August 23, 2016

FDA Extends FSMA Compliance Dates

The FDA is setting the first major compliance dates for the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 for large food facilities. The agency also issued a final rule that "extends and clarifies the compliance dates for certain provisions in four of the seven foundational rules." The final rule addresses technical issues and aligns compliance dates across the four rules. Human food companies, other than small and very small businesses, need to come into compliance with the Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food rule by September 19, 2016. This rule creates new requirements for the production of human food in three ways. First, certain domestic and foreign facilities must implement hazard analysis and risk-based preventive … [Read more...]

What to Save and What to Throw Out After a Power Outage

The USDA has issued a chart of what foods are safe and what foods should be thrown out after a power outage. Severe weather in the southern part of the country has highlighted the importance of keeping food safe during a weather emergency. It would be a good idea to print out this chart and use it after a power outage. Food stored in a refrigerator during a power outage should be safe as long as the power is not out for more than 4 hours, as long as the door is kept closed as much as possible. The general categories in the USDA's chart contain recommendations that should be followed after a power outage. They state that all meats, seafood, and poultry, and foods containing those ingredients, should be discarded. Hard cheeses and processed cheeses will be safe, while soft … [Read more...]

Oysters Recalled in Canada for Possible Salmonella

Five Star Shellfish in Canada is recalling their large standard and mixed oysters because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The recalled products are both Five Star Shellfish Inc. brand. The codes on the products are Harvest Date: 13-Aug-16 Harvest Location: PEI 1Q. There is no UPC number. The recalled products are Large Standard Oysters, and Mixed Oysters, both in 100 count packages. They were sold in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and possibly nationwide. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. The problem with contaminated oysters is that many people eat them raw, which makes them a greater risk. Throw the oysters away in a sealed or double bagged package so … [Read more...]

Organic Rice Noodles Recalled in Canada for Wheat

Candra International is recalling Organic Rice Noodles for undeclared wheat. Anyone who is allergic to wheat or who has celiac disease could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No reactions associated with the consumption of this product has been reported to date. The recalled products include Candra International Organic Brown Rice Noodles, in 300 gram packages. All codes where wheat is not declared on the label are recalled. The UPC number of the recalled product is 6 942838 100177. Also recalled is Organic Black Rice Noodles, in 300 gram packages. All codes where wheat is not declared on the label are recalled. The UPC number of that product is 6 942838 100283. They were sold in Quebec and through internet sales. If you purchased either of these products and cannot … [Read more...]

GoIng to the Fair? Protect Your Family From E. coli

The E. coli outbreak in Washington County, Oregon that may be related to livestock at the Washington County fair is a reminder to all that attending county and state fairs can be dangerous. Officials are investigating "several" illnesses that occurred after those sickened attended the fair. In the past few years, there have been E. coli outbreaks linked to livestock exhibits and petting zoos at fairs. And now that we are getting into autumn, the big state fairs are set to begin.   Livestock exhibits and areas where ruminant animals are gathered are the hot spots for these outbreaks. Cows, goats, sheep, deer, and elk are ruminant animals; they can carry E. coli bacteria in their intestines. The bacteria comes out in their poop, which can get everywhere, including on the … [Read more...]

Panna Cafe Recalls Uninspected Meat and Poultry Products

Panna Cafe Express to Go of Florida is recalling 1,951 pounds of various meat and poultry products that were produced without federal inspection. The company used USDA marks of inspection without authorization, according to the USDA. You can see the long list of recalled products at the USDA web site, with best by dates and UPC numbers. They include ZERPA’S ANTOJOS CRIOLLOS CACHITOS HAM FILLED BREAD, PANNA NEW LATINO FOOD EMPANADA VENEZOLANA POLLO CHICKEN, PANNA NEW LATINO FOOD EMPANADA ARGENTINA POLLO CHICKEN, MISTER FOOD CACHITOS HAM/JAMON, PANNA TO GO CACHITO DE JAMON Y QUESO HAM AND CHEESE CACHITO, MISTER FOOD CACHITO DE JAMON Y QUESO HAM & CHEESE WRAPPED IN DOUGH, PANNA TO GO CACHITO DE JAMON Y QUESO HAM & CHEESE WRAPPED IN DOUGH, and ZERPA’S ANTOJOS CRIOLLOS CACHITO DE … [Read more...]

Food Recall Roundup for Week Ending August 21, 2016

The Food Recall Roundup for the week ending August 21, 2016 includes whiskey glasses, more veggies recalled for Listeria, and a recall of scallops linked to a hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii. Oriental Packing Company updated their recall of curry powder products for lead on August 20, 2016 to include more types. Three brands of frozen corn produced by Cambridge Farms of Pennsylvania were recalled for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination on August 20, 2016. Those brands include Laura Lynn Frozen Cut Corn in two sizes; Kay Food Frozen Cut Corn, and Better Value Frozen Cut Corn. No illnesses have been reported. Sea Pork Products recalled frozen Bay Scallops harvested in the Philippines that have been linked to a hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii on August 18, 2016. The … [Read more...]

Domoic Acid Warning in Central California

The California Department of Public Health is warning consumers not to eat rock crabs caught in Half Moon Bay and bivalve shellfish and rock crabs caught in Monterey Bay. A high level of domoic acid, a naturally occurring toxin, has been found in those fish. The warning is for crabs and bivalves caught in state waters south of Latitude 37° 11′ N. (near Pigeon Point) and north of Latitude 36° 35′ N (near Cypress Point in Monterey County). The advisory includes recreationally and commercially harvested rock crab, and recreationally caught mussels, clams, and the internal organs of scallops caught in the warning area. Domoic acid is a neurotoxin that causes amnesic shellfish poisoning (ASP). The neurotoxin accumulation is related to the bloom of a single celled plant. The conditions … [Read more...]

Cryptosporidium Outbreak in Central Ohio

A Cryptosporidium outbreak in central Ohio has sickened at least 202 people, according to a press release by Columbus Public Health. That number is more than the last four years combined. The outbreak is not tied to a central location, since many of those sickened include people with multiple exposures at different local recreational pools, spray fountains, and water parks. Cryptosporidium is a parasite that causes an illness in people. The main symptom of this disease is severe diarrhea.When people go swimming, or eat contaminated food, they ingest the oocyst and the parasite life cycle begins. The parasite is in oocyst form during the infective stage. It only takes 10 of these little oocysts, which are about half the size of a red blood cell, to make someone sick. Crypto … [Read more...]

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Hepatitis A Outbreak in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Health is investigating a hepatitis A outbreak associated with smoothies from Tropical Smoothie Cafe restaurants in Virginia. Genetic testing shows that the illnesses were caused by a strain of the virus that is associated with previous outbreaks linked to frozen strawberries imported from Egypt. Tropical Smoothie Cafe immediately recalled all strawberries sourced from Egypt and found an alternative supply. So far, there are 10 people sick in this outbreak. Two cases are in eastern Virginia. Other restaurants and suppliers may have received the imported frozen strawberries. Public health officials, including the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and … [Read more...]

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