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Are Recalls an Effective Element of Food Safety?

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Consumers have grown accustomed to the routine of food safety recalls: A food company announces a recall after releasing a product into the market that later turns out to be contaminated with a harmful pathogen, or is otherwise faulty. The company advises customers to check the identifying numbers on the product to see if theirs… Continue Reading

Serrano Chile Peppers Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

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Bailey Farms of Oxford, NC, is voluntarily recalling 6,215 pounds of Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers because they could be contaminated with Salmonella. The peppers were distributed to Meijer Inc., and customers may have purchased this product from Oct. 14-19 at Meijer stores in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. The product was also distributed  to… Continue Reading

Study: Antibiotics May Help Spread Salmonella Between Animals

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An estimated 80 percent of all antibiotics in the U.S. are given to livestock, which raises concerns among some scientists about the fostering of antibiotic-resistant pathogens. But a study on antibiotics just published by researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine might introduce a whole new concern to the equation. Mice given antibiotics to… Continue Reading

GAO: USDA Needs to Tighten Up Salmonella and Campylobacter Standards for Poultry

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The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is recommending that the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) take action to reduce pathogen contamination on chicken and turkey products, make sure that agency food-safety standards are being met, and better assess whether on-farm practices are effective in reducing pathogens in live poultry. In a… Continue Reading

Government Gets More Time to Respond to DeCoster’s No-Jail Argument

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Because the defense attorney for Austin “Jack” DeCoster has raised a “novel constitutional issue that appears to be a matter of first impression,” assistant U.S. District Attorney Peter E. Deegan Jr. has asked the judge for more time to respond. DeCoster, who is awaiting sentencing on a federal misdemeanor, claims he cannot be incarcerated or… Continue Reading

Seven Salmonella Cases Confirmed After North Carolina Church Conference

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Officials with the Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services in Gastonia, NC, announced Tuesday that they are investigating reports of Salmonellosis associated with a church conference at Living Word Tabernacle Church in Bessemer City, NC. As of Tuesday afternoon, health officials said there were seven confirmed cases, with a significant number of lab… Continue Reading

Foster Farms: Food-Safety Leader or Bad Actor?

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After 11 years at the helm of California-based poultry producer Foster Farms, Ron Foster announced last week that he was stepping down as president and CEO of the company his grandparents started 75 years ago. Over those 11 years, the company has attracted a lot of attention related to Salmonella, both good and bad. Under… Continue Reading

President and CEO of Foster Farms to Step Down

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Ron Foster, the president and CEO of California-based Foster Farms, announced Thursday that he will step down from those positions within the poultry company, according to the Modesto Bee. However, he will remain an owner and board member. Foster, 56, has served for 11 years as head of the company that his grandparents founded 75… Continue Reading

Defense Secret: How to Keep ‘Jack’ DeCoster Out of Jail

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America’s former egg king is not going to jail, according to his defense attorneys from Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, D.C. Attorney Frank R. Volpe has filed a motion on behalf of Austin (Jack) DeCoster in U.S. District Court for Northern Iowa, with a mostly secret legal argument claiming that, if the 71-year-old defendant is… Continue Reading

Despite Ruling, Midwest Egg Producers Unlikely to Give Up California Market Without a Fight

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Even after being told last week that they don’t have standing to sue in federal court, six Midwest egg-producing states aren’t likely to give up either battery cages for their laying hens nor the big California market. Battery cages are housing systems for chickens, laying hens, and various other types of poultry production systems which… Continue Reading