Monthly Archives September 2019

Norway looks at Campylobacter risk factors in broilers

A study on Campylobacter in Norwegian broiler flocks older than 50 days at slaughter has indicated age and outdoor access are important risk factors. The research work in 2018 shows that 43.3 percent of flocks tested positive for Campylobacter jejuni when sampled at slaughter. Broilers more than 50 days of age at slaughter were last... Continue Reading Read More

Lead, arsenic contamination found in drink mixes; international recall underway

A New York company is recalling powdered drink mixes from U.S. retailers nationwide and consumers worldwide because of unsafe levels of arsenic and lead. The company, “Cellect Products Inc. and Oglethorpe Ltd.,” posted a recall notice with the Food and Drug Administration today urging consumers and others to check for the implicated products. Cellect Products... Continue Reading Read More

New drug could make peanuts less dangerous for some kids

Editor’s note: Before introducing peanuts or peanut products to children with known peanut allergies or infants whose allergy status is unknown parents should consult with pediatricians. Immunotherapy is not effective for everyone and uncontrolled exposure to allergens can cause serious reactions in some people. No, it’s not a cure. But it offers a specific kind... Continue Reading Read More

Meat sold in Canada in June now recalled for E. coli O157: H7

Globe Meats Fresh Market & Grill has recalled Globe Meats Fresh Market & Grill brand Regular Ground Veal from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O157: H7 contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says consumers should not consume the recalled product,  which is described below. The following product has been sold at Globe... Continue Reading Read More

Test results spur company to recall kolbassa for Listeria risk

Officials are warning consumers nationwide in Canada to not eat Brandt brand “Extra Lean Kolbassa Sausage” because of a risk of Listeria monocytogenes contamination. “Check to see if you have the recalled product in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased,” warns the Canadian Food... Continue Reading Read More

More pig ear pet treats recalled because of Salmonella

TDBBS is recalling some of its pig ear pet treats because state testing found Salmonella in a sample. As with other pet product companies recently, the TDBBS recall comes amidst a nationwide outbreak among people who have links to such pet treats. “This recall is the result of routine sampling conducted by the Michigan Department... Continue Reading Read More

Extension scientists to conduct new environmental study on Yuma’s produce region

Environmental factors impacting the risk of produce becoming contaminated in the Yuma growing region of Arizona are the subject of a new study. University of Arizona (UA) Cooperative Extension scientists are partnering with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Yuma growers, local irrigation districts, and the Arizona Department of Agriculture on a multi-year study of... Continue Reading Read More

Eggs linked to multi-year Salmonella outbreak; 25 flocks tested positive this year so far

At least 100 people have fallen ill in the past three years after eating British eggs, with almost half of them stricken this year. Public Health England (PHE) has recorded 45 of the Salmonella patients in the United Kingdom this year, according to an investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ) and newspaper The... Continue Reading Read More

Ethanol may not be so good: Better hand hygiene for flu prevention

The American Society for Microbiology says rubbing hands with ethanol-based sanitizers should provide a formidable defense against infection from flu viruses, which can thrive and spread in saliva and mucus. But findings published this week in mSphere challenge that notion — and suggest … Continue reading Read More

Produce markets in U.S. are again getting their fill of Mexican tomatoes

An agreement between the U.S. Department of Commerce and Mexican tomato growers is now in effect. It means the U.S. border is again open to Mexico’s $2 billion tomato export market. While just about everyone is praising the agreement, there is some confusion about what it means for food safety. The pro-trade Fresh Produce Association... Continue Reading Read More