November 23, 2014

Los Alamos National Lab Joins Federal Grant Study of E. coli in Beef

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Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico has joined a large federal grant study aimed at reducing toxic E. coli contamination in the U.S. beef supply. According to a Los Alamos news release, a team of researchers will focus on early detection efforts and multiple-sampling capability to speed response time. The scientists believe they can screen multiple samples for multiple Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) markers simultaneously rather than the current method of one marker at a time. The Los Alamos team will use a waveguide-based bio-sensor as its platform for STEC detection. "The goal of this research is to identify and control STEC within the beef chain and substantially mitigate the risk of STEC infections associated with beef products through cutting-edge research, … [Read more...]

Pasteurization Problem Causes Milk Advisory by Wisconsin Dairy Plant

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Castle Rock Organic Farms whole milk, made in Osseo, Wisconsin, should be discarded if it is dated February 29. The dairy plant said the milk was not properly pasteurized and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection confirmed the inadequate pasteurization through testing. Food safety officials are unaware of any illnesses related to the defect. The milk was sold in half-gallon and quart glass bottles. It has a sell-by date of Feb. 29 and dairy plant number of 55-1951 on the bottle. It is believed to have been distributed in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. According to the company's website, Festival Foods stores in the Green Bay area sell most Castle Rock Organic products. … [Read more...]

Massive Butter Recall in New Zealand

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Fonterra Brands New Zealand has recalled 410,000 packs of butter after consumers found "fine metal objects" in the dairy product. The company said that "two isolated complaints" were received in January and again on February 9, 2012. Product details: Mainland Salted Butter 500 gram packs Code "Batch CV12" Best before date January 10, 2013 Anchor Salted Butter 500 gram packs Code "Batch CV28" Best before date January 26, 2013 The butter was packaged at Fonterra's manufacturing site in Whareroa, at the nation's largest butter plant. The products were sold in New Zealand stores. The company has not received any reports of injuries in connection with consumption of this product. Fonterra asks that anyone who bought this product, or knows of family or friends … [Read more...]

Market Pantry Honey Recalled

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Market Pantry pure grade A honey is being recalled, according to the weekly FDA Enforcement Report for February 8, 2012. The volume of product in commerce stands at 3525 cases, or 42,300 units. Product details: Market Pantry pure grade honey grade A Net Weight 12 ounce (340 grams) Recall # F-0640-2012 Lot 1174 Expiration date "Best by 27 JUN2013 Recalling manufacturer is Honeytree, Inc. of Onstaed, Michigan. Recalled by letter on December 17, 2011. Firm initiated recall is ongoing. Product contained 10.3 parts per billion of sulfathiazole, a short-acting sulfa drug. Distribution was nationwide. The recall doesn't specify what to do with the product if you have it. We assume you shouldn't consume it. This is a Class III recall, which means that consuming the … [Read more...]

FDA Takes Action Against New York Manufacturer of Mexicali Cheese

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The FDA wants a judge to block the maker of Mexicali cheese from operating in its New York manufacturing facility because of "persistent unsanitary conditions" that contributed to the spread of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The agency's legal action in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York is against Mexicali Cheese of Woodhaven, N.Y., and two of its officers. A civil complaint seeks a permanent injunction in hopes of protecting consumers from possible food poisoning. The lawsuit follows an FDA Warning Letter to the company in October 2010 and a recall of "Queso Cotija Cheese" in August of the same year. The Warning Letter was issued after three days of inspection at the plant found Listeria in five locations along with numerous food safety violations, including … [Read more...]

Raw Milk Campylobacter Outbreak Widens in Pennsylvania, Maryland

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Another six people have been infected with the pathogen Campylobacter in a food poisoning outbreak that Pennsylvania and Maryland health officials have associated with the Family Cow raw milk produced at the Shankstead Ecofarm in Franklin County, Pa. News reports from the region say a total of 12 illnesses have now been linked to consumption of the unpasteurized milk that Family Cow sells at more than 20 health food stores and more than 25 drop points in south-central Pennsylvania, around Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and in eastern Pennsylvania. In Maryland, 4 people have fallen ill, while 8 in Pennsylvania have been sickened. The farm has temporarily suspended raw milk sales pending microbiological testing results. Meanwhile, consumers are still advised by public health officials not … [Read more...]

FDA Stops Orange Juice Imports Tainted With Unapproved Pesticide

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Eleven orange juice shipments to the United States since January 4 have been stopped by the Food and Drug Administration for unacceptable levels of carbendazim, a pesticide that is not legal for use on oranges in the United States. The agency is continuing to monitor imports and domestic production of orange juice for this chemical. Six of the tainted shipments were from Canada and five were from Brazil. In all, FDA inspectors have examined 45 import samples of orange juice this year. Fourteen domestic samples also have been taken and currently are in process in the agency's labs. For a sample to be judged positive for carbendazim, it must contain 10 parts per billion or more of the pesticide. Each sample represents one shipment. Of the eleven positive shipments, nine have been … [Read more...]

McDonald’s Twitter Campaign #Hijacked

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Twitter is taking a spot in the food safety arena in several ways. It was used to track a norovirus outbreak at the Canadian University Press's 74th National Conference on January 14 of this year. Now it's been used to tell food safety stories about a fast food giant. Last week, McDonald's launched a social media campaign where they encouraged comments from consumers using the hashtag #McDStories. Unfortunately, that campaign backfired. Hashtags are the pound sign (which you call it if you're over the age of 40) placed in front of a word or phrase that groups search terms. If you type in #McDStories, you'll see a huge list of tweets. Other popular hashtags include #recipes, #foodsafety, and #chocolate. The campaign was quickly pulled after people started twitting their displeasure … [Read more...]

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