May 9th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
The norovirus—the biggest cause of foodborne illnesses in the world—appears to be transmitted through the spraying of agricultural pesticides on common crops, reports a recent stuffy.
Read More:Pesticides Transmit Norovirus Through Contaminated Crops
February 2nd, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
One in 5 foodborne illnesses in the U.S. can be linked to a leafy green vegetable—more than any other food source—according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Read More:Bacteria-Tainted Salad Greens Leading Cause of Food Poisoning
January 8th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Food safety experts breathed a sigh of relief last week when the FDA announced the proposal of two highly anticipated additions to the Food Safety Modernization Act, which went into effect in early 2011.
Read More:Food Safety Finally a Focus for the FDA
September 2nd, 2012 - Lacy
A lawsuit filed Wednesday against the FDA alleges that the agency has repeatedly missed mandatory deadlines to implement and enforce regulations established by the Food Safety Modernization Act, which was passed in 2011. The plaintiffs claim that the law, when properly enforced, will save thousands of American lives from foodborne illnesses.
Read More:Lawsuit Claims FDA Could Prevent Food Poisoning Deaths with New Regulations
August 8th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A controversial proposal that would increase the number of birds processed at chicken plants from 140 to 175 birds per minute, received support from a USDA spokesperson in a recent statement despite the agency’s failure to meet targeted goals for reducing the outbreak of food borne illnesses.
Read More:USDA Says Faster Poultry Inspections are Safer
August 3rd, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A new report released by the Government Accountability Office finds measures to reduce outbreaks of serious foodborne illnesses in the U.S. are not meeting the nation’s safety goals, and the systems employed to catch and prevent outbreaks are in need of significant strengthening.
Read More:Food Poisoning Risks on the Rise, Cites New Research
July 3rd, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Forming a sort-of “food safety alliance,” the USDA, Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and the Ad Council joined forces to launch a campaign titled “Food Safe Families” targeted at helping Americans reduce the risk of foodborne illness.
Read More:Can The USDA’s ‘Food Safe Families’ Program Really Prevent Contamination?
November 10th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
Twenty-three products that contain cilantro—including Trader Joe’s salad dressings and California Pizza Kitchen packaged salads—have been recalled because they may be contaminated with salmonella.
Food packager Orval Kent has taken action because the 43,814 pounds of cilantro it purchased from EpicVeg, Inc., may be tainted with the bacterium.
The affected products were distributed at retail stores nationwide. No illnesses have been reported to date.
If you have purchased any of the following items, do not consume them. Return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or replacement.
Read More:23 Dressings, Salads, Salsas Recalled Over Tainted Cilantro Concerns
November 9th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., a Jackson, Miss.-based producer and marketer of shell eggs, is recalling approximately 24,000 dozen unprocessed eggs purchased from Croton, OH-based Ohio Fresh Eggs, LLC, because they may be contaminated with salmonella.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently notified Cal-Maine that a routine sample taken at Ohio Fresh Eggs tested positive for the bacterium. The affected eggs were processed Oct. 9–12 and distributed to food wholesalers and retailers in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. No illnesses have been reported to date.
Read More:New Egg Recall Affects Consumers in 8 States
October 23rd, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
Del Monte Fresh Produce has recalled certain cantaloupes that were grown in and shipped from Arizona, but distributed to limited customers in and around Detroit. The melons may be contaminated with salmonella.
Eighty-one cartons of cantaloupes, each containing 15 melons, were distributed to wholesalers in Detroit. The cantaloupes reached retail and foodservice outlets beginning Oct. 11.
The cantaloupes have a light brown skin and orange flesh. Each has a Del Monte sticker that reads “Cantaloupe USA.”
Read More:Del Monte Recalls Cantaloupes in Detroit Area