The latest on the big E. coli outbreak

It’s now safe to eat some romaine lettuce, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says after last week’s recall of the product due to potential contamination with E. coli O157:H7.

As the investigation has continued, the FDA has found that the contaminated romaine comes from parts of California that grow romaine over the summer […]

Outbreak alert: Listeria in frozen vegetables in Australia and New Zealand

First it happened in Europe, and then in the land down under.

Like the United Kingdom did last month, Australia and New Zealand have recalled a wide amount of frozen vegetable products due to concerns of Listeria contamination — specifically Listeria monocytogenes.

The recall involves the same supplier as the overseas recall, […]

Is the number of foodborne illness outbreaks actually increasing?

It seems that every week, as you surf the internet, you see more and more people sharing articles about the latest food that’s garnering fear at the supermarket. Foodborne illness outbreaks, and food recalls related to them, have been big news in recent years.

Part of the increased coverage is, of course, due to increased […]

Individually quick freezing and Listeria: What’s happening

Recalls of individually quick frozen foods (IQF) have been widespread recently throughout the U.S. and Canada after Listeria was found in a food production facility during a random sampling by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Over 24 IQF products shipped throughout the U.S. and Canada were recalled, including broccoli, cauliflower, stir fry medleys, and vegetable […]

Criminal investigations launch after recall of millions of eggs in Europe

Some of us like our eggs scrambled. Others, sunny side up. Maybe you’re an eggs-over-easy type of person. Whatever the style, none of us want dangerous chemicals in our eggs.

Several European countries are trying to figure out what went wrong late last year that led to the discovery of a harmful insecticide called fipronil […]

Tips from a food industry veteran to minimize recall risk

The 2017 ProFood Tech trade show in Chicago saw a host of food industry experts who gathered to share a wealth of insight and wisdom with one another.

One such figure was Scott Hood, director of global safety and regulatory affairs at General Mills.

Hood spoke at a symposium during the show, where he addressed […]

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 […]