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Blue Bell Recalls More Products After Testing Positive For Listeriosis

April 8, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Blue Bell Creameries says it's expanding its recall of products made at an Oklahoma plant after pints of banana pudding ice cream tested positive for listeriosis. 

VIDEO: Blue Bell Plant Temporarily Shuts Down Due to Listeria

April 6, 2015 9:25 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Blue Bell announced its decision to halt operations at its Oklahoma plant due to listeria concerns. The decision comes after five other listeria cases were reported at a Kansas hospital.

Costco Canada Recalls Chicken Salad Over Listeria Risk

April 3, 2015 1:57 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The recall covers salads that contain fully cooked sliced chicken breast. The salad was sold in all Canadian provinces except for Prince Edward Island.

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University of Maryland-Led Team Creates U.S. Database of Food Safety Inspections

April 3, 2015 9:00 am | by University of Maryland | News | Comments

In the U.S., such inspections are done by local public health departments, which can take different approaches to conducting, coding and reporting inspection data. Using this unique new automated database, food service businesses and consumers can monitor and compare food safety practices from outlets across the nation.

NAMI Foundation Applauds USDA Food Safety Research Grants

April 2, 2015 7:30 am | by NAMI Foundation | News | Comments

The grants include funding for research projects focused on food safety and quality as well as mitigating antibiotic resistance.

Picturing Peanut Contamination With Near Infrared Hyperspectral Imaging

March 31, 2015 12:30 pm | by IM PUBLICATIONS LLP | News | Comments

Study the label of almost any food product and you're likely to see the rather vague warning "May contain peanuts" somewhere on there, unless of course it's a product that definitely does contain peanuts. These warnings of peanut contamination could soon lose much of their uncertainty, thanks to a novel form of near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy.

In The News: Bird Flu Found at Minnesota Poultry Farms

March 31, 2015 12:02 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Find out the latest news and developments by taking a look at this compilation of media coverage.

Amid Bird Flu Outbreak, Turkey Farmers Increase Security

March 31, 2015 9:30 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Poultry producers in the nation's top turkey state are taking extra steps to protect their flocks after a devastating strain of bird flu was confirmed at two Minnesota farms in as many days last week, a disease that had already slammed the doors shut on some key export markets.

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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 state health officials say Pennsylvania law bars them from disclosing what the food was or how it was contaminated.

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 the nation's top turkey producing state of Minnesota, government officials confirmed on Saturday, raising fears that the that the highly contagious disease could seriously damage the industry.

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 foodborne illness, even though only an estimated 3.5 percent of the U.S. population consumes it.

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.

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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.

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.

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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