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Whole Foods Recalls Beef on Mad Cow Threat

June 16, 2014 8:10 am | News | Comments

Whole Foods, a supermarket chain specializing in natural and organic foods, in Rhode Island has recalled beef that could possibly be tainted. The USDA says the meat company is recalling over 4,000 pounds of beef for possible contamination of mad cow disease.

4K Pounds of Beef Recalled on Mad Cow Fears

June 12, 2014 11:43 am | News | Comments

The USDA said in a release that Jackson-based Fruitland American Meat is recalling about 4,012 pounds of beef because it could contain parts of the nervous system that can carry properties related to bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease.

5 New Salmonella Cases Linked to Sprouted Chia Seeds

June 11, 2014 2:26 pm | by Public Health Agency of Canada | News | Comments

With five newly reported cases, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada are investigating the now 34 Canadian cases of Salmonella infection linked to the consumption of sprouted chia seed powder. 


Q&A: Product Traceability and the Wolverine Packing Beef Recall

June 10, 2014 8:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Traceability plays a major role in protecting consumer loyalty, managing reputational risks and ensuring food safety. Food traceability programs allow companies to identify the source of a problem, and initiate the appropriate procedures to remedy it immediately.

Minnesota Company Recalls Cheese, Salsa for Possible Listeria Contamination

June 6, 2014 11:29 am | News | Comments

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says consumers should avoid eating certain cheese and salsa produced by Coon Rapids-based Parkers Farm Acquisition because of a possible listeria contamination. The department says no illnesses have been reported.

Glutino Recalls Crackers For Possible Salmonella Contamination

June 3, 2014 12:16 pm | News | Comments

Glutino Rosemary and Olive Oil Snack Crackers products with "Best By" date of October 26, 2014 are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections.

VIDEO: World Cup Team Hotels Raided Over Food Safety

June 3, 2014 8:30 am | by The Guardian | Videos | Comments

A Brazilian consumer defense agency found past-expiration food in the hotels where national soccer teams from Italy and England are staying during the World Cup. The agency said the inspections were an effort to enforce food safety codes.

Canada Recalls Chia Seeds After Being Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

June 2, 2014 8:30 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The health agency says the products have been recalled and are being removed from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. The agency says six cases have been reported in British Columbia, one in Alberta and two in Quebec.


Five Things to Know About the Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak

May 29, 2014 12:41 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there were 50 new reported illnesses linked to Foster Farms of Livingston, California, in the past two months, bringing the total number of cases to 574. Here are five things you should know about the outbreak.

2013 Salmonella Outbreak Creates 50 New Illnesses

May 28, 2014 1:51 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

After over a year, the salmonella outbreak linked to a California chicken company still continues to sicken. The Agriculture Department says it is monitoring Foster Farms and that measured rates of salmonella in the company's products have gone down.

Hamilton Beach Recalls Baby Food Makers for Small Parts Hazard

May 28, 2014 1:22 pm | News | Comments

A Bébé brand baby food processor manufactured by Hamilton Beach is being recalled for a stainless steel pin from the food bowl lid loosening and falling into the processed food. Hamilton Beach has received four reports so far of the pin becoming loose.

BP Funds Gulf Coast Seafood Program

May 27, 2014 2:15 pm | by WALLY NORTHWAY, Mississippi Business Journal | News | Comments

The explosion in 2010 of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig left restaurants on the Gulf Coast in rough shape. Now, a new promotional effort has been launched to assist those industries' recovery, and it is being funded by BP, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon.

Recalled KIND Bars Removed from Stop & Shop Shelves

May 23, 2014 1:07 pm | News | Comments

A recall by KIND Healthy Snacks for possible peanut protein inclusion forced Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC to pull all KIND Healthy Grains Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt bars from their shelves. Peanut protein is an allergen that is not declared on the ingredient list. 


Trader Joe's, Target Copacker Recalls Hummus for Listeria Risk

May 23, 2014 9:14 am | by Lansal Foods, Inc. | News | Comments

Lansal, Inc., a copacker of hummus for Trader Joe's, Target, Giant Eagle and Tryst brands is recalling nearly 15,000 pounds of hummus on concerns that it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The Texas Department of Health detected the pathogen.

NYC Tracks Food Poisoning via Yelp

May 22, 2014 2:03 pm | News | Comments

If you get sick after eating at a restaurant, you're going to let the Internet know about it, right? New York City officials are counting on it. Health officials have been scanning Yelp restaurant reviews to track food poisoning by identifying illness clusters.

VIDEO: Bad Beef

May 21, 2014 12:08 pm | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

It’s a food manufacturer’s greatest fear: a product recall that causes consumer illnesses. ABC News looks into the Wolverine Packing Co. recall and interviews the USDA’s chief medical officer about a lack of public info surrounding the case.

Iowa Egg Company Charged For Salmonella Outbreak

May 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 2010 salmonella outbreak brings charges to Quality Egg LLC, an Iowa egg company, for introducting adulterated food into interstate commerce. The charging document says the labeling made the eggs appear to be newer than they actually were. 

Rhode Island Received Recalled Beef

May 21, 2014 10:03 am | News | Comments

At least 128 food facilities in Rhode Island received ground beef products recalled by Wolverine Packing Co. The products may contain E. coli. Eleven illnesses have been reported surrounding the recall. Products were sent to at least four other states.

'E-Nose' in the Works to Detect Food Spoilage

May 21, 2014 9:00 am | Videos | Comments

Is that meat safe to eat? The Peres device is designed to give exactly that information. It samples the air around the raw meat in question and sends it to a smartphone to be analyzed and relayed to the user. Data can also be shared via social media.

Petco to Cut China-Made Pet Treats from Stock

May 20, 2014 2:38 pm | News | Comments

Major US pet store Petco plans to stop selling pet treats produced in China by the end of 2014. Pets in the US have been getting ill and the FDA said complaints are coming from owners whose dogs at Chinese-made chicken, duck or sweet potato treats.

Uninspected Beef Recalled in Illinois

May 20, 2014 10:26 am | News | Comments

A Central Illinois food company is recalling ground beef that was not inspected by the Department of Agriculture and was not produced using mandatory procedures aimed at eliminating risks from biological, chemical and physical hazards. The beef is unfit to eat.

1.8 Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled on E. Coli Scare

May 19, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

The Detroit-based Wolverine Packing Company has recalled nearly two million pounds of ground beef products, according to the USDA. Media sources say the beef has been linked to nearly one dozen e. coli infections in four states. E. coli can be deadly.

Kraft Recalls 1.2 Million Cases of Cottage Cheese

May 19, 2014 9:10 am | News | Comments

Kraft, one of North America's largest consumer packaged food and beverage manufacturers, has recalled cottage cheese across several brands due to improper storage temperatures that may lead illnesses. Breakstone's, Simply Kraft and Knudsen were affected.

Former Peanut Plant Manager Pleads Guilty in Deadly Salmonella Case

May 9, 2014 9:00 am | News | Comments

Samuel Lightsey was the manager of Peanut Corporation of America's plant in Blakely, Georgia, when an outbreak of salmonella traced to the company's peanuts killed nine people and sickened hundreds in 2009. U.S. peanut butter demand dropped after the scandal.

New Plea For Former Manager In Salmonella Case

May 7, 2014 3:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The former manager of a U.S. peanut-processing plant linked to a 2009 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people plans to enter a new plea Wednesday, according to a court filing.            

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