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Texas company recalls raw, frozen ground beef for E. coli

Texas Naturals Meats is recalling almost 500 pounds of raw frozen ground beef that was produced almost a year ago because its own tests this week returned positive results for E. coli O103. The recalled “Green Fields Farms Rogers Texas Ground Beef” sparked concern at the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) because its… Continue Reading

Virulent Newcastle Disease means backyard chicken craze needs to clean up its act

Homeowners with backyard chickens have now given federal agriculture officials reason to worry. A contagious viral disease affecting the respiratory, nervous and digestive systems of birds and poultry is spreading through backyard exhibition chickens in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties in California. Virulent Newcastle Disease or vND is not a foodborne illness, but humans working with… Continue Reading

Multiple brands of chicken, beef and pork products recalled

A Michigan company is recalling more than 14 tons of salami, bologna, sausage and hot dogs made from poultry, pork and beef, according to a notice from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Winter Sausage Manufacturing Co. in Eastpointe, MI, had to recall the 28,300 pounds of meat and poultry products because they were… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: FDA continues its role as Chicken Little

Opinion

After 25 years doing food litigation, I am seldom surprised by the announcement of a foodborne illness outbreak. It was no different last Friday when Indiana announced a multi-state Salmonella outbreak linked to cut fruit — mainly melons sold at large retailers in several states. Over the years, people in government or in various parts of the… Continue Reading

After court loss: Cattlemen want Trump to make COOL part of the deal

Those independent cattle ranchers who mostly hold up in Billings, MT, won’t back down when it comes to country of origin labeling (COOL), which is also favored by many food safety advocates. A federal judge in Spokane just declined to bring back COOL for beef and pork, but the ranchers say there is still someone… Continue Reading

Ruiz pulls 25 tons of frozen breakfast burritos after complaints

Consumers have reported finding pieces of plastic in frozen breakfast burritos, spurring Ruiz Food Products Inc. to recall 25 tons of the products. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) posted the recall notice Thursday evening, encouraging retailers and consumers to check their freezers for the El Monterey Signature brand burritos. Ruiz Food Products,… Continue Reading

No quick or easy answers for using raw manure on food crops

Watch children’s first reactions at a dairy farm and you’ll see their hands quickly going up to their faces and their fingers pinching their nostrils shut. “What’s that awful smell,” they’ll ask the farmer. For a farmer who hasn’t hosted groups of students before, the first expression crossing his or her face might be one… Continue Reading

‘BE’ label launch may cost more than feds yearly spend on food safety

Remember all that noise not long ago that went on for years about labeling genetically engineered foods, aka GMOs? Four big states put the idea to voters, who all rejected it. Then little Vermont passed a single state law that might have become the national standard by default. But finally, Congress stepped in and turned… Continue Reading