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Contributed My name is Scott Loughan and I am a Compliance Officer in the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Regulatory Affairs. I work in Vermont and I am a senior case officer in my division. It’s my job to protect the public health by working with manufacturers that FDA regulates to make sure they meet all federal laws, rules, and regulations. To do this I review and evaluate findings and evidence collected during inspections…
The Food and Drug Administration recently warned owners of a beef producer, a dairy, and a frozen food company about violations of federal food safety laws. Food companies that receive FDA warning letters have 15 days to respond. Companies that do not respond, or those that submit responses describing inadequate correction measures, face regulatory action by FDA without further notice. Those actions can include, without limitation, seizure and injunction. Warning letters released by FDA in…
3-D Meats LLC in Dalton, OH, Sunday recalled approximately 47 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) beef snack stick products because the products are misbranded and may contain milk, a known allergen, which was not declared on the finished product label, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The FSIS is concerned that some product may be consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to…
Opinion Food companies have been at the forefront of technological innovation and scientific research and development for decades upon decades. Cursory attention to the items we eat — how those items are grown, sourced, processed, and packaged – provides ample evidence of scientific research and development and technological innovation in the food industry. Simultaneously, food companies are justifiably concerned about protecting their brand names, market share, liability risks, and consumer relations.   Over the most recent 30…
Salmonella Bovismorbificans was the most common serotype confirmed in October in New Zealand, according to monthly surveillance data. The total number of human Salmonella isolates (95) confirmed last month decreased compared to the figure in October 2017 (112). Salmonella Bovismorbificans represented 11.6 percent in October this year versus 8.9 percent in October 2017. This strain has been the most reported one every month since July this year when it was Salmonella Typhimurium phage type 56.…
Federal health officials say they have concluded their investigation into a deadly 11-month Salmonella outbreak associated with chicken from Empire Kosher. Twenty-five people from six states were confirmed infected and one person died, according to the Dec. 7 outbreak from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ill people ranged in age from less than one year to 76 years old. The patients’ illness onset dates range from Sept. 25, 2017, through Aug. 13, 2018.…
The scale of a Salmonella outbreak in France linked to raw milk cheese has jumped to more than 80 possible cases. Santé publique France, the national public health agency, said 83 people had been identified so far in the Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak, which is up from 14 in the initial announcement. The cheese was also distributed to Austria, Belgium, Germany and Italy. Belgium and Germany have issued recall notices. Sixty-five patients in France have been interviewed…
Officials in Denmark are investigating a Salmonella outbreak with 32 cases and 19 hospitalizations. Initial information points to fresh pork as the source. Infections with Salmonella monophasic Typhimurium have been reported to the Statens Serum Institut (SSI) since mid-October. Salmonella monophasic Typhimurium is often found in pigs. The outbreak was discovered on Nov. 16 and is being investigated by SSI, DTU Food Institute and Fødevarestyrelsen (Danish Veterinary and Food Administration). Fourteen women and 18 men aged zero…
Amboy Group LLC is recalling an undetermined amount of Shop Rite brand raw, skinless, boneless chicken products because they contain known allergens that are not declared on their labels as required by federal law. The Woodbridge, NJ, company reported shipping the implicated chicken to retailers in New Jersey, according to a recall notice posted Dec. 7 by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).  Four flavors of Shop Rite chicken products are included in…
2:30 p.m. CLARIFIED CONTENT Dec. 7, 2018 — The FDA says shipping records show at least 10 distributors, 11 farms and 12 growers in the romaine lettuce supply chain are implicated in an ongoing E. coli outbreak that has now sickened almost 80 people in the U.S. and Canada. In updates yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), continued to warn…