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Five Questions About FDA’s Food Safety Challenge

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(This blog post, published here on Oct. 21, 2014, is the first in a series of five-question interviews the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is doing with stakeholders in government innovation, food/food safety, and other areas that relate to the 2014 FDA Food Safety Challenge.) Today’s “Five Questions” features Palmer Orlandi, Ph.D., senior science advisor, U.S…. Continue Reading

Virginia Grower Recalls One Lot of Fresh Cilantro for Potential Salmonella

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Shenandoah Growers Inc. of Harrisonburg, VA, announced Wednesday that one lot of its conventional fresh-cut cilantro was being recalled due to the potential of Salmonella contamination. The company said the single lot, consisting of 465 plastic clamshell containers in all, was shipped to two customers in Maryland and Alabama (one retail distribution center and one… Continue Reading

CDC Shares Data on E. Coli and Salmonella in Beef

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A widely held belief among food safety experts is that the U.S. beef industry has made enormous strides in the past two decades to reduce outbreaks and recalls associated with beef. One of the many measures initiated by industry to help reduce illness associated with beef has been the Beef Safety Conference, held each year… Continue Reading

Traceback Investigations: Mapping the Maze

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(This article by Douglas Karas was first published in the October/November 2014 issue of Food Safety Magazine and is reposted here with permission.) In the spring of 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began to hear from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health partners about cases… Continue Reading

Cashew Pieces Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

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Chetak New York of Edison, NJ, is recalling 5,560 packages of 7 oz., 3,840 packages of 14 oz., and 1,920 packages of 28 oz. “Deep Raw Cashew Pieces” because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled “Deep Raw Cashew Pieces” were distributed nationwide in retail stores from March 12, 2014, to Oct. 21,… Continue Reading

Organic Carob Powder Recalled for Salmonella Risk

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Z Natural Foods of West Palm Beach, FL, is recalling 55 pounds of Lightly Roasted Organic Carob Powder due to potential Salmonella contamination. The recalled Lightly Roasted Organic Carob Powder was only available for sale directly through the company’s website at www.ZNaturalFoods.com. It was not available in retail stores. The Lightly Roasted Organic Carob Powder… Continue Reading

Scientists Studying Salmonella in Cattle Lymph Nodes

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If you eat undercooked beef, it’s not just E. coli you have to worry about. Salmonella may be predominately associated with poultry, but beef can also be contaminated with the pathogen. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23 percent of the outbreaks attributed to beef between 2009 and 2013 were caused by… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Salmonella Really Should Be An Adulterant – Always

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Last Thursday the Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture made the following announcement: State health and agriculture officials said today that six recent cases of salmonellosis in Minnesota have been linked to raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken entrees. The implicated product is Antioch Farms brand A La Kiev raw stuffed chicken breast with… Continue Reading

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