‘RESIDENT STRAIN’ OF LISTERIA FOUND AT JENI’S ICE CREAM PLANT
Inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have again found Listeria at the Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams LLC manufacturing facility in Columbus, OH. Two of the 75 environmental samples collected there on Jan. 26 were positive for Listeria monocytogenes, according to an Aug. 9 warning letter that FDA posted today. The positive samples were taken from the… Continue Reading

BRAINS SENT TO CALIFORNIA RECALLED FOR ‘SPECIFIED RISK MATERIAL’
Almost 7,500 pounds of beef brain products sent to a distributor in California are under recall because they may be contaminated with “specified risk materials” that are inedible and prohibited for use as human food. Green Bay Dressed Beef LLC, doing business as American Foods Group LLC, of Green Bay, WI, produced the beef brains… Continue Reading

PRODUCE GROUP APPLAUDS EXTENSION OF FOOD SAFETY DEADLINES
The extension and clarification of compliance dates released Aug. 23 by FDA, combined with the draft guidance documents released Aug. 23-24, enable the fresh produce industry to better understand how to comply with the applicable rules. We appreciate that FDA heard and responded to our concerns and requests. FDA recognizes that packinghouses should have the same… Continue Reading

228 HEPATITIS A CASES IN HAWAII; LAWSUIT COULD INCLUDE 10,000
As the number of sick people in Hawaii’s Hepatitis A outbreak continues to increase, a seafood importer, a distributor and a sushi chain are facing a class action lawsuit — filed specifically on behalf of people who did not get sick. The state health department reports confirmed outbreak cases reached 228 as of Wednesday afternoon,… Continue Reading

SURVEY OF STORE RECALL NOTIFICATION POLICIES SHOWS EFFORTS ARE ‘INADEQUATE’
A new survey of 32 leading grocery chains about their in-store recall notification practices reveals policies so “woefully inadequate” that consumers may or may not hear about recalled food items, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should move quickly to adopt a standardized recall notification system as required by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). That’s… Continue Reading

 

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