Food Safety News


GAO says some USDA food safety standards are outdated

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:01:43 +0000



The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)  should carry on with its work to reduce pathogens in meat and poultry, but first, the agency needs to improve documentation, add some timelines to its tasks and check on the effectiveness of on-farm practices. Those three new recommendations by the Government Accountability Office (GAO),  the auditing,... Continue Reading

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Another company recalls kratom after illness reported

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:00:50 +0000



A company in Utah is recalling “NxtGen Botanicals Maeng Da Kratom” labeled bottles of kratom supplements because they has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. At least one illness has been reported in connection with this brand of kratom. The recall notice does not specify what strain of Salmonella federal inspectors found in the NxtGen kratom, but at least 132 people in 38 states have been... Continue Reading

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Officials in Michigan, Utah warn about new hepatitis A cases

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:00:45 +0000



Public health officials in Utah and Michigan are alerting people to possible exposure to the hepatitis A virus after confirmation of infected foodservice workers. The illnesses are part of a multi-state outbreak that has sickened about 1,200 people and killed almost 50. Infected people are usually contagious before they develop symptoms. The highly contagious virus... Continue Reading

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Unusually high percentage of E. coli victims hospitalized

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:00:34 +0000



An E. coli outbreak traced to chopped romaine lettuce has spread to another five states and public health officials are reporting a hospitalization rate of almost 60 percent, which is twice the usual rate. There are 53 confirmed cases spread across 16 states, as of Wednesday’s update from the federal Centers for Disease Control and... Continue Reading

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Outbreaks in Japan likely from contaminated seaweed facility

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:01:56 +0000



Outbreak investigators in Japan have identified contamination in a seaweed production plant as the cause of seven foodborne illness outbreaks that sickened almost 2,100 people in 2017. The seven foodborne norovirus outbreaks were all attributable to dried, shredded seaweed called nori, according to a report from researchers in Japan and published in recent days by... Continue Reading

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FDA Salmonella finding prompts recall of three raw dog foods

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:00:48 +0000



Carnivore Meat Co. LLC has recalled two Vital Essentials raw dog food products due to possible Salmonella contamination. In addition to the Vital Essentials recall, TruDog LLC has advised its customers by email that it has withdrawn a single batch of its Boost Me product, also due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled products and... Continue Reading

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More Explorateur soft cheese recalled for Listeria risk

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:00:25 +0000



World’s Best Cheeses based in Armonk, NY, is recalling Formagerie de la Brie brand l’Explorateur soft ripened cheese After a French supplier warned it could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a potentially deadly foodborne pathogen. “The cheese was manufactured by Fromagerie de la Brie of St. Simeon, France. World’s Best Cheeses was one of several importers notified by their French... Continue Reading

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FDA confirms outbreak strain at Rose Acre’s egg facility

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:00:22 +0000



Nothing causes more consumer confusion than the recall of a couple hundred million eggs by a significant producer. It brings out much befuddlement as retail egg buyers have to sort out Julian dates, brands, lot numbers, plant numbers and distribution channels. Worse than the confusion is that when people find eggs they have bad eggs... Continue Reading

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Case count in Canadian oyster norovirus outbreak doubles

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0000



The case count in a norovirus outbreak traced to oyster farms in British Columbia, Canada, has more than doubled in a week. Public health officials initially reported the outbreak April 9 when there were about 40 known cases. This week the Public Health Agency of Canada reported the case count at 126. The cases of... Continue Reading

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State recommends hepatitis A vaccinations to curb outbreak

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 04:01:25 +0000



Kentucky’s Department of Public Health recommended on Monday that all unvaccinated people in six of the state’s counties seek hepatitis A vaccination because of an ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A infections. Of the 311 cases currently known of in Kentucky, 214 victims live in the Jefferson County/Louisville area. Additionally, Bullitt, Hardin, Greenup, Carter and Boyd counties have each reported five... Continue Reading

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Food safety in the United Kingdom may take a hit with Brexit

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 04:00:55 +0000



Some experts worry that weakening already overstretched institutions responsible for ensuring food safety in Great Britain will lead to unsafe food as the country prepares to finalize its exit from the European Union. Brexit means the UK will need a stronger Food Safety Agency, they say, because the country will no longer be able to... Continue Reading

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GAO tells Rep. DeLauro that agencies need to pick up the pace

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 04:00:26 +0000



At the request of Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-CT, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has returned to the problem of managing the risk of arsenic in rice. The GAO is an agency in the legislative branch of the federal government that provides auditing, evaluation and investigative services for Congress Arsenic, a natural element in... Continue Reading

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Both sides now: Opposing views from across the courtroom

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 04:00:15 +0000



Editor’s note: This is part of a series of articles leading up to the 20th annual Food Safety Summit. The event, from May 7-10 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in suburban Chicago, includes certification courses; a trade show with exhibitors from industry, academia and government; an extensive list of seminars and panel discussions; and a... Continue Reading

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FDA downgrades Gate Gourmet airline catering operation

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 04:02:04 +0000



In a March 29 warning letter the FDA formally notified Gate Gourmet Inc. owners that the classification of their airline catering facility in Erlanger, KY, has been downgraded from approved to provisional. In November of 2017 Gate Gourmet found Listeria in its Los Angeles kitchen at LAX airport, and several airlines including American, Delta and Virgin Australia suspended their use of the air catering service... Continue Reading

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FSIS shows how career service professionals run government

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 04:01:57 +0000



Except for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s recent threats to extend the Senate’s work week unless it picks up the pace on confirmations, the continued vacancies in top government positions do not get much attention. Maybe it’s because the government continues to do its thing no matter who’s on top. More than 450 days into the... Continue Reading

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