Monthly Archives November 2018

Companies started shipping romaine Monday; FDA names implicated counties

Many companies in the romaine lettuce supply chain resumed shipping Monday after a week-long voluntary hiatus. Nationwide, the majority of the industry shut down and recalled all romaine products Nov. 23 at the request of the FDA. The FDA made the request, two days before Thanksgiving, in conjunction with the its announcement of a new... Continue Reading Read More

Salmonella outbreak tied to cucumbers slowing; investigation continues

Canadian officials say a Salmonella outbreak associated with fresh cucumbers appears to be winding down, but they are continuing their investigation in hopes of pinpointing the source of the bacteria that infected 55 people across the country. No recalls were initiated in relation to the outbreak. Confirmed outbreak patients reported eating a variety of brands... Continue Reading Read More

EFSA issues second cyanide in food opinion

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said it is unlikely that there is a health risk from cyanogenic glycosides in foods other than raw apricot kernels. Traces of naturally-occurring compounds called cyanogenic glycosides can be present in some foods and be converted into cyanide after eating. EFSA’s panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain... Continue Reading Read More

Pentobarbital continues to ‘dog’ pet food industry; tainted beef tallow prompts recall

On May 8 Champion Petfoods USA Inc. was informed that three shipments of beef tallow delivered by their supplier were contaminated with pentobarbital, a tranquilizer often used to euthanize sick or fatally injured animals. Ingestion of the barbiturate can cause drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or nausea, or in extreme cases, possibly death of dogs... Continue Reading Read More

Vanity: Raw egg face masks and risks

Ireland has an egg and a BS problem. Miranda Larbi of The Irish Sun reports that experts have slammed beauty bloggers who claim that they have the answer to treating wrinkles –  smearing raw egg whites onto their faces. The … Continue reading Read More

Some say lettuce labels won’t protect consumers despite FDA promises

A day after the FDA and industry unveiled their cooperative plan for labeling romaine lettuce with harvest dates and regions, an iconic consumer advocacy organization and the chair of the Congressional Food Safety Caucus say the voluntary program has no teeth and labels will have virtually no impact on public safety. The commissioner of the... Continue Reading Read More

No plan for sanctions against Poland as Salmonella outbreak linked to eggs expands

The European Commission says that no measures against Poland are envisioned “for the time being” as a Salmonella outbreak linked to eggs continues to grow. Almost 1,500 people have been sickened by Salmonella Enteritidis with a link to Polish eggs in the outbreak that has lasted more than six years and affected 18 countries. In an update... Continue Reading Read More

Food Recall Warning (Salmonella) – Achva and S&F brand tahini products

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, possibly national.

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4 sick: Outbreak of listeria infections linked to pork products

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to pork products produced … Continue reading Read More

E. coli O157 study could explain higher human infection rates in Scotland

Cattle in Scotland have a higher level of a certain subtype of E. coli O157 which causes more severe human infections, according to a report. Scientists found that Scottish cattle have more E. coli O157 phage type (PT) 21/28, which is associated with super-shedding in cattle. Super-shedding is the passing of large volumes of the... Continue Reading Read More