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Q4 Food and Beverage Recalls Hit Highest Level Since 2010

In Food Safety, News, Regulatory by Krista Garver0 Comments

According to the Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS Recall Index, there were 246 FDA food recalls in the fourth quarter of last year. That’s an increase of 12% over the previous quarter and the highest number we’ve seen since at least Q1 2010. At the same time, USDA recalls fell 16% to 32. For FDA recalls, the top 3 food categories were: Supplements (28.2%) Baked …

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How Much Food Safety Compliance Really Costs for Meat and Poultry: Report

In Food Safety, Regulatory, Research by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

The cost of complying with food safety regulations in the meat and poultry industries can be immense, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Food Science. In fact, developing a food safety plan alone can cost anywhere from $6,000 to $87,000, not counting the cost of training and other related activities. For the study, researchers Catherine L. Viator, …

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Cheese Woes Continue as Recall Expands

In Food Safety, News by Krista Garver0 Comments

According to Food Safety News, another 130 products have now been recalled in an incident that started earlier this month after Listeria was found in cheese sold at a Tennessee retail outlet. No illnesses have been reported. However, it can take up to 70 days for symptoms to appear. The ripple effect is being felt across the industry, as many secondary products (like RTE sandwiches and …

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Sargento Terminates Relationship with Supplier Over Listeria Problems

In Food Safety, News by Krista Garver0 Comments

Sargento announced in a press release today that not only is the company expanding its recall of cheese products due to Listeria, but it’s also terminating its relationship with the supplier, Deutsch Kase Haus. The recall started on February 11 and has been expanding ever since, impacting a wide variety of cheese products as well as secondary products containing cheese from Deutsch Kase Haus. Sargento CEO Louie …

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GMA, FMI Streamline Date Labeling to Reduce Food Waste

In Food Safety, News by Krista Garver0 Comments

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) are leading a new initiative to streamline the date labeling on food products, according to a press release. The initiative aims to reduce customer confusion about when foods expire and, by extension, cut food waste. The release notes that there “currently, more than 10 different date labels on packages,” …

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5 Upcoming Food Safety Webinars You Won’t Want to Miss

In Food Safety by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

Food safety is one of the most important issues in the food industry today. And between FSMA and increased FDA inspections, you can’t afford to let your efforts slip. These five upcoming webinars will help you get up to speed on the latest in food safety. Best of all, they’re all free.   Drop the Mop! from Food Safety Tech …

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Listeria-Related Cheese Recall Continues to Expand

In Food Safety, News by Krista Garver0 Comments

UPDATED February 15 and 16 with new product recalls. The bad news for cheese lovers continued this week as several more brands were recalled because of Listeria monocytogenes, including these five by MDS, these by Choice Farms, and these by Saputo. The recall started last week with Colby cheese after Listeria was found in a random sample of products taken from retail shelves. The incident …

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Taylor Farms Recalls Chicken and Pork Salad Products Due To Possible Listeria Contamination

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Class I Recall 012-2017 Health Risk: High Feb 11, 2017 En Español Congressional and Public Affairs Felicia Thompson (202) 720-9113 Press@fsis.usda.gov WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2017 – Two Taylor Farms establishments, located in Dallas, Texas and in Tracy, California, and headquartered in Salinas, California, are recalling approximately 6,630 pounds of chicken and pork salad products that may be adulterated with Listeria …

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Toxic Chemicals Found in Fast Food Packaging

In Food Safety, News by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

A new study published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters found that one-third of fast food packaging contains harmful chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs. These chemicals are associated with cancer, hormone problems, obesity, and many other health issues. PFASs are man-made fluorinated chemicals first manufactured over half a century ago to give us products like non-stick cookware, …

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Food Industry Using the Internet of Things to Make Processing Smarter

In Food Safety, Processing, Technology, Trends by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

The food industry is smartening up. With the help of the Internet of Things (IoT), food processors and suppliers are working together to reduce maintenance costs, uncover opportunities, influence productivity, and transparently track the supply chain.  From craft beer and pasta, here are some ways equipment manufacturers are adopting IoT and how food processors are benefiting from those IoT capabilities. Reduce maintenance costs Most maintenance is reactive or …