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FDA warning letters: Seafood HACCP issues, Salmonella in pistachios

On Sept. 30, the Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to Shin Ho Sing Ocean Enterprises Co. Ltd. in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, to inform the company that its HACCP plan for frozen, cooked saury did not meet federal requirements. The warning letter explained that FDA had acquired a copy of the firm’s HACCP… Continue Reading

FDA warns California firm about pistachios linked to Salmonella outbreak

A California company has been warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to fully document any manufacturing changes it makes so that two Salmonella strains found in its pistachios and linked to a multistate outbreak this past spring will not recur. The FDA warning letter, dated Oct. 7, was addressed to Stewart Resnick, owner of The Wonderful Company based… Continue Reading

FDA testing finds weed killer residue in honey, instant oatmeal

EPA calls glyphosate 'unlikely to be carcinogenic'; comments due by Oct. 17

Testing for glyphosate residue at a U.S. Food and Drug Administration laboratory in Atlanta has found up to 1.67 parts per million (ppm) in certain instant oatmeal cereals and up to 121 nanograms per gram (ng/g) in samples of honey. Glyphosate is a widely used and controversial herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. It was… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters: Seafood HACCP and labeling violations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently posted a warning letter that went out to Royal Lagoon Seafood Inc. of Theodore, AL. FDA’s New Orleans District Office wrote to the company on Sept. 22 to say that an inspection of its seafood processing facility on June 28 and 29 found “serious violations” of both the… Continue Reading

Feds say Salmonella outbreak linked to sprouts appears over

A recent multistate outbreak of Salmonella Reading and Salmonella Abony infections linked to alfalfa sprouts appears to be over, according to a final update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The outbreak sickened 36 people from nine states and hospitalized seven of them. No related deaths were reported. Illnesses started on dates… Continue Reading

Spices USA recalls imported ground turmeric for excessive lead

Spices USA Inc. of Hialeah, FL, is recalling 772 50-pound bags of Tasty Sawa Ground Turmeric because it contains elevated levels of lead. The company sells its products to distributors and re-packers, not directly to consumers. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem, according to Spices USA. Consumers are warned not… Continue Reading

‘Toddler formula alternative’ recalled for potential Cronobacter risk

Graceleigh Inc. of Newport Beach, CA, doing business as Sammy’s Milk, is recalling all lots of Sammy’s Milk Baby Food because of the possible presence of Cronobacter, a bacteria that can cause severe and sometimes fatal blood infections or meningitis in infants, and because it may not provide adequate nutritional levels of iron. Sammy’s Milk… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters: Pests, seafood HACCP issues, drug residues

The most recently posted food-related warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration went to a sprout operation, two seafood importers, a seafood processor and two dairy farms. Chicago’s Indoor Garden was sent a warning letter on March 25 regarding an inspection FDA conducted from May 11-14, 2015, at the company’s sprout operation at 4459 Division St…. Continue Reading