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Outbreak alert: Listeria in the United Kingdom, parasites in the United States

Foodborne illness outbreaks — and the resulting food product recalls — have garnered no small amount of attention in the news in recent weeks. Here are two of the bigger ones.

Listeria in frozen vegetables

A major supermarket supplier in the United Kingdom has recalled 43 frozen vegetable products due to the risk of Listeria […]

Undeclared allergens in a global ingredient supply chain

These days, simply eating a meal is like taking a journey around the world, whether you realize it or not. Thanks to increasingly interlocked global trade, there might be ingredients in your food from another hemisphere.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, between 10% and 15% of all food consumed in the U.S. […]

FSIS announces new food safety guidelines for poultry and ground beef

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA’s FSIS) recently announced it has posted new guidelines for poultry processors to better prevent Salmonella and Campylobacter in raw products during slaughter and processing, and new recordkeeping requirements for beef producers to make it easier and quicker to track foodborne illnesses to their source.

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Survey: More food safety oversight needed

The majority of Americans are concerned about food safety and believe there should be more government oversight when it comes to the safety of the food supply, according to a new report.

In a Harris Interactive survey report released Wednesday, 86 percent of people surveyed said they were at least somewhat concerned about food safety, […]

Allergens again top reason for food recalls

Allergen mislabeling or contamination issues continue to be the leading cause for food recalls, according to a new report.

During the third quarter of 2013, about 40 percent of food recalls were associated with food allergens. This represents the “single largest cause of food recalls” for those initiated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration […]

Undeclared food allergens leading reason for recalls

Undeclared food allergens accounted for more than half of food recalls in the second quarter of this year, according to a new report.

About 60 percent of total food recalls were related to undeclared allergens, up from 34 percent in the first quarter. Allergens accounted for 65 percent for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-initiated recalls […]