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Wells' Dairy Recalling Blue Bunny Ice Cream Products

May 6, 2014 3:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wells' Dairy says it is voluntarily recalling one of its Blue Bunny ice cream products for a labeling problem.                        

China May Block New Zealand Baby Formula

May 6, 2014 8:03 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

In the wake of China's 2008 melamine scandal, the country is strictly regulating imports of infant formula. Only milk products from foreign sources that are registered with the government can be imported. Fewer than half of New Zealand exporters are eligible.

The Three Key Catalysts for More Precise Recalls

May 5, 2014 2:26 pm | by Thomas Marchisello, Senior Director of Industry Development, GS1 US | Articles | Comments

Perhaps at no point in history has the consumer been more informed and attentive to what they buy and eat. As a result, food manufacturers are more and more sensitive to consumers’ higher expectations and are working to implement standards-based traceability processes.

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Wells' Dairy Recalls Ice Cream

May 5, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

Iowa-based Wells' Dairy is voluntarily recalling one of its Blue Bunny ice cream products because of inaccurate labeling. The ice cream in question was sold at retail grocery stores in Kansas, Indiana and Iowa. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Female-Focused Steakhouse Shutdown for Safety Violations

May 2, 2014 12:42 pm | News | Comments

Actress Eva Longoria's female-focused Las Vegas steakhouse SHe, a partnership with Morton's steakhouse, was closed Wednesday after food violations were found. Longoria is famous for starring in Desperate Housewives and several films. SHe has since reopened.

Sick of Food Safety? Never!

May 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor | Articles | Comments

A hundred food safety experts walked away from the 2014 Food Safety Summit in Baltimore with an unwanted souvenir: a foodborne illness. Food Manufacturing Editor Holly Henschen escaped that fate and says there's actually a positive story within the outbreak.

FDA Shuts Down NY Cheese Maker for Listeria Contamination

May 1, 2014 12:02 pm | News | Comments

Under a consent decree, Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese Company cannot receive, prepare, process, pack, hold or distribute food until it demonstrates that it has developed a control program to eliminate listeria from its production facility and products.

Japanese Food Maker Downplayed Risk of Pesticide-Tainted Food

April 30, 2014 12:26 pm | News | Comments

Food maker Maruha Nichiro Corp. underestimated the health risks posed by frozen food products laced with pesticide that eventually triggered a massive recall and affected thousands of consumers in Japan, a third-party panel said Wednesday.

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More Than 100 Sickened at Food Safety Summit

April 30, 2014 9:57 am | by JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials are investigating what may have sickened more than 100 people who attended the Food Safety Summit, where more than 1,300 food safety experts had gathered. No one at the conference, held April 8-10 in Baltimore, was hospitalized.

Ky. Company Recalls BBQ Pork Products

April 29, 2014 12:35 pm | News | Comments

Knockum Hill Bar-B-Que is recalling approximately 350 pounds of hickory smoked, pit-cooked barbecue pork product due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.

Loading Docks: A Critical Link in America’s Food Supply Chain

April 29, 2014 8:00 am | by John Ritter, Food Industry Specialist, Rite-Hite Company LLC | Articles | Comments

The loading dock is increasingly being regulated by authorities such as the FDA and new laws like the Food Safety Modernization Act. To stay ahead of regulations, safety-minded businesses are proactively addressing a host of potential threats at the loading dock.

Farmers, Brewers Await Revised Rule on Spent Grain

April 28, 2014 12:55 pm | by JOSIE SEXTON, The Coloradoan | News | Comments

Last Thursday, the FDA said it would review and clarify an animal feed rule involving spent grain produced by brewers. When asked what they would do if forced to comply with the rule, New Belgium Brewing and Odell Brewing Co. spokespeople said they likely would send the grain to a landfill.

USDA Announces Top Scientific Breakthroughs in 2013

April 28, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new report on scientific breakthroughs discovered by USDA researchers. Innovations range from flour made out of chardonnay grape seeds that prevents weight gain to antimicrobial packets that keep food from spoiling.

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Recall: Stonyfield YoBaby Cups May Be Tainted with Coliform

April 28, 2014 9:59 am | News | Comments

Organic yogurt producer Stonyfield is voluntary recalling a small portion of its YoBaby cups that were shipped to Target and Walmart stores. The company said internal testing revealed the possibility that some product may be affected by coliform contamination.

La. Raw Milk Fight Pits Choice Against Public Safety

April 25, 2014 12:54 pm | by MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Arguments of choice versus public safety are heated in a fight over whether to let Louisiana farmers sell raw milk. The full state House will consider a bill that would allow sales of unpasteurized milk, after it was advanced in a 9-6 vote Thursday by the House Agriculture Committee.

X-Ray System for Glass Containers

April 25, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Designed with a single generator producing two X-ray beams, the Eagle™ Tall PRO XSDV X-ray system offers higher detection sensitivity levels than traditional X-ray systems for contaminants located in rigid and glass containers.

Bulk Pasteurization System

April 25, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Macrowave™ Pasteurization Systems are designed for batch or conveyorized applications for bagged or bulk product.

Budget Cuts Could Decrease Food Safety in Vancouver

April 23, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

The Public Service Alliance of Canda says Metro Vancouver became the only major metropolitan center in the country without food inspectors dedicated to consumer protection when the team was disbanded in January. Planned spending on the food safety program will drop by $35 million.

Hickory Farms Recalls Chipotle Ranch Sauce

April 23, 2014 12:38 pm | News | Comments

Hickory Farms has voluntarily recalled its Chipotle Ranch Sauce due to an undeclared allergen on its label. The sauce contains buttermilk powder, but some of the product was mistakenly released with a label that does not list the ingredient.

The Importance of Custom, Cost-Effective Food Safety Programs

April 23, 2014 8:00 am | by Ron Shepard, CEO, Shepard Bros. | Articles | Comments

As our food supply has become increasingly global in nature, the challenges to food safety also have become more complex. Companies must have a strong, well-defined food safety program — including cost-effective cleaning and sanitation programs.

Powdered Alcohols Lose Label Approvals

April 22, 2014 12:49 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

A product called "Palcohol" gained widespread attention after it was reported that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the powdered alcohol, including vodka and rum varieties. But Bureau representative Tom Hogue said the approvals were issued in error.

Whole Foods Pulls Croissants over Undeclared Eggs

April 21, 2014 12:23 pm | News | Comments

Whole Foods Markets is recalling mini butter croissants sold in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana because the products contain eggs, an undeclared allergen. A company statement says the issue arose after one illness was reported.

Kraft Recalls 96K Pounds of Oscar Mayer Wieners

April 21, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Sunday that Kraft's "Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners" may instead contain the company's "Classic Cheese Dogs."

Food Poisoning Report Shows Fewer Salmonella Cases

April 18, 2014 9:44 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The CDC released its latest report card on food poisoning, indicating a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. Salmonella remains at the top of the chart, far ahead of most other foodborne germs.

FAQs on GFSI-Recognized Food Safety & Quality Schemes

April 18, 2014 8:00 am | by Heather Angus-Lee | Articles | Comments

Demand for Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-recognized food safety and quality certification isn’t going away — but here’s hoping industry confusion over the various standards will. The following answers to these frequently asked questions might help.

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