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Kibbeh caution: Raw recipes perfect for foodborne pathogens

A new caution notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture this week warns of the health risks of kibbeh, a Middle Eastern and North African dish traditionally prepared with beef or lamb combined with raw onion, cracked wheat and spices. “Although there are some versions of the dish that are baked or fried — such as Kibbeh raas, quipe, Kubba halab, or Kibbeh bil sinieh — others like… Continue Reading

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Rat Czar to the rescue — Comment now on USDA chicken plan — Cleanup on Aisle 2; pooh on you

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption. Man sprays produce with feces-scented liquid A Harris Teeter store in South Carolina has reopened after a man allegedly sprayed fresh produce with what is believed to be… Continue Reading

OIG says USDA reviews of exporting countries are inadequate

Inconsistencies increase risk of adulterated or unsafe meat, poultry, egg products being imported

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines,” said early-American philosopher and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson. But in the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, consistency gets greater appreciation. In its recent evaluation of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service equivalency… Continue Reading

Chicken, pork sandwiches recalled for undeclared allergen

GB Green Gastronome LLC in Jamaica, NY, is recalling about 8,000 pounds of chicken and pork steam buns because a federal inspector discovered the company had failed to update product labels to include coconut, a known allergen. Specifically, the sandwiches contain coconut milk and coconut cream, according to the recall notice posted today by the… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Raynetta Jackson of FSIS

Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service, republished here with permission. FSIS is more than just a career for Consumer Safety Inspector Raynetta Jackson: It is a second home where her colleagues are considered family. Jackson is… Continue Reading

HEB shredded beef products recalled for extraneous material

Following a consumer complaint about plastic in the product, J & B Sausage Company Inc., doing business as J Bar B Foods in Waelder, TX, Thursday recalled more than 6 tons of fully cooked shredded beef products, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The Fully Cooked Smoked Seasoned Shredded… Continue Reading

Aldi, Publix, Weis ground turkey recalled after metal bits found

St. Pauls, NC-based Prestage Foods Inc. Monday recalled 38,475 pounds of ground turkey after a retailer found extraneous metal in the product, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The problem was discovered on Sept. 27 when FSIS was contacted by plant employees who were sanitizing processing equipment. On the same… Continue Reading

Sausage products recalled for misbranding, undeclared allergen

The New York offices of the RI Wang Food Group Co. Ltd. has added pork and beef products to a recall initiated Sept. 15. The products are misbranded and include an undeclared allergen. According to the recent recall notice, 63,823 pounds of “Heat Treated but Not Fully Cooked-Not Shelf Stable” pork sausage and beef products are being recalled because they contain milk, which is not declared… Continue Reading

USDA’s temporary food safety administrators are in demand

If Carmen Rottenberg and Paul Kiecker are feeling just a bit like Lucy and Charlie Brown, it’s understandable. During the first month of holding down USDA’s top two food safety jobs on an acting basis, Rottenberg and Kiecker have taken 19 meetings with people outside the federal government. By taking on the jobs of USDA’s… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Aaron Strickland of FSIS

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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’s Food Safety Inspection Service, republished here with permission. Arron Strickland has worked for FSIS for six years and currently serves as the lead consumer safety inspector (LCSI) at Establishment P-40183 in Kinston, North Carolina…. Continue Reading