Category Government Agencies

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

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

USDA drafts rule for eggs, egg substitutes used in many foods

Eggs and egg substitutes used as ingredients in other foods could be subject to new safety rules from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Safety plans and measures to ensure that eggs are free of pathogens like Salmonella are among the requirements of the proposed regulations. The 252-page draft rule would require egg plants to... Continue Reading Read More

U.S. Rep says CDC is endangering lives; wants outbreak details

A member of Congress says the CDC’s response to a deadly and ongoing E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce is deeply alarming and endangering the public. U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, fired off a scathing letter Monday to Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. DeLauro, who has routinely... Continue Reading Read More

Deadly outbreak tied to romaine ongoing; no recall, few details

Little information is available to the public in the U.S. or Canada more than six weeks into a deadly E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. The risk is ongoing in both countries, officials report. Canadian officials are suggesting consumers in some provinces avoid all romaine lettuce. Government officials haven’t revealed any information about implicated... 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

Woman draws jail sentence for contaminating chicken in 2016

Faye Slye, a 37-year old Cold Spring, MN, woman, was sentenced to 90 days in the Stearns County Jail after being convicted of two felony counts of causing damage to property in the first degree. She also has to pay $200,000 in restitution to GNP Company, which in June 2016 had to recall almost 28... 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

Briefly: Baby milk not in U.S. — Salmonella up — Steam heat

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. EU salmonella rates on the rise Over the past three years the European Union has experienced a 3 percent... Continue Reading Read More