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Campylobacter, Salmonella and non-O157 Shiga toxin producing E. coli (STEC) cases increased in the United Kingdom in 2017, according to a report. The U.K. Zoonoses Report found Listeria and STEC O157 cases declined. Zoonoses are diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Campylobacter remained the most commonly reported human gastrointestinal pathogen and cases increased in 2017 after a decline over the previous two years. A total of 63,946 cases were reported compared to 58,938…
Following consumer complaints, Johnsonville  LLC, in Sheboygan Falls, WI, Friday recalled about 48,300 pounds of raw ground pork patty products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically black rubber, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The raw ground frozen pork patties were produced and packaged on Sept. 27, 2018, Oct. 17, 2018, and Oct. 18, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: 24-oz. (1.5 lbs.) plastic…
Likening a trip to the grocery store to shooting craps, a consumer watchdog group is reporting that data from the U.S. government shows food recalls are on an upward trend, which the advocates say could be reversed with common sense. Overall, food recalls increased 10 percent from 2013 through 2018. Meat and poultry recalls initiated because of the potential for serious health problems skyrocketed 83 percent, according to the report from U.S. PIRG (Public Interest…
Perdue Foods, LLC in Perry, GA, late Thursday recalled about 68,200 pounds of organic ready-to-eat chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically wood, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The ready-to-eat chicken nugget items were produced on Oct. 25, 2018. Subject to recall are: 22-oz. plastic bag packages of frozen “PERDUE SimplySmart ORGANICS BREADED CHICKEN BREAST NUGGETS GLUTEN FREE” with “Best By: Date 10/25/19”…
Four in 10 people who’ve had food poisoning believe they got it from eating and preparing food at home, according to a survey in Scotland. Research for Food Standards Scotland (FSS) shows people in the country have made some progress in following food safety practices at home following a campaign in January 2018. The agency is re-launching its effort to encourage good domestic food safety practices and raise awareness of how changes to preparation and cooking…
A bill waiting in the Rules Committee of the Florida Legislature may end one of the more bizarre powers of local government, the prohibition of vegetable gardens on residential properties. The potential of Senate Bill (SB) 82 passing grew with the recent ruling by Florida’s 3rd District Court of Appeal, favoring the City of Miami Shore’s ban on residential vegetable gardens. That court ruling meant Hermine Ricketts and her husband Tom Carroll were breaking Miami…
Delta Pacific Seafoods in Vancouver Thursday recalled certain Salmon Village brand Hot Smoked Atlantic Salmon Nuggets from the marketplace because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recalled products are sold at retail outlets in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The agency warned consumers not to eat the recalled product. It can be identified by looking for the following package information: Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s)…
ALERT: A USDA spokesperson told Food Safety News the agency is not staffing its phones dedicated to consumer complaints about meat, poultry and processed egg products during the partial government shutdown. The askkaren.gov service is operating online, but USDA responses might be delayed. The head of the Food and Drug Administration has taken some good steps toward restoring food safety inspections as the partial government shutdown approaches the one month mark, but without a budget deal…
The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) earlier this month explored one of the ways that more than 70 Salmonella outbreaks related to backyard poultry flocks have occurred since 2000. MMWR, published by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, reported on a joint study by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and CDC into the role of a mail-order hatchery and Salmonella risk factors. The hatchery that is the…
The European Union’s system for protecting consumers from chemical hazards in food is overstretched, according to a report from the European Court of Auditors (ECA). The audit between December 2017 and May 2018 concentrated on chemical hazards — poisonous substances that occur naturally or are added during food production or handling. Examples include cleaning agents, pesticides and certain metals. Chemical hazards had not been looked at in detail before while physical and biological hazards had,…