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03/21/2018 07:24 PM
Dried coconut identified in outbreak; CDC says don’t eat it
The CDC is urging the public to avoid eating certain brands of dried coconut because they are linked to a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella poisoning that has been ongoing since September 2017. This outbreak is unrelated to the Salmonella outbreak linked to frozen shredded coconut announced in January “CDC recommends people not eat recalled International Harvest Inc. brand Go... Continue Reading

03/21/2018 04:30 AM
WHO urges 16 countries to join in fight against deadly outbreak
The World Health Organization is coordinating efforts among 16 African countries in an attempt to contain the world’s largest ever Listeria outbreak as officials in Namibia try to discern whether a sick person in that country contracted listeriosis from processed meat imported from South Africa. In another development this week, officials in Mozambique reported they... Continue Reading

03/21/2018 04:00 AM
Timeline on Australian listeriosis outbreak has yet to expire
A woman who lived into her 90s in the Australian province of New South Wales (NSW) has become the sixth fatality in a rockmelon-caused listeriosis outbreak. With her death, the outbreak’s fatality rate is approaching 32 percent. Rockmelons, or what we call cantaloupes in North America, are again being sold in Australia. NSW Health officials... Continue Reading

03/21/2018 04:00 AM
Hormel, Pilgrim’s Pride, BPI provide reports to USDA’s brass
Hormel, Pilgrim’s Pride and Beef Products Inc. were three companies providing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service with a personal update during February. A delegation from each company met with acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Carmen Rottenberg and acting FSIS Administrator Paul Kiecker. The FSIS reported the meetings its... Continue Reading

03/20/2018 09:37 PM
Mickey Brown beef burritos recalled for no inspections
Houma, LA-based Mickey Brown Inc. has recalled approximately 4,130 pounds of beef burrito products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The ready-to-eat beef burrito items were produced on various dates from March 28, 2017 through March 6, 2018. Recalled... Continue Reading

03/20/2018 04:01 AM
CORE’s Stic Harris discusses food safety threats, FDA plans
Stic Harris Courtesy of FDA Stic Harris, DVM, MPH, has been the director of FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network (CORE) since August 2017. He is responsible for the agency’s surveillance, response, and post-response activities associated with outbreaks of illnesses caused by food, dietary supplements, and cosmetics. In many ways, Harris defies the stereotype... Continue Reading

03/20/2018 04:00 AM
FDA warns Louisiana bakery about insanitary conditions
A bakery in Louisiana is on notice from the FDA for failing to take required steps to ensure that food handling techniques, facility cleaning and sanitization, and pest protection are in accordance with food safety regulations. Staff from the Food and Drug Administration inspected the Lake Charles, LA, location of Anna’s Pies LLC Jan. 9-11 and discovered “serious violations,” according to a March 9 warning letter made public by the FDA in recent days.... Continue Reading

03/20/2018 04:00 AM
UPDATE: Salmonella illnesses linked to recalled Natural Grocers organic coconut prompt suspension of production
The CDC is working with several states to investigate an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses, an agency spokesperson said Monday evening. Earlier in the day the FDA posted a recall notice from Natural Grocers for its branded “Coconut Smiles Organic” because of Salmonella contamination. Six illnesses have been reported in connection with the Natural Grocers coconut, according... Continue Reading

03/19/2018 08:43 PM
Infections linked to Natural Grocers coconut; recall underway
Six illnesses have been reported in connection with Natural Grocers brand organic Coconut Smiles, which are now under recall after the company and the FDA confirmed Salmonella contamination in the product. Natural Grocers of Lakewood, CO, distributed the implicated Coconut Smiles to 145 stores in 19 states, according to a recall news release from the... Continue Reading

03/19/2018 05:40 AM
Food bank recalls another 32 tons of food for pathogen risks
Days after recalling 11 tons of donated chia seeds because of rodent droppings, the Oregon Food Bank recalled almost 32 tons of pumpkin seeds and half a ton of nutritional yeast. The reason for the yeast recall was not included in the recall notice posted by the food bank. The 63,825 pounds of pumpkin seeds... Continue Reading

03/19/2018 05:03 AM
Ground beef for meal-kit company recalled after E. coli test
An unrevealed quantity of ground beef packaged for meal-kit provider GoodFood and distributed directly to consumers in at least five Canadian provinces is under recall after government tests showed E. coli contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) posted the recall notice late Sunday, urging consumers to check their homes for the Good Boucher branded... Continue Reading

03/19/2018 04:01 AM
Australia, S. Africa post high fatality rates in Listeria outbreaks
The Australian and South African listeriosis outbreaks have one thing in common — fatality rates as high as 26 to 28 percent. Health officials in Victoria, Australia, late last week announced the death of a man in his 80s as the fifth fatality in the country’s listeriosis outbreak. Two others who lost their lives from... Continue Reading

03/19/2018 04:00 AM
Taylor Farms diced onion Salmonella risk spurs Haggen recalls
A grocery chain in the Pacific Northwest is recalling several deli salads, wraps and other products because they include diced onions from Taylor Farms of Salinas, CA, that are potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Foods sold at a dozen Haggen grocery stores in Washington are included in the recall, which the regional chain posted on its... Continue Reading

03/19/2018 04:00 AM
HACCP Principles: No. 4 Details matter — as does training
Editor’s note: This is the fourth of a seven-part series on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points sponsored by PAR Technologies. There are seven HACCP principles outlined by the Food and Drug Administration to serve as a guideline for creating a systematic approach in the identification, evaluation and control of food safety hazards.  “What will you... Continue Reading

03/17/2018 07:25 PM
Publisher’s Platform: Free Advice to a Food Company CEO during a Listeria Outbreak – Specifically Tiger Brands – Enterprise CEO, Lawrence MacDougall
Imagine that the phone call comes or an email pops into your inbox – “Sir, we have been contacted by the health authorities and they say our product (polony) has been linked to illnesses and deaths. What do we do?” So, what do you do? Lawrence MacDougall received that call. Now, what has he done... Continue Reading