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Pine Nuts Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Hannaford Supermarkets of Scarborough, ME, and Superior Nuts & Candy of Chicago announced Thursday they are recalling certain packages of pine nuts due to the potential for Salmonella contamination. The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the Food and Drug Administration revealed the presence of Salmonella in a certain package of pine nuts,… Continue Reading

Backlog for Food Safety Regulations Includes Both FDA and USDA

Everyone knows about the food safety rules held up by “oh-eye-rah,” or as it is formally known at the White House, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). But it’s not just the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that is waiting; the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also has food safety rules on… Continue Reading

Does High Risk Meat Get USDA Endorsement?

On February 2, I wrote a commentary that appeared on Food Safety News entitled “USDA Inspected and Approved High-Risk Meat.”  One sentence in the editorial stated “USDA has concluded that Hannaford’s high risk practices likely led to this outbreak,” a reference to Salmonella infections linked to supermarket ground beef. Investigators were unable to trace the… Continue Reading

USDA Inspected and Approved High-Risk Meat

The Hannaford chain of grocery stores in the Northeast recently recalled ground beef products which were laced with an antibiotic-resistant strain of Salmonella. Like most other retail chains, Hannafords purchases all its meat from outside source slaughter plants.  Salmonella and E. coli are  “enteric” bacterium, which is defined as originating from within animals’ intestines, and… Continue Reading

Outbreak Tied to Maine Ground Beef Is Over

With no disclosure about who could have supplied contaminated meat to a Northeastern chain of grocery stories, the outbreak of Salmonella infection involving ground beef sold by Hannaford supermarkets has been declared over. In its final investigation update Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 20 people in seven states were infected with… Continue Reading

19 Ill in Drug-Resistant Salmonella Ground Beef Outbreak

Nineteen people in seven states have now been confirmed infected with a multi-drug resistant strain of Salmonella Typhimurium in the outbreak linked to contaminated ground beef sold at Hannaford Supermarkets, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. That’s three more cases of Salmonella infection confirmed since the CDC’s last report on the outbreak,… Continue Reading

Pingree Urges USDA to Move Quickly on NE Outbreak

As an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella linked to ground beef unfolds in the Northeast, Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture why it hasn’t found or revealed the source of contaminated meat.   Pingree, who owns an organic farm in Maine and is an outspoken advocate for sustainable agriculture, asked USDA… Continue Reading

14 Ill in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Ground Beef

Fourteen people are confirmed infected with an antibiotic-resistant strain of Salmonella in an outbreak that has led to a recall of ground beef from a Northeastern chain of grocery stores. In a news alert issued early Friday — at 12:43 a.m. EST — the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said… Continue Reading