Category Government Agencies

A silver anniversary marked by change

Editor’s note: This opinion column by Richard Raymond was originally published by feedstuffs.com and is reprinted here with permission. Lives were lost but because of the losses many more lives have subsequently been lived happily and disease free, at least free of diseases spread by contaminated food. Twenty-five years ago, Riley Detwiler of Bellingham, WA,... Continue Reading Read More

Raw milk test in Pennsylvania prompts Campylobacter warning

Pennsylvania officials warned consumers earlier this month that they should immediately discard all raw milk from Conoco View Dairy because it was contaminated with Campylobacter, which can cause serious infections and is killed by pasteurization. As of Monday, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, which issued the warning Feb. 15, had not received any reports of... Continue Reading Read More

Advisory committee revises hepatitis A vaccine guidance

With a unanimous vote, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is recommending that anyone over the age of 12 months, who hasn’t been vaccinated for hepatitis A, should receive the vaccine after the fact if they are exposed to the highly contagious virus. Post-exposure immune globulin should be administered to unvaccinated adults aged 40 and older depending... Continue Reading Read More

FDA updates spice risk profile; 7,200 samples analyzed

Four years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a draft risk profile on the public health dangers associated with spices, identifying the presence of pathogens such as Salmonella and filth in general. It described efforts to reduce the public health risk posed by consumption of contaminated spices and identified control options to prevent contamination.... Continue Reading Read More

CDC says more frozen coconut Salmonella illnesses possible

Although the agency has posted a final investigation report on a Salmonella outbreak traced to frozen coconut, officials at the CDC are concerned that additional people could be hit by food poisoning because of the product. “This frozen shredded coconut has a long shelf life and may still be in people’s freezers. People unaware of... Continue Reading Read More

Banned pesticides found in cactus pads could poison people

Dangerously high levels of banned pesticides in edible cactus from Mexico spurred California health officials to issue a public warning today urging people to throw out the product because it could cause acute poisoning. The contaminated cactus pads may also have been distributed in other states. Washing or peeling the cactus pads, also known as... Continue Reading Read More

FDA, state investigate Darwin’s pet food after illnesses, death

The Food and Drug Administration and the Washington State Department of Agriculture are investigating what FDA describes as a “pattern of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes contamination in raw pet foods manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc.” FDA has received a total of six complaints of illness in animals who were fed the raw pet foods, including... Continue Reading Read More

Briefly: 8 straight cruises with outbreaks — FDA refuses shrimp

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 iwaspoisoned.com. Norovirus runs through 8th cruise in a row For the eighth consecutive voyage on Princess Cruises’ Sun Princess, passengers... Continue Reading Read More

Death count in South Africa’s Listeria outbreak tops 100

The death count in South Africa’s listeriosis outbreak — the worst documented outbreak from Listeria monocytogenes in global history — has topped 100. The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) reported this week that the number of confirmed listeriosis cases is now 852‚ and 107 people have died. The death rate, based on the outcome data... Continue Reading Read More

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