Category Fda

Companies started shipping romaine Monday; FDA names implicated counties

Many companies in the romaine lettuce supply chain resumed shipping Monday after a week-long voluntary hiatus. Nationwide, the majority of the industry shut down and recalled all romaine products Nov. 23 at the request of the FDA. The FDA made the request, two days before Thanksgiving, in conjunction with the its announcement of a new... Continue Reading Read More

Pentobarbital continues to ‘dog’ pet food industry; tainted beef tallow prompts recall

On May 8 Champion Petfoods USA Inc. was informed that three shipments of beef tallow delivered by their supplier were contaminated with pentobarbital, a tranquilizer often used to euthanize sick or fatally injured animals. Ingestion of the barbiturate can cause drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or nausea, or in extreme cases, possibly death of dogs... Continue Reading Read More

Botulism strikes 4 infants; FDA warns parents against using honey on pacifiers

Health officials say four infants in Texas have developed botulism poisoning after consuming honey. The children, all less than a year old, had all been given pacifiers containing honey before they became sick. The first baby became ill in mid-August, with the most recent having symptom onset at the end of October. Texas officials say... Continue Reading Read More

McCain company officials ignored signs of Salmonella, Listeria contamination

For more than 2 1/2 years, management at the Colton, California facility of McCain Foods USA ignored positive test results for Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella, choosing to ship the potentially contaminated vegetable and fruit products without conducting confirmation tests. This pattern of behavior was discovered during an internal audit at the manufacturing location, according to... Continue Reading Read More

More curry recalled for excessive lead

UBC Food Distributors Inc. in Dearborn, MI is recalling 7-ounce plastic jars of their Baraka brand “HOT CURRY POWER” and “CURRY POWDER,” after testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development found high traces of lead, which is particularly dangerous for pregnant women, infants and children. This recall notice joins another curry powder recall from earlier this week, which... Continue Reading Read More

Six brands of curry powder recalled because of excessive lead

Sirob Imports Inc. is recalling, Corrado, Orlando Imports, Nouri’s Syrian Bakery, Mediterranean Specialty Foods Brand and Butera Fruit Market Curry Powder that was distributed to retailers in Illinois, New Jersey, and New York because it contains excessive levels of lead, which is particularly dangerous for pregnant women, infants and children. According to the U.S. Food and Drug... Continue Reading Read More

McDonald’s salads get the blame again for still more Cyclospora infections

People who consumed salads from McDonald’s restaurants continue to suffer from Cyclospora infections, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta reports.  As of Thursday (Aug. 23), CDC said there was a total of 507 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infections in people who consumed salads from McDonald’s restaurants. The cases were reported... Continue Reading Read More

More than 400 confirmed sick in Fresh Express, McDonald’s salad outbreak

In the past week, another 41 people were confirmed infected by Cyclospora parasites in an outbreak traced to Fresh Express salad mix used in salads sold by McDonald’s. Of the 436 sick people, 20 have had such severe symptoms that they had to be admitted to hospitals, according to this week’s update from the Centers... Continue Reading Read More

FDA says cattle feedlot could be to blame for E. coli in canal water used on romaine

Outbreak investigators say a cattle feedlot near a canal providing water to growing regions in Arizona is a key element in their hypothesis about the source of E. coli that contaminated romaine lettuce earlier this year. The Food and Drug Administration has been investigating the outbreak, linked to romaine grown in the Yuma, AZ, area... Continue Reading Read More

Publisher’s Platform: Why are these fish still on store shelves?

On July 23rd Pepperidge Farms recalled Goldfish crackers because they might be tainted with Salmonella – including packages with the UPC number 1410004921. Guess what was being sold – and purchased – on July 26 at 3 p.m. at a Safeway grocery store in Saint Helena, CA? FDA, seriously, it is time to make the... Continue Reading Read More