FDAWarningcolor_406x250A French company that packs olives and garlic and a sardine packer in Portugal are both on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for food safety violations at their facilities.

In warning letters dated May 5 and recently made public by FDA, the agency outlined violations and gave the companies 15 working days to…

Roland brand anchovy-stuffed olives are being recalled from retailers and food service operations across North America after consumer complaints of bulging cans spurred federal investigators to test the product.

recalled Roland olives stuffed with anchoviesThe recall includes 3-ounce cans of olives distributed in the United States and Canada. Neither the American Roland Food Corp. nor the U.S. Food and Drug…

Olive powder, a substance derived from de-fatting and de-stoning olives, could be effective in combatting both E. coli bacteria and two known carcinogens, government researchers have found. Scientists at the Agricultural Research Service, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the University of Arizona- Tucson have discovered that olive powder reduces the…

A Rhode Island-based grocery chain is recalling certain Mediterranean olives because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL) issued a voluntary recall of Bel Frantoio brand Mediterranean Olives: Calcidica Sweet Monday after the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) discovered that the product was stored at room…

Next to the Queen looking pretty bored during the Open Ceremonies, about the worst thing for the British was a few jars of Italian olives contaminated with deadly botulism showing up at the start of the London Games. The problem first surfaced on July 25 when the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the United Kingdom…

Editor’s Note: In 1919, canned ripe olives spread an outbreak of deadly Botulism to three states. Nineteen people died, almost half the deaths ever caused by food products commercially canned in California — all killed in one outbreak. The incident remains one of the 10 deadliest outbreaks of foodborne illness in U.S. history. As part

United Natural Foods is recalling certain types of FoodMatch Divina stuffed olives and Tabatchnick Yankee Bean Soup, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death.

Consumers are warned not to eat these products even if they do not look or smell spoiled.

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Nearly a week after a woman in Finland died from botulism poisoning — the result of eating tainted Italian olives — a U.S. distributor is warning consumers not to eat Bio Gaudiano Organic Olives Stuffed with Almonds because they may be contaminated with the Clostridium botulinum toxin.

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The distributor, Pure Italian of Watertown, MA, together …

Former presidential candidate and U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, is suing the U.S. House of Representatives cafeteria for selling him a sandwich wrap in 2008 containing an olive pit that allegedly caused oral injuries.

The lawsuit, filed in Superior Court for the District of Columbia earlier this month, seeks $150,000 in damages from the companies …

Two low-acid canned food facilities in Spain, inspected in February by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have recently received warning letters about their operations.

Industrias Alimentarias De Navarra, S.A.U., based in Villafranco Navarra northeast of Madrid, received a warning letter from FDA on May 27 about its canned black olives.  Then in a …