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FDA blocks tuna from Vietnamese company for hepatitis A

The expansion Wednesday of an Import Alert means the automatic detention at the U.S. border of fresh and frozen raw tuna from a Vietnamese seafood company because of hepatitis A contamination. Sustainable Seafood Co. Ltd. of Cam Lam, Vietnam, is the second Asian company to make the Import Alert list for fresh and frozen raw… Continue Reading

Citing Fecal Contamination, FDA Issues Import Alert for Some Mexican Cilantro

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Import Alert on Tuesday about cilantro from the state of Puebla, Mexico, due to concerns about fecal contamination which investigators reportedly found in fields and in cleaning and processing facilities in that area. The alert affects cilantro being imported to the United States between April 1-Aug. 31,… Continue Reading

After 30 Days, FDA Has Not Inspected Mexican Mango Facilities

Just 30 days ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was depicted as the tip of the spear in the “fast-moving “outbreak investigation of a Salmonella Braenderup outbreak associated with Mexican mangoes. Within 24 hours, one distributor of Mexican mangoes — Splendid Products of California — did initiate a recall from the mango grower… Continue Reading

Cheese Maker Put on Import Alert After Listeria Outbreak

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has placed Italian company Fattorie Chiarappa on import alert after the company’s product was linked to a multistate Listeria outbreak. All cheese from this company will be barred from entering through ports of entry unless the company can show that it is not contaminated. To date, 14 people in… Continue Reading

CDC: 121 Ill in 15 States Linked to Imported Mangoes

At least 121 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup tied to Mexican mangoes have been reported from 15 states, according to the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vast majority of the reported illnesses have been in California, which has reported 93 individuals tied to the outbreak. The other states… Continue Reading

FDA Adds Mangoes Tied to Salmonella Outbreak to Import Alert List

Mangoes from Mexico linked to a nationwide Salmonella outbreak have been added to the federal import alert list – meaning that districts can detain them without inspection. Mangoes produced by Sinaloa, MX-based Agricola Daniella and imported by Splendid Products of Burlingame, CA were recalled August 30 after they were named as the potential source of… Continue Reading

Cantaloupe Food Safety Solutions Leave Consumers Praying

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Tim Chamberlain seems like a nice enough guy. According to the Indianapolis Star he started growing cantaloupe and watermelon on an acre of land and now, 30 years later, he and his wife, Mia, have built Chamberlain Farms into a midsized melon-growing operation, with 500 acres and about 20 employees. The U.S. Food and Drug… Continue Reading

FSMA Related Import Programs Taking Shape


Everyone with even a cursory interest in FSMA continues to ask, “So when are the four key proposed rules (Produce Safety Standards, Preventive Controls for Human Food, Preventive Controls for Animal Food, and Foreign Supplier Verification Program) going to be published?”  I have to confess right up front that I don’t have any better idea… Continue Reading