Press Release Category: Food & Beverage

Wegmans recalls Vidalia onions over Listeria concerns

Wegmans is recalling Vidalia Onions from its stores because of potential Listeria contamination. The potentially impacted product was sold from June 23 through June 24. There is concern that consumers may have the onions in their homes because of their long shelf life. Recalled product: Vidalia Onions sold by the poundMay have a 4-digit PLU

Freshpet recalls certain dog food over Salmonella contamination

Freshpet Inc. is recalling a lot of Freshpet Select Fresh From the Kitchen Home Cooked Chicken Recipe (4.5 lb. bag), with a sell-by date of 10/29/22, because of potential contamination with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the product and there is a risk to humans, notably children, the elderly, and the immunocompromised, when handling…

Ferrero gets go-ahead to restart Belgian plant

The Belgian food safety agency has given the green light for Ferrero to resume production at the factory behind a large, International Salmonella outbreak. The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) decided to allow conditional approval for the plant in Arlon, Belgium. FASFC, also known as AFSCA and FAVV, suspended operations…

Protein bars recalled after testing finds E. coli contamination

Built Brands, LLC. of American Fork, UT, is recalling 4,196 individual bars of its “Banana Cream Pie Puffs” protein bar because of potential pathogenic E. coli contamination. The exact strain has yet to be determined. The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by a third-party laboratory detected the presence of E. coli. The…

Studies show investment in public health can prevent foodborne illness outbreaks

A new study from the Colorado School of Public Health shows investment in public health programs helps prevent the spread of foodborne illnesses.  The study, publishing in the Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, evaluated the structural and outbreak factors associated with reporting foodborne outbreaks. The study found that the number and types of foodborne outbreaks reported…

FDA investigating new outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections; 10 people sick

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating a new outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections, but little information has been released. Ten patients have been identified in the E. coli outbreak, but no information has been released about where they live or what their ages are. The FDA reports that it has begun traceback efforts,…

FSIS decides against changing safe handling instructions sought by Safe Food Coalition

Four years ago, Thomas Gremillion of the Consumer Federation of America petitioned USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on behalf of the Safe Food Coalition. The petition sought an FSIS rulemaking to revise the regulations that prescribe mandatory safe handling instruction (SHI) labeling for raw and partially cooked meat and poultry products. In a May…

FDA offers new help through the maze of dietary supplements

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises consumers to talk to their doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional before deciding to purchase or use any dietary supplement. One reason for this recommendation is that some supplements might interact with medicines or other supplements. On Thursday, FDA announced a new initiative called  Supplement Your Knowledge, to help…

Legislation introduced to improve food safety and hold FDA accountable

A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate is calling for stricter regulation of “Generally Recognized as Safe” substances and the creation of a new FDA office to assess the safety of chemicals in America’s food supply.  Senator Edward J. Markey, D-MA, introduced the Ensuring Safe and Toxic-Free Foods Act, comprehensive legislation that would ensure the…

STOP petitions government to add cronobacter to Nationally Notifiable Disease List

This week there were three hearings in Washington D.C. addressing the infant formula shortage and the reasons behind it. FDA officials were pressed about the failure of leadership and disorganization of the recall by Abbott Nutrition. The FDA refused to take food safety seriously and now the most vulnerable are at risk. Abbott received 17 consumer complaints between…

Garden Cut recalls products containing Jif peanut butter over Salmonella concerns

Garden Cut, LLC, of Indianapolis, IN, is recalling Garden Cut products containing 0.750z Jif Peanut Butter Cup because of possible Salmonella contamination. This recall comes after J. M. Smucker Co.’s recall of dozens of Jif peanut butter products because of a new outbreak of infections from Salmonella Senftenberg. The full recall can be viewed here.…