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Texas puts Blue Bell Creameries on a short leash; imposes fine

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Owners of Blue Bell Creameries LP have agreed to pay a fine in Texas in relation to a deadly Listeria outbreak, but possibly more significant is that health officials will have the company on a short leash for 18 months. The agreement between Blue Bell and the Texas State Department of Health Services requires the… Continue Reading

Check again: New lots added to frozen vegetable recall

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Dozens of additional lots of frozen organic vegetables distributed to Costco stores nationwide are under recall with the ConAgra Foods’ expansion of a recall of Watts Brothers Farms branded products. Organic mixed vegetables, organic sweet corn and organic peas are included in the expanded recalled and may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses had… Continue Reading

School lunch supplier expands recall as precaution over Listeria

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Let’s Do Lunch, the Gardena, CA, school lunch supplier doing business as Integrated Food Service (IFS), has expanded its July 19 recall, this time providing lists of all recalled products, the identities of all IFS distributors, and the names of all the schools involved. The reason for the expanded recall remains the same: The products have “the… Continue Reading

Giant recalls Own Brands 3 bean salad because of Listeria

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Giant Food Stores Inc. is recalling store branded 3 bean salad because an unnamed ingredient from an unnamed supplier may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The salad may have been sold in bulk or in 1-pound prepackaged containers from service deli cases and/or from “Grab 7 Go” deli cases in Giants and Martin’s stores, according… Continue Reading

Distributor recalls potato salad weeks after use-by dates

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Potato salad sold through Amazon Fresh from April through mid-June is being recalled more than two weeks after its latest use-by date because it contained frozen peas that were recalled June 17 for potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Maryland-based Hearn Kirkwood, a foodservice distributing company, is recalling “Evie’s Cheddar Potato Macaroni Salad” in a secondary recall to… Continue Reading

Tech+intellect = 100% consumers at CPS Research Symposium

Bob Whitaker of the Produce Marketing Association, is on the board of directors for the Center for Produce Safety and is a member of its Technical Committee.

SEATTLE — The mood was upbeat as the Center for Produce Safety’s seventh annual Research Symposium opened. “Welcome to our coming-out party,” said an enthusiastic Steve Patricio, the center’s board chairman, as he welcomed more than 300 attendees to the two days of research reports about food safety in the fresh produce industry. Patricio, president and chief executive… Continue Reading

UPDATED: More Fjord Laks fish recalled; third time this year

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UPDATED CONTENT 11:30 p.m. EDT — New information indicates the recalled fish was distributed to retailers in New Brunswick, with the possibility that it was distributed nationwide in Canada. Initial reports from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency specified only Quebec distribution. For the third time this year Fjord Laks brand fish is under recall by the Canadian… Continue Reading

Risk of Listeria contamination prompts lemongrass basil chicken recall

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Winter Gardens Quality Foods Inc. in New Oxford, PA, has recalled approximately 42 pounds of Lemongrass Basil Chicken entrées that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to a July 1 announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The retail distribution list, posted July 5, can be found here…. Continue Reading

Raw milk dairy linked to Listeria cases must submit to USDA inspection

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After three hours of testimony Tuesday, a federal judge ruled Amos Miller and Miller’s Organic Farm, located at 648 Millcreek School Road in Bird-in-Hand, PA, must submit to inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The order was handed down from the bench by  Judge Edward G. Smith in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania… Continue Reading

Sunflower kernel supplier juggles executives in wake of recalls

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The Canadian food company behind the massive Listeria-related recall of sunflower kernels that has led to secondary recalls of dozens of snack products from the likes of Planters, Kellogg, Nature Valley and Trader Joe’s is shuffling executives in an effort to clean up operations and prepare the company for possible sale. Top leaders of SunOpta… Continue Reading