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By Angela W. Adolph Opportunity Zones (“OZs”) were added to the US Tax Code by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”).  OZs are economically-distressed communities where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment. Communities are nominated by the states and approved by the Treasury Department as designated OZs. OZs are designed to spur economic development by providing tax benefits to investors. First, investors can defer tax on any…
MOUNT VERNON, WA — They’re out there on the front lines waging a battle against dangerous pathogens that can contaminate your food and make you sick or even kill you. Yet most people don’t even think about them when they buy their food. Who are these food-safety soldiers? None other than the farmworkers, the people who harvest and pack the fruits and vegetables you buy. Most people don’t see them simply because they’re often working…
Editor’s Note: Workshops like this one below in King County, WA are being held around the country to help growers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule.  Cornell University, FDA, and USDA have formed an alliance to prepare fresh produce growers to meet the regulatory requirements included in the latest  Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Training sessions based on the alliance’s standard curriculum are being held all across the…
A Ready-to-Eat (RTE) single-serve condiment manufacturer from New York and a shelf-stable RTE hot sauce manufacturer are both on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for violations of federal food safety rules. The FDA sent warning letters to the companies in September and August of 2018 and posted them for public view in recent days. Companies are allowed 15 working days to respond to FDA warning letters. Failure to promptly correct violations can result in legal…
The probability of infection by low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) through eating contaminated raw poultry meat or raw table eggs is “negligible”, according to estimates from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). EFSA said there is a high level of uncertainty on the transmission pathways for poultry and wild birds due to the limited number of studies. Avian influenza viruses are either high or low pathogenic viruses (HPAI and LPAI). A few of them such…
Salmonella Infantis has sickened Canadians in five provinces, according to Public Health Canada. The likely cause has not been identified with any certainty, but many who became sick report eating cucumbers before becoming ill. Public Health Canada says most of the illnesses are centered on British Columbia, which has 37 of the 45 laboratory-confirmed cases. There other four provinces reporting illnesses are Alberta (5); Saskatchewan (1); Manitoba (1), and Quebec (1). The individual from Quebec…
Onions Suspected. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is investigating possible Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes contamination of several vegetable products from McCain Foods USA, Inc., that has led to the recall of a number of products including salads and wraps that used the vegetables from McCain Foods as ingredients. On October 14th, McCain Foods initiated a recall of their products out of an abundance of caution. Most…
Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc., a firm with establishments located in Carson, Calif., Charlotte, N.C. and Jessup, Penn., is recalling approximately 795,261 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry products that contain an onion ingredient that may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The ready-to-eat meat and poultry items were produced from Sept. 27, 2017 through Oct. 15, 2018. The following products are…
Bakkavor Foods USA Inc., with facilities in Carson, CA, Charlotte, NC, and Jessup, PA, Sunday recalled  approximately 795,261 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry products that contain an onion ingredient that may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The ready-to-eat meat and poultry items were produced from Sept. 27, 2017, through Oct. 15, 2018. The following products are subject to the recall:…
A preliminary settlement of up to $4,500,000.00 has been reached in a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of those who were exposed to hepatitis A related to eating at Genki Sushi restaurants in Hawaii in 2016, but who did not become ill with hepatitis A. Qualified class members are entitled to receive up to either $350, $250, or $150 by submitting a claim form available at www.HawaiiHepA.com or by calling 1-800-532-9250.   THE DEADLINE…