PUBLIC MEETING ON RECALLS
December 16, 2002
Source from : Lean Trimmings
by Kiran Kernellu
On December 12, 2002, FSIS held a public meeting to provide
insight on how recalls are conducted and to explore how to improve the recall
process.NMA's Executive Director Rosemary Mucklow and John Bode of NMA's legal
counsel Olsson, Frank and Weeda were invited participants in two panel sessions.
NMA members should contact Kiran Kernellu at (510) 763-1533 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for a copy of the Olsson, Frank and Weeda memo on this meeting. All participants
agreed that recalls should not be the principal method for protecting public health,
in other words, preventive measures are preferredover attempting to recover distributed
product. However, recalls may still occur and the process should be as efficient
as possible. Several ways to improve recalls were suggested by the participants
including (1) FSIS be granted mandatory recall authority (though not stated by
FSIS at the
meeting, the agency's position is such authority is not needed),
expansion of the scope and means of public notification, and (3) FSIS provide
establishments with more responsibility on how recalls are conducted. FSIS posed
the question of whether the agency should withhold the mark of inspection (i.e.,
not permit the shipment of product) while FSIS pathogen tests results are pending.
Although there was no resolution of these issues, the FSIS officials promised
to consider all suggestions.
Important: wash hands
proof that there is indeed a national day, week or month for just about every
cause, last week was National Hand Washing Awareness Week.Yep, that's right, an
entire week devoted to the art of rubbing your hands together with soap and water.
Lest you think that's frivolous, though, take into account that this special week
was endorsed by the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family
Physicians. And, actually -- all kidding aside -- for good reason. Hand washing
can protect us from illnesses such as the common cold, the flu, diarrhea, pinkeye,
skin infections, pneumonia and, while cooking, E. coli and salmonella.
press release goes on to offer tips on proper hand washing, such as:
alone is not enough to fight bacteria; use a teaspoon of soap.
-Spend at least
15 to 20 seconds working up a good lather, preferably with liquid soap.
contact with potentially contaminated surfaces, such as sinks or faucets.
your hands with disposable paper towels, rather than a communal cloth towel that
can harbor bacteria.
And you thought washing your hands was simple
Wednesday, 18 December 2002
Source from :http://www.food.gov.uk/news/newsarchive/103638
you're helping to plan a big celebration over Christmas and the New Year, some
simple precautions can help it all go smoothly.
functions, big responsibilities...
Large functions mean that there are large
quantities of cooked and uncooked food competing for fridge, freezer and cooker
Make sure you plan your cooking and food storage carefully before you
begin to avoid any safety risks.
is when bacteria spread from uncooked foods, or from pets, hands, dirty cloths
and so on, onto prepared food, and can cause food poisoning outbreaks.
wide range of foods can cause food poisoning if not handled properly.
and meat products, raw poultry, fish and shellfish, and occasionally raw eggs
(in sauces, mousses and home-made ice creams), may contain food poisoning bacteria
and have been identified as culprits when trouble has struck.
don't take chances with people's health. If you haven't got the facilities to
cater safely for functions from home, don't do it at all!
dishes, worktops and cutlery with hot water and detergent.
your hands in warm soapy water before touching food after you've come into contact
with pets, dirty cloths or the dustbin, or after using the toilet. Wash hands
frequently while preparing food, especially between handling raw and cooked foods.
anyone who has or has recently had diarrhoea or vomiting out of the kitchen. Cover
any cuts or grazes with a waterproof dressing.
using raw (unpasteurised) milk as it has not been heat-treated and may therefore
contain harmful organisms.
cold foods inside the fridge if you're not using them. Make sure you've got the
capacity to keep food cool and safe.
the fridge door closed as much as possible to avoid raising the temperature.
cooked foods completely before putting them in the fridge.
food thoroughly to kill harmful bacteria that cause food poisoning.
meat and poultry completely before cooking, either in the fridge or by microwaving.
proper care with leftovers. Throw away any food scraps and any perishable food
that has been standing at room temperature for more than a couple of hours. Store
other leftovers in clean, covered containers in the fridge and eat within 48 hours.
use dirty cloths. Keep
plenty of clean ones handy and change tea towels and hand towels frequently.
to take extra care if babies, toddlers, pregnant women, older people or anyone
who is ill are attending the function.
pate and soft ripened cheeses like Brie, Camembert and blue-vein types, to pregnant
women and anyone with low resistance to infection.
raw meat or defrosting food to drip on cooked or prepared foods. Keep these items
at the bottom of the fridge and protect the salad tray.
