Food Safety News


FDA, U.S. Marshals raid Minnesota warehouse, seize food

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:01:28 +0000



Professional Warehouse and Distribution Inc., a repeat offender on the FDA’s books, won’t be storing food for human consumption any more according to the owner who spoke after U.S. Marshals seized food from the rodent-infested facility. The marshals went in on June 15 after the U.S. Department of Justice, working at the request of the... Continue Reading

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Hummus recalled from Walmart, Target, HEB for Listeria risk

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:00:53 +0000



Three brands of hummus with pine nut topping — including Walmart’s Marketside brand — are being recalled in the U.S. and Canada for potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes because the pine nuts were supplied by Hudson Valley Farms Inc., which found the pathogen in its production facility. House of Thaller, a Knoxville, TN, company initiated the hummus recall... Continue Reading

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Organic dates, snacks recalled for Listeria risk from HVF plant

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:00:53 +0000



United Natural Trading LLC in Edison, NJ, has joined the list of companies recalling food because it contains ingredients from Hudson Valley Farms Inc., which found Listeria monocytogenes in its facility. Hudson Valley provided dates to United Natural Trading. Hudson Valley Farms notified United Natural Trading of the potential contamination, which impacts several brands distributed by... Continue Reading

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Food safety in health care kitchens impacts patient healing

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:00:51 +0000



The 44th annual conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control brought together an international array of expertise to the convention center in Portland, OR. Presentations and an abundance of creative posters were shared, each primarily based on unique experiences. Many sessions covered the importance of kitchens and food safety protocols in the healing... Continue Reading

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Publisher’s Platform: Dave Theno defined food safety culture

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:00:43 +0000



Editor’s note: Food Safety crusader David M. Theno died Monday, June 19, 2017, when he was hit by a large wave while swimming with his grandson. Bill Marler, who worked with Theno to raise food safety awareness for more than 25 years, posted these thoughts after receiving the news about the death of his comrade... Continue Reading

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Large wave hits, kills food safety icon David M. Theno

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:12:38 +0000



Food safety icon David M. Theno, 66, was hit by a large wave Monday while swimming with his grandson near Hulopoʻe Beach fronting Hawaii’s  Four Seasons Resort Lānaʻi.  Local firefighters responded to a report of a man being  pulled from the ocean at 1:29 p.m. on Monday, June 19, 2017. Lānaʻi (File photo by Wendy Osher) Theno was... Continue Reading

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Gov. LePage signs Maine food sovereignty into first-of-its kind law

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 04:14:59 +0000



Maine has officially withdrawn state regulatory control from 20 or more local communities that have passed so-called food sovereignty ordinances. Additional cities and towns have only to adopt such ordinances to fall under the local control act that has been signed into law by Maine Gov. Paul LePage. Adoption, however, may be more symbolic than... Continue Reading

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Cattlemen sue USDA in federal court over Country of Origin Labeling (COOL)

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 04:10:28 +0000



State and national cattlemen’s associations hope to team rope the  U.S. Department of Agriculture in federal court over  regulations that they say allow beef and pork to be classified as “domestic products” even when the meat products involved are imported from foreign counties to confuse American consumers and harm U.S. farmers and ranchers. It’s an... Continue Reading

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream gets positive close out letter from FDA

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:58:07 +0000



After a 2015 food-safety issue, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is back in store, with more scoop shops, flavors, and respect than before. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a close-out letter, announcing that Jeni’s corrected the problems they were previously cited for, in the initial warning letter.   The company’s revenue has resumed since a health scare at a Whole Foods store... Continue Reading

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Organic nut recall: Ava’s cashews, almonds may carry Listeria

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:01:25 +0000



Hampton Farms has expanded its recall of Ava’s brand cashews and almonds, distributed for retail sale in New Jersey, because its nut supplier Hudson Valley Foods Inc. found Listeria monocytogenes in its processing plant in Highland, NY. Hampton Farms used the nuts from Hudson Valley Farms in Ava’s branded organic roasted unsalted cashews and organic roasted unsalted almonds,... Continue Reading

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CDC report shows foodborne botulism poisoning increasing

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:01:06 +0000



Botulism poisoning has been getting a lot of attention in recent weeks and a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows no indication that the paralyzing pathogen is going away. During the weeks before the CDC released its report on botulism statistics for 2015, botulism headlines had been running heavy. An outbreak... Continue Reading

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Chic-A-Peas snacks recalled in U.S., internationally for Listeria

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:00:59 +0000



Three different flavors of Chic-a-Peas Baked Crunch Chickpeas are being recalled. The 2-ounce packages could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall notice did not indicate how Chick-a-Pease became aware of the possible contamination. The recalled snacks were distributed both online and in retail stores, to national and international customers. Chic-a-Peas already contacted distributors to remove the recalled lots... Continue Reading

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Two-year-old solo E. coli victim fighting for his life in Dallas

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:00:07 +0000



Only 20 percent of the estimated 265,000 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) cases annually in the United States involve outbreaks that the public hears about, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two-year-old Landon Huston, currently at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, is one of the solo cases that comprise the other 80... Continue Reading

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Biofilms with Listeria pose persistent threat in food production

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 05:37:58 +0000



It doesn’t matter how big or influential a company is, bacteria and biofilms don’t discriminate between multinationals like Dole with its tens of thousands of employees and operations like Hudson Valley Farms, where 10 or fewer people work. Both of those companies have had close encounters with Listeria, which ongoing research is showing can be... Continue Reading

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Week 3: BPI continues case against ABC in defamation trial

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 05:01:29 +0000



The $1.9 billion state civil defamation trial pitting Beef Products  Inc. against Disney-owned ABC Television and reporter Jim Avila enters its third week today in Elk Point, SD. The 12-member jury and four alternates—11 women and five men—have so far heard only the live testimony or video depositions of plaintiff witnesses as BPI puts forward its... Continue Reading

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