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Chefs Fight for Bare-Hand Contact in California

March 25, 2014 9:37 am | by FENIT NIRAPPIL, Associated Press | 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.

Food Safety Exchange

March 24, 2014 5:15 pm | Events

Mettler Toledo Product Inspection invites you to attend the third annual Food Safety Exchange conference, held this year on June 17 and 18 at the Hilton Philadelphia City Hotel in Philadelphia, Pa.

Canadian Officials Want to Fine Meat Plants for Food Safety Problems

March 24, 2014 12:43 pm | by John Cotter, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is proposing to give itself the power to fine meat processors that break hygiene and other operating rules meant to protect human health. But meat industry representatives and a food safety expert say they are skeptical. 

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Yum CEO’s Pay Drops as KFC Struggles in China

March 24, 2014 12:34 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Yum CEO David Novak saw his pay package drop 22 percent to $10 million last year as the parent company fell short of its performance targets. The drop in pay from $12.8 million the previous year reflects the troubles that have beset KFC's China division.

Minn. Company Recalls Food Products for Listeria

March 24, 2014 12:31 pm | News | Comments

Parkers Farm Acquisition is recalling some of its peanut butter, cheese, salsa and spreads after authorities discovered some samples of the products contained listeria. The company is cooperating with an investigation by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Photos of the Day: Mich. Pot Bills Address Edibles

March 24, 2014 9:46 am | News | Comments

Two Republican House bills would clarify Michigan's medical marijuana law by legalizing dispensaries and edibles. Michigan food safety organizations oppose the legislation because it doesn't apply state food law to dispensaries. The groups say any business that sells food should be licensed and inspected.

Mich. Pot Bills Would OK Edibles

March 24, 2014 9:41 am | by EMMA FIDEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Republican House bills would clarify Michigan's medical marijuana law by legalizing dispensaries and edibles. Michigan food safety organizations oppose the legislation because it doesn't apply state food law to dispensaries. The groups say any business that sells food should be licensed and inspected.

Costco’s Kirkland Signature Chicken Recalled for Listeria

March 21, 2014 11:51 am | News | Comments

Freshouse Foods Ltd. has recalled Kirkland Signature brand grilled chicken breast strips sold at Costco stores throughout Canada. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said the chicken may be contaminated with listeria. There have been no reported illnesses so far.

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Calif. Company Recalls Frozen Treats for Listeria

March 20, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

Helados La Tapatia, Inc. of Fresno, Calif., voluntarily recalled all ice cream products, popsicles, fruit bars and cups, and bolis due to a possible health risk from listeria. A routine inspection revealed the presence of the bacteria on certain food processing equipment.

Teaming ERP with Traceability: A Software Implementation Primer

March 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged | Articles | Comments

Researching, purchasing and implementing food safety software is not an undertaking for the faint of heart. The effort involved can daunt food manufacturers. However, experts say it’s necessary to acquire a customized system that fits each company’s business needs.

Sharing a Century of Seafood

March 20, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Northern Fish Products, Inc. in Tacoma, Wash., is the oldest seafood business operating in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout its 102-year history, the company has supplied fresh, quality fish and seafood throughout the United States and abroad.

Food Safety Update: HACCP Planning

March 19, 2014 1:00 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged | Articles | Comments

The Food Safety Update section of Food Manufacturing is designed to offer our readers insight into the state of food safety concerns across the industry. We received hundreds of responses to this month’s survey regarding HACCP Planning.

Food Safety Summit

March 19, 2014 10:43 am | Events

The Food Safety Summit is a solutions based conference and expo designed to meet the educational and information needs of the entire food industry including growers, processors, retailers, distributors, foodservice operators, regulators and academia.

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Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo (FA&M)

March 19, 2014 10:41 am | Events

The Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo (FA&M) is a 2 ½ day event that brings food and beverage processors and suppliers together to gain valuable information on the latest trends and technologies in manufacturing, automation, sustainability and food safety.

Fannie May Recalls Chocolates for Undeclared Peanuts

March 18, 2014 12:39 pm | News | Comments

Fannie May Confections Brands, Inc. is recalling 89.08 cases of its 14-ounce box of assorted chocolates due to undeclared peanuts. The chocolates were distributed to retailers, including Walgreens, Hallmark Gift Shops and CVS, in seven states.

Beef Jerky Recalled for Safety Concerns

March 18, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

Health Officials recalled Krave Jerky's garlic chili pepper beef jerky processed at Rancho Feeding Corporation. The company halted operations last month after a series of recalls, including one for 8.7 million pounds of beef that had been processed from diseased animals.

Bueno Foods Restocks Green Chiles After Recall

March 14, 2014 12:45 pm | News | Comments

Family-owned Bueno Foods in Albuquerque has announced it is restocking grocery store shelves with its green chile products. In February, the company recalled its frozen non-ready-to-eat green chile products due to listeria contamination.

Plant Linked to Listeria Outbreak Had Previous Violations

March 14, 2014 10:29 am | by RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press | News | Comments

State and federal inspectors have found multiple problems since 2000 at Delaware-based Roos Foods, whose operations were recently halted because of a deadly foodborne bacteria outbreak, but they found no evidence of listeria contamination at the plant until a few weeks ago.

Photos of the Day: Japan's Decimated Fishing Industry Gets New Life

March 14, 2014 10:23 am | News | Comments

Businessmen are helping bring back Japan's fishing industry, which was destroyed by a nuclear disaster triggered by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Businesses throughout the Tohoku region face a reality TV show's worth of obstacles to setting up shop.

Businessmen Breathe Life into Japan’s Fishing Industry

March 14, 2014 10:08 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH and EMILY WANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Businessmen are helping bring back Japan's fishing industry, which was decimated by a nuclear disaster triggered by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Businesses throughout the Tohoku region face a reality TV show's worth of obstacles to setting up shop.

Dole Salad Recalled in Canada

March 13, 2014 12:42 pm | News | Comments

Dole brand Italian Blend salad is being pulled from store shelves in Canada because of possible listeria contamination. Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. processed the salad, which is sold in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. Other provinces may also be selling the product.

Fonterra Pleads Guilty to Food Safety Violations

March 13, 2014 9:51 am | by NICK PERRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra pleaded guilty Thursday to four food safety violations after a botulism scare last year. The company faces a maximum fine of $426,000. The botulism scare sparked a global recall of infant formula, but turned out to be a false alarm.

Amantadine ELISA Test Kit

March 13, 2014 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The MaxSignal® Amantadine ELISA Test Kit is designed for the detection of amantadine residues in meat products, including chicken, beef and pork.

Groups Sue FDA over Petition to Provide Info on Mercury in Seafood

March 12, 2014 1:00 pm | News | Comments

On Monday, consumer protection and environmental advocates filed a lawsuit against the FDA for failing to respond to a July 2011 petition in which the groups asked the agency to give consumers information about mercury levels in the seafood they eat.

FDA Halts Production at Cheese Plant Linked to Deadly Outbreak

March 12, 2014 9:46 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FDA has halted operations at Roos Foods after a listeria outbreak linked to the company's cheese killed one person and sickened seven others. This is only the second time the agency has used its authority to close a plant since the Food Safety Modernization Act became law in 2011.

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