FDA posts recall for spinach already under recall in Canada for...

A Canadian company is now recalling baby spinach in the United States after having launched a recall in Canada because a positive lab test showed the fresh produce could be contaminated with Salmonella. Vegpro International of Sherrington of Quebec, Canada, distributed the recalled Fresh Attitude brand fresh baby spinach in Eastern Canada and the Northeast…

Rise in consumer food complaints noted by FSA

The number of public complaints about food and food sites spanning three countries has increased, according to a report published by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). Local authorities recorded nearly 71,000 complaints about food safety and hygiene of food establishments during 2019-2020. This is a rise of almost 5 percent from 2018-2019 across three countries.…

COVID crisis might not have provided judges with enough superpowers

A food safety case is on track to be the vehicle for deciding whether federal judges have gained any extra power to stop time during the coronavirus pandemic. It rises out of the United States versus Paul Kruse, the retired president of Blue Bell Creameries. The government is attempting to prosecute Kruse on conspiracy and…

Experts help WFP after food aid outbreak

An expert group on tropane alkaloids that gathered after an outbreak traced to contaminated food aid in Uganda has published its findings. In 2019, 315 people were ill and five died after eating “Super Cereal” provided by the World Food Programme (WFP) that was contaminated by tropane alkaloids. Super Cereal consists of pre-cooked corn, soybean and…

German authorities investigate E. coli infections involving daycare centers

More than 20 E. coli infections are being investigated in a German municipality. Four day care centers in the Lützow-Lübstorf district are affected by the outbreak of E. coli O26. Lützow-Lübstorf is in Nordwestmecklenburg, in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) are often referred to as Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC). Authorities initially reported 18 patients…

Penn State Extension offers webinar on food safety for volunteers

The Penn State Extension service is offering a webinar next week for volunteers who help prepare and serve food for their nonprofit organizations. The webinar is set from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST on Dec. 8.   The webinar is titled, “Cooking for Crowds: A Volunteer’s Guide to Safe Food Handling.” It is designed for…

Uptick in Salmonella infections prompts warning in Argentina

Public health officials in an Argentinian province have warned of an increase in Salmonella infections. The Ministry of Public Health in Salta reported that, from January to November, 407 people with Salmonella infection were laboratory confirmed in the province. There have been 545 suspected cases since the beginning of 2020. In the first months of…

Three Salmonella outbreaks revealed in Ireland

Irish public health officials have reported three Salmonella outbreaks that have affected at least 34 people. Two of the three outbreaks were caused by Salmonella Enteritidis and one by Salmonella Mikawasima. Two of the incidents remain unsolved while the third has been linked to chicken products. Twenty three of the infections have been laboratory confirmed, according to…

Researchers look at Listeria risks in food distribution centers

The Center for Produce Safety awarded more than $300,000 to a research project that is examining the risk of contamination in distribution center environments by surveying managers and collecting testing samples at their facilities, focusing on potentially high-risk areas, practices and equipment. The Food and Drug Administration’s Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule requires environmental…

Eat Just Inc. gets approval in Singapore for lab-grown chicken

Eat Just Inc., the privately-held San Francisco company known for plant-based alternatives to egg products, has gained regulatory approval in Singapore to produce and sell lab-grown chicken meat.  Approval by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) came on Dec. 2. Eat Just Inc. was founded in 2011 by Josh Tetrick and Josh Balk. Venture capitalists have fueled…

Greenyard agrees to settlement related to multi-country Listeria outbreak

Greenyard is to pay half a million euros to settle allegations of communication failures about the Listeria contamination at its frozen vegetable factory in Hungary in 2018. The related outbreak included 54 cases of listeriosis in Australia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, and the United Kingdom with 10 deaths from 2015 to 2018. Researchers in England…

FDA slams Whole Foods for repeatedly failing to include allergens on...

Having built itself up to be one of the nation’s best known healthy eating grocery chains, Whole Foods Market is on warning from the FDA about repeated problems with allergen labeling on its products. The warning, posted today but dated Dec. 16, references more than two dozen allergen labeling product recalls initiated by Whole Foods…