the fridge with wines, beers and soft drinks. While these may taste better cold,
they do not need to be refrigerated. If space is short, keep them in separate
ice buckets or cold water so that you can keep available fridge space for perishable
fridge. Its efficiency will suffer if the cooling air circulating inside cannot
flow freely. Use a fridge thermometer to check its temperature.
cooked food more than once. Make sure it is piping hot throughout.
tempted to cut the cooking time just because people are waiting to eat, especially
Safety General News
GERMANY ASKS FOR EU-WIDE ACRYLAMIDE STRATEGY
12/19. FRENCH EATERIES MUST FLAG
UP ORIGIN OF BEEF
12/19. THE MEAT SAFETY PAPER TRAIL
MILK GOES UNDERGROUND
12/19. FOOD IRRADIATION CONGRESS TO BE HELD IN MAY 2003
PARENTS PROTEST IRRADIATED MEAT IN SCHOOL LUNCHES
12/19. EXCEL CORP. MOVES
TO TEST AND HOLD SYSTEM FOR GROUND BEEF
12/19. NAMP MEETS WITH FSIS OFFICIALS,
E. COLI POLICY DISCUSSED
12/19. CONSUMER GROUPS TO USDA: DON'T FEED IRRADIATED
FOOD TO SCHOO
12/19. CONSUMERS WIN AS EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT REJECTS EXPANDED
12/19. SEA GRANT'S HACCP ALLIANCE FINDS ROLE IN MEDICAL PROFESSION
HOW DO I SAFELY HANDLE A TURKEY PRIOR TO COOKING?
12/19. Meat executives investigated
in French probe into mad cow di
12/19. Tainted Soil Raises Concern About Food
12/19. K-State now testing for chronic wasting disease
dispute over GMOs to boil over?
12/19. UK: December is most common month for
poultry food poisoning
12/19. NOTICE TO ALL FOOD EDITORS: Canadian Food Inspection
12/18. Healthy School Meals Resource System
12/18. TURKEY TIPS
TALKING TURKEY ABOUT FOOD SAFETY
12/18. KILLER GERM TRADING CARDS A BIG SUCCESS
AT UNIVERSITY OF ALB
12/18. GM FOOD - Commission launches European network
of GMO labora
12/18. GM FOOD - Margot Wallstrom welcomes agreement on traceabilit
French beef-ban bosses arrested
12/18. Christmas party food
- Head of food safety authority appointed
12/18. Dial, click for food answers
Food safety committee reviews aspartame
12/18. Widespread ignorance about cooking
12/18. A mouse click away from medical advice
12/17. FSIS PUBLIC
MEETING ON RECALLS
12/17. INSIDE WAMPLER
12/17. FROM ARS TO A STORE NEAR
12/17. LETTING THE GENIE OUT OF THE BOTTLE (OF WATER)
12/17. GM Foods
Debate Hits Latin America
12/17. Emergency processor support sought on School
12/17. Patients with Severe Peanut Allergy Symptoms React to
12/17. People with nut allergy take risks with labels, research sho
Norwalk thrives at sea -- and on land
12/17. Important: wash hands
European Parliament to vote on food irradiation
12/17. US food processors form
12/17. No Merry Go Round For Food Samples, Says Director General
Florida: Extension to offer Food Safety Training
12/17. South Dakota: Extension
to offer food safety ServSafe course
12/16. BANNING PEANUTS NOT ONLY ALLERGY
SOLUTION: SCHOOLS OFFICIALS
12/16. HOW WILL YOUR BUFFET BE REMEMBERED?
HOW TO BREED PUBLIC CYNICISM
12/16. MCDONALD'S EMPLOYEE 'HEARD VOICES' WHEN
HE PUT BLADES IN PIE
12/16. STRESS-ADAPTED, CROSS-PROTECTED, RESISTANT: A CONCERN?
