Food Safety News - June 1, 2018 Counterpoint: FDA traceback procedures show chokepoints

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Counterpoint: FDA traceback procedures show chokepoints

By Bill Marler

Editor’s note: For a different view on this topic, please see a joint post by Scott Gottlieb and Stephen Ostroff from their vantage points as FDA commissioner and FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, respectively. We are in the unique position to know many, but not all, of the "points of sale" – restaurants and grocery... Continue Reading

Study suggests education isn't the end all for food safety

By Kelsey M. Mackin

Newly published research concludes that education significantly increased safe food handling among high schoolers, but also showed the students continued risky practices that can result in foodborne illnesses. The study, from researchers at the University of Waterloo, Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, and the University of Guelph in Canada was published online May 10... Continue Reading

Smoked sausage recalled for containing soft plastic pieces

By News Desk

Yoakum, TX-based Eddy Packing Co. Inc.,  Thursday recalled 18,000 pounds of smoked sausage that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically soft plastic, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). FSIS said Eddy Packing’s action in response to a customer complaint was a second class recall because it involves... Continue Reading

Point: FDA says no immediate risk, no immediate answers

By U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Editor’s note: FDA’s Scott Gottlieb and Stephen Ostroff posted this joint blog under the title “FDA Update on Traceback Related to the E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce” from their vantage points as FDA commissioner and FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, respectively. For a different view on this topic, please see “Counterpoint:... Continue Reading

Publisher's Platform: Why I love Doc Raymond – and Transparency

By Bill Marler

Tomorrow the CDC will update the Romaine E. coli outbreak and probably say that it is "over" (last time it updated was May 16th). The numbers will also likely jump from 172 to 200 and the death toll will rise too (this is all too similar to the 2006 E. coli spinach outbreak that was supposed... Continue Reading

Ruiz pulls 25 tons of frozen breakfast burritos after complaints

By News Desk

Consumers have reported finding pieces of plastic in frozen breakfast burritos, spurring Ruiz Food Products Inc. to recall 25 tons of the products. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) posted the recall notice Thursday evening, encouraging retailers and consumers to check their freezers for the El Monterey Signature brand burritos. Ruiz Food Products,... Continue Reading

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