Phyllis Entis

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Phyllis Entis is the author of "Food Safety: Old Habits, New Perspectives" and "Food Microbiology — The Laboratory." She has been a food safety microbiologist for 35 years, and has worked both in government and industry. She believes that everyone — government regulators, farmers and ranchers, food processors, food service workers, educators and consumers — has a responsibility to ensure that the food we eat is as safe as we can make it.

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Retail supermarket chains King Soopers and Kroger’s Louisville Division are removing certain Abound dry dog food from their store shelves following a product recall initiated by Sunshine Mills Inc. The recalled pet food has the potential to contain an elevated level of vitamin D, which can produce symptoms of vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss in dogs. In extreme cases, ingestion of food containing elevated vitamin D may…
On May 8 Champion Petfoods USA Inc. was informed that three shipments of beef tallow delivered by their supplier were contaminated with pentobarbital, a tranquilizer often used to euthanize sick or fatally injured animals. Ingestion of the barbiturate can cause drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or nausea, or in extreme cases, possibly death of dogs and cats. Beef tallow is promoted as an inexpensive, palatable, and stable source of energy, with a nutritional profile “sufficient for…
Lidl US (Lidl), in association with Sunshine Mills, and Natural Life Pet Products (Natural Life) are recalling additional dry dog foods due to elevated levels of Vitamin D. Consumers should stop feeding the products listed below. Dogs consuming elevated levels of Vitamin D could exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. The following products are included in the voluntary recalls, which are being conducted in…
Book Review “Regulation is bad for business.” It’s an all-too-common refrain, but not exclusively a modern one. Most people, when asked what they know about the origin of the U.S. Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act, are likely to respond with either a shrug or a blank stare. A few may credit Upton Sinclair’s exposé of the horrendous practices in Chicago slaughterhouses, as described in his novel, “The Jungle.” Others may give credit to President Theodore…
For more than 2 1/2 years, management at the Colton, California facility of McCain Foods USA ignored positive test results for Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella, apparently  choosing to ship the potentially contaminated vegetable and fruit products without conducting confirmation tests. This pattern of behavior was discovered during an internal audit at the manufacturing location, according to information in the FDA’s Weekly Enforcement Report released yesterday. “During an internal audit at the manufacturing location, it was…
A confirmed case of Salmonella Infantis illness has been linked to a raw pet food manufactured by Arrow Reliance, Inc., dba Darwin’s Natural Pet Products (Darwin’s), according to updated information released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The infected individual is one of 92 people infected with a multidrug-resistant Salmonella Infantis outbreak since the beginning of 2018 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The individual reported having become ill…
G & C Raw, LLC (G & C), an Ohio Domestic Limited Liability Company, is recalling almost five months’ worth of dog and cat food products due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recalled products were manufactured from February 27, 2018, through July 20, 2018, and were sold under the brand names G & C Raw Dog Food and G & C Raw Cat Food. The expanded recall was initiated after the Ohio Department of…
Radagast Pet Food, Inc. (Radagast) has expanded two earlier recalls of raw cat food to include additional varieties and Best By dates because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a pathogen that is a threat to human health. The recalled products, which were shipped to distributors in the US and Canada between May 10, 2017, and August 9, 2018, include: Rad Cat Raw Diet Grass-Fed Beef Recipe (1oz sample, 8oz,…
A diet rich in legumes or potatoes might be linked to an increased risk of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), according to the Food and Drug Administration. Prior to issuing a public notice on July 12, the FDA had received sporadic reports involving 30 dogs and 7 cats over a three-year period. During that same period, the veterinary cardiology community received about 150 similar reports. In dogs, the disease results in an enlarged heart. Some of the…
G&C Raw LLC has recalled one batch of “Pat’s Cat Turkey” cat food and one batch of ground lamb dog food because the Ohio Department of Agriculture found Listeria monocytogenes in both products. The recalled products are: Pat’s Cat Turkey Cat Food packed in 1-pound clear plastic containers; Lot #WWPKTF051618 Ground Lamb Dog Food packed in 2-pound plastic containers; Lot #MFF022718 G&C is based in Versailles, OH. The company distributed the products in Ohio, Michigan,…