Contaminated powdered milk creates a chain of food recalls

From macaroni and cheese, to waffle mix, to potato chips and more, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a series of related product recalls a few months ago due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Although seemingly unrelated, the products mentioned above, along with more than two dozen others, all contained powdered milk as an ingredient, […]

Foodborne illness outbreaks grow as imported food increases

As the proportion of U.S. food imported from other countries increases, a recent analysis found the number of foodborne illness outbreaks associated with imported foods has also increased.

The study, “Outbreaks of Disease Associated with Food Imported into the United States, 1996-2014,” found that 19% of food consumed by Americans is now imported, including 97% […]

Undeclared allergens top 2016 food recall list

The numbers are in and the total amount of food recalls in 2016 in the U.S. and Canada was 764 — a 22% increase compared to the previous year. Undeclared allergens once again topped the food recall list, attributing to more food recalls than any other form of contamination.

Based on notices issued by […]

Could whole chain traceability be the answer to food safety?

When it comes to food recalls, having a traceability plan can be extremely important for food companies as it can help determine if products were contaminated before arriving at their facilities. Known as looking “one back,” this was exactly the case for an ice cream company, when it discovered its second Listeria contamination in two […]

E. coli O26 increasingly identified in food recalls

E. coli

When it comes to E. coli, most people are familiar with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O157:H7, also known as simply, E. coli O157:H7. This strain of E. coli has most commonly shown up in food recalls and is known for its severe consequences once contracted through contaminated food or water.

Recently, […]

Study: Some E. coli found to survive high cooking temperatures

With barbecue season in full swing, there may now be a reason to turn up the heat on your grill.

A group of researchers from the University of Alberta and China’s Huazhong Agricultural University found that cooking ground beef at the 160°F (71°C) temperature recommended by government officials in the U.S. and Canada, may not […]

Neogen can help with new FSIS guidelines for food allergens

In an effort to reduce adverse reactions to food allergens, along with potential recalls, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently released new guidelines to assist meat, poultry, and processed egg product producers in properly managing ingredients that could trigger such problems.

The new FSIS guidelines, entitled, “FSIS Compliance Guidelines […]

FDA: First two FSMA rules finalized; aim to protect consumers

According to the FDA, the first two regulations of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have been finalized and aim to help make food safer for consumers. While the remaining five additional rules have yet to be finalized, the FDA says they will be released before the end of the year.

So, what do these […]

Study: Recalls of organic food on the rise

According to new data from the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture, a sharp jump is being seen in the number of recalls associated with organic food products. So far this year, 7% of all food units recalled have been organic compared to 2% of those recalled last year. In 2012 and […]

Minnesota: Land of 10,000 outbreaks?

Salmonella

The presence of Salmonella in certain brands of chicken and tuna has recently lead to three different food recalls and has resulted in more than four million pounds of food being discarded. While the recalls involve three different food companies, and seemingly began completely separate of one another, they all have one thing […]