FOOD SAFETY: Some of the contaminated onions may have been included in home delivery meals
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FOOD SAFETY: Some of the contaminated onions may have been included in home delivery meals

. The ProSource Produce LLC recall of whole raw onions (red, yellow, and white) shipped from Chihuahua, Mexico, between July 1, 2021, and Aug. 31, 2021, for Salmonella contamination is rippling through food chains., including those of home meal delivery services. This recall comes after more than 650 people have been infected in a Salmonella…

FOOD SAFETY: COVID is a factor in Germany’s decline in foodborne illnesses
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FOOD SAFETY: COVID is a factor in Germany’s decline in foodborne illnesses

. The number of foodborne diseases in Germany fell in 2020, with the coronavirus epidemic likely to have impacted the numbers. The Infectious disease Epidemiology Annual report provides a summary of and an assessment of all diseases that have been reported to the Robert Koch Institute. Another report has already shown the drop in reported…

FOOD SAFETY: Crabmeat is blamed for Maine’s Salmonella epidemic
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FOOD SAFETY: Crabmeat is blamed for Maine’s Salmonella epidemic

Two Maine residents were admitted to hospital following a salmonella outbreak that was linked to crabmeat from Hardie’s Crabmeat on Deer Isle. State health officials reported. The outbreak is being investigated by the Maine CDC. Four Maine residents and someone from New Hampshire have been confirmed as being infected by the virus. Maine CDC and…

FOOD SAFETY: Citterio brand premium Italian-Style salame sticks linked to Minnesota Salmonella cases
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FOOD SAFETY: Citterio brand premium Italian-Style salame sticks linked to Minnesota Salmonella cases

Minnesota Department of Health officials have warned Minnesotans not to eat Premium Italian Style Salame Sticks made by Citterio. They were purchased at Trader Joe’s and other retailers after being linked Salmonella infected with the product. Three Minnesotans were identified as being part of the outbreak. Between Sept. 20, and Sept. 29., the patients fell…

FOOD SAFETY: Those Mexican onions in Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak may prove costly
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FOOD SAFETY: Those Mexican onions in Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak may prove costly

It took just hours for the first consumer injury lawsuit against to be filed after the outbreak was connected to fresh onions from Mexico. And according to the complaint that one lawsuit is about serious money: “The amount in controversy far exceeds the minimal jurisdictional limits of this Court, and damages exceed $1,000,000.” The plaintiff…

FOOD SAFETY: Irish food agency reveals serious challenges for 2020
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FOOD SAFETY: Irish food agency reveals serious challenges for 2020

According to the agency’s annual reports, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland in 2020, was severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit. Food inspections and sampling declined, but food and allergen alerts increased compared to 2019. Inspectors served businesses with 31 closure orders, two improvement orders and nine prohibition orders, and took five prosecutions…

FOOD SAFETY: Spanish poisoning survivors stage museum protest
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FOOD SAFETY: Spanish poisoning survivors stage museum protest

A group of people who were affected by large-scale poisoning in Spain from olive oil that was adulterated decades ago has tried to spread awareness about the incident according to media reports. Reuters reported the survivors went into Madrid’s El Prado art gallery on Tuesday and threatened to commit suicide. After several hours, security personnel…

FOOD SAFETY: Affco USA recalls imported frozen lamb without the benefit of re-inspection
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FOOD SAFETY: Affco USA recalls imported frozen lamb without the benefit of re-inspection

Affco USA, an Importer of Record in Jacksonville, FL, is has recalled 24,461 pounds of frozen raw lamb shoulder products that were not presented for import re-inspection into the United States, according to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The frozen raw lamb shoulder items were imported on July 12, 2021. The following products…

FOOD SAFETY: Onions linked to Salmonella outbreak recalled from states across the US and Canada
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FOOD SAFETY: Onions linked to Salmonella outbreak recalled from states across the US and Canada

ProSource Produce LLC of Hailey, ID, is recalling whole raw onions (red, yellow and white) shipped from Chihuahua, Mexico, between July 1, 2021, and Aug. 31, 2021, because of a link to a Salmonella outbreak. This recall comes after more than 650 people have been infected in a Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak that federal officials say…

FOOD SAFETY: Hepatitis A is more common in the United States. One outbreak was traced back to restaurants. One required a liver transplant
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FOOD SAFETY: Hepatitis A is more common in the United States. One outbreak was traced back to restaurants. One required a liver transplant

The patient count in a hepatitis A outbreak linked to Virginia restaurants continues to grow, with 44 people now confirmed as infected. One patient has needed a liver transplant, and another has died. The cousin of the patient who was transplanted reports that the operation took place over the weekend. According to the cousin, the…

