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FDA warning letters target French, Portuguese companies

A French company that packs olives and garlic and a sardine packer in Portugal are both on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for food safety violations at their facilities. In warning letters dated May 5 and recently made public by FDA, the agency outlined violations and gave the companies 15 working days to… Continue Reading

Anchovy-stuffed olives from Spain recalled in U.S., Canada

Roland brand anchovy-stuffed olives are being recalled from retailers and food service operations across North America after consumer complaints of bulging cans spurred federal investigators to test the product. The recall includes 3-ounce cans of olives distributed in the United States and Canada. Neither the American Roland Food Corp. nor the U.S. Food and Drug… Continue Reading

Olive Powder May Make Burgers Safer

Olive powder, a substance derived from de-fatting and de-stoning olives, could be effective in combatting both E. coli bacteria and two known carcinogens, government researchers have found. Scientists at the Agricultural Research Service, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the University of Arizona- Tucson have discovered that olive powder reduces the… Continue Reading

Olives Sold in Northeast Recalled for Potential Botulism Risk

A Rhode Island-based grocery chain is recalling certain Mediterranean olives because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL) issued a voluntary recall of Bel Frantoio brand Mediterranean Olives: Calcidica Sweet Monday after the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) discovered that the product was stored at room… Continue Reading

Opening Day of Olympic Games Includes Olives With Botulism

Next to the Queen looking pretty bored during the Open Ceremonies, about the worst thing for the British was a few jars of Italian olives contaminated with deadly botulism showing up at the start of the London Games. The problem first surfaced on July 25 when the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the United Kingdom… Continue Reading

Canned Ripe California Olives Spread Botulism in 1919

Editor’s Note: In 1919, canned ripe olives spread an outbreak of deadly Botulism to three states. Nineteen people died, almost half the deaths ever caused by food products commercially canned in California — all killed in one outbreak. The incident remains one of the 10 deadliest outbreaks of foodborne illness in U.S. history. As part… Continue Reading

Bean Soup, Olives Recalled Over Botulism Fears

United Natural Foods is recalling certain types of FoodMatch Divina stuffed olives and Tabatchnick Yankee Bean Soup, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to eat these products even if they do not look or smell spoiled. In… Continue Reading

Hazardous Olives May Have Been Repackaged

Almond-stuffed olives imported from Italy and linked to two botulism illnesses in Finland, including one fatality, may have been repackaged and resold in the U.S. in containers that do not carry the Bio Gaudiano label, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported Friday. In a news release, the FDA updated information provided earlier this week… Continue Reading