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Update: WA Salmonella Cases Now at 90, CDC Team on Its Way

FSIS issues public health alert about pork, Salmonella

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Update: The total case count in this outbreak is 90 as of July 31, according to the Washington State Department of Health. The outbreak of Salmonella infections that may be linked to pork products has grown to 90 cases in several counties around the state, according to a statement posted Friday by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH)…. Continue Reading

Before Roasting a Pig, the Pros Advise Food Safety Homework

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While summer often conjures up mouth-watering thoughts of pig roasts, if you’re actually contemplating tackling this culinary feat, some homework is in order. And that includes some homework about food safety. You certainly don’t want to sicken your guests, which can be avoided if you play it safe. When you roast a whole pig, your first… Continue Reading

Managing for Salmonella in 2015 Continues to Present Challenges

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Despite decades of efforts to control contamination rates, Salmonella has long been the most common illness-causing bacteria in food, and it remains the leading cause of death and hospitalization from foodborne illness in the U.S. Today, Salmonella is still one of the top food safety concerns for the food industry, government regulators, and consumer advocates, and it’s regularly the leading topic at… Continue Reading

Q&A with Ted Genoways on Food Safety in Pork Processing, Part 2

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(This is Part 2 of an interview with journalist and author Ted Genoways. Part 1 is here.) Ted Genoways is the author of “The Chain: Farm, Factory and the Fate of Our Food,” a new book that explores the wide-reaching impacts of factory pork production and the consequences of increased production speeds. As a case study, the book… Continue Reading

Q&A with Ted Genoways on Food Safety in Pork Processing, Part 1

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(This is Part 1 of an interview with journalist and author Ted Genoways. Part 2 of the interview will be posted by Food Safety News on Friday, Feb. 6.) Ted Genoways is the author of “The Chain: Farm, Factory and the Fate of Our Food,” a new book that explores the wide-reaching impacts of factory pork… Continue Reading

Chinese Police Arrest More Than 100 People for Selling Contaminated Pork

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More than 110 people have been arrested in China for selling pork from diseased animals. The Public Security Ministry said more than 1,000 tons of contaminated pork and 48 tons of cooking oil produced from the meat have been seized across 11 provinces. The investigation reportedly began at the end of 2013 into producers who… Continue Reading

Beef and Pork Products Recalled for Potential Metal Materials

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Unibright Foods Inc. of Bell Gardens, CA, is recalling approximately 48,139 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat sukiyaki beef and gingered pork products that may be contaminated with metal extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The following products are subject to recall: 2.2 lb. packages of “MISHIMA SUKIYAKI… Continue Reading

Nonprofits Sue FDA Claiming Agency Hasn’t Proven Safety of Animal Growth Drug

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A trio of food safety and environmental advocacy groups Thursday filed suit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, saying the agency has not sufficiently proven that ractopamine, a drug fed to pigs, cattle and turkey, is safe for animals, humans who eat them, or the environment. Ractopamine, a beta-agonist, increases the rate at which… Continue Reading

WTO Rules Against Country-of-Origin Labeling on Meat in U.S.

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled in favor of Canada and Mexico in an ongoing dispute with the United States over country-of-origin labeling (COOL) on meat. The latest U.S. labeling rules, put into effect in 2013, require meat sold in grocery stores to indicate the country, or countries, where the animal was born, raised and… Continue Reading

Virus Scare Causes Russia to Suspend U.S. Pig Imports

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Concerned over the spread of of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) in U.S. pig populations, Russia announced last week it was suspending U.S. imports of live pigs effective May 30, Reuters reports. The disease has already killed roughly 10 percent of the U.S. pig population and is reportedly spreading across other countries such as Mexico, Canada, China… Continue Reading