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Agencies Develop New Model for Foodborne Illness Sources

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Understanding which foods are most commonly responsible for certain foodborne illnesses helps in developing effective prevention measures. Today, the three federal agencies involved in the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) released details of their new method for estimating the sources of Salmonella, E. coli O157, Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter. IFSAC is a partnership between the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety… Continue Reading

Beefsteak Patties for Restaurants Recalled for Listeria Risk

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Kenosha Beef International of Columbus, OH, is recalling approximately 21,427 pounds of ready-to-eat beefsteak patty product that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The fully cooked beefsteak patties were produced on Jan. 24, 2015. The following product is subject to recall: 35.3-lb. boxes of “Fully… Continue Reading

CA Soybean Sprouts Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination

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Hanbit Enterprises Inc. of Salinas, CA, dba Jack and the Beanstalk, is recalling Soybean Sprouts in 1 lb., 1.5 lb., 10 lb., and Natto plastic bags distributed up to and including Feb. 12, 2015, with Best if Used by dates up to Feb. 19, 2015, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes…. Continue Reading

CDC Final Update: 35 U.S. Listeria Illnesses, 1 in Canada Linked to Caramel Apples

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared that an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples is likely over. “This outbreak appears to be over,” CDC stated in the agency’s Feb. 12 final update on the outbreak. “However, recalled products may still be in people’s homes. Consumers unaware of… Continue Reading

Safe Food Matters: Focus on Listeria

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We’ve all seen the news and the reports of food recalls and illnesses due to foodborne pathogens. This is scary news for everyone — scary for the business and for the consumer. On a daily basis, numerous precautions are taken to prevent such things. When it comes to food safety, employees in the deli, bakery,… Continue Reading

Settlement Reached for 66 Victims of 2011 Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak

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A settlement was recently reached between 66 victims of the 2011 Listeria outbreak linked to Jensen Brothers cantaloupe and some of the 20 defendants. The terms of the settlement are confidential, said Williams Marler of Seattle-based Marler Clark, a food-safety law firm. “The matter was resolved by mutual agreement of the parties,” Marler said. (Marler Clark underwrites Food… Continue Reading

Soybean Sprouts Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination

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Korean Food Co. of Irving, TX, is recalling eight boxes of (20 bags in each box) Go-Hang Soybean sprouts in 1 lb. and 2 lb. bags distributed Jan 30, 2015 to Feb 6, 2015, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The soybean sprouts were distributed to KO-MART in Dallas and H-MART in… Continue Reading

Pet Food Recall Expanded for Potential Listeria, Salmonella Contamination

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J.J. Fuds Inc. of Valparaiso, IN, is expanding the firm’s recent recall to include all lots and products of J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks, Beef Tender Chunks and Duckling Tender Chunks Pet Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and/or Salmonella. The recalled products were distributed regionally in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan,… Continue Reading

Lesson From WA Ice Cream Recall: Don’t Let it Happen to You

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No doubt about it, food recalls can be hell. “I’ve never been through anything like this before,” Barry Bettinger, co-owner of Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream in Snohomish, WA, told Food Safety News, as he described the mental and emotional anguish that comes with a recall. Not only do you worry about the people who have become… Continue Reading

CDC: Investigation Into Sprout-Linked Listeria Outbreak is Over

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a final update Tuesday on the 2014 Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to bean sprouts which killed two people and hospitalized five (four from Illinois and one from Michigan). The agency declared the investigation over and noted that, as of Nov. 7, 2014, Wholesome Soy Products Inc…. Continue Reading