Tag: salmonella

FSIS Tells Ground Poultry Producers to Reassess Their Food Safety Plans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a press release on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, announcing that companies producing raw ground chicken and turkey and similar products will be required to reassess their sanitation procedures and pathogen control plans over the next few months. Specifically, over the next 90 days, … Continue Reading

CDC Sees “Sustained Decline” for 2009 in Reported Rates of Food-Borne Illness, but Is This Real?

A somewhat surprising report out this week by the CDC reports for 2009 "sustained declines in the reported incidence of infections caused by Campylobacter, Listeria, Salmonella, Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O157, Shigella, and Yersinia." Only Vibrio seems on the rise. For E.coli O157:H7 infections, the CDC claims its "Healthy People 2010 target" was met. … Continue Reading

PCA Investigation: Anatomy of A Recall

FDA has a short video "anatomy of a recall" about the investigation of the Salmonella outbreak and recalls associated with Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). Anyone interested in learning how the federal government  (with the help of Minnesota’s "Team Diarrhea") goes about a food borne illness investigation and recall should take a look.    … Continue Reading

Video From Governor’s Conference on Ensuring Food Safety

University of Nebraska has posted video on its website from the entire three days of the 2009 Governor’s Conference on Ensuring Food Safety. You can view my presentation on Defending Liability in Foodborne Illness Outbreaks. More important, you view the presentations of Dr. Andrew Benson and the other scientists who offer fascinating insights into the … Continue Reading

Monty Python and the Food Recalls

The recent tuna recall in New England was quite simple compared to the complexities presented by the Plainview Milk Products Cooperative recall of nonfat dry milk, fruit stabilizers, whey protein and gum products distributed over the past two years. Such a recall, particularly where it involves stable food products that are placed in such items as emergency food kits and MREs for the military, presents grave problems. Even the government's current initiatives to help with traceability may not be able to solve these problems in future recalls. And the recall may not even have identified the actual source of salmonella that was found in a USDA test.… Continue Reading

Future of Food Litigation and Obama’s Food Safety Working Group

President Obama’s Food Safety Working Group announced its Key Findings on July 7. Three groups of initiatives were announced: 1) Salmonella, 2) National Traceback and Response System, and 3) Improved Organization of Federal Food Safety Responsibilities. All of these represent major shifts in food policy. Coming changes will impact nearly every part of the nation’s food … Continue Reading

Why Are Food-borne Organisms Associated with Beef?

 USDA’s Be Food Safe Twitter Feed circulated its Fact Sheet titled “Beef . . . from Farm to Table.” First published a few years ago, this might be of interest to businesses involved in the sale, marketing, labeling, and/or packaging of beef. The article is a helpful primer on the history of beef, current industry practices, USDA’s … Continue Reading

Salmonella in a Different Language

When the news of salmonella in something as American as peanut butter needs to get out, spreading the word is fairly routine.  What happens when salmonella rissen is found in white pepper distributed mainly to Chinese and other Asian restaurants on the west coast? Union Internatonal Food Company of Union City, California has voluntarily recalled … Continue Reading

FDA and CDC Warn of Salmonella in Raw Sprouts

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are recommending against eating raw alfalfa sprouts because of potential salmonella contamination. According to the FDA, the salmonella contamination appears to be in seeds for alfalfa sprouts. As of yesterday, 31 cases of illness with Salmonella Saintpaul have been reported to the … Continue Reading

Food-Borne Illness: Glass Half-Empty or Half-Full?

The Centers for Disease Control has issued a study of the incidence of food-borne illness in ten states.  The study, by the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, known as "FoodNet", in general concludes that food-borne illness has not significantly either increased or decreased in the United States since 2004, after substantial gains in food safety … Continue Reading

California Lawmakers Announce Proposed Food-Safety Reforms in Wake of Pistachio Recalls

As pistachio recalls continue to be announced in the wake of salmonella-tainted pistachios from Setton Farms, two California lawmakers this week announced legislation that is expected to strengthen food-safety standards in that state. The bill to be introduced in the California State Assembly by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and Assemblyman Mike Feuer is expected to … Continue Reading

Nestle’s Makes the Very Best Peanut Decision

March 19's House hearings on food safety highlighted that Nestle has used its own inspectors in 2002 and 2006, who had found fault with Peanut Corporation of America's plants, while Kellogg's and others had relied on PCA's own inspections by IAB. The question is: why did Nestle's results never see the light of day and can policies be developed that allow such information to reach the public without grinding the food industry to a halt?… Continue Reading

Georgia House Unanimously Passes Food Safety Bill; Kellogg CEO Calls for Food Safety Reforms

Update to today’s earlier post: the Georgia House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill today that would strengthen food safety laws in Georgia. The Georgia House and Senate now will resolve minor differences in the proposed legislation and send a final version to Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue for his signature. Also today, the AP reports that … Continue Reading

Georgia is One Step Closer to Tough New Food Safety Law

The Georgia House of Representatives today considers proposed legislation to strengthen food safety rules in that state.  Among other things, Senate Bill 80 includes a provision that would require food makers to alert state inspectors within 24 hours if a plant’s internal tests show products are tainted.  Experts say no other state has such a rule. … Continue Reading

PCA Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Peanut Corporation of America has filed for Chapter 7 liquidiation under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the Western District of Virginia. It claims its secured debt exceeds its assets, which means that persons harmed by salmonella in its peanut butter may only be able to collect to the extent of any insurance.… Continue Reading

PCA Recall – Insurance Lessons for Food Sellers

Bill Marler posted on his blog recently a complaint for declaratory relief filed by an insurer for Peanut Corporation of America (“PCA”). Mr. Marler comments, “Frankly, I read this suit several times and still do not see what the fight is about.” For those who represent commercial insureds in pursuing coverage from their insurers, the suit … Continue Reading

Irradiation as a Part of Food Safety Reform?

In the wake of the latest Salmonella recall, Congress is holding well-publicized food safety hearings, and food safety may be rising on the priority list of the Obama administration. One question that arises is whether the perceived crisis in food safety will lead lawmakers and the public to revisit the option of food irradiation. The … Continue Reading

FDA’s Searchable Widget for Peanut Product Recall

UPDATE to the Salmonella-driven peanut product recall: as the number of peanut products recalled continues to rise, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has created a Web widget that allows users to search for peanut-containing product recalls (see below).  The FDA updates the list as it receives new information from companies that have recalled products. As … Continue Reading

Avoiding Criminal Prosecution Under The FFDCA

By guest blogger Per Ramfjord The FDA’s recent announcement that it is pursuing a criminal investigation of Peanut Corporation of America, arising out of the Salmonella-driven peanut product recall, is sure to raise concerns with executives in food product companies throughout the country. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’s comment that the Obama administration intends … Continue Reading

Lengthy List of Products NOT Affected By Peanut Butter Recall

UPDATE  to "Avoiding the Panic" – The American Peanut Butter Council has a website that lists products it knows are UNAFFECTED by the peanut butter recall associated with the current Salmonella outbreak. The list of unaffected products is lengthy and growing. Lets hope the media is successful at assisting consumers avoid the panic by providing them with the information to … Continue Reading
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