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Web page on recalled foods
Source : http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-fda-website-20110404,0,1272799.story
By Andrew Zajac (04, Apr, 2011)
The task of finding consumer
information about recalled food products grew a bit easier Monday with
the launch of a Food and Drug Administration website that compiles recall
notices in a searchable table.
The Web page displays information on recalls since 2009 by date, product
brand name, product description, the reason for the recall and the firm
doing the recalling. It also includes an image of the product label
and links to the press release on each recall -- which generally contain
The redesign was mandated by the food safety law signed by President
Obama in January. The law also gives FDA the power -- as yet unused
-- to order food recalls on its own authority instead of depending on
Recalls, "mandatory or otherwise, are serious and we must do everything
possible to make it easier for people to know about these recalls so
they can take all appropriate steps to protect themselves and their
families," Mike Taylor, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods, said
in a statement.
The earlier iteration of the page presented recall information in a
jumble of text and it wasn't always in a single spot, said Nancy Donley,
president of the Chicago-based food safety group Safe Tables Our Priority,
one of several consumer and food industry organizations consulted by
FDA in designing the web page.
"You had to go to a couple of different places. The information
is now in one place. It's a lot easier to navigate and consumers get
a more complete picture," Donley said.
As an added feature, the Web page aggregates recalls across all other
areas regulated by the FDA including drugs, biologics, veterinary products
and medical devices.
The FDA "felt that was better for consumers, they [can] go to that
one recall page and then can redirect themselves from there," said
agency spokesman Doug Karas.
Burgers Recall: Jennie-O Calls Back 55000 Pounds Of Meat
Source : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/03/turkey-burgers-recall_n_844146.html
By (03, Apr, 2011)
The Jennie-O Turkey Store
has recalled 54,960 pounds of frozen, raw turkey burger products, the
U.S. Department of Agriculture announced.
The recall was prompted by possible Salmonella contamination, according
to the release. The affected product will have a use date of Dec. 23,
2011 and includes: "4-pound boxes of Jennie-O Turkey Store’η "All
Natural Turkey Burgers with seasonings Lean White Meat". Each box
contains 12 1/3-pound individually wrapped burgers."
At least 12 people in Wisconsin and nine in other states have reported
illnesses, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported, prompting the recall.
According to WalletPop, illnesses have also been reported in Colorado,
Ohio, Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri
Platform: Salmonella Week
Source : http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/04/publishers-platform-salmonella-week/
By Bill Marler (03, Apr, 2011)
When I am not traveling the
world in search of the most recent Foodborne Illness Outbreak, or trying
to prevent the next one, I try to spend time with my kids. My youngest,
Sydney (a.k.a. Squid) is an animal lover, so we tend to watch some episode
of "Animal Planet" before she (more likely me) falls asleep.
One of our favorite shows has been "Shark Week," which is
usually filled with scary scenes of near misses or not. For some reason,
the fear of being munched by a shark (about 60 shark attacks a year
on average, world-wide) is of far greater concern than the some 1,000,000
Salmonella cases yearly - just in the United States alone.
Perhaps I need to produce a new show for TV - "Food That Can Kill
You." Here are a few episodes from the past week:
Episode 1 - Salmonella Hadar-contaminated Jennie-O Turkey Causes 12
Illnesses in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi,
Missouri, Ohio, Washington, and Wisconsin.
The detection of this outbreak began with the Wisconsin Department of
Health and Family Services notifying the U.S. Department of Agriculture's
Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of a patient diagnosed with
salmonellosis caused by Salmonella serotype Hadar. The investigation
expanded to include 12 people in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia,
Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Washington, and Wisconsin who
also have been diagnosed with Salmonella Hadar infection, with illnesses
occurring between December 2010 and March 2011.
Working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and
state public health partners, FSIS determined that three of the patients
in Colorado, Ohio, and Wisconsin specifically reported eating Jennie-O
Turkey prior to illness onset and hospitalization; the last of these
illnesses was reported on March 14, 2011.
Jennie-O Turkey Store, a Willmar, Minn. establishment, is now recalling
approximately 54,960 pounds of frozen, raw turkey burger products that
may be contaminated with Salmonella, the FSIS announced Friday. As FSIS
continues its investigation of illnesses related to this recall, additional
raw turkey products may be recalled. As a result, FSIS is alerting consumers
to take extra care when preparing all raw turkey products.
Episode 2 - Salmonella Outbreak from DeFusco's Bakery Leads to at Least
56 Illnesses, with 26 Requiring Hospitalization.
The outbreak of severely injured folks stemming from the DeFusco's Bakery
continued to get worse this week, with news that nine new cases have
been detected, bringing the total to 56, including 1 death, and 26 hospitalizations.
The number of hospitalized victims in this outbreak is unusually high
and likely due to the age of the majority of the victims.
The elderly are especially vulnerable to serious complications as a
result of foodborne illnesses. It was reported that as of Friday, 9
people still remained hospitalized. Also, swabs taken from cardboard
boxes where empty pastry shells were stored at DeFusco's Bakery in Johnston,
tested positive for Salmonella. The boxes previously held raw eggs.
If any of those eggs were infected and had broken open, residue in the
boxes could have led to the Salmonella outbreak that has sickened dozens
of people, health officials say.
Episode 3 - Marler Clark Files the First Lawsuit Related to the Del
Monte Salmonella Cantaloupe Outbreak.
