By Darin Detwiler

In reflecting on the evolution of food safety over the past three decades, we observe a landscape marked by significant and escalating legal actions against companies responsible for outbreaks and violations.  The effectiveness of these penalties, especially monetary fines, in preventing future lapses in food safety, merits

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Here is bit(e) of history:

Organic Pastures Dairy Company (OPDC) & Raw Farm LLC – Started OPDC in 2000 – Changed name to Raw Farm LLC in 2020

Organic Pastures Dairy Company Recalls and Outbreaks:

  • September 2007 Raw
  • Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: With multiple Listeria, E. coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter outbreaks and/or recalls, why is Raw Farm LLC (formerly Organic Pastures) allowed to sell raw milk products?

    Dozens of speakers addressed FDA officials in a listening session on Sept. 30, and almost all of them said it is time for the agency to come out of the dark ages regarding its recall operations.

    The speakers ranged from consumers whose children had been struck by foodborne illnesses to

    Continue Reading Speakers say the FDA has access to tools to improve recalls; it just needs to use them

    For a new report, Food for thought: Are your groceries safe?, U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund surveyed 50 of the largest grocery and convenience store chains nationwide on how they notify customers about recalls. They also talked to industry experts about what needs to change to
    Continue Reading A new report from U.S. PIRG Education Fund asks, are your groceries safe?

    An ongoing Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) recall modernization project workgroup has released its recommendations after a three-year review of data and information. The AFDO team is made up of regulators and industry representatives from across the country.

    AFDO has released a Recall Whitepaper outlining the group’s work,
    Continue Reading Food and drug officials nationwide review the state of recalls and related needs

    Relish Foods Inc. of El Segundo, CA, is recalling “Frozen Pacific Fusion” brand 10-ounce packages of tuna steaks that could cause food poisoning. 

    The recall is the result of a consumer complaint and FDA sampling that revealed the product has the potential to contain elevated levels of histamines, which can
    Continue Reading Relish Foods recalls tuna steaks after consumer complaint and FDA testing find levels of histamines

    Although the COVID-19 pandemic dominated the news in terms of illnesses, foodborne pathogens also sickened people across the United States in 2021. Packaged leafy greens were behind four outbreaks.

    Two outbreaks of infections from Listeria monocytogenes were announced earlier this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Both
    Continue Reading 2021 outbreaks included fresh produce, cured meats, poultry and frozen shrimp

    Moncton Fish Market Ltd. is recalling Moncton Fish Market brand Bar Clams that have been sold unrefrigerated from the marketplace because the product may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum, which produces the toxin that causes botulism poisoning.

    The recalled product has been sold at Moncton Fish Market, Moncton, New
    Continue Reading Canadian market recalls clams in jars because of botulism risk