FOOD SAFETY: Ag leaders say withdrawal of chlorpyrifos by EPA hurts American farmers
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FOOD SAFETY: Ag leaders say withdrawal of chlorpyrifos by EPA hurts American farmers

This week, more than 80 agricultural groups filed formal objections to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Aug. 30 rule to revoke all tolerances of chlorpyrifos. Stakeholders, by law, can object to pesticide tolerance changes or cancellations, and the EPA Administrator must then respond. The EPA on Aug. 18  announced the ban on the use of the…

FOOD SAFETY: FDA pesticide report shows that most food samples were tested below the tolerances
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FOOD SAFETY: FDA pesticide report shows that most food samples were tested below the tolerances

. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued its annual Pesticide Residue Monitor Program Report for the 2019 financial year. These levels are not considered to be a threat to public health. According to the FDA, 2019 shows that pesticide chemical residues are generally lower than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tolerances. The FDA…

FOOD SAFETY: EU countries protest recalls of ethylene oxide
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FOOD SAFETY: EU countries protest recalls of ethylene oxide

Several European countries have called measures adopted to deal with ethylene oxide in a food additive “disproportionate.” In July, it was agreed all products containing the additive locust bean gum (E410) that is contaminated with ethylene oxide need to be withdrawn or recalled to protect the consumer. This additive is used in ice creams and…

FOOD SAFETY: California company recalls 10 tonnes of tamales due to undeclared allergen
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FOOD SAFETY: California company recalls 10 tonnes of tamales due to undeclared allergen

Demaiz Inc., doing business as Mex-tamale Foods, a San Jose, CA, establishment, is recalling 20,759 pounds of pork and beef tamales because of misbranding and undeclared sesame, which is a known allergen and is required by federal law to be identified on food labels. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)…

FOOD SAFETY: USDA is serious about a 25 percent reduction of Salmonella illnsses
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FOOD SAFETY: USDA is serious about a 25 percent reduction of Salmonella illnsses

. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service promises that it is “mobilizing a stronger and more comprehensive effort [to reduce Salmonella illnesses] associated with poultry products .” It says it wants to “move closer to the national target of a 25 percent reduction in Salmonella illnesses.” National targets are included in “Healthy People 2030,”…

FOOD SAFETY: New Zealand tightens regulations to combat Salmonella in eggs and chickens
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FOOD SAFETY: New Zealand tightens regulations to combat Salmonella in eggs and chickens

Regulators have tightened rules for chicken sectors in New Zealand to tackle Salmonella that can cause human illness. The new rules, which were introduced earlier in the month, attempt to manage Salmonella Enteritidis among chicken breeder and hatchery, rearers and broiler operators in New Zealand. They are based on information from the Ministry for Primary…

FOOD SAFETY: Handwashing habits in UK, Australia changed during COVID-19 pandemic
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FOOD SAFETY: Handwashing habits in UK, Australia changed during COVID-19 pandemic

People’s hand hygiene habits have changed for the better during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research in the United Kingdom. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Ipsos Mori studied consumer hand hygiene behavior during the pandemic in England, Wales and Northern Ireland between April 2020 and January 2021. Each quarter, 2,000 adults were surveyed. A…

FOOD SAFETY: IAFP requests nominations for the 2022 conference and annual meeting
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FOOD SAFETY: IAFP requests nominations for the 2022 conference and annual meeting

. The International Association for Food Protection invites nominations for the awards that will be presented at this years annual conference. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022. The awards will be presented at IAFP’s annual conference is set for July 31-Aug. 3 next year in Pittsburgh, PA. The categories include the Black…

FOOD SAFETY: Ivar’s Clam Chowder was recalled by Costco in 13 states due to plastic
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FOOD SAFETY: Ivar’s Clam Chowder was recalled by Costco in 13 states due to plastic

Clam Chowder is being recalled by Costco after a customer complained that they found a piece hard plastic in the product. Ivar’s Soup and Sauce Company of Mukilteo, WA, is recalling 14,968 two-pack sleeves of refrigerated Kettle Classic Clam Chowder With Uncured Bacon, Costco Item #1270666, packaged in 2-24oz sleeved packs, according to the company’s…

FOOD SAFETY: Ten people in Western Kentucky have been infected by E.coli O157H7 — source unknown
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FOOD SAFETY: Ten people in Western Kentucky have been infected by E.coli O157H7 — source unknown

Six people are being treated in Western Kentucky for an E.coli outbreak. Although Public Health investigators were unable to identify the source of the E.coli, they believe that it is related to food distribution. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Saturday said at least 10 Kentuckians recently tested positive for E. coli O157:H7.…

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