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Rose Acre Farms: Another Bad Actor, Or a Deeper Problem? 5.26.18

The disgusting truth about industrial egg production is “it stinks”.  Sanitation in such environments stretches the imagination when you think of a million birds trapped in cages in huge shed-type structures called  “laying houses” and the tons of fecal material produced daily. While a high degree of cleanliness may be impractical in an industrial egg... Continue Reading

Uno Foods recalls 1,881 pounds of calzone products 5.25.18

The Brockton, MA-based Uno Foods Inc. has recalled approximately 1,881 pounds of products because of misbranding, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). “The product is labeled as a ham and cheese calzone, but the package contains a buffalo chicken calzone,” which is not declared on the product label. The... Continue Reading

Tiger Brands recall was costly for company but effective for country 5.25.18

The $29.2 million Tiger Brands spent to recall cold meat products associated with the world’s largest and most deadly listeriosis outbreak is not going to help the bottom line of South Africa’s largest food producer.   And while it’s not possible to stop a listeria outbreak “in its tracks”  because of the pathogen’s lengthy incubation... Continue Reading

FSIS announces proposed changes regarding hog processing, paperwork on recalls 5.25.18

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing to amend federal meat inspection regulations regarding when hog carcasses must be cleaned before being processed and the amount of paperwork required when establishments voluntarily recall meat, poultry, and egg products. It is proposing to renew the process of collecting information regarding adulterated or misbranded products.... Continue Reading

Food Safety Tips for Shopping at Your Favorite Farmers Market 5.25.18

The end of May means it’s nearly time for America’s favorite food lovers’ tradition: visiting your local farmers market. In addition to all the invigorating colors, exquisite aromas, strong flavors, and spirit of community, the farmers market is also an opportunity to develop one-on-one relationships with the people who produce your food! Their passion for... Continue Reading

Halfway into FY 2018, FSIS isn’t seeing much criminal action 5.24.18

The most serious criminal and civil actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) can take are not getting much use this year.  FSIS did not pursue any criminal violations during the first three months of 2018, according to the agency’s quarterly enforcement report. The period is the second quarter of... Continue Reading

Wyoming public health officials investigate Hep A outbreak 5.24.18

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) and the Casper-Natrona County Health Department continue to investigate a growing Natrona County Hepatitis A outbreak that began in October 2017. Since then, 14 cases have been confirmed among Natrona County residents, which is a significant increase over the usual total for the entire state of Wyoming. Before the outbreak... Continue Reading

Chinese poultry isn’t safe, Rep. DeLauro tells Secretary Perdue 5.24.18

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who chairs the Congressional Food Safety Caucus, has expressed her opposition to any agreement to allow imports of Chinese-raised poultry into the United States. The Connecticut Democrat, who is also a senior member of the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, put her concerns in writing with a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny... Continue Reading

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