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Five years after U.S. representatives wrote to the USDA about the agency’s “unacceptable” response to Salmonella outbreaks traced to chicken, one of the lawmakers says déjà vu is not acceptable as a food safety policy.   Federal health officials announced yesterday that 92 people are confirmed infected in a new outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Infantis traced to raw chicken. A few hours later, Rep. Rosa DeLauro D-CT, issued a statement telling industry, the U.S. Department…
Four people were infected with Shiga toxin producing E. coli (STEC) O157 last year from exposure to raw pet food, according to a Public Health England report. In August 2017, the cluster infected with genetically related strains of STEC O157 was identified. The strains possessed the Shiga toxin (stx) 2a subtype, associated with more severe disease and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Three cases were hospitalized and one person died following development of HUS. Contact with…
Carmen Rottenberg and Paul Kiecker, USDA’s top food safety executives, met last Sept. 4 with Corey Rosenbusch and Lowell Randel of the Global Cold Chain Alliance about export issues. Rosenbusch and Randel’s expertise in temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics. According to the public calendar issued by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, it was the first of several meetings held during September by top FSIS officials with persons outside the federal government. Rottenberg and Phil Bronstein,…
Five European food safety agencies have met to practice response to an emergency food safety incident. The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) of Germany, Economic and Food Safety Authority (ASAE) in Portugal, Spanish Agency for Consumer Affairs, Food Safety and Nutrition (AECOSAN), UK Food Standards Agency and Food Safety Authority of Ireland came together in Berlin earlier this month. The event was organized by the Joint Initiative Food Emergency Exercise (JIFEE)…
A regional grocery chain headquartered in St. Louis is recalling chicken salad from 32 of its stores because it contains corn from a third-party supplier that has been recalled because of possible Listeria contamination. Schnuck Markets Inc. did not name the supplier of the corn or report how the potential contamination was discovered.  Similarily, other companies have recalled products in recent days saying they contain corn from a third-party supplier. Those recalls report the supplier…
A California-based grocery chain is recalling almost half a ton of ready-to-eat salads, including the 365 brand sold by Whole Foods, because they contain corn from a third-party supplier that is under recall for potential contamination from Salmonella and Listeria bacteria. GH Foods CA LLC of Sacramento initiated the recall of about 940 pounds of salad yesterday, but did not name the supplier of the corn in the notice posted by the USDA’s Food Safety…
A Florida company is recalling ready-to-eat salads packaged under Walmart’s Marketside brand because they include recalled corn from a third-party supplier. The corn is suspected of being contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria bacteria. GHSE LLC of Green Cove Springs, FL, did not name the corn supplier in the its recall for 738 pounds of Marketside brand “Fiesta Salad with Steak.” The company shipped the salads to retailers in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, according to…
Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods Inc. is recalling its branded wrap sandwiches and Trader Joe’s brand salads because they include corn from a third-party supplier that might be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Several other companies have posted recalls this week citing a potentially contaminated corn ingredient from a third-party supplier. None of the recalling companies have named their corn suppliers. Based in Portland, OR, Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods produced the wraps and salads…
Taylor Farms Northwest is recalling ready-to-eat pork carnitas bowls because one of its suppliers reported tomatillos used in the product might be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The recalled entrees have plain white labels with black printing “PORK CARNITAS BOWL” and sell-by dates of Oct. 10 through 19, according to a recall notice posted by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). “FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’…
Federal official are investigating an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella that has sickened at least 92 people and had been traced to raw chicken from multiple sources and sold under various brands. The people with confirmed infections are spread across 29 states, according to an investigation announcement posted today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The patients range in age from less than 1 year old to 105 years old. Of those with information…