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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.

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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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Steak Laced with LSD Sickens Florida Family

March 11, 2014 12:25 pm | News | Comments

A Florida woman who was 9 months pregnant and her family became sick after eating meat contaminated with LSD. The bottom round steak was purchased at a Wal-Mart in Tampa, and the store has turned over all its meat to police for testing.

Heinz Canada Recalls Baby Food

March 11, 2014 9:50 am | News | Comments

Heinz Canada is voluntarily recalling six of its baby food products because a packaging defect could allow microorganisms that spoil food into the containers. The recall was triggered by a consumer complaint, but there are no reports of illnesses so far.

Rare Earth Plate Magnets

March 11, 2014 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Eriez® Super Strength Rare Earth Plate Magnets provide protection against ferrous contamination to meet the strict requirements of food industry applications.

March/April 2014 — Sharing a Century of Seafood

March 10, 2014 10:52 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Northern Fish Products, Inc., in Tacoma, Wash., has supplied fresh seafood throughout the United States and abroad throughout its 102-year history. Now ozone technology and transparent sourcing are helping build on a long-standing reputation of quality.

Ark. Company Recalls 29.2K Pounds of Chicken

March 10, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

Springdale-based George's Inc. recalled about 29,200 pounds of seasoned raw chicken breast strips due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The recalled products are formulated with soy protein, a known allergen, and monosodium glutamate.

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Listeria Species Assay

March 10, 2014 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Veriflow® Listeria Species Assay (Veriflow® LS) has been approved to detect bacterial contamination by listeria in various food types.

Lehigh Valley Dairy Recalls Orange Juice

March 7, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

Lehigh Valley Dairy is voluntarily recalling orange juice because it may contain milk, a common allergen. The recall affects multiple brands distributed to both retail and food-service locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Pest Management Plays Key Role in FSMA Compliance

March 6, 2014 8:00 am | by Missy Henriksen and Dr. Jim Fredericks, the National Pest Management Association | Articles | Comments

Plant shutdowns and fines can cause irreparable damage to a brand’s image. Full compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act, including pest management, is the best way manufacturers can protect food safety and quality, as well as brand reputation.

Aldi Stores Pull Ice Cream After Allergic Reactions

March 5, 2014 12:20 pm | News | Comments

Michigan-based House of Flavors is recalling Belmont Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream because it may contain a nut that is not listed on the label. The recall was announced after two complaints of allergic reactions to the product.

Recall: Baby Food Pouches May Pose Choking Hazard

March 5, 2014 10:16 am | News | Comments

Plum Organics is voluntarily recalling two varieties of its World Baby line of pouch products due to intermittent damage to the plastic spouts during manufacturing. The company says small fragments may loosen, detach and pose a choking hazard.

Obama Budget Allocates $300M to Biosecurity Project

March 5, 2014 10:05 am | by JOHN MILBURN, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Obama's budget was announced Tuesday and includes $300 million to continue construction of the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Kansas. The $1.25 billion lab is designed to conduct research on large animals and related diseases.

Unilever Recalls Popsicles Distributed Nationwide

March 3, 2014 1:06 pm | News | Comments

Unilever United States, Inc. is recalling a limited number of 20-count boxes of Popsicle brand Orange, Cherry and Grape flavored ice pops because they may accidentally have been exposed to milk, which is not listed as an ingredient on the label.

Manda Fine Meats Sells La. Plant

March 3, 2014 10:18 am | News | Comments

Manda Fine Meats has sold its idle facility in Baker, La., for $200,000 to a pair of investors who plan to develop an industrial manufacturing incubator in the building. The plant was closed in April 2013 over concerns that products made there were contaminated with listeria.

Roos Foods Expands Recall Linked to Sick Babies

March 3, 2014 10:15 am | News | Comments

Delaware-based Roos Foods has expanded its recall to include Crema Pura Mexicana Cultured Sour Cream produced at its Kenton plant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked the recalled products to a death in California, as well as illnesses in newborns.

The Daily Show Takes on Food News

March 3, 2014 8:00 am | by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart | Videos | Comments

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart discusses some of the latest news impacting the food industry, including Subway's removal of a controversial chemical from its bread, Kraft's new "natural mold inhibitor," and Nestle's Hot Pockets recall.

Microbiologist to Test Raw Pet Food for Salmonella

February 28, 2014 10:20 am | News | Comments

A Center for Veterinary Medicine study showed that 7.6 percent of the raw pet food tested contained salmonella. South Dakota State University Senior Microbiologist Seema Das is hoping to determine whether a test that detects salmonella in human food can do the same in raw pet food.

Caesar Salads Recalled for Possible Listeria

February 27, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

Safeway and Buy-Low Foods are recalling Caesar salad and chicken Caesar salad products due to possible listeria contamination. The salads are sold in Buy-Low Foods, Nesters Market, Safeway and St. Martin's Family Foods stores across the Prairies and B.C. and in Ontario.

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