Press Release Category: Food & Beverage

APHIS smuggling unit finds prohibited pork in New York City

During the past three months, from October to December 2021, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) Smuggling Interdiction and Trade Compliance (SITC) program seized and destroyed more than 1,900 pounds of prohibited pork, poultry, and ruminant products from New York City-area retailers. APHIS reports these items were sourced from China, lacked required import…

California citrus industry invests half a million in CPS produce safety research

Citrus producers from California are making a collective $500,000 contribution to Center for Produce Safety’s research capital campaign to fund produce-specific food safety research.  The funds will support CPS’s work to identify produce safety questions, call on researchers to answer them, and then share the learnings to industry, government, public health and other stakeholders.  When…

Court will likely name food safety expert Lapsley to sort out the Amos Miller mess

Food safety expert George D. Lapsley is in line for the court’s appointment to sort out the mess known as the Amos Miller matter. Assistant U.S. attorneys Gregory B. David and Gerald B. Sullivan proposed naming Lapsley as an expert in the case to assist the court by 1.) monitoring whether defendants are complying with…

Outbreak traced to organic salads continues, but CDC removes 3 people from patient list

The CDC has updated information on an outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 infections traced to certain packaged salads, removing three people from the patient list. Organic Power Greens sold under the Simple Truth Organic brand and the Nature’s Basket brand are implicated in the outbreak and were sold at a variety of grocery stores, according…

Amos Miller owes more reimbursement charges to FSIS for investigating his farm

Amos Miller, the Amish agri-businessman from Bird-In-Hand, PA, is likely to again be required to reimburse USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for investigation costs. The only question is the amount he likely owes, either $55,065 or $46,899. In a supplemental declaration filed with the Eastern U.S. District Court for Pennsylvania, an FSIS official…

California bets its egg and pork markets will attract the compliant

Will the supply of “compliant” shell eggs, liquid eggs, veal meat, and pork be enough after today to meet California consumer demand? Or is the Golden State looking at a severe bacon shortage and price increases for these food staples. Today Proposition 12, passed by voters on Nov. 6, 2018, takes full force as the…

A ‘Top Ten’ of 2021’s news events

– ANALYSIS – Editor’s Note:  We try to frame 10 of the most important happenings every year, but it’s not just about the “Top Ten Stories.” That is because what is essential is rarely about just one story — framing what marks an entire year almost always involves more than one writer; when it comes to…

How to keep holiday leftovers safe to eat

Too much food seems like a holiday tradition, making for lots of leftovers. This means food needs to be stored properly so it can be enjoyed for a couple more days.  To ensure that your holiday spread remains safe to eat, follow these guidelines: Two-hour rule: All perishable items should be refrigerated within two hours…

Denmark searches for source of new E. coli outbreak

Denmark is investigating an increase in the number of registered cases of a type of E. coli reported in the past month. Enteroinvasive E. coli (EIEC) is usually associated with travel diarrhea but the patients in the current outbreak have not been abroad, which suggests a common food may have made people sick, according to the Statens…

UK finds rise in non-compliant products from the U.S.

Authorities in the United Kingdom have issued a warning because of a rise in the number of non-compliant food and drink products being imported from countries including the United States. The problem was identified by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) through import surveillance sampling and the occurrence of incidents. Local authorities have been asked to…