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12/16/2017 09:53 PM
Speck prosciutto and salami recalled for Salmonella contamination
Piller’s Fine Foods in Waterloo is recalling approximately 1,076 pounds of ready-to-eat salami and speck products that may be adulterated with Salmonella, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The ready-to-eat speck prosciutto and salami items were produced on Sept. 22 and Oct. 12, 2017, respectively. The recalled products... Continue Reading

12/16/2017 05:00 AM
Land-grant universities boost food safety for freshcut produce
Editor’s note: This information is from, a website supporting the work of the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities. Food safety and quality control are huge issues in grocery stores when it comes to products like packaged salad, carrot sticks, and pre-sliced fruit. Ready-to-eat foods from retailers can spoil easily and have been responsible... Continue Reading

12/15/2017 05:55 AM
Consumer and industry representatives meeting with FSIS
The USDA’s top food safety officials are for the first time making public the names of consumer and industry representatives they meet with during separate monthly meetings. The meetings on Nov. 14 included Carmen Rottenberg, acting deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, and Paul Kiecker, acting administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service. Disclosure... Continue Reading

12/15/2017 05:37 AM
Briefly: Whoa, chicken — Summit discounts — Bakers fined
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 Alchemy Systems. Food Safety Summit discount deadline Focusing on the importance of food safety through the entire supply... Continue Reading

12/15/2017 05:16 AM
One dead; E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce spreading
One person is dead, two more provinces are reporting illnesses and nine more people are confirmed sick, but no one has recalled any products, named any brands, or identified any retailers who sold fresh romaine lettuce that is implicated in an E. coli outbreak in Canada. The Public Health Agency of Canada reported the death and additional... Continue Reading

12/14/2017 08:59 PM
Dairy recalls raw milk for E. coli; best-by dates through Dec. 23
Anyone who has whole, raw milk on hand from Old Silvana Creamery should not consume it, according to the dairy owner, because samples of it have tested positive for E. coli, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal illnesses. Jim Sinnema, owner, issued the recall today for the milk, which has best-by dates between Dec.... Continue Reading

12/14/2017 05:03 AM
Springfield Smoked Fish recalls salmon after Listeria detected
A Massachusetts company has suspended operations and is recalling some of its pre-sliced smoked salmon because federal inspectors confirmed Listeria monocytogenes in a sample of the product. Springfield Smoked Fish of Springfield, MA, distributed an undisclosed amount of the implicated “Nova Salmon” to retailers in Rhode Island and Connecticut, according to the recall notice posted... Continue Reading

12/14/2017 05:02 AM
FDA blocks tuna from Vietnamese company for hepatitis A
The expansion Wednesday of an Import Alert means the automatic detention at the U.S. border of fresh and frozen raw tuna from a Vietnamese seafood company because of hepatitis A contamination. Sustainable Seafood Co. Ltd. of Cam Lam, Vietnam, is the second Asian company to make the Import Alert list for fresh and frozen raw... Continue Reading

12/14/2017 05:00 AM
Lab robots crucial for end-to-end food safety data systems
Next generation sequencing is beginning to replace traditional DNA methods in food safety testing. As this trend continues, sequencing will no longer be the time intensive process it once was. Laboratories will be limited by how quickly they can prepare samples, not how quickly they can sequence them. Automation will, therefore, play an increasingly critical... Continue Reading

12/13/2017 07:17 PM
Dog food recalled for Salmonella; pet owners also at risk
UPDATED 8:30 p.m. EST — Darwin’s Natural Pet Products has recalled specific production lots of its Natural Selections brand Meals for Dogs after laboratory testing detected Salmonella in samples of the products. People who have handled the dog food are at risk of Salmonella infection and are advised to seek medical attention immediately if they develop symptoms... Continue Reading

12/13/2017 05:03 AM
Pork salami recalled after customer finds metal shavings
A customer complaint about metal shavings in pork salami has led to a small recall — just 143 pounds — by Santa Fe Importers Inc. of Long Beach, CA. The recall was issued Tuesday. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the recalled pork salami products were produced on... Continue Reading

12/13/2017 05:02 AM
Briefly: Baby milk not in U.S. — Salmonella up — Steam heat
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 Alchemy Systems. EU salmonella rates on the rise Over the past three years the European Union has experienced a 3 percent... Continue Reading

12/13/2017 05:00 AM
Letter from The Editor: The shameful vacancy at USDA
For those marking time, waiting for a new USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety, today is something of an anniversary. It was four years ago today that Dr. Elisabeth Hagen stepped down from the post. The top food safety job in the federal government remains vacant. Neither President Barack Obama nor President Donald Trump has... Continue Reading

12/12/2017 08:51 PM
E. coli cases linked to romaine lettuce; 21 sick, 10 hospitalized
UPDATED 8:10 p.m. EST — Outbreak investigators are warning the public that romaine lettuce is linked to an outbreak of E. coli O157 infections in Canada, with the potentially deadly strain having already hospitalized half of the victims. Three provincial health departments are reporting outbreak cases, with 21 sick people confirmed so far. Ten of the victims... Continue Reading

12/12/2017 05:02 AM
Certain Tim Hortons patrons should seek Hepatitis A treatment
Another restaurant worker in Michigan has tested positive for hepatitis A, this time at a Tim Hortons location in Monroe, igniting another round of recommendations from public health officials that restaurant patrons seek post-exposure treatment immediately. The post-exposure treatment for the highly contagious virus must be given within two weeks of exposure, otherwise it is... Continue Reading