September 21, 2014

After Horsemeat Scandal, EC Revises Food Safety Laws


Months after the discovery of a food fraud scandal in Europe where foods advertised as beef were found to contain horse DNA, the European Commission (EC) has announced revisions to its food safety laws that include increasing unannounced inspections and upping penalties.  Under the new law, fines must be equivalent to the economic gain from the violation.  "Crime must not pay. If penalties are low it does pay," said Tonio Borg, the EC's Health and Consumer Commissioner said during  a news conference in Brussels yesterday. European health officials spent months analyzing meat products after the Food Safety Authority of Ireland announced it had discovered horse DNA in a variety of products in January. Since that time, at leas 4,000 samples of meat have been tested and  three people have … [Read more...]

Wegmans Spinach Linked To E.coli Outbreak In 5 States


Wegmans spinach has been linked to an E.coli outbreak that has sickened 28 people in five states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The outbreak which began in New York, now includes cases in Connecticut, Virginia, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Ten people have been hospitalized, two of them with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. On November 2, 2012, Wegmans  issued a recall for 5 oz and 11 oz packages of its Organic Spinach and Spring Mix blend for possible contamination with E.coli.  A collaborative investigation by state, local, and federal officials indicates that the Wegmans salad mix, produced by State Garden of Chelsea, Massachusetts, is one likely source of this outbreak. Samples taken from four leftover packages of … [Read more...]

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