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FDA Closes Puerto Rico Bakery for Multiple Violations

April 17, 2014 10:12 am | News | Comments

Los Genuinos, Inc., a Bayamon, Puerto Rico, food manufacturer, has agreed under terms of a court order not to process or distribute food until it addresses the unsanitary conditions found by U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigators.

Wash. Company Recalls 83K Pounds of Egg Products

April 15, 2014 12:22 pm | News | Comments

Nutrion LLC, based in Lacey, Wash., is recalling an additional 82,884 pounds of processed egg...

Allergic Reactions Prompt Kroger Sorbet Recall

April 14, 2014 9:54 am | News | Comments

The Kroger Co. has recalled its Private Selection Sweet Strawberry Sorbet sold in 13 states...

Lindt Wins Latest Round in Copyright Fight with Haribo

April 14, 2014 9:47 am | News | Comments

Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Spruengli AG won the latest round in its battle of the bears...

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GFSI-Recognized Food Safety Schemes Ensure Global Acceptance

April 14, 2014 8:00 am | by Ron Vail, Director, Food Safety and GFSI Education, AIB International and Sonal Sinha, Associate Vice President Industry Solutions, MetricStream | Articles | Comments

The Global Food Safety Initiative acts as an international quality benchmark in the food industry, and helps establish uniform and consistent international food safety standards. The GFSI schemes also enable companies to comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Combating Milk Microbes That Survive Pasteurization

April 11, 2014 10:35 am | News | Comments

South Dakota State University dairy science professor Sanjeev Anand has begun developing ways to combat heat-resistant microorganisms, a major challenge for the world’s dairy industry. His work is supported by the Dairy Research Institute and the Midwest Dairy Food Research Center.

524 Sickened as Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak Continues

April 10, 2014 11:52 am | News | Comments

Federal health officials say a salmonella outbreak linked to Foster Farms chicken that has been going on since March 2013 isn't over. The outbreak has now infected 524 people in 25 states and Puerto Rico. The CDC says the outbreak strains have been resistant to many antibiotics.

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The Evolution of FSMA and Track-and-Trace Technology

April 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Johann Heydenrych, Senior Vice President, SAP Solutions | Articles | Comments

The Food Safety Modernization Act has propelled the industry forward through a more holistic approach of track-and-trace requirements throughout the supply chain. While the industry has progressed to meet the more stringent standards, there is still ample room for improvement.

NRDC: GRAS Process May Allow Dangerous Chemicals into Food

April 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) review process of chemicals used as food additives is “woefully inadequate and may be putting the health of Americans at risk,” according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Japanese Worker Able to Poison Food Under Loose Security

April 9, 2014 12:20 pm | News | Comments

A man who was indicted earlier this year for lacing frozen food products with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, says he had no trouble doing so because of loose security. The food poisoning affected thousands of consumers in Japan.

A Buyer’s Perspective on FSMA at the Food Safety Summit

April 9, 2014 9:51 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor | News | Comments

Regulatory compliance and business practices can meld under the Food Safety Modernization Act in the practice of food safety quality assurance, Jorge Hernandez, senior vice president for food safety & quality assurance at US Foods, said Tuesday at the Food Safety Summit.

Mich. State Joins Food Industry to Start Safety Center

April 8, 2014 11:03 am | News | Comments

Michigan State University is joining food and drink makers and sellers to create the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety. The ingredients safety center will look at the safety of foods, drinks, cosmetics and household consumer products.

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Infestation Forces Closure of NYC Cronut Bakery

April 7, 2014 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Health officials on Friday shut down New York City's Dominique Ansel Bakery, famous for serving up delicious croissant-doughnut hybrid treats called Cronuts, because of a "severe mouse infestation" that requires professional pest control.

Photos of the Day: Decoding DNA to Fight Deadly Food Poisoning

April 7, 2014 10:17 am | News | Comments

The nation's disease detectives are launching a program to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses. The initial target is listeria, the third-leading cause of death from food poisoning.

Experts Fight Food Poisoning by Decoding Germ DNA

April 7, 2014 10:13 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The nation's disease detectives are launching a program to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses. The initial target is listeria, the third-leading cause of death from food poisoning.

Antibiotics and Pigs’ Blood: You Are What What You Eat Eats

April 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged | Blogs | Comments

Despite the title, I’m not blogging after too many drinks or while performing some satanic ritual. What I mean to say is: If you are what you eat, then you are also what your food gets its nourishment from. Two recent cases might quell your appetite.

