Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption

ground turkey

Dog food recalled for Salmonella; two children confirmed sick

Raws for Paws is recalling recalled 4,000 pounds of its  Ground Turkey Pet Food due to possible Salmonella contamination after reported illnesses, including two children who have been infected with Salmonella Reading. The food is sold online by Christofersen Meats Co. Inc., doing business as Swanson Meats, in Minneapolis — no relation to Swanson Meals. The Minnesota Department of Health reports that two… Continue Reading

Aldi, Publix, Weis ground turkey recalled after metal bits found

St. Pauls, NC-based Prestage Foods Inc. Monday recalled 38,475 pounds of ground turkey after a retailer found extraneous metal in the product, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The problem was discovered on Sept. 27 when FSIS was contacted by plant employees who were sanitizing processing equipment. On the same… Continue Reading

Senators Want USDA to Finalize Poultry Pathogen Standards

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

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

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

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

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

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