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Where You Live May Be a Factor in Foodborne Illnesses

August 29, 2014 1:00 pm | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

Improving education about risky food handling behaviors would reduce the amount of foodborne illness and help improve food security around the world, according to Kansas State University research.             

Researchers Discover Why Listeria Bacterium is So Hard to Fight

August 28, 2014 2:00 pm | by Nucleic Acids Research | News | Comments

The harmful and potentially deadly bacterium Listeria is extremely good at adapting to changes....

NJ Company Recalls Chicken Cutlets Over Listeria Concerns

August 28, 2014 9:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials announced Tnuva USA, a Fairfield-based company, is recalling more than 8,300...

Calif. Firm Recalls 93K Pounds of Caesar Salad Kits

August 27, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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New Gluten-Free Ingredient May Cause Allergic Reaction

August 25, 2014 2:40 pm | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

Lupin, a legume belonging to the same plant family as peanuts, is showing up as a wheat replacement in an increasing number of gluten-free products. But now, the USDA is issuing an alert to consumers to actively read food labels before buying these products.

Calif. Co-Owner Pleads Guilty to Processing Cows With Cancer

August 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Co-owner of Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp., a Northern California slaughterhouse, has pleaded guilty to the criminal charges accusing him of processing cows with cancer. Operations were halted in February after a series of recalls.   

3 Things to Consider to Mitigate Risk in the Food Supply Chain

August 22, 2014 9:10 am | by Bill Tomasi, Global Director of Product Management, IBS | Articles | Comments

The government has in recent years boosted its oversight of the food supply chain through the most aggressive regulatory overhaul since the mid-20th Century. Yet, every year hundreds of voluntary recalls threaten the reputation of the brands that sell them.

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Top 20 Tips to Mark 20 Years of National Food Safety Month

August 22, 2014 8:30 am | by National Restaurant Association | News | Comments

This year's National Food Safety Month, held annually in September, marks 20 years of commitment to food safety. To commemorate the anniversary, the NRA is featuring the top 20 food safety tips from the past 20 years.        

#FeelingSick: Can Twitter Help Better Identify Foodborne Illness Cases?

August 20, 2014 2:43 pm | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

What if Twitter could be used to track foodborne illness cases and more quickly identify the source of the problem? New research by Washington University in St. Louis’ Brown School shows that new technology might better allow health departments to engage with the public.

Salmonella Strikes Again, This Time From NY Facility

August 20, 2014 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A New York company is recalling some of its peanut and almond butters for possible salmonella contamination after it learned of the risk from a routine FDA testing. Among the brand names being recalled are Arrowhead Mills and MaraNatha almond and peanut butters.

Four at Slaughterhouse Behind Beef Recall Indicted

August 19, 2014 10:00 am | by SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors allege the owners of Rancho Feeding Corp. schemed with employees to slaughter about 79 cows with skin cancer of the eye rather than stopping plant operations during inspector lunch breaks.        

Process Solutions For Adding Gluten-Free to Your Product Mix

August 18, 2014 8:30 am | by Kevin Wilson, Senior Project Engineer, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

Food facilities that work with allergen products can design dedicated process lines to avoid cross-contamination issues. Yet, with gluten-free products being relatively new, retrofitting an existing plant to incorporate this allergen into the current product mix can be challenging.

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Ex-Peanut Plant Manager Says He Lied About Salmonella

August 15, 2014 1:57 pm | by KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The former manager of the Georgia peanut processing plant blamed for a deadly salmonella outbreak says he lied to investigators to protect the company he worked for but then decided to come clean after realizing how many people had been sickened.

Researchers Develop Food Safety Social Media Guide

August 15, 2014 1:00 pm | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

What if your company could effectively communicate to key audiences about foodborne illnesses and how the risk can be reduced? Now you can. Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a guide to help your company participate in online communities.

Whole Foods Recalls 368 Pounds of Ground Beef

August 15, 2014 8:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that two Whole Foods Market stores in Massachusetts are recalling 368 pounds of ground beef for possible contamination of a popular bacteria. So far, three people have fallen ill.

