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Woods Hole Scientist: Fukushima Leak Not Affecting U.S. Seafood

Despite the recent admission from the Japanese government that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has been leaking radioactive water since it was badly damaged in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, U.S. seafood has not been affected, according to Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Buesseler has published an FAQ section… Continue Reading

FDA Lifts Ban on Mexican Cucumbers Linked to 2013 Salmonella Outbreak

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will no longer detain cucumbers from the Mexican growers whose products were linked to an outbreak of Salmonella earlier this year. The agency removed the two cucumber suppliers from its import alerts list this week, meaning that their products can no longer be “detained without physical examination.” The cucumbers… Continue Reading

Case Count Rises to 147 in Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked to Pomegranate Seeds

Four more illnesses have been reported in the hepatitis A outbreak linked to pomegranate seeds sold in the western U.S., bringing the total case count up from 143 to 147, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. The newly recorded cases occurred in California, which reported one new case, and New Mexico, which… Continue Reading

How Did a Hepatitis A Virus Get Into Organic Berries?

Stalled federal import safety rules result in more illness


The latest example of how even health-conscious eaters are not immune from foodborne illness outbreaks came last week with a recall of organic frozen berries contaminated with Hepatitis A. The products were sold under the brand name of Townsend Farms at two large chains: Costco stores in the West and Harris Teeter stores in the East…. Continue Reading

Looking Upstream: Seafood Traceability in a Global Economy

Early this year, the discovery that horsemeat was being substituted for beef in some European foods triggered widespread concern over food fraud in the EU. This substitution, deemed the “horsemeat scandal,” was eventually determined to be affecting around 5 percent of European beef products. But in the U.S., consumers have a different type of fraud… Continue Reading

Imported Cheese Recalled for Listeria Risk in Canada

This story was updated on March 2, 2013 to include expanded recall information. An Ontario-based specialty cheese company is recalling its gorgonzola cheese for possible Listeria contamination. Arla Foods Inc. of Concord, ON issued a voluntary recall of its Mauri brand gorgonzola Monday because the cheese has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes…. Continue Reading

Catfish Industry Flounders Despite Congressional Support

Earlier this month Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran sent a letter to Rebecca Blank, the acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, asking that the Department “vigorously enforce the antidumping order against frozen fish fillets from Vietnam.” The fish Cochran is concerned about is catfish, and his concerns are not new.  Every year for more… Continue Reading

CDC: Salmonella from Tahini Sickened 23 Last Year

Sesame paste can pose Salmonella risk, agency says

Sesame seed paste containing a rare strain of Salmonella sickened 23 people in 7 states and the District of Columbia last year, reveals a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The article, published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report last week, marked the first time the government has told… Continue Reading

Imported Dried Fruits Recalled for High Lead Levels

The California Department of Public Health is warning consumers not to eat five different dried plum and prune products because they may contain dangerous levels of lead. CDPH issued a health advisory Monday after tests revealed illegal concentrations of lead in the preserved fruits, all of which were imported by California companies from either Hong… Continue Reading

Recalled: Pepper From Ghana Sold Under Nina Brand

Nina International Wednesday recalled pepper it imported to the U.S. from Ghana for distribution to African and other ethnic food stores in the Washington D.C. area including Maryland and Virginia. Product subject to recall is the Nina brand of Ground Hot Pepper sold in 5 oz. bottles. Nina’s Chris Dabi told Food Safety News that… Continue Reading