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China’s Meat Scandal and Food Fails

July 24, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

This week U.S.-owned meat supplier, Husi Food Co., sold expired beef and chicken to McDonald’s and KFC. As the story continues to unfold, it appears more companies have been affected and are breaking ties with Husi. But one company is vowing to stand by them.

Sara Lee Recalls 41 Tons of Smoked Sausage

July 24, 2014 8:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Sara Lee Foodservice in New London, Wisconsin is recalling Smoked Sausage Rope. More than 41 tons of the product was made with an ingredient called hydrolyzed soy protein, a well known allergen that wasn't listed on the original labels.

OSI Meat Scandal in China Causes Yum Brands to Terminate Deal

July 24, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

OSI Group, a privately-held company based in Aurora, Illinois, was thrust into the spotlight when one of its Shanghai plants repackaged old beef and chicken and slapped new expiration dates on them. Now, Yum Brands is terminating all supply agreements with them worldwide.

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China Police Detain Employees of 'Organized' Expired Meat Scandal

July 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese police have detained five employees of Husi Food Company after investigators found the expired beef and chicken scandal to be an organized effort by the supplier. The scandal has alarmed Chinese diners and disrupted operations for fast food chains.

Japan Increases Quarantine Checks on Food Imports

July 23, 2014 8:55 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo | News | Comments

The expired meat scandal from China has spread to Japan, leading the government to enhance the check system to prevent problematic food from entering Japan. Shanghai Husi Food Co. has sold outdated chicken and beef to Japanese retailers and restaurants.

China's Meat Scandal Spreads to Starbucks and Travels to Japan

July 22, 2014 9:53 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The scandal surrounding meat supplier Husi Food has added to a string of safety scares in China over expired beef and chicken that have left the public wary of restaurants and other suppliers. The meat scandal has tainted popular restaurant chains and spread to Japan.

Calif. Firm Issues Nationwide Fruit Recall on Listeria Concerns

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

Wawona Packing, a California fruit company, has issued a nationwide recall of peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots for possible listeria contamination. The company said the recalled fruit was packed and shipped to retailers, including Costco and Trader Joe's.

Halifax-Area Meat Market Recalls Beef, Pork for Metal Filings

July 21, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Gateway Meat Market in Dartmouth, near Halifax, is advising its customers to avoid eating any ground beef and pork sold by them. The Agriculture Department says the products might look OK to eat, but doing so could be a health risk.

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NC B. Roberts Foods Recalls 200 Pounds of Chicken

July 21, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

B. Roberts Foods of Charlotte, North Carolina is recalling 200 pounds of grilled chicken entrees for mislabeling and containing milk, an allergen not declared on the label. Among the products recalled are Harris Teeter, Fresh Foods Market and Deli-Bakery.

Peoria Packing Company Recalls Beef Jerky

July 21, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Peoria, Illinois-based Raber's Packing Company is recalling 21 pounds of beef jerky for improper inspection. The Illinois Department of Agriculture says the product was sold in 25-ounce bags labeled "Grand Champion Raber's Beef Jerky."

Marijuana Edibles Recalled in Colorado

July 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Denver Department of Environmental Health recalled several products from At Home Baked, a popular Colorado brand of pot-infused sweets. Among the recalled products were infused brownie mixes, blondie mixes, rice crispy treats and Stixx candy.

CFIA Investigation Leads to Recall of Podravka Brand Lunch Meat

July 18, 2014 7:45 am | by Marketwired | News | Comments

The investigations of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has lead to the recall of Podravka luncheon meat. The product recall is from an undeclared milk ingredient in the meat. Consumers with an allergy to dairy are being advised not to consume the product.

Mars Food Recalls 2K Cases of Uncle Ben's Rice

July 17, 2014 9:21 am | by Mars Food North America | News | Comments

Uncle Ben's Ready Rice Garden Vegetable with Peas, Carrots and Corn products were voluntarily recalled by maker Mars Food North America. The company is taking approximately 2,000 cases off store shelves for including an ingredient that is not listed on the packaging.

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Enfamil Bottles Found Opened, Resealed with Tape

July 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Canadian Press, Ontario | News | Comments

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling bottles of Enfamil A+ Ready-to-Feed Infant Formula from Ontario Walmarts in Brampton and Mississauga after customers found some bottles with the tamper-proof seals broken and the formula replaced with water.

Trial Delayed for 3 Charged in Deadly Peanut Salmonella Outbreak

July 14, 2014 8:28 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 2009 salmonella outbreak of a Georgia peanut plant, Peanut Company of America, will be put on trial two weeks later than planned. Authorities traced salmonella that killed nine people and sickened more than 700 people to the peanut company in Blakely, Georgia.

Salmonella Victims' Stories May Shape Quality Egg Punishments

July 8, 2014 12:57 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Attorney's Office is asking the victims of the salmonella outbreak in 2010 to share their stories as prosecutors consider how to proceed with the punishments. Quality Egg, an Iowa egg producer, admitted to intentionally selling tainted eggs.

Safeway Stores in Arizona Not Affected by Salmonella Recall

July 7, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Safeway, a U.S. supermarket chain, says its grocery stores in Arizona and New Mexico have not been affected by Foster Farms'  contaminated chicken breast. The USDA found evidence directly linking Foster Farms to a strain of salmonella that has sickened hundreds.

Foster Farms Issues First Recall Since Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

July 7, 2014 8:59 am | by Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Foster Farms, a California chicken producer, has been directly linked to the Salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 500 people in the past 16 months. As a result, the company has issued a recall for 170 different chicken products from its facilities.

HEB Recalls 38 Tons of Beef for Possible Metal Contamination

July 7, 2014 8:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

HEB Grocery Company, a privately held supermarket chain based in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 350 stores throughout Texas and northern Mexico, is recalling almost 38 tons of fresh beef products after employees found metal shavings in products.

Las Vegas Facility Recalls 15K Pounds of Misbranded Pork

June 27, 2014 9:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service the Las Vegas food distributor recalled almost 15,000 pounds of misbranded raw pork nugget product because of an allergen that isn't declared on the product labels. 

Allergen, Recalled-Food Software

June 26, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Software allows food services to use preventative controls to minimize the likelihood of problems that occur with foodborne illnesses. 

5 Keys to Optimizing Product Inspection

June 23, 2014 9:18 am | by Robert Rogers, Senior Advisor for Food Safety and Regulation, Mettler Toledo Product Inspection Group | Articles | Comments

Haunting every food manufacturer is the possible recall of one of its products contaminated with a foreign material — an event that would be costly not only in direct costs of recalling the product, but also in lost retailer and consumer confidence and damaged brand image.

Colo. Woman Sues Chia Company after Contracting Salmonella

June 20, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Navitus Naturals of California is facing a lawsuit from a Fort Collins, Colo., woman who said she was diagnosed with salmonella in March, three months after she began consuming the company's chia powder. Navitas and other companies have recently recalled the powder.

Kraft Foods Recalls 260 Cases of Velveeta

June 20, 2014 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cheese lovers, beware! Kraft Foods, known for their iconic Oscar Meyer and Velveeta brands, has recalled 260 cases of Velveeta original pasteurized recipe cheese products from Walmart stores in as many as 12 states, mostly in the Midwest.

Salmonella Infections Linked to Chia Powder

June 16, 2014 8:20 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chia powder lovers: Beware! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says several recalled brands of chia powder, made from ground dried chia seeds and often added to smoothies and other foods for its health benefits, has been linked to salmonella illnesses.

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