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FDA: Plant Inspections Reveal Salmonella

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Environmental samples taken in July by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspectors at two different locations within the nSpired Natural Foods Inc. nut butter manufacturing facility in Ashland, OR, tested positive for Salmonella, according to agency inspection reports. The samples were taken at a bakery “during the manufacturing of dried pasteurized almonds lot 5461,”… Continue Reading

Peanut, Almond Butters Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination After Four Sickened

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Six brands of peanut butter and almond butter have been recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. The recall, announced Tuesday, includes peanut and almond butter products sold by Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. nSpired Natural Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain retail lots of Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butters, MaraNatha Almond Butters and Peanut Butters, and… Continue Reading

Auditor Gave Positive Food Safety Reviews to Farms Later Linked to Outbreaks

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The third-party food safety auditor that gave a passing review to Jensen Farms just weeks before its cantaloupe caused a deadly Listeria outbreak in 2011 also gave a positive audit to the farm that shipped romaine lettuce implicated in a more recent E. coli outbreak tied to Trader Joe’s branded salads, according to documents obtained… Continue Reading

‘Made in USA’ Advocate Wants Court to Order Trader Joe’s to Comply With COOL

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Joel D. Joseph, chairman of the Los Angeles-based Made in USA Foundation, announced Tuesday that he wants a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit he filed in April against Trader Joe’s over country-of-origin labeling (COOL). Joseph claims Trader Joe’s labeling of fresh meat and produce is misleading and confusing, and he’s filed the lawsuit on behalf… Continue Reading

304 Containers of Trader Joe’s Egg White Salad With Chives Recalled for Possible Listeria

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Lansal Inc. (doing business as Hot Mama’s Foods) announced Sunday that it is voluntarily recalling 304 containers (approximately 114 pounds) of Trader Joe’s Egg White Salad with Chives packaged in 6-ounce plastic containers due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled Egg White Salad with Chives was distributed to Trader Joe’s grocery stores in… Continue Reading

Trader Joe’s Named in E. coli Lawsuits

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Residents of California and Washington state who allege they fell ill with E. coli infections after eating salads purchased from Trader Joe’s last year have filed lawsuits against the retailer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counted 33 people from 4 states who fell ill with E. coli infections after eating salads or wraps… Continue Reading

Sunland Organic Peanut Butter Plant to be Auctioned on Thursday

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What began 18 months ago with the recall of organic peanut butter involved in a Salmonella outbreak will end later this week when the shuttered Sunland Inc. processing plant goes on the auction block. In September 2012, when Trader Joe’s recalled its Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, manufactured in Portales, NM, by Sunland, the processing… Continue Reading

Organic Basil Sold at Trader Joe’s Recalled Due to Potential Salmonella Risk

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Infinite Herbs LLC of Miami, FL, is voluntarily recalling one lot of its 2.5-ounce packages of Organic Basil sold at Trader Joe’s because of potential contamination with Salmonella. The recall only affects one specific lot of Infinite Herbs brand Organic Basil packaged in 2.5-ounce clamshells bearing the “Date Packed 02/21 20422″. The “Date Packed” information can… Continue Reading

The 10 Biggest Foodborne Illness Outbreaks of 2013

Chicken and fresh produce lead the pack

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Editor’s note: 2013 saw dozens of well-publicized foodborne illness outbreaks. While many of them were found to have sickened a handful of individuals, a few stood out as especially wide in scope. Food Safety News has compiled a list of 10 of the biggest U.S. outbreaks in 2013. Please note that the list excludes Norovirus outbreaks and… Continue Reading

E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Salads Declared Over With 33 Sick

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The outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 linked to ready-to-eat salad products produced by Glass Onion Catering and sold at Trader Joe’s has ended, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At least 33 people in four states fell ill, with seven hospitalized. Two patients developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a kidney disease… Continue Reading