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Canadian Food Safety News 05/28/2020 00:07
An impressive sounding name — Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine — is not likely to make up for the advocacy group’s lack of scientific evidence for a new petition it has filed with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). A statement from the FSIS said the Physicians Committee request for testing meat and poultry for...
Canadian Food Safety News 05/28/2020 00:06
A follow-up study on Salmonella prevalence among dairy cattle on a Swedish Island has found much lower levels. In late 2019, the National Veterinary Institute (SVA) and Swedish Board of Agriculture (Jordbruksverket), did an anonymous national milk tank survey for antibodies against Salmonella. Milk samples from all the dairy herds tested showed a generally low...
Canadian Food Safety News 05/28/2020 00:05
Blue Bell’s former chief executive has waived physical appearance for his initial appearance in federal court on felony charges stemming from a 2015 Listeria outbreak. The defendant, Paul Kruse, has posted bail and accepted conditions of his continued freedom. U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Lane cited the current coronavirus pandemic for accepting the waiver of a...
Canadian Food Safety News 05/28/2020 00:04
Whole genome sequencing helped identify concurrent outbreaks of a rare Salmonella serotype in Germany in 2017, according to a study. Whole genome sequencing (WGS) of Salmonella Kottbus isolates revealed three co-circulating clusters in the country between June and August 2017. A total of 69 infections were identified in 13 German states. Median age was 55...
Canadian Food Safety News 05/27/2020 00:05
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the state of Iowa have finalized a Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) agreement. It allows state-inspected meat and poultry products to be shipped across state lines. The agreement was reviewed and approved by the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) during an 11-month period and will allow the the...
Canadian Food Safety News 05/27/2020 00:02
A fundraising page set up to help a woman who contracted listeriosis has passed NZ$20,000 (U.S. $12,400). Petra Donnison, a family friend, created the Give a Little page for donations to help Grace Archer, her family and partner Theodore Warrick. Grace is currently being treated in the intensive care unit of Auckland Hospital in New...
Canadian Food Safety News 05/26/2020 00:05
The Organic Consumers Association has sued Smithfield Foods Inc. in Superior Court for the District of Columbia over allegedly “deceptive food safety marketing representations about pork products. Smithfield, VA-based Smithfield Foods is accused of making marketing and advertising representations to convey to consumers, including consumers in the District of Columbia, that Smithfield brand pork products...
Canadian Food Safety News 05/25/2020 00:05
Every year, millions of Americans commemorate Memorial Day to honor the sacrifices so many have made to protect our country. This holiday weekend might not be like past years, so while we keep public health recommendations in mind, let’s not forget food safety practices to prevent foodborne illnesses. “Memorial Day is the unofficial start of...

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