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07/22/2018 05:03 AM
Publisher’s Platforn: 2018 has been an Big, Bad Year for Foodborne Illnesses in the US
First off, yes, 2018 seems to be – and we are just 1/2 way into it – a very Big, Bad year for foodborne illnesses. Second, I am not sure why. It could be better surveillance by state, local and national health authorities utilizing cutting edge tools such as PFGE and WGS.  It could be... Continue Reading

07/22/2018 05:02 AM
Outbreak spurs Loblaw to recall raw, frozen chicken products
Canadian grocery chain Loblaw Companies Ltd. recalled two different raw, frozen chicken products in the past two days because they tested positive for the outbreak strain of Salmonella that has infected people in three provinces. Several of the infected people reported eating the recalled products before becoming ill, according to an outbreak notice posted July... Continue Reading

07/21/2018 05:57 AM
Federal officials post public alert about Hungry Man dinners
Federal officials on Friday posted a public health alert regarding certain Hungry Man frozen dinners because of concerns about Salmonella contamination of whey powder used to make them. One day earlier, Flowers Foods Inc. recalled swiss roll desserts from stores nationwide because Salmonella was found in whey powder used in their production. Government officials had... Continue Reading

07/21/2018 05:08 AM
More parasitic infections linked to Del Monte, McDonalds
At least 400 people have been infected by Cyclospora parasites in two separate outbreaks associated with vegetable-dip trays from Del Monte and salads from McDonald’s. There isn’t any evidence to indicate the two multi-state outbreaks are related, according to the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The CDC reported... Continue Reading

07/21/2018 05:00 AM
E. coli outbreak sickens 8 in Norway; officials search for source
Norwegian authorities are investigating possible sources of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 which has affected eight people. Folkehelseinstituttet (Norwegian Institute of Public Health) reported the illnesses began last month, with patients spread across the country. None of them have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can develop in people with severe infections. People can become... Continue Reading

07/20/2018 05:01 AM
Measures proposed to prevent repeat of baby formula crisis
A raft of measures have been proposed in France to avoid a repeat of incidents such as the Salmonella outbreak traced to Lactalis infant formula in 2017. The parliamentary group charged with the inquiry made 49 recommendations including creation of a food safety police agency to manage issues throughout the supply chain and stronger penal... Continue Reading

07/20/2018 05:01 AM
H-E-B recalls ice cream, sorbets for risk of metal bits  
H-E-B is recalling two variety packs of Creamy Creations ice cream and sherbert in 3-ounce cups after broken metal was found in processing equipment during routine maintenance, according to recall notice posted on the FDA website Wednesday night. According to the recall notice, the recalled products were distributed only to H-E-B stores in Texas. The product was not distributed to the Houston area or Mexico.”... Continue Reading

07/20/2018 05:00 AM
Salmonella triggers nationwide recall of swiss roll desserts
Flowers Foods Inc. is recalling swiss rolls sold under several brands, including Walmart’s Great Value, because of a risk of Salmonella contamination. The company did not specify what flavor or style of swiss rolls are included in the recall. According to a news release from Flowers Foods of of Thomasville, GA, the company distributed the swiss rolls nationwide... Continue Reading

07/20/2018 05:00 AM
Spanish authorities seize meat; some expired in 2015
Spanish authorities have seized meat products potentially unsafe to eat in two separate actions in the country.  In the first case, La Guardia Civil said it found frozen hams that had expired in 2015, issues with labelling and product that showed signs of being unfit for human consumption. They discovered, in the village of Fuente... Continue Reading

07/20/2018 05:00 AM
U.S. officials watching international outbreak; no illnesses here
Federal officials in the United States are investigating the supply chain of frozen vegetables linked to a deadly, international Listeria outbreak. Nine people in Europe and one in Australia who were infected with the outbreak strain have died. Food safety officials in Europe reported earlier this week that the implicated frozen vegetables had been distributed... Continue Reading

07/19/2018 07:00 PM
CDC-FSIS disclose Salmonella outbreak traced to raw turkey
An outbreak of Salmonella Reading caused by raw turkey products has sickened 90 people in 26 states and hospitalization was already required in 44.4 percent of those cases, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta announced Thursday. With the CDC announcement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service... Continue Reading

07/19/2018 05:42 AM
Florida company recalls 3 tons of ground beef for E. coli risk
Operators of institutional kitchens in Florida are being urged to check their refrigerators and freezers for fresh and frozen raw ground beef products because the producer found E. coli in the meat. Win Opportunity Knocks, doing business as Ottomanelli Wholesale Meats Inc. in St. Petersburg, FL, reported the ground beef products could be contaminated with... Continue Reading

07/19/2018 05:02 AM
Political impact lingers after two main events in meat industry
Political ramifications are coming in from two events in the past week involving the meat industry. The first event was a July 12 forum sponsored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on issues surrounding the cultured meat grown from in vitro animals cell culture. A big newsmaker at that event was Dr. Michael Hansen,... Continue Reading

07/19/2018 05:01 AM
Spanish officials investigating illnesses linked to chard, cheese
Two people have fallen ill in Spain after eating chard sold in jars. The product, packaged under the Ybarra brand, is suspected to contain high levels of tropane alkaloids. The Spanish Agency for Consumer Affairs, Food Safety and Nutrition (AECOSAN) reported that it was informed about the situation by health officials in Madrid. The agency said the... Continue Reading

07/19/2018 05:00 AM
107 countries received frozen vegetables recalled for Listeria
The U.S. and Canada are among more than 100 countries potentially affected by a recall of frozen vegetables due to Listeria monocytogenes. An outbreak traced to the vegetables from Greenyard Frozen has sickened 47 people in five European countries. Nine people have died. Greenyard, a producer of fresh, frozen and prepared fruits and vegetables linked to... Continue Reading