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Federal court orders property seized in immigration raid returned to Koch Foods 3.31.20

Koch Foods’ property seized in August 2019 by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from the company’s chicken processing plant in Morton, MS, must be returned, according to U.S. District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves. Koch was one of several USDA-inspected poultry processors in Mississippi targeted in this past summer’s immigration raid, the largest of... Continue Reading

Salmonella outbreak traced to food ordered online 3.31.20

Ten people were sickened by Salmonella from chicken legs in a Chinese city after eating food ordered online in mid-2018, according to a new report. Researchers said the investigation highlights the role of online food delivery platforms as a new mode of foodborne disease transmission. Collaboration between public health agencies and online food delivery platforms... Continue Reading

Cantaloupes, seafood top list of enforcement modifications 3.31.20

The Food and Drug Administration uses import alerts to enforce U.S. food safety regulations for food from foreign countries. The agency updates and modifies the alerts as needed. Recent modifications to FDA’s import alerts, as posted by the agency, are listed below. Click on the links to view the full alerts. Import Alert Description URL... Continue Reading

EFSA assesses health risks of aflatoxins in food 3.31.20

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a risk assessment on aflatoxins in food. The report evaluates toxicity of aflatoxins to humans, estimates dietary exposure of the European Union population to these mycotoxins, and assesses the human health risks due to estimated dietary exposure. The risk assessment by the Panel on Contaminants in the... Continue Reading

Water shut-offs pose safety risks during coronavirus pandemic 3.30.20

Imagine this, if you will. You’re a young dad. Three children, 3, 5 and 7. They’re not in school or daycare because the schools and daycare centers in your state have been closed down because of COVID-19, a coronavirus that spreads from person to person and that has already infected more than 140,000 people and... Continue Reading

Warning letters sent to companies because of Salmonella and Listeria 3.30.20

As part of its enforcement activities, the Food and Drug Administration sends warning letters to entities under its jurisdiction. Some letters are not posted for public view until weeks or months after they are sent. Business owners have 15 days to respond to FDA warning letters. Warning letters often are not issued until a company... Continue Reading

Italy reveals results of food and drink controls 3.29.20

Most issues with food and beverages in Italy involved products of animal origin and were microbiological, according to a recent report from authorities. In 2018, almost 50,500 samples of food products were taken from all stages of the supply chain and nearly 130,000 analyzes conducted as part of official controls. From these analytical checks almost... Continue Reading

Dutch data shows no pathogen notified in most outbreaks 3.28.20

More than 4,000 foodborne outbreaks causing almost 22,000 illnesses and 13 deaths were recorded in the Netherlands during a 12-year period. A total of 4,155 outbreaks, with 21,802 ill people, were registered from 2006 to 2017. The top pathogens were norovirus, Salmonella and Campylobacter. In 580 outbreaks, with 8,441 sick, a pathogen was found in... Continue Reading

Le Napoléon firm cheese recalled because of Listeria risk 3.27.20

The Canadain company Fromagerie Blackburn is recalling “Le Napoléon – Firm Cheese” from the marketplace because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products listed here: Brand Product Size UPC Codes Fromagerie Blackburn Le Napoléon – Firm Cheese 130 g 6 28504 56410 3 Best Before 10JL20 19087 Fromagerie Blackburn Le... Continue Reading

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