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Meat, poultry recalled for misbranding, allergen and no inspections


Union, NJ-based Gaiser’s European Style Provision Inc. has recalled 3,895 pounds of chicken and pork bologna products due to misbranding, undeclared allergens, and being formulated with meat and poultry products that were not federally inspected, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The products may contain nonfat dry milk,… Continue Reading

Foreign materials in Wild Planet chicken cans require recall


Following consumer complaints and one potential injury, Crider Inc. in Stillmore, GA, Tuesday recalled 5,610 pounds of canned organic roasted chicken breast that may be contaminated with foreign materials according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The cans of Wild Planet brand organic roasted chicken breast were produced on Jan. 16…. Continue Reading

Federal investigation of raw milk farm expands to buying clubs


Miller’s Organic Farm is not having a good year. In March, it was associated with a raw milk Listeria outbreak involving one fatality. A judge then approved USDA’s request to inspect the farm, which led to requests for sales records. Now, Amish owner Amos Miller has been ordered back to court on Nov. 1 where he… Continue Reading

Food safety plays part in urban agriculture bill

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-MI, at the Lafayette Greens Community Urban Garden in Detroit to discuss the importance of local agriculture with Garden Manager Gwen Meyer, right.

Imagine walking down the street in your city neighborhood and stopping by a garden, planted in what used to be a vacant lot, to buy some vegetables or fruit for supper. For many people, this is not pie-in-the sky dreaming. It’s a welcome reality — and a pleasant change in scenery. As urban agriculture continues… Continue Reading

27 tons of turkey recalled over unidentified black material


Michigan Turkey Producers of Grand Rapids Saturday recalled  approximately 54,011 pounds of turkey breast products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically an unidentified black material, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). It was the third and largest recall of the weekend for USDA-regulated products. The oven… Continue Reading

USDA says activists off the mark with catfish complaints


The activist group Food and Water Watch is down as a “strong supporter” of the catfish program now underway in USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). It would, however, like to see more progress and doesn’t like the inclusion of a couple foreign establishments that FSIS has allowed to sign up for catfish inspections…. Continue Reading

Traffic through Almanza’s office didn’t slow in summer months


Who spent time this summer with Al Almanza, USDA’s deputy under secretary for food safety and its acting administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service? Industry and union representatives, foreign dignitaries, a former boss, and a few others. Almanza’s “public calendar” has been updated through September, detailing his meetings with people outside the federal… Continue Reading

Illnesses linked to Costco chicken salad in Washington

This product photo is posted with the public health warning regarding Costco chicken salad.

Less than a year after Costco recalled chicken salad that sickened people across seven states another outbreak linked to the club store’s rotisserie chicken salad has been revealed — more than a month after the suspect food was sold. Only one Costco store was implicated as of Sunday when the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection… Continue Reading

CA leafy greens audits reveal more compliance than citations

Produce harvest

Hundreds of audits of California leafy greens operations during the 2015-2016 season found 99.5-percent compliance with industry food safety standards, according to the latest annual report from the Sacramento-based California Leafy Greens Products Handler Marketing Agreement (LGMA). LGMA reported there were 470 announced and unannounced audits during last year and this year of its approximately 100… Continue Reading

Food safety tips for those in path of Hurricane Matthew


Hurricane Evacuation Route sign

Editor’s note: The USDA posted this information Wednesday in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The National Hurricane Center expects that Category 3 Hurricane Matthew will affect Florida’s Atlantic coast Thursday evening… Continue Reading