12/16. TORONTO WOMAN SUING CAMPBELL'S SOUP OVER INGREDIENTS NOT ON
ALERT SOUNDED ON FOOD IRRADIATION -
12/16. Schools decide allergy policy
EPIDEMICS: MOTHER NATURE REMAINS ONE UP ON THE BIOTERRORISTS
12/16. EU agrees
on labelling of GMOs in food
12/16. Humans may catch mad cow from sheep
USDA Says Poultry Company Knew of Listeria at Plant
12/16. Sampling System
12/16. Cutting down on 'food miles' to keep food safer
Awarded Patent on Unique Electron Beam System
12/16. GMA offers inside look
Flu sickens hundreds on USS Roosevelt
12/19. 2 more may have food-borne illness
E.coli girl home for Christmas
12/19. WWE SmackDown! Superstars/Food Poisoning
52 CHINESE POISONED AFTER NITRATE ADDED TO NOODLE SOUP
12/18. Young¡¯s Dairy focus of illness inquiry
12/18. 40 in food
12/17. GASTROINTESTINAL OUTBREAKS ASSOCIATED WITH NORWALK
12/17. LAS CRUCES, N.M., TRACES SALMONELLA TO SMOKED MEATS
Salmonella at base not terror, U.S. says
12/16. OVER 200 PASSENGERS ILL ON
ANOTHER CRUISE SHIP, NORWALK-LIKE
12/16. Misery loves company as virus spreads
12/16. Outbreak at Sea
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ALLERGY ALERT - HOSTESS FRITO-LAY CANADA Issues Voluntary Recall
ALERT - Undeclared sulphites in HANIF'S brand DRY MANGO SLICE
ALERT - Undeclared sulphites in GREEN WORLD BEST FOOD APRICOT
12/17. BCN Trading
Inc. Recalls Mei Yuan Dried Mangoes Due to Undeclared Sulfites
12/17. BCN Trading
Has Recalled Mei Yuan Dried Mangoes Dec 17
12/17. South Beach Beverage Has
Recalled SoBe Green Tea and SoBe Energy Dec 16
12/16. FOOD SAFETY AUTHORITY
RECALLS CALABAR CHALK CONTAMINATED
of Poultry Carcasses Cut Up Prior to Chilling
Safe and Suitable Ingredients
Used in the Production of Meat and Poultry Products
U.S. Codex Office "What's
New" Page: Updated December 18, 2002
Healthy School Meals Resource System
Positive E. coli O157:H7 Test Results: Updated December 18, 2002
SHIGELLA VACCINE SAFE AND IMMUNOGENIC - PHASE I TRIAL OFFERS HOPE FOR
TROOPS DEPLOYED OVERSEAS
From a press release
GAITHERSBURG, Md., --
Antex Biologics Inc. (Amex: ANX) today announced that
it has completed the
required laboratory analysis for its Phase I human
clinical trial of the Company's
vaccine to prevent Shigella sonnei
infection. The results of the trial demonstrate
that the vaccine is well
tolerated, and no serious adverse events were reported.
The trial was
carried out at the Johns Hopkins University Vaccine Testing Unit
Baltimore, and was designed to test the safety of the vaccine and to
initial immunogenicity data. The vaccine was developed using the
proprietary Nutriment Signal Transduction (NST) technology.
The Phase I trial
was funded under a U.S. Army contract. The U.S. Army's
interest in a Shigella
vaccine is to protect its troops deployed in endemic
regions overseas, such
as the Middle East. The Shigella vaccine is one of
three components of the
Company's combination ACTIVAX vaccine to prevent
diseases caused by the consumption
of contaminated food and water. ACTIVAX
is a multi-component vaccine designed
to prevent and eradicate travelers'
diseases caused by Shigella, Campylobacter
jejuni and enterotoxigenic E.
coli (ETEC) bacteria. The Company is also developing
each of the three
vaccine components as potential individual pathogen-specific
The Shigella trial consisted of three groups of subjects treated
different dosing regimens of the vaccine, and a placebo. Preliminary
data indicated that the vaccine elicited IgA and IgG antibodies,
immunogenicity endpoints of the trial, specifically against
or LPS, the bacteria's dominant immunogen.
"We are extremely excited about
the results of this trial," said Dr. Alan
Liss, Antex's Vice President
and Product Development. "We have now taken
all three of the ACTIVAX components
into human trials and have gathered
safety and immunogencity data sufficient
to proceed into clinical trials
with the combination vaccine."
caused by the consumption of contaminated food and water are the
illnesses afflicting travelers and are serious problems for
deployed overseas. Enteric bacteria, including
Campylobacter, Shigella and
ETEC, are the leading causes of these diseases,
which can include gastritis,
acute diarrhea, high fever, dehydration, severe
dysentery and often death.
There are currently no vaccines on the market for
travelers' diseases, which
are responsible for more than three million
deaths a year worldwide.
is the number one food-borne pathogen in the U.S.
International public health
officials estimate that it causes 400 to 500
million cases of diarrhea worldwide
each year. ETEC is estimated to cause
more than 600 million cases of mild to
severe diarrhea annually. Shigella is
estimated to add more than 200 million
cases annually worldwide and is an
unusually virulent bacterium that causes
endemic or epidemic dysentery and
often death. Together, these bacteria are
responsible for more than one
billion cases of travelers' diseases each year.
Infections occur most
frequently in overcrowded areas with poor sanitation
hygiene, and can be transmitted through person-to-person contact
contaminated food and unsafe water supplies. There are no vaccines
market against travelers' diseases.