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After suspending an ice cream company’s food facility registration in late 2018 during a  foodborne illnesses investigation, the FDA is allowing Working Cow Homemade Inc. to reopen, but not as a manufacturer. The company, in St. Petersburg, FL, is now an ice cream warehouse business, according to a notice from the Food and Drug Administration.  The company is allowed to store and distribute products from third-party manufacturers. The FDA notice did not include information about…
Opinion The FMI Food Safety Program supports the food retail industry in selling safe food to loyal customers every day. FMI has several member committees dedicated to food safety and the technical staff offers expertise, 24/7 crisis support and comprehensive food safety training programs for member companies. Last year, FMI members focused on Listeria prevention, cleaning and sanitation resources, and traceability technologies to advance food safety. The year ended up being a challenging one with…
Dozens of people have been hospitalized in Mongolia after eating at KFC, according to reports. From Feb. 8 to 15, more than 100 people showed food poisoning symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting after eating at the Zaisan outlet of KFC in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. A total of 37 people were hospitalized according to figures from the National Center for Communicable Diseases and 79 people were treated at home. Almost 100 samples of…
An importer in Massachusetts is recalling cans of dukkah from retailers nationwide because they may contain pieces of glass. The company, Sid Wainer & Son, did not report how the problem was discovered. The New Bedford, MA, company notified the Food and Drug Administration of the recall in recent days. Officials with Sid Wainer & Son said that had not received any reports of injuries in relation to the recalled product. Consumers are urged to…
UPDATED: Distribution details added. Pet owners have filed a total of three separate civil lawsuits in federal court against Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. following the company’s recent admission that some of its pet foods contained excessive levels of Vitamin D. The consumers are seeking class action status. The named plaintiffs in the three lawsuits allege that their dogs became ill as a result of elevated vitamin D in the pet foods. Four of the sick…
Lean Culinary Services LLC of Hollywood, FL, is recalling about 220 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken salad because the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service confirmed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the product. Some of it carries the Whole Foods Market brand logo. The FSIS reports all of the chicken salad was produced on Feb. 12. Consumers are urged to check their homes for unused portions of the products, which can be identified by the…
A narrative is rapidly emerging in Tennessee against Dr. Richard Briggs bill to close the cow-share loophole that makes raw milk sales legal that otherwise would be illegal. The Tennessee Senate Commerce and Labor Committee has yet to schedule a hearing on the Briggs bill, but what lawmakers are hearing is that Senate Bill (SB) 15 pits community health against civil liberties. Briggs, is a Republican, a cardiac surgeon and a retired U.S. Army Colonel. He…
For the second time in two months, kale salad kits packaged under the Eat Smart brand are under recall because government sampling testing returned positive results for Listeria monocytogenes. Canadian officials did not report how many individual salad kits are affected by the recall. They also did not report how many pounds total are included in the recall, per the policy of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Curation Foods, known until this year…
The Romanian food safety agency has stepped up controls after repeated recalls of fish products because of Listeria. Eight recalls have been issued since the start of this year for Listeria in salmon involving retailers such as Auchan, Kaufland and Carrefour. The National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority (ANSVSA) commissioned enhanced controls following the incidents. The agency has not reported any related illnesses. During these checks, samples were taken from different batches of finished…
At least 11,000 bottles of red wine have been seized in Italy for containing a lower quality wine. Europol officials said criminal groups will counterfeit any beverage with no thought of the harmful consequences to human health as long as they continue to profit. Europol and the Italian NAS Carabinieri dismantled a criminal network involved in counterfeiting trademarks and labels of a winery in Florence called Marchesi Antinori S.p.a. as well as counterfeiting the red wine.…