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Traceability in Food Manufacturing: Harvest Benefits Beyond Compliance and Consumer Protection

March 30, 2015 2:49 pm | by Monika Pelz, CPA, Audit Partner, Armanino | Articles | Comments

The food supply chain is long and complex, including foreign- and domestically sourced farms, processors, ingredients, manufacturers, packagers, distributors, shippers, stores and consumers. Regardless of your business and its place in the food supply chain, you’re required to maintain good records.

Nearly 100 Get Food Poisoning; Health Officials Won't Say From What

March 30, 2015 10:10 am | by AP Exchange | News | Comments

A "food source" sickened nearly 100 restaurant patrons in Philadelphia last month, but city and...

Bird Flu Found in Top Minnesota Turkey Producing County

March 30, 2015 9:00 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

An outbreak of a deadly bird flu strain spread to one of the top poultry producing counties of...

Raw Milk Dramatically Increases Foodborne Illness Risk

March 27, 2015 10:40 am | by Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future | News | Comments

Researchers determined that raw milk was associated with more than half of all milk-related ...

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Japanese Food Imported From Nuclear Disaster Areas Recalled in Taiwan

March 25, 2015 11:30 am | by Kyodo News International | News | Comments

Taiwanese health authorities have ordered a recall of all food products illegally imported from five Japanese prefectures affected by the 2011 earthquake and consequent nuclear disaster.

Listeria Outbreak Traced to 2nd Blue Bell Production Plant

March 25, 2015 9:00 am | by DAVID WARREN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A 3-ounce cup of ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was traced to a plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Blue Bell spokesman Gene Grabowski said. He said the cups with pull tab lids are not sold in retail locations and instead are shipped in bulk to "institutional accounts" in 23 states that comprise less than 5 percent of the company's sales.

3 Organic Food Companies Recall Spinach Products Over Listeria Fears

March 25, 2015 8:10 am | by KRISTIN J. BENDER, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials are aware of the recall. Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

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Alabama Agriculture Officials Checking for Recalled Ice Cream

March 25, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama agriculture officials said in a statement Tuesday that single-serving cups of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla have been recalled across 23 states after a cup in Kansas tested positive for Listeria. Officials say they're checking whether any of the recalled products are being served in Alabama.

In The News: Arsenic in Wine

March 24, 2015 12:30 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

A lawsuit filed in California last week alleging that high levels of arsenic were found is some California-made wines resulted in plenty of headlines. Find out more by taking a look at this compilation of media coverage.

FDA: Recall Expanded for Blue Bell Ice Cream Products

March 24, 2015 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Blue Bell is recalling 3-ounce cups of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla ice cream that have tab lids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the cups could be contaminated with the bacteria, which can cause fatal infections in young children, the elderly and others with weakened immune systems.

Arizona Meat Company Recalls Misbranded Roast Beef

March 24, 2015 10:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service says the product was mistakenly labeled as corned beef on the label.

Why Food Will Continue to Get Safer

March 23, 2015 8:45 am | by Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) | News | Comments

From E. coli to salmonella, the headline-grabbing pathogens that can contaminate our food supply are meeting their match, thanks to an array of technology advancements that will impact both food producers and consumers, say food safety research and policy leaders.

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Chicago Wholesaler Recalls Possibly Tainted Beef Products

March 20, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced the recall Thursday of meat that may be tainted with a dangerous type of E. coli bacteria. The recall affects beef cheek products distributed to stores and restaurants in Chicago by El Cubano Wholesale Meats.

In The News: Kraft Mac and Cheese Recall

March 19, 2015 8:00 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

The news of Kraft recalling 6.5 million boxes of macaroni and cheese because some may contain small metal fragments was a popular topic for Food Manufacturing readers Wednesday. Find out more by browsing this compilation of media coverage.

Kraft Recalls 6.5M Boxes of Mac and Cheese

March 18, 2015 8:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Kraft Foods is recalling about 6.5 million boxes cases of original flavor Kraft Macaroni & Cheese because some of the boxes contain small pieces of metal.

New Bird Flu Strain Has Poultry Farmers Scrambling

March 16, 2015 8:15 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Animal health experts and poultry growers are scrambling to determine how a dangerous new strain of bird flu infected poultry flocks in four states — and to stop it from spreading.

Most Wrongful-Death Lawsuits Settled in 2011 Listeria Outbreak

March 12, 2015 7:55 am | by STEVEN K. PAULSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Denver judge has wrapped up most of the wrongful-death lawsuits stemming from a 2011 listeria outbreak traced to a cantaloupe farm that killed more than 30 people and sickened more than 140 others.

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Arkansas Poultry Officials Say Avian Flu Found in Turkeys

March 12, 2015 6:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission said Wednesday it was following federal protocols to ensure the affected birds did not enter the food supply. Tests will also be conducted to make sure the disease hasn't spread.

Michigan Company Recalls Turkey Lunch Meat For Contamination

March 10, 2015 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Food safety officials say that a western Michigan company is recalling turkey lunch meat because of bacterial contamination. 

Arizona Meat Distributor Recalls 50K Pounds of Pork, Beef

March 9, 2015 8:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA said that Premiere Distribution Center in Nogales is recalling more than 22,000 pounds of frozen bulk pork and more than 28,000 beef products.

Introducing the Food Quality Alliance: A Total Management Solution

March 6, 2015 3:35 pm | by Global ID Group | News | Comments

How would you like to have an all-in-one source for food safety testing, training and certification services, including GFSI, organic, kosher, gluten-free and non-GMO?

Q&A: Recalls and Undeclared Allergens

March 5, 2015 2:35 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing recently had the opportunity to correspond with Todd Harris, Vice President, Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS to discuss topics related to recalls involving undeclared allergens in the food industry.

Q&A: Talking Food/Plant Safety and Security

March 3, 2015 12:45 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing recently had the opportunity to correspond with George Gansner, Director, Marketing & Business Development, IFS Management, to discuss trends, topics and issues related to plant safety and security.

How Recalls Can Affect Your Business

March 2, 2015 1:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Food recalls always seem to be in the news. From candy to meat to apples, food traceability is important so that the products can be traced back to their source if and when a risk is identified. Check out this infographic on recalls to learn more.

Researchers Call For Licorice Limits After Boy Develops Seizures

March 2, 2015 12:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

University researchers in Italy said candy producers should set recommended limits on daily consumption of licorice after a local boy developed seizures. 

Federal Report Identifies Sources of Recent Foodborne Illnesses

March 2, 2015 12:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal regulators recently announced improved practices for identifying sources of foodborne illness. Data from nearly 1,000 outbreaks were used to analyze foods most responsible for causing sicknesses.

Possible Listeria Contamination in Toronto Deli Meat; Illnesses Reported

March 2, 2015 8:00 am | by The Canadian press | News | Comments

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says illnesses have been reported among people who ate meat being recalled by a Toronto deli. The CFIA says Lady York Foods is recalling its sliced Mortadella products.

Peanut Allergies a Popular Topic in Food Industry

February 24, 2015 1:40 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

From food recalls to food studies, peanuts and peanut allergies have been in the news quite a bit of late. Find out the latest by taking a comprehensive look at the topic.

FDA Warns Consumers With Peanut Allergies to Avoid Cumin Spice

February 19, 2015 10:45 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of products are being pulled from store shelves after traces of peanut were found in cumin spice — a life-threatening danger to some people with peanut allergies. While such large allergy-related recalls are rare, undeclared allergens like peanuts are the leading cause of food recalls in the United States.

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