October 28, 2016

Warning in Canada About Infant Formula Tampering

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning consumers that some infant formula products may have been tampered with. A report from a Walmart store in Kanata, Ontario prompted the warning; product substitution is suspected. The advisory states, "this type of issue is not typically associated with the manufacturing process but can occur occasionally when a consumer returns altered products to the retail store for a refund." The infant formula product had an outer container appearing intact, the the product inside the inner packages had been substituted. No illnesses are associated with this complaint. Consumers who purchase infant formulas in Canada, and anywhere for that matter, should always examine the packaging material to make sure that the security seal is intact and … [Read more...]

FDA Issues Final Food Defense Regulation

The FDA released the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) final rule for mitigation strategies to protect food against intentional adulteration last week. This rule is intended to prevent public harm by requiring companies in the U.S. and abroad to take steps to prevent adulteration of the food supply. These facilities are required to complete and maintain a written food defense plan that assesses their potential vulnerabilities to deliberate contamination. They must also establish food defense monitoring procedures and corrective actions, verify that the system is working, and ensure that personnel assigned to these areas receive training and maintain records. Before 1982, most food and drug products did not have tamper-proof packaging or tamper-resistant seals. In 1982, seven … [Read more...]

Potatoes Recalled in Canada for Possible Tampering

Lobular Companies and Strang's Produce are voluntarily recalling Farmer's Market and Strang's Produce brands of Russet Potatoes from the market because they may have been tampered with. Nails and needles were found in the potatoes. No injuries have been reported to date. You can see the long list of products recalled, the brand names, common name, size of packages, codes on the products, and UPC numbers at the CFIA web site. You can see pictures of product labels at the CFIA web site as well. The potatoes were sold in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. If you do have any of these products in your home, throw them away or return to the store where you bought them for a refund. If you find a foreign material object in a potato, do not throw … [Read more...]

Nails Found Inside Candy in Perry County, Tennessee

According to WSMV.com, the FDA is investigating product tampering after nails were found inside candy. A Baby Ruth candy bar and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups had nails inside them. They were sold at a Perry County, Tennessee convenience store. No employees are suspected in this product tampering. All of the stores' candy was opened and inspected by sheriff's deputies and employees have passed polygraph tests. Hershey company employees and delivery truck drivers have also been eliminated as suspects. Investigator think the tampering happened inside the store, but they don't know if an ex-employee or a customer put the nails in the candy. No injuries have been reported to date. Everyone who found a nail inside the candy spit it out before it was swallowed. If you have any information … [Read more...]

Candy Not the Culprit in Two in Indiana Illnesses

Skittles candy was not the source of illness for two people who became ill the same afternoon they ate the candy earlier this week, according to WTHR.com. The two, who ate from a package of Original Skittles on March 4, were treated and released from Reid Hospital after they experienced  burning throats, cramping and diarrhea after eating the candy. Officials at the Indiana Department of Health initially suspected the candy as the cause of illness, but lab tests revealed no toxins on the candy.Health officials issued a consumer alert about the candy on Thursday. The Marathon Food Mart at 2105 National Road West in Richmond, Ind. where the candy was sold and the Skittles distributor, Eby Brown, had worked to withdraw the product,  but tests now show there is no need for concern.   … [Read more...]

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