March 22, 2018

Oregon Food Bank Recalls Chia Seeds for Potential Rodent Dropping Contamination

Oregon Food Bank of Portland, Oregon is recalling 22,201 pounds of chia seeds that were donated to the food bank, because they may be contaminated with rodent droppings. No known illnesses are associated with this product, but the use or consumption of the seeds could present a health hazard. The chia seeds were distributed in Oregon and Clark County, Washington through the Oregon Food Bank Network. The product is packaged in one pound plastic poly film bags with a twist-type closure or a re-sealeable pouch. All of the seeds distributed in that type of packaging between November 1, 2017 and March 9, 2018 are part of this recall. This issue was discovered through a consumer complaint of finding foreign material in the product. The product still in inventory at Oregon Food Bank was … [Read more...]

Bakersfield Arby’s on Rosedale Closed for Rodent Infestation

Kern County officials have closed an Arby's outlet at 8920 Rosedale Highway in Bakersfield, California for rodent infestation. The restaurant received a score of 69%, which is a failing grade, for poor food handling practices and overall poor food establishment maintenance and sanitation. A complaint from the public triggered the latest inspection. The environmental health permit is suspended and a notice of closure is posted until the permit is reestablished. The restaurant must have a score of at least 80% before it can reopen. The inspection that forced the closure took place on June 29, 2016. The major violation is "Severe vermin infestation." Inspectors observed rodent droppings on the floor and boxes of soda syrup and other food related equipment in the dried storage area. … [Read more...]

Senator Schumer Wants FDA to Crack Down on Unsanitary Warehouses

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called on the FDA this week, asking for more inspections on food warehouses. Last year the FDA found "squalid" conditions in 90 warehouses that hold food that is shipped to consumers. In a press release, Schumer said, "at the end of 2014, the FDA quietly revealed hundreds of food safety violations at food processing facilities over the course of the year, and everyone from restaurant-goers to owners are appalled by some of the disgusting conditions at warehouses that supply our food. Reports of the filthy conditions at some of these warehouses sound like a page straight out of Upton Sinclair's 'The Jungle'." Some of the issues in those warehouses were dead and alive rats and birds, and rodent feces next to the food. The FDA inspects "high risk" facilities … [Read more...]

U.S. Marshals Seize Food From Two Virginia Facilities

U.S. Marshals have seized food from Gourmet Provisions, LLC and Royal Cup, Inc. after FDA inspectors found "widespread and active rodent and insect infestation" at those facilities. Warrants were issued by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. Inspectors found the rodents and insects, along with unclean equipment and structural defects at the most recent inspection. Management had not taken steps to exclude insects and rodents from the facility and to protect foods and contact surfaces from contamination. Melinda K. Plaisier, the FDA's associate commissioner for regulatory affairs said in a statement, "these companies have a responsibility for the safety and quality of their products. When firms do not uphold this responsibility, the FDA will take … [Read more...]

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