Q&A: Prepping for FSMA Whistleblower Provisions

April 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

OSHA is considering comments on its proposed procedures for handling whistleblower provisions provided by the Food Safety Modernization Act. Attorney Jonathan Secrest spoke to Food Manufacturing about the new procedures and how food companies can prepare for the inevitability of more whistleblower claims.

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Okla. Manufacturer Recalls 8,700 Pounds of Chicken

April 2, 2014 10:27 am | News | Comments

The USDA says the products from AdvancePierre Foods were formulated with milk and soy, which are not declared on the label. The company with operations in Oklahoma is recalling frozen chicken products distributed to food-service establishments.

Recalled Fish Products May Cause Botulism

April 1, 2014 12:59 pm | News | Comments

Lao Thai Nam Corp. is recalling Number One Sompa Salted Fish because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

Chicago Company Recalls Herring Products

March 31, 2014 10:25 am | News | Comments

Vita Food Products, Inc. of Chicago is recalling 2,280 individual plastic jars of 12-ounce Elf Herring Fillets in Wine Sauce that actually contain herring fillets in sour cream. The recalled products include milk not declared on the label.

USDA OKs Marin Sun Farms Takeover of Rancho Feeding Corp.

March 28, 2014 12:27 pm | News | Comments

The USDA has certified Marin Sun Farms to take over Rancho Feeding Corp., a shuttered slaughterhouse that was at the center of a major beef recall. Rancho Feeding last month recalled all 8.7 million pounds of beef processed at the facility in 2013.

CDC Chronicles 40 Years of Salmonella

March 28, 2014 9:47 am | News | Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released an online report featuring 40 years of data on salmonella, the top foodborne cause of hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. The CDC estimates salmonella causes more than 1.2 million illnesses each year in the country.

Sunland Dumps a Million Jars of Peanut Butter into NM Landfill

March 28, 2014 9:42 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly a million jars of peanut butter are being dumped at a New Mexico landfill to expedite the sale of bankrupt peanut-processing plant Sunland Inc. Bankruptcy trustee Clarke Coll said he had no other choice after Costco Wholesale refused to take shipment of the product.

Judge Won’t Dismiss ‘Pink Slime’ Defamation Suit Against ABC

March 28, 2014 9:39 am | News | Comments

A South Dakota judge on Thursday refused to toss a defamation lawsuit against ABC related to its coverage of a meat product called lean, finely textured beef, which critics have dubbed "pink slime." Beef Products Inc. sued the network in 2012 seeking $1.2 billion in damages.

FDA Warns Consumers of Dark Chocolate Recall

March 27, 2014 1:37 pm | News | Comments

The FDA is warning consumers that it has found milk protein in some 3-ounce bars of Simply Lite brand 50% Cacao Low Carb Sugar Free Dark Chocolate. Milk is not declared as an ingredient on the label. Simply Natural Foods has agreed to recall these products.

Choosing the Right Preventive-Control Training in Food Manufacturing

March 26, 2014 8:00 am | by Chuck Zona, Vice President and Dean, Hooke College of Applied Science and Cheryl Murley, Quality Manager, McCrone Associates | Articles | Comments

To establish correct preventive measures that can withstand regulatory scrutiny, food quality employees need specialized materials analysis training that enables them to characterize and identify raw material and processing contaminants, as well as their sources.

Ozone for Seafood Plant Sanitation

March 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Dr. James Brandt, Chairman, Ozone International | Articles | Comments

The growing use of ozone is making our food supply safer while improving processors’ bottom lines. Ozone is very unique due to its effectiveness as an antimicrobial and as a cleaning agent. It leaves no chemical residue, so it can be used continually for a consistent sanitation level throughout production.

Breads Recalled for Listeria in Canada

March 25, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

Federated Co-operatives Ltd. is recalling some Co-op and Market Town Co-op brands of bread because of possible listeria contamination. Co-op California Garlic Bread and Garlic/Cheese bread, along with Market Town Co-op Pizza Bread have been pulled.

Photos of the Day: Chefs Fight Calif. Law Against Bare-Hand Contact

March 25, 2014 9:43 am | News | Comments

California is a straggler in banning bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat food. Forty-one other states have a version of the legislation signed last year by Gov. Jerry Brown, which will require California chefs to wear gloves or use utensils in food and drink preparation starting in July.

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