Monthly Archives January 2018

Canada expands sesame seed recall to include more products

A Canadian recall of sesame seeds due to potential Salmonella contamination has expanded to include more products and additional distribution information since the initial industry-attributed recall notice reported on Jan. 26. As of Tuesday, the following products had been recalled: ARZ Fine Foods Sesame Seeds White, 1 lb. Packed on 18.JA.09; Sold at ARZ Fine... Continue Reading Read More

Authorities urge caution when hunting, eating wild mushrooms

As seasonal rains promote the growth of wild mushrooms, California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith is again reminding people that eating wild mushrooms can cause serious illness and even death. Unseasonably warm, wet weather in other areas of the country is also prompting mushroom growth where frozen ground and... Continue Reading Read More

Acceptance, use of food irradiation reached new levels in 2017

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the January 2018 edition of Food Irradiation Update and is posted here with permission of the author. The following is a recap of progress made worldwide with food irradiation, with a focus on advancements in the past 12 months. More food was irradiated in 2017 than in... Continue Reading Read More

Canada recalls coconut; same brand linked to U.S. outbreak

The same brand of frozen, shredded coconut that has been linked to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella in the United States is now under recall in Canada, as well as two other brands. No illnesses have been confirmed in Canada in connection with the recalled coconut, according to a recall notice posted Wednesday evening by... Continue Reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Salmonella may have caused a massive Aztec epidemic, study finds

Rebecca Hersher of NPR reports that in 1545, people in the Mexican highlands starting dying in enormous numbers. People infected with the disease bled and vomited before they died. Many had red spots on their skin. It was one of … Continue reading Read More

Briefly: Royal restrictions — Sick leave — Camel urine cocktails

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. Sick leave shown to control foodborne illnesses There’s growing evidence that paid sick leave can help control... Continue Reading Read More

How sweet it is? EFSA seeks suggestions on sugar research

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), an agency of the European Union that provides independent scientific advice and communicates on existing and emerging risks associated with the food chain, is seeking feedback on the approach it plans to take for its upcoming assessment of dietary sugars. The aim of the assessment is to establish a... Continue Reading Read More

Author: Robert Mancini --- Source: barfblog Possible presence of glass in PC brand sweet chipotle prepared mustard

It would be interesting to find out how the glass may have made its’ way into the food product. What was the root cause that led to the possible contamination? CK Reviews Loblaw Companies Limited has recalled one specific lot … Continue reading Read More

UPDATE: Roe recalled nationwide in Canada for botulism risk

Canadian officials posted an expanded recall, including additional distribution information, indicating recalled roe may have been distributed nationwide. Imperial Caviar & Seafood has expanded its Jan. 3 warning to include retail locations in New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec and possibly the entire nation because of concern with regard to the distribution of recalled roe that carries a risk of... Continue Reading Read More

Canada declares outbreak over; CDC, FDA still investigating

Canadian officials said today an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce is over, but U.S. officials are continuing to investigate the deadly foodborne illness outbreak that they believe is linked to leafy greens. Both countries’ public health officials posted updates on the outbreak today stressing that there is little remaining danger to the public... Continue Reading Read More