Food Safety News

The shifting sands of food recalls

Editor’s note: This was originally posted on FreshPlaza.com and is republished here with permission from the author, Astrid Van Den Broek Red, white and yellow onions. Garden salad. Bean sprouts. Parsley. These are just some of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-posted recalls seen this fall. But as one food safety expert says, if it... Continue Reading

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Concerns about cyanide poisoning prompt recall of apricot kernels

Sungiven Foods Canada Inc. is recalling One Tang brand bitter apricot kernels from the marketplace because of the natural toxin amygdalin, which can cause cyanide poisoning. The recalled product has been sold in British Columbia. The problem was found when the Canadian Food Inspection Agency tested the product. There is concern that consumers may have... Continue Reading

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More than 100 sick in Australia as oysters recalled

Seven Australian states have recorded more than 100 Vibrio illnesses linked to raw oysters from South Australia. There are 56 people sick in South Australia since September and three have been hospitalized. Western Australia has 17 cases since late September, Victoria reported 31 illnesses since the first week of October and 15 infections have been... Continue Reading

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Conagra recalls Birds Eye tots because of consumer complaints of injuries

Reports of injuries have led Conagra Brands to recall certain lots of frozen Birds Eye broccoli tots because of small rocks and metal fragments in the product. “Conagra has received two reports to date of injury — dental damage — associated with the recalled product,” according to the company recall notice posted by the Food... Continue Reading

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FDA investigating one new outbreak, continues to look for causes of others

The FDA is investigating a new Salmonella outbreak and continues to work on ongoing outbreaks, according to a new report from the agency. Very few details are available on the new Salmonella outbreak, which has sickened at least 19 people, according to an announcement from the Food and Drug Administration. The agency did not report... Continue Reading

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African food safety event hailed as ‘just the beginning’

Experts have called for debates at a conference on food safety in Africa to be the “beginning of a journey” during their concluding remarks. Blaise Ouattara, food safety and quality officer at the FAO regional office for Africa, said the event was a forum to exchange knowledge and technological advancement on food safety. “Taking into... Continue Reading

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USDA, Salmonella, and the Cowardly Lion: A profile in the lack of courage

OPINION In an article that will soon be published in the Seattle Law Review, I take a look at food safety through the lens of the “pink slime” controversy and question whether the lack of real transparency that characterizes food safety regulation, especially with regard to meat and poultry, is more intentional strategy of agencies... Continue Reading

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Thanksgiving myths

This article originally appeared in the Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, a monthly publication of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Find more expert guidance on healthy cooking, eating, and living here. The feast that officially kicks off the holiday season is here. Thanksgiving is steeped in the comfort and familiarity of traditional... Continue Reading

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Thanksgiving leftovers — keeping them tasty and safe

Whether you’re watching football during the holiday weekend, chilling with family or doing some online shopping, Thanksgiving leftovers are sure to be a part of the plan. To ensure that your Thanksgiving spread remains safe to eat, follow these guidelines: Two-Hour Rule: All perishable items should be refrigerated within two hours of coming out of... Continue Reading

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Customer complaint of glass in tomato soup prompts company to recall product

A supplier is recalling an unrevealed volume of tomato basil soup because a piece of glass was found in the product. Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods is recalling 31.4-ounce jars of H-E-B brand  “Creamy Tomato Basil Soup,” according to the company’s recall notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration. The recall notice did not... Continue Reading

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