Press Release Category: Food & Beverage

Starbucks is suspected in NC action of pumping too much potassium without disclosure

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein likes to pursue consumer complaints. Recently he’s taken on the damages consumers can experience from robocalls. The latest complaint, however, is large enough to take the breath away of any state attorney. The High Point, NC-based Puroast Coffee Company has filed a complaint with Stein, alleging that Starbucks coffee

France hit again by wild mushroom poisonings

France has recorded more than 60 illnesses linked to wild mushrooms since the beginning of September. Recent weather conditions have favored the growth of wild mushrooms and more than 60 intoxications have been reported to poison control centers since early September. Only a few cases occurred in July and August likely because of the very

Labor Day food safety tips to avoid food poisoning this holiday

On Labor Day many people in the U.S. will share good company, fun and food. It is a great time for friends and family to spend time together before work resumes and kids go back to a busy school schedule. But if people aren’t careful and follow food safety basics, getting back to school or

Texas DSHS first wanted Blue Bell to recall ice cream related to infections

AUSTIN — When the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) first learned South Carolina found Listeria in two Blue Bell ice cream products, it suggested the company prepare a recall notice. But in testimony on the fourth day of the jury trial for former Blue Bell president Paul Kruse, a DSHS official over dairy

When is sanitary history too ripe for the jury?

Does a company’s sanitary record figure into its possible criminal conduct when involved in an outbreak of foodborne illness? That question is being disputed during the pre-trial stage of the United States v. Paul Kruse. Pre-trial motions are scheduled for July 22 in the Texas Western District court in Austin. Kruse, 67, is the retired

Is Reddit the new CDC and FDA? Is it the Tara?

OPINION Who supplied the Tara and what is the likely contaminate or toxin is causing the illnesses? What say you FDA, Daily Harvest and Revive? Over the last week, I have spoke to and been retained by over 160 people linked to the consumption of Daily Harvest products – specifically, the French Lentil + Leek

FDA doesn’t name food behind outbreak, but Daily Harvest company president does

The FDA is investigating an outbreak of “adverse events” related to a frozen food that has been recalled, but the investigation notice does not identify a specific product. As of June 29 there have been107 people who reported what the Food and Drug Administration is referring to as adverse events. Traceback, testing and on-site inspections

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…