Food Safety News - June 23, 2017 Hummus recalled from Walmart, Target, HEB for Listeria risk

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Hummus recalled from Walmart, Target, HEB for Listeria risk

By Kelsey M. Mackin

Three brands of hummus with pine nut topping — including Walmart’s Marketside brand — are being recalled in the U.S. and Canada for potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes because the pine nuts were supplied by Hudson Valley Farms Inc., which found the pathogen in its production facility. House of Thaller, a Knoxville, TN, company initiated the hummus recall... Continue Reading

U.S. stops all imports of Brazilian beef for food safety concerns

By Coral Beach

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has suspended all imports of fresh beef from Brazil because of recurring food safety problems discovered since March, when the agency began inspecting 100 percent of all meat from the South American country. During his confirmation hearing 12 weeks ago, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said he thought an embargo against... Continue Reading

More independence for the European Food Safety Authority

By News Desk

Ever since the European Food Safety Authority was founded 15 years ago, it has claimed to operate independently of its European Union funding sources, including the legislative and executive institutions of the Commission, Council, Parliament and EU Member States. The Authority is an agency of the EU, but one that is housed in Parma, Italy, not Brussels,... Continue Reading

County won't name food vendor behind Rifle Rodeo outbreak

By Coral Beach

Health officials say they're sure food from a specific vendor at the Rifle Rodeo in Garfield County, CO, caused an outbreak that sickened 40 percent of attendees, but they won't name the rodeo organizer or the food vendor — neither of whom obtained required permits and neither of whom will be fined. About 80 of... Continue Reading

Food safety universe dimmer with the loss of two bright stars

By Benjamin Chapman

Editor's note: This column by Ben Chapman was originally posted on and is reposted here with permission. I never met Dave Theno. I saw him speak a few times at IAFP (International Association for Food Protection), and other places; he had a fantastic story to tell. He had the experience of cleaning up after... Continue Reading

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