LISTERIA FOUND THROUGHOUT WASHINGTON ONION PROCESSING PLANT
Inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration recently found Listeria monocytogenes in an onion processing facility in Washington state that shipped some wholesale vegetable products, recalled in April, that may be linked to several illnesses. The Oregon Potato Co., doing business as Freeze Pack, was told in a July 15 warning letter from FDA’s Seattle District Office that, following a March inspection of its processing… Continue Reading

MORE TUMERIC RECALLED BECAUSE OF LEAD; SUPPLIER NOT NAMED
An Alabama company is recalling ground tumeric because samples from an unnamed supplier have been found to contain excessive levels of lead. JM Exotic Foods Inc. of Moody, AL, did not indicate in its recall notice how much of its tumeric is involved or where it was distributed. The recall notice on the Food and… Continue Reading

INGREDIENT SUPPLIER RECALLS FROZEN GREEN BEANS FOR LISTERIA
A Pennsylvania frozen produce company has recalled an undisclosed volume of frozen, cut green beans because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall notice from JML Ingredients Inc. of East Petersburg, PA, is dated July 22, but it was just posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website Thursday evening. “The recall was the… Continue Reading

DECOSTER ATTORNEY REQUESTS REHEARING ON SENTENCES FOR EGG MEN
A federal appeals court decision that upheld jail sentences for two men whose eggs caused a huge Salmonella outbreak is in conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Park Doctrine, every prior decision applying the doctrine, and every prior appellate opinion on whether Due Process allows prison sentences for vicarious liability crimes, according to the egg men’s lawyer. That… Continue Reading

TEXAS ADVISORY ON CYCLOSPORA SUGGESTS PRODUCE AS SOURCE
Texas officials are investigating an increasing number of Cyclospora parasite infections, asking for help from health care providers and warning the public that fresh produce is the possible source. As of Thursday, 72 cases had been confirmed in the state, said Press Officer Christine Mann. That’s up from the 55 cases reported Monday in a… Continue Reading

RAW LABELS AND BETTER COOKING INSTRUCTIONS ARE NOT ENOUGH
ST. LOUIS — Manufacturers of raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned stuffed chicken products should expect a visit this summer by inspectors from the field operations office of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). According to FSIS scientist Jennifer Sinatra, the visits are part of the agency’s continuing regulatory activities, with inspectors looking at processes used to produce… Continue Reading

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