Food, Drug & Agriculture

Stephen Hawking may have been the smartest guy in the world, even though he believed that “People who boast about their I.Q. are losers.”  Hawking is best known for his work on black holes.  As used in physics, a black hole describes a point-sized mass (called a “singularity”) so dense that its escape velocity exceeds the speed of light.  View Full Post
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 ground beef. View Full Post
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 website Sunday. View Full Post
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.  View Full Post
Chia and Pumpkin Seeds Recalled from Oregon Food Bank The Oregon Food Bank is recalling more than 60,000 pounds of donated pumpkin seeds because they could be contaminated with Listeria. Earlier this week, the food bank recalled donated chia seeds that may have included rodent droppings. The chia seeds and pumpkin seeds were given to the food bank on the same donation. View Full Post
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?  View Full Post
Washington Bans the Box: Hiring Cannabis Employees Just Got Trickier Careful! The Washington Legislature concluded its 2018 Session last week, and joined Oregon and California in “banning the box” when it comes to employment applications. Specifically, Washington’s new law, dubbed the “Fair Chance Act” (the “Act”),  prohibits employers from looking into any criminal history of potential employees at the point an applicant first applies for a job. View Full Post