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Category: Food Poisoning

Food Inspections and Recalls Plummet to All Time Lows Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Brian Chase on May 15, 2020 - No comments

Food Inspections and Recalls Plummet to All Time Lows Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Foodborne illness investigations have slowed down significantly and food recalls have plummeted to their lowest levels in years because of disruptions in the nation’s food safety system caused by the novel coronavirus. According to a USA Today news report, the pandemic has shaken the system at every level – from the federal agencies that are tasked with stopping contaminated food before it leaves farms and factories to state health departments that test sick individuals for foodborne illnesses such as E. coli. …Read the rest »

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CDC Says Nearly 5,000 Meat Processing Workers Have Contracted the Coronavirus

By Brian Chase on May 4, 2020 - No comments

CDC Says Nearly 5,000 Meat Processing Workers Have Contracted the Coronavirus

New data from the federal government shows that thousands of U.S. workers in meat processing plants have been infected with the coronavirus of whom 20 have died. According to a news report, nearly half a million people work in the nation’s meat processing plants. So far, we’ve seen that crowded, unsanitary conditions have prompted concerns about worker safety, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. …Read the rest »

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Chipotle to Pay $25 Million Fine for Food Safety Violations

By Brian Chase on April 27, 2020 - No comments

Chipotle to Pay $25 Million Fine for Food Safety Violations

Chipotle Mexican Grill will pay a $25-million fine in a federal food-safety case after being linked to more than 1,100 cases of foodborne illnesses including E. coli, salmonella and norovirus between 2015 and 2018. According to a report in People.com, this is the largest fine in a food safety case. Chipotle was charged with adulterating food in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act in Los Angeles federal court. Chipotle has agreed to a deferred prosecution agreement that will allow the company to avoid conviction if it complies with an improved food safety program in addition to paying up the fine. …Read the rest »

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Healthy Choice Recalls Chicken Meals Contaminated with Small Rocks

By Brian Chase on April 15, 2020 - No comments

Healthy Choice Recalls Chicken Meals Contaminated with Small Rocks

Conagra Brands, Inc. has issued a nationwide recall of about 130,763 pounds of Healthy Choice power bowl products over concerns that they may contain extraneous material. According to an article on Today.com, consumers reported that they found small rocks in the meals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the recall on its website stating that the problem was discovered when consumers began to report they were finding small rocks in their power bowls. …Read the rest »

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FDA Suspends Routine Food Inspections Due to Coronavirus

By Brian Chase on March 25, 2020 - No comments

FDA Suspends Routine Food Inspections Due to Coronavirus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is stopping all routine surveillance inspections of facilities that manufacture food and other products that the agency regulates, officials said. According to a report on Eater.com, this change, which comes a week after the FDA announced the suspension of most foreign inspections, affects domestic inspections traditionally conducted every few years based on risk analysis. …Read the rest »

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Frozen Berries Recalled for Potential Norovirus Risk

By Brian Chase on March 20, 2020 - No comments

Frozen Berries Recalled for Potential Norovirus Risk

WinCo Foods LLC is recalling frozen blackberries and berry medley products manufactured by Washington-based Rader Farms because both products have the potential to be contaminated with norovirus. According to a news alert from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), WinCo Foods has removed the recalled products from store shelves. The products were distributed to WinCo Foods stores in Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington, Texas and Utah. …Read the rest »

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Sushi Shrimp Recalled for Risk of Vibrio Infection

By Brian Chase on March 20, 2020 - No comments

Sushi Shrimp Recalled for Risk of Vibrio Infection

A food safety recall was issued for tail-on butterfly shrimp sold at sushi bars in supermarkets across 40 states including California due to a risk of bacterial contamination. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the AFC Distribution Corp. recalled the products, also known as Sushi Ebi, because it may be contaminated with the bacteria Vibrio parahaemolyticus. No illnesses have been reported so far. …Read the rest »

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Four Dead, 30 Hospitalized After Listera Outbreak Linked to Enoki Mushrooms

By Brian Chase on March 12, 2020 - No comments

Four Dead, 30 Hospitalized After Listera Outbreak Linked to Enoki Mushrooms

Four people have died and 30 others have been hospitalized after reportedly eating enoki mushrooms imported from Korea, which may have been contaminated with listeria bacteria. According to a CNN news report, the mushrooms were recalled by Sun Hong Foods on March 9 for listeria contamination. …Read the rest »

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FDA Says Jimmy John’s Served Vegetables Linked to E. coli and Salmonella

By Brian Chase on February 26, 2020 - No comments

FDA Says Jimmy John's Served Vegetables Linked to E. coli and Salmonella

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning letter to the Jimmy John’s sandwich chain saying certain vegetables it served were implicated in five E. coli and salmonella outbreaks over the past seven years. According to a CNN news report, the letter accuses the chain of engaging in a pattern of receiving and selling tainted fresh produce, especially sprouts and cucumbers. Jimmy John’s restaurants have been implicated in multiple outbreaks that have spanned seven years and have affected consumers in at least 17 states, FDA officials said. …Read the rest »

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Report Says Supermarkets Do Not Do a Good Job of Letting Consumers Know about Product Recalls

By Brian Chase on February 21, 2020 - No comments

Report Says Supermarkets Do Not Do a Good Job of Letting Consumers Know about Product Recalls

A new study has found that supermarkets don’t do a good job of notifying consumers about foods that have been recalled from their store shelves. According to a USA Today news report, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group surveyed 26 of the largest grocers in the country including Kroger, Safeway, Food Lion, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods and Target, about their practices for notifying consumers about food recalls. Most stores declined to respond to the survey, the group says in its report titled “Food Recall Failure.” …Read the rest »

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