April 23, 2014

Progess Missing from CDC’s Food Safety Progress Report


There isn't much progress in the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Food Safety Progress Report for 2013. The annual report which tracks reported cases of infection from foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli and Campylobacter, shows rates have remained flat in most cases and increased in others. E.coli, Listeria, Salmonella* and Yersinia food poisoning rates have all remained flat since 2006, while rates of infection from Vibrio and Campylobacter have increased. Infections from Campylobacter, which is most often associated with poultry and dairy products, have risen 13 percent since 2006. Vibrio infections, which are most often associated with eating raw shellfish, were at the highest level in 2013 since tracking began in 1996. However, rates of the … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Market SW Recalls Mini Butter Croissants

Whole Foods Mini Croissant Recall

Whole Foods Market Southwest Region is recalling mini butter croissants because they contain eggs, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. Anyone with an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs could have a serious reaction if they consume this product. One person has reported an allergic reaction. That is how the problem was discovered. The recalled mini butter croissants were sold with a Whole Foods Market scale label reading "mini butter croissants." The six pack plastic containers have a "best by" date of April 21 to April 23, 2014 and a UPC number of 2 28719-00499-1 on the scale label. The product was distributed to 26 Whole Foods Market stores in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Signs are posted in the stores warning consumers about this … [Read more...]

Price Chopper Recalls Hummus for Undeclared Cheese


Price Chopper Supermarkets is issuing a voluntary recall on hummus for undeclared cheese. Other than this labeling issue, the product is safe to consume. There is no word on any illnesses or allergic reactions that may be related to the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Price Chopper Brand Tuscan White Bean Hummus. It is mislabeled with the ingredient panel for Price Chopper Sweet Potato Hummus, which does not declare that the product contains Parmesan cheese, one of the major food allergens. The products were produced and purchased between March 19, 2014 and April 14, 2014. If you are allergic to milk or cheese, do not consume this product. Discard it or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Price Chopper has initiated its Smart Reply notification … [Read more...]

Food & Water Watch Criticizes USDA Meat Inspection Plans


Tony Corbo of Food & Water Watch states that the USDA is "dismantling the meat inspection system as we know it." Information received through the Freedom of Information Act from USDA's FSIS had a spreadsheet with the number of temporary inspectors hired and where they are working. Last December, FSIS posted "As the Food Safety and Inspection Service looks to transition through modernization and implementation of the New Poultry Slaughter Inspection System, the Agency is announcing temporary Food Inspector positions to facilitate the transition and to help ensure seamless implementation should the Agency decide to proceed with implementation of the new system." That new system, commonly known as HIMP, has been heavily criticized by many consumer, food safety, and worker safety … [Read more...]

In Canada, Peppercorn Recall for Salmonella Updated

Noah's Black Peppercorns Salmonella Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Noah's Natural Foods are updating the black peppercorn recall for Salmonella that has taken place in recent days. The first warning was issued in April 5, 2014, and was updated on April 12, 2014 as well. The peppercorns were sold by Frontier Natural Products Co-op in the United States. This new recall is for organic peppercorns sold in bulk. The peppercorns have no brand name. They were sold at Noah's Natural Foods at 322 Bloor Street West in Toronto from February 13, 2014 until April 11, 2014. They were also sold at Noah's Natural Foods at 2395 Yonge Street in Toronto from February 2014 until mid-March 2014. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. Discard in a sealed container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. Food … [Read more...]

CFA Says Little Progress in Reducing Foodborne Illness


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released their annual report on the incidence of foodborne illness in the United States on Tuesday. It shows there has been little progress made on the prevention of food poisoning outbreaks in recent years. Salmonella and Campylobacter are the two bacteria that cause the most illness. Progress in reducing illness caused by E. coli O157:H7 bacteria has stalled. The data showed an increase in Campylobacter infections, but there was a small decrease in Salmonella illnesses when compared to 2010-2012. But Christopher Waldrop, Director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) said, "for most pathogens, we haven't really been able to move the needle win recent years. The decrease in Salmonella illnesses is … [Read more...]

Listeria in Raw Milk From Greenfield Dairy Prompts Warning


Raw milk from Greenfield Dairy in Middleburg, PA may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and consumers should not drink it, Pennsylvania agriculture officials are warning. Results of routine tests on a raw milk sample collected from the farm on April 8 tested positive for the bacteria. The raw milk included in the warning was sold at the on-farm retail store in half gallon glass containers with the Greenfield Dairy label dated April 18, 21, 22 and 24. It is labeled as “raw milk.” Raw milk sales at the farm have been halted by agriculture officials until two samples taken at least 24 hours apart are negative for Listeria. Illnesses have not been reported to state health officials. Symptoms of a Listeria infection, called listeriosis, usually appear within one to three weeks … [Read more...]

Listeria Outbreak Linked to Roos Cheeses Ends

Roos Foods Cheese Listeria Outbreak

The Listeria outbreak linked to Roos cheeses has ended, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Eight people in two states were sickened, one of them died. No new cases were added since the outbreak was announced on February 21. Seven of the cases were in Maryland, the fatality was in California. Three of the victims were newborns, two mothers of the newborns were also sickened. All of the patients were Hispanic and all but one of them required hospitalization. Adults associated with this outbreak reported eating soft or semi-soft Hispanic-style cheese before they became sick. Three of them said they had purchased Roos cheese. All of them shopped at different locations of same grocery store chain, Mega Mart. Tests of Roos cheese products made repackaged … [Read more...]

Class I Food Recalls from FDA’s April 9 Enforcement Report


These are the Class I recalls from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's  April 9 Enforcement Report. Butter Creek Farms of Kent, WA is recalling a number of Cow Chip brand cookies sold via the Internet. The cookies are being recalled because they contain undeclared allergens. Consumers with allergies to peanuts, wheat, soy or eggs who have purchased they cookies should carefully check the recall information by clicking the link above. People with such food allergies should not eat these cookies as the run the risk of allergic reaction if they do. Cow chip brand Mock Baby Ruth, Nutty Calf Chip, Nutty Cow Chip, Nutty Bull Chip and White Macadamia Nut cookies have undeclared peanut, egg, wheat, soy, wheat, and milk. Cow Chip , Calf Chip , Bull Chip, Peanut Butter, M&M … [Read more...]

Bolzano Salami Recalled; Produced Without Federal Inspection

Bolzano Meats Recall

Bolzano Artisan Meats of Wisconsin is recalling 5,723 pounds of salami products for misbranding and because they were produced without the benefit of federal inspection. The products have the Wisconsin state inspection shield, but they "incorrectly bear the Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) program version of the USDA mark of inspection, which requires federal acceptance into the program." That establishment is not part of the CIS program so these products cannot be sold through interstate commerce. The recalled products include 6 ounce or 12 ounce packages of "Bolzano Artisan Meats All Natural Uncured, Old School Salami," 6/6-oz. or 3/12-oz. packages per case (UPC 7935 7389 6360); 6 ounce or 12 ounce packages of "Bolzano Artisan Meats All Natural Uncured, Pamplona Runner Salami," … [Read more...]

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