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Prepackaged Caramel Apples Linked to 4 Deaths, Multiple Illnesses Across 10 States

December 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it knows of 28 cases in which people were sickened with the same strains of the bacterial illness listeria, and at least 26 were hospitalized.

Reily Foods Recalls Chili Seasoning Kits Due to Undeclared Peanut and Almond Allergens

December 19, 2014 1:50 pm | by Reily Foods | News | Comments

Reily Foods Co. announced it is recalling certain Carroll Shelby brand and Wick Fowler brand...

Minnesota Links Caramel Apples, 2 Listeria Deaths

December 19, 2014 9:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Minnesota health officials say two people died and two others became ill this fall after eating...

Massachusetts Couple Sues Whole Foods, Ranch

December 17, 2014 2:55 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Massachusetts husband and wife who blame their 8-year-old son's death on the ground beef they...

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Georgia Company Issues Cheese Recall

December 17, 2014 2:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Flat Creek Farm and Dairy officials said in a statement that the company has recalled its Low Country Gouda and Aztec Cheddar after the company was notified in late November that the cheese may have been contaminated. Company officials say no illnesses have been reported.

Sausage, Kolbassa Products Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

December 17, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Federal health authorities in Canada say two meat products sold in Ontario are being recalled due to concerns about possible Listeria contamination. The recall affects Franz's smoked black bean and salsa sausage and Franz's gold medal kolbassa made by Peterborough-based Franz Roessl Holdings Ltd.

Manufacturers Need an ERP as Unique as Their Business

December 11, 2014 11:30 am | by Ranga Bodla | Articles | Comments

Food manufacturers and distributors require lot tracking capabilities to provide detailed information on inventory, shipments, and expiration dates to help ensure FDA compliance and efficiently run operations in case of a recall.     

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Washington Firm Recalls Chef Salads For Undeclared Allergens

December 11, 2014 9:05 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Real Foods LLC, a Kent, Wash., establishment, is recalling approximately 308 pounds of Chef Salad with Ham and Turkey due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Food Sentry Makes Food Risk Ratings Free to Consumers

December 9, 2014 12:03 pm | by Food Sentry | News | Comments

Food Sentry has changed its model so that it helps businesses and organizations discover risks to their import food supply chain. This change has allowed them to make available their proprietary consumer Food Risk Ratings Guide at no cost through their website.

5 British Columbia Poultry Farms Quarantined for Bird Flu

December 8, 2014 9:35 am | by JEREMY HAIINSWORTH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Seven countries have imposed trade restrictions on Canadian poultry as a fifth farm in British Columbia's Fraser Valley was put under quarantine for avian influenza. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said that more than 140,000 turkeys and chickens will be euthanized.

Canada Hopes Avian Flu Contained to 4 Poultry Farms

December 5, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The turkeys and chickens that haven't died from the disease will be euthanized — a total of about 35,000 birds. Canada's chief veterinary officer says agencies are looking for any sign the virus has moved beyond the four farms in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver.

Infographic: Who's Educating Consumers on Foodborne Illness?

December 4, 2014 10:09 am | by Partnership for Food Safety Education | News | Comments

In an effort to better understand the landscape of food safety education, PFSE commissioned North Carolina State University to conduct a survey to identify the organizations and channels most frequently used to communicate safe food handling messages.  

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Hong Kong Bans Poultry Imports Due to British Colombia's Avian Flu

December 4, 2014 8:20 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Hong Kong's food safety agency has banned poultry, meat and eggs from part of British Columbia after an avian flu outbreak at two farms in the province. Nearly 18,000 birds are either dead or scheduled to be euthanized after the H5 strain of avian influenza was detected.

Cargill Beef Recalled in Canada on E.coli Concerns

December 2, 2014 9:07 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Federal health officials are recalling packages of ground beef produced by Winnipeg-based Cargill Meat Solutions due to concerns about E.coli. The meat carries the Your Fresh market brand name and is sold at Walmart stores.       

Tentative Deal to Settle XL Foods Beef Recall Lawsuit

November 26, 2014 11:23 am | by John Cotter, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Lawyers have brokered a tentative deal to settle part of a class-action lawsuit filed over an E. coli outbreak and the largest meat recall in Canadian history. The lawsuit is against XL Foods Inc., which operated a meat-packing plant in southern Alberta during the tainted beef recall in 2012.

