test result

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UPDATED CONTENT Sept. 29: As of today, at least one retailer that received the recalled products has been identified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A WinCo Foods location in Duncanville, TX, received some of the boneless beef trim products recalled by Caviness Beef Packers. The USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service will post additional updates… Continue Reading

E. coli cases traced to slaughterhouse; beef, veal, bison recalled

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A Massachusetts meat company is recalling beef, veal and bison processed from July through this week because state and federal officials have linked it to a multi-state outbreak of E. coli O157:H7. Seven people in four states have been confirmed with infections from the outbreak strain of E. coli. Of the five victims interviewed as… Continue Reading

FSA finds Brits not up to the mark on best burger practices

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A survey of about 2,700 British adults has found that while 71 percent of them said they were concerned about food poisoning, 36 percent would still eat a burger that wasn’t completely cooked. According to the survey results, released Aug. 25 by the U.K. Food Standards Agency (FSA), more than one in 10 of the respondents… Continue Reading

30 tons of ground beef recalled because of metal fragment

Sam Kane Beef Processors LLC has recalled 3-pound, 5-pound and 10-pound chubs of ground beef because of possible contamination with metal fragments.

A Texas beef processor is recalling more than 30 tons of meat after a consumer reported finding a metal fragment of Hill Country Fare brand ground beef. Sam Kane Beef Processors LLC of Corpus Christi recalled the 60,350 pounds of ground beef today, reporting that all of the implicated meat was shipped to three H-E-B… Continue Reading

E. coli outbreak spreads as investigators trace ground beef

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UPDATE: Late Tuesday night the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service posted a recall notice for about 8,000 pounds of raw beef products from PT Farm LLC in North Haverhill, NH, in connection with the E. coli outbreak. People in New Hampshire are continuing to become ill with E. coli infections after eating ground beef, with the… Continue Reading