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EU audit finds Thai poultry controls worse than before 9.23.18

An audit of the control system in Thailand on poultry meat for export to Europe has found it has got worse in some areas since the last inspection in 2013. Auditors from the Directorate-General Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) visited one laboratory, five slaughterhouses and cutting plants and three meat preparation sites from Jan.,... Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Any answers to the year’s persistent questions? 9.23.18

Every year at about this time–after it appears highly unlikely that our Colorado Rockies will take the National League West–I begin thinking about what type of year the rest of us having. Worldwide the year’s top story is very likely to be South Africa’s worst in the world listeriosis outbreak with 1,060 laboratory-confirmed cases of... Continue Reading

Use of WGS in Europe continues to increase 9.22.18

Two-thirds of 30 European countries were routinely using whole genome sequencing in 2017 for national surveillance of at least one human pathogen, according to a survey. This figure is up from 16 countries in 2016 and none in 2013. A European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) report found 29 of the 30 countries... Continue Reading

Junior’s Smokehouse recalls teriyaki beef jerky containing hard metal pieces 9.21.18

Junior’s Smokehouse Processing Plant in El Campo, TX on Friday recalled approximately 690 pounds of ready-to-eat teriyaki beef jerky products, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said may also contain pieces of hard metal, An extraneous material in a food product presents a health hazard situation with only a... Continue Reading

Olive loaf pork recalled for being too heavy on the sodium nitrite 9.21.18

Rochester, NY-based Zweigle’s Inc. late Thursday recalled approximately 6,082 pounds of ready-to-eat olive loaf pork products because sodium nitrite levels were over the regulatory limit, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The elevated sodium nitrite levels present a health hazard situation where there is a only a remote... Continue Reading

Cargill recalls 66 tons of ground beef after deadly E coli O26 outbreak 9.21.18

A four-state outbreak of E. coli O26 with 18 illnesses including six hospitalizations and one death was reported late Thursday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which issued a Food Safety Alert about the incident. CDC’s alert followed by several hours the announcement by Cargill Meat Solutions of a recall of beef... Continue Reading

Robotics, automation and the future of risk in foodservice operations 9.21.18

Opinion The human brain is an incredibly complex organ consisting of over 80 billion neurons with about 1 million gigabytes worth of memory storage. With so much hardware, it’s no wonder we sometimes face shortcomings in our perspective of the world. In his bestselling book “The Tipping Point” Malcom Gladwell reminds us that, while we... Continue Reading

Experts say consumers must demand improved food safety in Africa 9.21.18

Consumer expectations and demands have a role to play in improving food safety in Africa, according to speakers at an event in Brussels this week. The briefing in the Belgian city was organized by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, with the European Commission (DG DEVCO and DG SANTE), the ACP Secretariat,... Continue Reading

Arizona growers hope new leafy greens protocols will help prevent outbreaks 9.20.18

Analysis For months romaine growers, consumer advocates, researchers and government agencies have been scrutinizing factors that contributed to this year’s deadly E. coli outbreak. As of this week — about 10 days into planting for their next harvest — most growers in the implicated region are operating under new food safety requirements. The new “metrics”... Continue Reading

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