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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.  

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.    

Extra Jurors Take a Seat in Deadly Salmonella Outbreak Trial

August 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. District Court trial of the deadly salmonella outbreak traced to a Georgia peanut plant is expected to last at least two months. Because of that timeline, the judge made sure six alternates were selected in addition to the required 12-member jury.

Public Enemy No. 1: Allergens

August 1, 2014 8:30 am | by Katie Moore, GE Intelligent Platforms | Articles | Comments

With the increasing diversification of product lines, the risk of recalls due to the cross contamination of allergens has never been more prevalent. Here are three techniques that every food and beverage manufacturer should use in order to ensure product safety.

Jurors Told Peanut Salmonella Trial Will Exceed 2 Months

July 30, 2014 2:23 pm | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jurors of the trial involving Peanut Corporation of America's deadly salmonella outbreak were told it may take at least two months. The Georgia-based plant was charged with shipping tainted peanuts and covering up lab results showing nuts tested positive for salmonella.

First Food Safety Course for Makers of Pot Edibles

July 28, 2014 3:00 pm | by The National Cannabis Industry Association | News | Comments

Makers of marijuana edibles can now take a course specifically designed for learning about food safety in the cannabis industry. With the interest in edibles and infused products growing, the NCIA ServSafe course will teach professionals the importance of cleanliness.

US Meat Supplier OSI to Withdraw All Products in China

July 28, 2014 8:30 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

OSI Group, a food company based in Aurora, Illinois, is pulling all products made by its Shanhai Husi Foods unit from the marketplace. Last week, the plant was thrust into the spotlight for repackaging old beef and chicken and calling it new.

Son of Victim to Attend Deadly Salmonella-Tainted PB Trial

July 28, 2014 8:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The upcoming trial of the Peanut Corporation of America's salmonella outbreak of 2008 has a Minnesota son, who lost his mother after she ate tainted peanut butter, hoping to send a message to food manufacturers on peddling contaminated food.

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.

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.

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