The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will no longer detain cucumbers from the Mexican growers whose products were linked to an outbreak of Salmonella earlier this year. The agency removed the two cucumber suppliers from its import alerts list this week, meaning that their products can no longer be “detained without physical examination.” The cucumbers…

Four more illnesses have been reported in the hepatitis A outbreak linked to pomegranate seeds sold in the western U.S., bringing the total case count up from 143 to 147, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. The newly recorded cases occurred in California, which reported one new case, and New Mexico, which…

Early this year, the discovery that horsemeat was being substituted for beef in some European foods triggered widespread concern over food fraud in the EU. This substitution, deemed the “horsemeat scandal,” was eventually determined to be affecting around 5 percent of European beef products. But in the U.S., consumers have a different type of fraud…

This story was updated on March 2, 2013 to include expanded recall information. An Ontario-based specialty cheese company is recalling its gorgonzola cheese for possible Listeria contamination. Arla Foods Inc. of Concord, ON issued a voluntary recall of its Mauri brand gorgonzola Monday because the cheese has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.…

Earlier this month Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran sent a letter to Rebecca Blank, the acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, asking that the Department “vigorously enforce the antidumping order against frozen fish fillets from Vietnam.” The fish Cochran is concerned about is catfish, and his concerns are not new.  Every year for more…

Sesame seed paste containing a rare strain of Salmonella sickened 23 people in 7 states and the District of Columbia last year, reveals a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The article, published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report last week, marked the first time the government has told…

The California Department of Public Health is warning consumers not to eat five different dried plum and prune products because they may contain dangerous levels of lead. CDPH issued a health advisory Monday after tests revealed illegal concentrations of lead in the preserved fruits, all of which were imported by California companies from either Hong…