Monthly Archives September 2017

Puppies from Petland stores linked to Campylobacter outbreak

A year-long outbreak of Campylobacter infections has been traced to puppies sold by Petland Inc., according to a Monday notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Ohio Department of Health, several other states and the USDA’s Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are collaborating with the CDC on the... Continue Reading Read More

Publisher’s Platform: Hepatitis A emergency in San Diego

The current Hepatitis A outbreak in California underscores the need for foodservice workers to be vaccinated against the virus. San Diego’s County Board of Supervisors did the right thing this week in declaring a local health emergency. County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten is recommending the vaccination for anyone who handles food, as well as health... Continue Reading Read More

Author: Ben Chapman --- Source: barfblog Chicken sashimi is risky; and gross

A year ago I was in Japan for a few days and my hosts took me for sashimi every night. I think they thought it was funny taking a food safety nerd for a bunch of raw seafood. I did … Continue reading Read More

Quorn agrees to change labels to reveal main ingredient is mold

Described by critics as being made from “vat-grown fungus,” Quorn Foods Inc. products are getting new labels prominently declaring they contain mold. The new label language is part of a class action settlement agreement between the company and a woman who filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of herself and anyone else in the United States... Continue Reading Read More

Auditor says restaurant inspector issues don’t put public at risk

A new 17-page investigative report by the city auditor “did not find sufficient evidence” to support the allegation of improper inspections of Austin restaurants or that health officers’ misuse of time has put the public at risk. The report did document that the capitol city of Texas wasted money because of “grossly inefficient practices and procedures” inside... Continue Reading Read More

Amazon today removed nut butter recalled in March for E. coli

Earlier today, Amazon.com was still selling I.M. Healthy soy nut butter that was recalled in March when federal officials traced an E. coli outbreak to the product. No one from Seattle-based Amazon immediately responded to mid-morning requests for comment from Food Safety News, but by 11 a.m. Pacific time, the recalled peanut butter substitute had... Continue Reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog ‘Woman loses appendix after Salmonella poisoning at Edmonton Folk Fest’

It’s not like she went to the mall and lost her appendix. She was poisoned. Talia Johnson is one of 19 salmonella cases linked with food exposure from the Haweli Restaurant food booth at the Edmonton Folk Festival. Johnson ate … Continue reading Read More

Hepatitis A found in freshcut pineapple in British Columbia

Anyone who has eaten Western Family brand freshcut pineapple in British Columbia recently is at risk of developing Hepatitis A and has an extremely limited amount of time to take the post-exposure vaccination for the virus. Complicating the situation is the fact that Canadian public health officials believe other products are affected, but they had... Continue Reading Read More

Salmonella risk spurs breading/batter mix recall in Canada

Shore Lunch brand fish breading and batter mix is under nationwide recall in Canada because of possible Salmonella contamination. A recall in another country spurred the action in Canada, but the other country was not named by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). As of 11 p.m. EDT Saturday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration... Continue Reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Why some Listeria strains survive good food hygiene standards

Listeria is a nasty bug. With a fatality rate of almost 30 per cent – for those virulent strains – the litanany of outbreaks and its terrible toll are well-known to food safety types. But why, despite high standards of … Continue reading Read More