The largest recorded foodborne illness outbreak in German history was caused by frozen strawberries imported from China, according to a study published in the February issue of Eurosurveillance. At least 11,000 cases of norovirus were reported by 390 institutions – mostly schools and childcare facilities – between Sept. 19 and Oct. 7, 2012. Epidemiologists were…

A Missouri firm is recalling approximately 123 pounds of frozen meatballs because they may be contaminated with Listeria. P.E. & F. Inc. of St. Louis, MO issued a voluntary recall of its frozen, ready-to-eat meatballs Thursday after routine sampling by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) revealed Listeria monocytogenes in…

Burgers that were recalled in Canada last week for potential E. coli contamination have now been linked to five illnesses, reported health officials Monday. The same strain of E. coli O157:H that was isolated from five patients in Alberta and Ontario was also found in Butcher’s Choice brand Garlic Peppercorn beef burgers, according to the…

It’s September, so it’s time for us to bust some myths.

Beginning in the mid-90s, National Food Safety Education Month has focused public attention on safe food handling and preparation.  Since 2009, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in cooperation with the non-profit …

A California company is recalling imported frozen fish–Shishamo Roe Capelin–because of its potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum.

The recall by Pacific American Fish Co, Inc. of Vernon, CA was prompted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s regulation that salt-cured, uneviscerated fish must not be more than than 5 inches in length. The Shishamo …

Snow, sleet, ice, and wind can wreak havoc on our every day lives. Winter! It’s a fact of modern life: sometimes the power goes out.

If your power goes out, knowing how to keep food safe can help minimize the loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

I have put together some …

JFC International Inc. in Brooklyn, NY is recalling frozen capelin fish because it was not properly eviscerated prior to processing.  The problem was discovered by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors during a routine inspection and subsequent lab analysis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday.

The product may be …