Tiger Brands recall was costly for company but effective for country The $29.2 million Tiger Brands spent to recall cold meat products associated with the world’s largest and most deadly listeriosis outbreak is not going to help the bottom line of South Africa’s largest food producer.   And while it’s not possible to stop a listeria outbreak “in its tracks”  because of the pathogen’s lengthy incubation period, the recall has worked. View Full Post
Wyoming public health officials investigate Hep A outbreak The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) and the Casper-Natrona County Health Department continue to investigate a growing Natrona County Hepatitis A outbreak that began in October 2017. Since then, 14 cases have been confirmed among Natrona County residents, which is a significant increase over the usual total for the entire state of Wyoming.  View Full Post
Chinese poultry isn’t safe, Rep. DeLauro tells Secretary Perdue Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who chairs the Congressional Food Safety Caucus, has expressed her opposition to any agreement to allow imports of Chinese-raised poultry into the United States. The Connecticut Democrat, who is also a senior member of the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, put her concerns in writing with a letter to the U.S. View Full Post
Food source suspected in Hep A outbreak in six EU countries More than 40 cases of Hepatitis A have been reported in six European Union countries, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDPC). The 42 cases across Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom are infected with one of two distinct Hepatitis A virus genotype IA strains. View Full Post
FDA wants judge to shut down unsanitary Staten Island facility Euroline Foods LLC and Royal Seafood Baza Inc. violated the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by processing and distributing ready-to-eat fish, fishery products, vegetable salads and cheese products in a Staten Island facility where there were chronic unsanitary conditions. So says a civil complaint filed Monday by the U.S. View Full Post
Salmonella outbreak closes Georgia caterer until further notice Photo illustration County health officials continue to investigate a Salmonella outbreak linked to a Georgia caterer who provided food for recent events. At least 70 people reported becoming ill after the events, with at least four admitted to hospitals. The Plain Nuts Catering & Deli of Covington, GA, closed voluntarily, according to the Gwinnett, Newton, & Rockdale County Health Departments. View Full Post
DeLauro pushes FDA for answers on egg outbreak investigation Connecticut democrat Rep. Rosa DeLauro Monday sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb asking for additional information regarding the ongoing investigation of a Salmonella outbreak traced to shelled eggs. The outbreak is currently responsible for 35 infections — including 11 hospitalizations — across 9 states. View Full Post
Hickory Harvest recalls nuts, fruit snacks for Listeria risk Hickory Harvest Foods is recalling snack packs of nuts and dried fruits from grocers, convenience stores and truck stops in more than 30 states after company testing found Listeria monocytogenes contamination in a production plant. The recall notice from the Akron, OH, company said no confirmed illnesses have been reported in connection with the fruit and nut products. View Full Post