Salmonella in 10 States Linked to Raw Sprouts

November 25, 2014 8:50 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Raw sprouts are linked to dozens of cases of food poisoning — again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 63 people from 10 states concentrated on the East Coast fell ill with salmonella linked to bean sprouts from a supplier in New York City.

Minn. Company Recalls 1.2K Pounds of Ground Beef

November 24, 2014 9:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Ranchers Legacy Meat Co. of Vadnais Heights, Minnesota is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef because of possible E. coli contamination. The USDA says inspectors discovered the suspected contamination during a routine inspection.

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Kozy Shack Recalls Pudding Over Labeling

November 21, 2014 9:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Pudding maker Kozy Shack Enterprises is recalling some of its puddings because they are not labeled as containing milk. The recall involves 4-ounce cups of Foodservice Kozy Shack Simply Well Chocolate Pudding.           

Smoked Salmon Sold in mid-Atlantic Area Recalled

November 19, 2014 8:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A New York City company is recalling 564 pounds of Imported (Product of Denmark) Acme smoked salmon that was sold to Giant supermarkets in the Mid-Atlantic region because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.       

Michigan State Recalls Cookie, Ice Cream Products

November 17, 2014 10:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan State University is recalling some cookie and ice cream products because malfunctioning equipment may have contaminated them with metal shavings. The products also were ordered pulled from store shelves. No injuries have been reported.

Hawaii Firm Recalls Pork Products

November 12, 2014 10:59 am | by USDA | News | Comments

Kulana Foods Ltd, a Hilo, Hawaii establishment, is recalling approximately 4,465 pounds of frozen, fully cooked pork products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen.                     

Nov/Dec 2014: Wearing its Labels With Pride

November 12, 2014 8:20 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Berner Food & Beverage is a leading contract manufacturer of private label and store brand beverages, cheese products and other dairy-based foods. To read this cover story, exclusive features on regulatory compliance and material handling, among other stories, click on the image above.

6 Challenges Facing Modern Manufacturing Companies

November 11, 2014 10:28 am | by Danielle Iera, Marketing Coordinator, TPC Wire & Cable Corp | Articles | Comments

Nearly every type of manufacturer faces increasing regulations aimed at everything from ensuring product safety to managing disposal and reclamation procedures. While many regulations may be beneficial to consumers, each regulation adds an additional burden to the company.

McDonald's Japan Logs 7.5B Yen Loss on Meat Scandal

November 6, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In the wake of a food safety scandal involving a China-based meat supplier, sales slumped for McDonald's Japan. The company reported a group net loss of 7.54 billion yen for the January to September period.            

Home-Cooked Pet Kibble a Growing Trend

November 5, 2014 9:44 am | by SUE MANNING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Doggy Cooking Network on YouTube shows pet owners how to dish up fresh, homemade alternatives to commercial kibble. It struck a chord as serving safe, wholesome food has become important to people putting more time, money and energy into pet care.

How to Stay Compliant With OSHA's New GHS Rules

November 4, 2014 2:00 pm | by Chris Palmisano | Articles | Comments

Besides training employees on the new GHS (Global Harmonization System) labeling elements, new pictograms, and the new SDS (Safety Data Sheet) format, there are more important challenges to compliance, that many employers and Safety Managers may not even realize.

Marathon Ventures Recalls Macadamia Nuts For Salmonella

November 3, 2014 9:45 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Marathon Ventures, Inc. announced that it is voluntarily recalling various retail and bulk packages containing raw macadamia nuts as a precautionary measure because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.        

Organizations Team Up to Provide Effective Recall Management Course

October 30, 2014 10:39 am | by Inmar | News | Comments

Inmar announced that its product recall management experts will team up with GS1 US and the Grocery Manufacturers Association to facilitate “Efficient and Effective Product Recall Management,” a course for manufacturers and their retail trading partners.

Is Ebola Affecting Cocoa Production? Experts Say 'No'

October 29, 2014 1:23 pm | by Food Nutrition & Science | News | Comments

West Africa is the world's largest producer of cocoa beans with an estimated 73 percent of the world's beans coming from the area, according to the International Cocoa Association. To date, the disease has not affected cocoa production.   

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