Food Safety News

Letter From The Editor: What is Sonny Perdue thinking?

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 05:00:13 +0000

In case you missed it, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue took his finger off the pause button last week to implement his reorganization of USDA. He’s removed the U.S. Codex Office from the Food Safety and Inspection Service to the Office of the Under Secretary for Trade and Agricultural Affairs. And he eliminated the Grain... Continue Reading

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FDA warns against Udder Milk; urges treatment even if not sick

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:00:13 +0000

Additional state and federal investigators have joined New Jersey, issuing public warnings about unpasteurized, raw milk being illegally distributed by Udder Milk. The milk has been linked to a case of antibiotic-resistant brucellosis. New Jersey’s Department of Health ordered the company — self-described as a “co-op on wheels” — to cease and desist its illegal... Continue Reading

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Giant, Martin’s, Stop & Shop recall frozen corn for Listeria risk

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:16:24 +0000

Giant Food Stores, Martin’s Food Markets and Stop & Shop Supermarkets are all recalling store branded Frozen Whole Kernel Sweet Corn because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination from an unnamed supplier. The corn was sold in 16 oz. bags from the Frozen Vegetable Set, End Cap or Frozen First Case in Giants, Martin’s, and Stop & Shop stores, according to the recall notice on the Giant website. There is... Continue Reading

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Briefly: Turtle trouble — Calf concerns — Bugs in the fridge

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:14:38 +0000

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, brought to you today with the support of Turtle trouble: Outbreak count up 78 percent 10 weeks Salmonella contamination from pet turtles and a lack of... Continue Reading

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Criminal conviction tops USDA quarterly enforcement report

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:03:19 +0000

Gilberto De Armas, the owner of Rubio’s Ranch in Miami, was sentenced to six months of house arrest after pleading guilty to one felony count of selling uninspected and adulterated meat. He must also pay $ 600 in fines and special assessments and serve three years’ probation. De Armas’ conviction was the only criminal activity reported... Continue Reading

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Ready-to-eat chicken wraps recalled for allergens, misbranding

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:01:10 +0000

Missa Bay LLC  in Swedesboro, NJ, is recalling 46 pounds of chicken wrap products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The product contains peanut and soy, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.  The ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken wraps were produced... Continue Reading

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Wyoming tracking Salmonella illness clusters; cause unknown

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:03:36 +0000

Public health officials are investigating clusters of Salmonella infections in central Wyoming that include sick people from schools and childcare centers. The Wyoming Department of Health launched its investigation after receiving multiple reports of gastroenteritis illnesses in Fremont County. State health department employees are contacting people whose children attend the implicated schools and daycare centers.... Continue Reading

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U.S. audit finds food safety problems continue for Brazil’s meat

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:02:44 +0000

The first U.S. audit of Brazil’s food safety system since Operation Weak Flesh exposed corruption in the South American nation’s meat industry fell short of being clean. In transmitting the audit on Nov. 9, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) told Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA) that more work needs... Continue Reading

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Yorgo’s recalls all Greek-style foods after Listeria testing

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:01:21 +0000

All Greek-style food products manufactured by  Yorgo’s Foods Inc. in Manchester, NH are now being recalled because of possible contamination from Listeria monocytogenes. It’s an expansion of the Yorgo’s Nov. 10 recall, which originally involved only select varieties of Hommus and Baba Ghannouj. The expanded recall involves products distributed to retail stores nationwide.  Most of the... Continue Reading

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Casa Sanchez Foods recalls guacamole because of Listeria risk

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:00:34 +0000

Casa Sanchez Foods of Hayward, CA, is recalling its 9-ounce containers of “Real Guacamole” because testing by the Food and Drug Administration confirmed Listeria monocytogenes in a sample of the product. “The current manufacturing process of this product has been suspended while the FDA and the company continue to investigate the source of the issue,”... Continue Reading

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Briefly: Dirty Down Under — drug awareness — IAFP deadline

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:26:30 +0000

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, brought to you today with the support of Brucella cases underscore this week’s theme Two cases of antibiotic-resistant brucellosis linked to unpasteurized, raw milk —... Continue Reading

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Chicken tikka masala recalled because of positive Listeria test

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:04:51 +0000

Sukhi’s Gourmet Indian Foods in Hayward, CA, is recalling 264 pounds of chicken tikka masala products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The frozen, cooked, ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken tikka masala were produced on Nov. 7. The recalled products can be identified by... Continue Reading

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Virgin, Delta join American; nix Gate Gourmet catering at LAX

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:02:09 +0000

Two more airlines have suspended use of the Gate Gourmet flight catering kitchen at Los Angeles International Airport, two weeks after American Airlines said it would stop using the company’s service at the airport because bacteria was found in its facility. Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines have both ceased using Gate Gourmet at LAX. American Airlines stopped using Gate Gourmet’s... Continue Reading

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New Jersey orders Udder Milk to stop illegally selling raw milk

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 07:11:12 +0000

Public health officials have ordered a New Jersey company to cease and desist its illegal sales of unpasteurized, raw milk following confirmation that a woman who drank it was infected with antibiotic-resistant brucellosis. The New Jersey Department of Health issued cease-and-desist orders to Udder Milk on Friday, but did not post the news on is website until... Continue Reading

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USDA delays Obama’s organic livestock standards for review

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:03:16 +0000

The USDA is today publishing a notice in the Federal Register to further delay and reconsider new mandates for handling and transporting livestock and providing avian “living conditions” for poultry raised as organic food. Without the action, the new requirements under the National Organic Program would have taken effect today. Meat and poultry products labeled as... Continue Reading

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