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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The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections involving residents of six Canadian provinces. PHAC, its provincial partners, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are collaborating in the investigation of this outbreak, which is apparently unrelated to two other outbreaks of Salmonella illnesses linked to raw chicken and raw turkey. As of April 5, 2019, 63 laboratory-confirmed cases have been reported by provincial public health authorities in six…
The Thogersen Family Farm (Thogersen) is recalling several varieties of raw, ground pet food due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recall was triggered as a result of sampling by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Recalled products include two-pound packs of course ground rabbit, course ground mallard duck, ground llama, and ground pork frozen raw pet food. The front of the packages bears a large, white square label with the company name, the product type,…
On February 7, 2019, in a move announced only via email to its direct customers, Arrow Reliance, doing business as Darwin’s Natural Pet Products (Darwin’s), recalled 11.7 tons of raw dog food. The recall was first divulged to the public on March 26, 2019, by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) via a news release cautioning pet owners to avoid feeding the recalled products. According to the FDA Enforcement Report issued on April 3,…
Toxic levels of vitamin D in Hill’s Pet Nutrition (Hill’s) canned pet foods and Sunshine Mills (Sunshine) dry pet foods could have been prevented, had both companies followed their own food safety plans. According to information obtained by Food Safety News in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, Hill’s identified Vitamin Premix as a ‘high risk’ chemical hazard and required that the ingredient “…be analyzed and be within acceptable limits prior to unloading…
The Nestlé Purina PetCare Company (Nestlé) has recalled a single batch of Muse cat food due to foreign matter contamination. The recalled product may contain translucent yellow pieces of rubber with a blue backing, which could present a choking hazard to cats. The recall is limited to: Muse wet cat food Natural Chicken Recipe in Gravy, 3-oz cans:- Best by APR2020; Production code (first 8 characters) 80941162; UPC 38100 17199 The recalled products were distributed…
The U.S. Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) cautioned pet owners not to feed certain Darwin’s Natural Pet Products raw dog foods after finding Salmonella in the products. FDA collected and analyzed unopened packages from the products in response to a consumer complaint. The products were manufactured by Arrow Reliance, Inc. (Arrow), a company based in Tukwila, Washington and doing business as Darwin’s Natural Pet Products. The products that are affected by FDA’s alert to pet…
Hill’s Pet Nutrition (Hill’s) expanded its worldwide recall late last week to include 85 total lots of 33 varieties of canned, wet dog food, according to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall notice dated March 21, 2019. The recall impacts Hill’s customers in at least 78 countries, according to information posted on Hill’s own websites, and the European Union’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF). An updated list of recalled products…
Between Jan. 1, 2014, and Nov. 30, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration received reports of 325 cases of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) involving dogs, and 10 involving cats, according to an investigation update released Feb. 19. Two of the cats died, as did 74 of the dogs. In some cases, more than one pet in a household was affected.  In July 2018, FDA announced that it had begun investigating reports of DCM in pets who were…
UPDATED: Distribution details added. Pet owners have filed a total of three separate civil lawsuits in federal court against Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. following the company’s recent admission that some of its pet foods contained excessive levels of Vitamin D. The consumers are seeking class action status. The named plaintiffs in the three lawsuits allege that their dogs became ill as a result of elevated vitamin D in the pet foods. Four of the sick…
Hill’s Pet Nutrition (Hill’s) is recalling select canned dog food products after receiving a complaint about a dog exhibiting signs of elevated vitamin D levels. The recall is being carried out in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Hill’s own investigation confirmed the presence of elevated levels of vitamin D due to a supplier error. Depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure, dogs that have ingested excessive vitamin…