Category: Food & Beverage

UK estimates show food poisoning twice as common as thought

The estimated number of foodborne illnesses in the United Kingdom each year has more than doubled. A scientific review by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) found around 2.4 million cases occur every year. This is up from the 2009 estimate of 1 million. The FSA said the figures do not

Salmonella test results prompt recall of fresh bean sprouts

Fresh Sprout International is recalling Fresh Sprouts brand sprouts from because of possible contamination with Salmonella.  “This recall was triggered by test results. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products,” according to the recall notice. “Check

Silani brand mozzarella balls recalled because of E. coli concerns

Silani Sweet Cheese Ltd. has recalled mozzarella balls because they are potentially contaminated with E. coli.  The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) advisory, posted Feb. 14, says the product was distributed to retail stores nationwide. Recalled product: Brand Name Common Name Size UPC Code(s) on Product Silani Mozzarella Ball 260

Blackberry warning remains in place as outbreak declared over

Federal officials still can’t say for sure where the blackberries came from, but today they repeated their public warning about fresh berries that were sold in the fall of 2019 and linked to a multi-state hepatitis A outbreak. As of today, public health labs have confirmed 20 patients in the

FDA, CDC say outbreak over; investigation finds problems but no specific cause

Federal agencies are reporting a Salmonella outbreak traced to fresh-cut fruit is over after sickening more than 150 people in 14 states. The outbreak strain was particularly virulent with a high hospitalization rate. One factor likely contributing to the 66 percent hospitalization rate involves the kinds of facilities that received

FDA sends warning letters to companies in the Netherlands and Thailand

As part of its enforcement activities, the Food and Drug Administration sends warning letters to entities under its jurisdiction. Some letters are not posted for public view until weeks or months after they are sent. Business owners have 15 days to respond to FDA warning letters. Warning letters often are

Campylobacter infections at record high in Denmark

Denmark recorded its highest number of Campylobacter infections ever in 2019, according to a report by the Statens Serum Institut. Campylobacter remains the bacterium that most frequently causes gastrointestinal infection in the Danish population. The Statens Serum Institut (SSI) report shows the number of patients is increasing. This past year,

Meat inspection petition with 216,000 signatures given to FSA

A union in the United Kingdom has submitted a petition on meat inspections, signed by more than 216,000 people, to the Food Standards Agency. Steve Nash, a consumer advisor on E. coli O157, Unison national officer Paul Bell, and Sean Humber, a lawyer at Leigh Day, delivered the petition calling

FDA alert warns pet owners of Salmonella contamination in raw food

The FDA is cautioning pet owners not to feed their pet’s certain Aunt Jeni’s Home Made frozen raw pet food “as it poses a serious threat to consumer and animal health” because of Salmonella Infantis contamination. The Salmonella was discovered in January when the FDA collected one retail sample of Aunt

DeLauro challenges USDA officials about JBS corruption in meat industry

Before 2007, before Brazil’s JBS S.A. bought Swift & Co. for $1.5 billion in an all-cash deal, there was not any question about a U.S. meat company being caught up in a breath-taking South American bribery scandal. But since that transaction made the newly consolidated JBS Swift Group into the

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