Category Fda

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

U.S., Canada: under-the-radar ingredient implications

Already the focus of two warning letters from Health Canada this year, Lithium orotate is a “questionable ingredient” used in some products for treating psychiatric disorders. However, NutraIngredients says that similar products are sold ‘south of the border’, and contain the salt mineral, but have not raised as high a concern for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Advocates of orotates claim support of the salt’s ability (as an orotic acid) to deliver trace... Continue Reading Read More

Frozen raspberry problems continued in 2017 for Canada, U.S.

Individually Quick Frozen raspberries imported from China were the source of 615 confirmed cases of Norovirus in Quebec between March and July of this year, and of 15 cases in Minnesota in August of 2016. The Quebec outbreak encompassed clients and staff of seven seniors’ residences, two daycare centers and one hotel conference in four... Continue Reading Read More

FDA blocks tuna from Vietnamese company for hepatitis A

The expansion Wednesday of an Import Alert means the automatic detention at the U.S. border of fresh and frozen raw tuna from a Vietnamese seafood company because of hepatitis A contamination. Sustainable Seafood Co. Ltd. of Cam Lam, Vietnam, is the second Asian company to make the Import Alert list for fresh and frozen raw... Continue Reading Read More

Dog food recalled for Salmonella; pet owners also at risk

Darwin’s Natural Pet Products has recalled specific production lots of its Natural Selections brand Meals for Dogs after laboratory testing detected Salmonella in samples of the products. People who have handled the dog food are at risk of Salmonella infection and are advised to seek medical attention immediately if they develop symptoms of salmonellosis. Symptoms... Continue Reading Read More

UK prepares to comply with Europe’s new acrylamide rules

Food businesses in Europe must take “practical steps” to manage acrylamide within their food safety management systems beginning in April. New European Union legislation describes “practical measures” food businesses must take to mitigate acrylamide formation in a range of foods. Acrylamide is a chemical that may form in some starchy foods during high-temperature cooking, such as... Continue Reading Read More

Lab-made meat, poultry get big funding boost from big food

It’s the future of meat and poultry — or at least part of the future. That’s what some investors, among them global agricultural heavyweight Cargill Inc., are saying about meat grown in labs from cells taken from animals without slaughtering them. On Aug. 22, Memphis Meats Inc. in the Bay Area of California, which so far has produced beef, chicken... Continue Reading Read More

Floodwater pathogens can’t be washed off of fresh produce

The state of Florida produces more fresh fruits and vegetables than any other state except California, and is the top tomato state in the country. As with backyard gardens, Hurricane Irma has turned many of Florida’s commercial fruit and vegetable fields into patches of pathogens that can’t be washed away. From the Food and Drug... 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

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