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Senators Want USDA to Finalize Poultry Pathogen Standards

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Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are asking Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to finalize USDA’s Salmonella and Campylobacter performance standards as soon as possible. In January, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) proposed changes to the Salmonella and Campylobacter Verification Testing Program created brand-new standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter levels in chicken breasts, legs and wings, and for… Continue Reading

FSIS Releases New Salmonella, Campylobacter Performance Standards for Poultry

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that its new pathogen performance standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground poultry and chicken parts will prevent about 50,000 illnesses each year. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) proposed changes to the Salmonella and Campylobacter Verification Testing Program create brand-new standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter in chicken breasts, legs and wings, and… Continue Reading

Study Finds Antibiotic-Free Turkey Less Likely to Harbor Resistant Bacteria

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Ground turkey from birds raised without antibiotics is less likely to be contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria than conventional ground turkey, according to a new study published by Consumer Reports today. The group tested 257 samples of raw ground turkey meat and patties, purchased from major retailers nationwide, for Enterococcus, E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella, and… Continue Reading

Study Finds Clumsy Government Response to 2011 Salmonella Ground Turkey Outbreak

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A faster government reaction to the 2011 Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak linked to ground turkey might have resulted in less illnesses, according to a new analysis. Health officials identified ground turkey from Cargill Meat Solutions as the likely outbreak source a full 22 weeks after the first person fell ill and 10 weeks after the Centers… Continue Reading

Feds Tighten Salmonella Controls for Ground Poultry in Wake of Recent Outbreaks

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After two nationwide Salmonella outbreaks linked to ground turkey sickened at least 148 people last year, the federal government has decided to implement stricter pathogen controls for raw ground poultry products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Wednesday in a policy statement that all manufacturers of raw ground turkey… Continue Reading

Snapshot by U.S. PIRG Sees Foodborne Illness as Worsening Problem

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In a little less than two years, recalled foods have been linked to 1,753 illnesses, 464 hospitalizations and at least 37 deaths and have cost the public $227 million in health costs, according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. In a report that U.S. PIRG calls a ‘snapshot look” at foodborne illness in the… Continue Reading

Magazine Cautions Against 10 ‘Dirtiest’ Foods

The popular Men’s Health magazine is the latest to weigh in with a list of dangerous foods, along with information on how to increase their safety if you are still inclined to eat them. The Men’s Health list includes the 10 most often contaminated foods that are likely to be popular with its readers. The… Continue Reading

Salmonella Outbreak Was Costly Quarter for Cargill

Minneapolis-based Cargill is out with an earnings report showing the recall of 18,000 tons of ground turkey and the associated plant closure coincides with one of its “weakest quarters” ever for its meat business. Cargill said it earned $100 million from continuing operations for the fiscal 2012 quarter ended Nov. 30, 2011 but it represents… Continue Reading

Salmonella Lurks From Farm to Fork: Part 3

Outbreaks from Salmonella-contaminated ground turkey killed one person and sickened nearly 90 others in 28 states this year, highlighting the dangers associated with a product increasingly popular with consumers as an alternative to ground beef. Producers are not required to keep poultry with salmonella bacteria off the market. The government considers some contamination inevitable and… Continue Reading

CDC: Cargill Ground Turkey Outbreak Has Ended

The national outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg infection traced to Cargill ground turkey is apparently over, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. The seven months-long outbreak, which resulted in a massive recall — the largest-ever Class I food recall in the U.S. — poisoned 136 people in 34 states. A California man died… Continue Reading