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Dog food meat supplier aces inspection; investigation ongoing

Questions remain on source of euthanasia drug in Evanger's and Against the Grain pet food

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The Food and Drug Administration has completed its investigation into the supplier that furnished meat used in recalled canned dog food that was found to contain the animal euthanasia drug pentobarbital. As yet unidentified, the supplier provides meat used in Evanger’s brand Hunk of Beef and Nutripack’s Against the Grain Pulled Beef brand dog foods,… Continue Reading

Ready Pac recalls 30 tons of salad; Listeria risk in cheese

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Ready Pac Foods Inc. is recalling almost 30 tons of single-serve salad bowls because they contain cheese that the lead company’s supplier has recalled because of Listeria monocytogenes. The 59,225 pounds of Ready Pac’s “Puro Picante Blazin’ Hot” chicken salad bowls have “use-by” dates through March 4, causing concern that consumers may have the recalled… Continue Reading

Evanger’s blames supplier, FDA, for Pentobarbital in dog food

FDA says beef suppliers are not registered; Evanger’s hints at expanded recall

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Breaking news: Evanger’s reveals presence of horse DNA in its Hunk of Beef dog food in a Wednesday letter to its customers. The company will recall all of its Hunk of Beef, Braised Beef Chunks with Gravy and Against the Grain Pulled Beef. The formal recall announcement will be issued this week. Consumer complaints continue… Continue Reading

Toughest criminal and civil actions were not used during 1Q

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USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) completed the first quarter of the federal fiscal year without major use of either the civil or criminal courts, which is a bit unusual. The FSIS quarterly enforcement report for the three month period ending Dec. 31, 2016, shows no seizures or injunctions or other major civil actions… Continue Reading

FDA confirms euthanasia agent pentobarbital in dog food

Pet owners warned to avoid certain Evanger’s and Against the Grain dog food

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The Food and Drug Administration is advising pet owners and pet caretakers not to feed their pets with certain lots of Evanger’s and Against the Grain dog food after confirming the presence of the euthanasia agent pentobarbital in both products. Following discussions with FDA, Evanger’s announced a voluntary recall Feb. 3 of five lots of… Continue Reading

Juicing is healthy, but easily contaminated by pathogens

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So many fruits. So many veggies. So little time. That’s the dilemma that people who want to eat as healthy as possible face. After all, who really has the time to eat the recommended 5 to 9 servings of fruits or vegetables — 2 1/2 cups of veggies and two cups of fruit — each… Continue Reading

FSIS calls public meeting on food allergens for March 16

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reports “a notable increase” in the number of recalls due to undeclared allergens in regulated products and the agency has called a public meeting to talk about it. According to FSIS, more than 170 foods have been reported to cause allergic reactions, but most… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Michael Partridge of the USDA

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Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Michael Partridge is a Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI) serving in the Office of Field Operations (OFO) in the Philadelphia district of the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service. As a CSI, Partridge greatly impacts food safety… Continue Reading

Bipartisan vote crushes Virginia bill to legalize raw milk sales

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Republicans and Democrats joined forces in a committee of the Virginia House of Delegates to defeat an attempt to legalize the sale of raw, unpasteurized milk by a vote of more than two to one. The 6-15 vote against House Bill 2030 saw all six votes in favor cast by Republican members of the Committee… Continue Reading

Food safety rules likely to dodge the regulatory reform bullet

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Federal food safety agencies were not planning on drafting much in the way of new regulations in 2017, which might turn out to be a lucky stroke. The only new regulations now on the horizon that are remotely related to food safety will implement the GMO labeling scheme adopted by Congress this past year. It gives… Continue Reading