On Friday, Marler Clark filed the first lawsuit stemming from an outbreak
of Salmonella-contaminated Del Monte cantaloupe that, according to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has led to 13 persons
infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Panama in Oregon (5
cases), Washington (4 cases), California (2 cases), Colorado (1 case)
and Maryland (1 case). According to the FDA, Del Monte Fresh Produce
N.A., Inc. recalled 4,992 cartons of cantaloupes because they have the
potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Panama. The cantaloupes
were distributed through warehouse clubs in Alaska, California, Colorado,
Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
Episode 4 - Salmonella Contaminated Sausages at Pancake Feed in Maryland
Result in Illnesses.
Illnesses from Salmonella have been linked to consumption of sausage
at a benefit pancake breakfast held in early March in Thurmont, according
to the Frederick County Health Department. The sausage for the Thurmont
event was from a previous event, the Frederick County 4-H Camp Center
Country Butchering, held Jan. 27 at the Mount Pleasant Ruritan Club
in Mount Pleasant. Samples of sausage sold to consumers from the same
butchering were tested at the state health department laboratory and
found to contain Salmonella.
If you want to keep up on current outbreaks, visit my blog, Marler Blog.
If you are the historical type, you can search the Foodborne Illness
food risk communication center formed
Source : http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/On-your-radar/Food-safety/International-food-risk-communication-center-formed
(01, Apr, 2011)
safety authorities have set up a new organization with the aim of creating
a collective international resource providing communication materials
about food risks along the supply chain.
The organization, the International Center of Excellence in Food Risk
Communication (ICEFRC), includes global food and health organizations,
government agencies, academic institutions, and non-profit communication
experts. The founding partners include four US-based organizations -
the International Food Information Council Foundation, the Joint Institute
for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, the National Center for Food
Protection and Defense, and the United States Department of Agriculture
- as well as Health Canada, and Food Standards Australia New Zealand.
"In order to have effective food risk communication, stakeholders
should share knowledge and understanding about potential risk in a manner
that helps individuals make well-informed decisions," the organization
said on its website . "It is a practice that is relevant to situations
encountered every day, such as weight management or washing your hands,
as well as rare situations, such as intentional contamination of the
The ICEFRC said its main goals are making enabling informed decisions
about food safety, nutrition, and health by improving food risk communication;
bringing together credible and influential authorities to increase their
reach and effectiveness; and "contributing to the international
body of knowledge on food risk communication".
Japan radiation risk
The existence of the organization and its website (www.foodriskcommunications.org
) was announced on Thursday, and the first issue that is addressed on
the site is international food safety following Japan's earthquake,
tsunami and nuclear emergency. The communication document includes a
brief overview of international actions taken to protect the food supply
from radiation risk and reiterates the World Health Organization's caution
against self-medication with potassium iodide or products containing
The Washington, D.C.-based International Food Information Council (IFIC),
a non-profit organization that has the stated aim of providing science-based
information on health, nutrition and food safety, said it will work
closely with other founding international partners as the primary facilitator
of the center, and will manage its website.
Food Safety.Com Survey Reveals 54 Percent of Restaurant Patrons Turn
Blind Eye to Cleanliness of Food Prep Area
Source : http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/04/07/prweb5232914.DTL
(07, Apr, 2011)
USFoodSafety.com, the first website to provide consumers with the most
up-to-date food safety alerts, recalls, advice and columns, today announced
the results of a consumer survey about restaurants. The survey addressed
how restaurant cleanliness influenced consumers dining decisions. Over
70 percent of survey takers cited food quality and taste as the primary
reasons for choosing a restaurant. Only 15 percent selected sanitation
as a factor in their restaurant choice. Nearly 54 percent of respondents
stated that they avoided looking into the food prep area for fear of
what they might see.
While consumers ultimately chose food over cleanliness, sanitation was
still a concern. In a follow-up question, more than 99 percent of those
surveyed said restaurant cleanliness was important and would stay away
from a restaurant if they felt it was not clean. More than 70 percent
of the respondents dined at restaurants at least once a week. For full
survey results, visit www.usfoodsafety.com
Since November 2008, US Food Safety Corporation has been the leading
independent resource for food safety information, with its award-winning
food safety blog, web site and social media applications. Its web site,
USFoodSafety.com was named one of the top 25 food safety sites on the
Internet by Food Safety Magazine. US Food Safety's Twitter site has
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About US Food Safety Corporation
US Food Safety Corporation is a privately funded, woman-owned company
located in Marlborough Massachusetts. Through its web site USFoodSafety.com
the company is the premier "one-stop" source of consumer information
related to food alerts, recalls and safe food handling.
Poultry Inspectors to Keep Working
By NAFB News Service (07, Apr, 2011)
The North American Meat Processors
Association says USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has confirmed
that all front-line inspectors and all enforcement, investigations and
analysis officers have been deemed essential employees and will continue
to work if the federal government shuts down at midnight Friday. Most
other management personnel are not deemed essential and would not report
The American Meat Institute and others previously pressed the White
House to deem inspectors essential to prevent closures of thousands
of plants, which cannot legally operate without federal inspection.
The AMI quotes economist John Dunham of John Dunham and Associates a
saying some 3.7-million people face work stoppage and the industry was
looking at a loss of 3-billion dollars in economic activity per day.
Nearly 8-thousand inspectors oversee 62-hundred plants nationwide and
ensure compliance with federal rules requiring that products are safe,
wholesome and properly labeled and that livestock are treated humanely.
Only the nuclear power industry has as much federal oversight and on-site
presence as U.S. meat and poultry plants.
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