McCormick Recalls Oregano for Possible Contamination

August 14, 2014 10:05 am | by McCormick & Company, Incorporated | News | Comments

McCormick & Company is recalling its Ground Oregano products due to possible contamination of Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections. The company has alerted customers and outlets to dispose of this product.

Former Manager of Ga. Peanut Plant 'Scared' By Salmonella Test

August 13, 2014 8:40 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samuel Lightsey, former manager of a peanut processor linked to a deadly outbreak of salmonella, said he was "scared to death" the first time he saw a positive lab test that had identified the deadly pathogen in the company's products.  

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10 Feared Dead in Denmark Listeria Outbreak

August 12, 2014 12:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A listeria outbreak that has killed 10 people is being linked to contaminated sausages as the possible cause. Danish officials have closed down the meat producer in Copenhagen and recalled all of its products. It is not yet clear whether any of the products were exported.

USDA's New Poultry Inspections: Necessary or Problematic?

August 12, 2014 8:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

In a move that is said to result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year, the Obama Administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in half a century. But why are the USDA's new requirements so controversial?

Salmonella Trial Shows Food Safety Relies on Honor System

August 11, 2014 9:22 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Trial witnesses say employees at Peanut Corporation of America knowingly shipped tainted products and sent customers lab results from other clean batches rather than wait for tests to confirm their products were free of deadly bacteria.   

FDA Says Georgia Plant Waited to Disclose Salmonella

August 8, 2014 12:30 pm | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

A food safety inspector for the FDA was sent to investigate conditions at the Georgia peanut plant that was linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak for its tainted peanuts. The agent said the plant was not fit to produce food for human consumption.

Infographic: Food Industry Worth $2.45T by Next Year

August 8, 2014 8:10 am | by Clean Rental | News | Comments

Discover the opportunities for growth in the food industry and where the challenges lie. This infographic by Clean Rental shows that poultry product manufacturing has room to grow by exporting, utilizing feed research and increasing production speed lines.

A Uniform Way to Avoid Class 1 Recalls in Food Production

August 8, 2014 8:00 am | by Clean Rental | Blogs | Comments

A recall can potentially cost a food company millions of dollars from lost sales, the recall execution process and brand reputation management. To prevent food contamination and recalls, food manufacturers should be proactive when it comes to public safety.

Canada Officials Recall Food Products Over Listeria, E.coli Concerns

August 7, 2014 10:08 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling two products due to concerns about listeriosis and a third recall due to possible E.coli. The products include Genoa Salami, Sliced Crimini Mushrooms and certain brands of French cheeses.

FDA Rules Ga. Peanut Plant 'Not Fit' to Produce Food

August 7, 2014 9:09 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

A food safety inspector for the FDA was sent to investigate conditions at the Georgia peanut plant that was linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak for its tainted peanuts. The agent said the plant was not fit to produce food for human consumption. 

The Nutty Truth About Peanut Allergies Revealed

August 5, 2014 2:13 pm | by National Peanut Board | News | Comments

The National Peanut Board launched a new website for foodservice executives and manufacturers to raise awareness to the common misconceptions about food allergies and allergy management. The site provides science-based information about peanut allergies.

McDonald's: China Meat Scandal Hurting Sales

August 5, 2014 9:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

McDonald's sales are hurting from a scandal over a meat supplier in China late last month. The hamburger chain said there has been "significant negative impact" in China, Japan and other affected markets. These regions make up 10 percent of the chain's revenue.

Japan, China Prepare Meeting Over Food Safety

August 5, 2014 9:05 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo | News | Comments

Japanese and Chinese governments are preparing to meet later this month on finding ways to meet food safety standards. The meeting follows the recent scandal over expired chicken meat provided by the Chinese food supplier Shanghai Husi Food Co. 

Prosecutors: Peanut Plant Faked Salmonella Lab Results

August 4, 2014 9:38 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Known as one of the largest food recalls in U.S. history, prosecutors say the Georgia peanut plant Peanut Corp. of America shipped products that were untested and products that it knew were tainted to customers, including food giant Kellogg's.    

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