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Foster Poultry Farms Recalls 132,000 Pounds of RTE Chicken Due to Plastic Contamination

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Foster Poultry Farms today recalled approximately 131,880 pounds of frozen, RTE breaded chicken patties because of plastic contamination. The products had been shipped to distribution centers in Alaska, Arizona, California, Utah, and Washington. The problem came to light after three consumers complained about pieces of clear, soft plastic that, according to FSIS, “originated from the establishment’s packaging materials.” This recall comes almost exactly a …

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Sonny Perdue Confirmed as Agriculture Secretary

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Yesterday, the Senate officially confirmed former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by a vote of 87 to 11. Perdue’s nomination drew mostly support and some criticism. He grew up on a farm and has a doctorate in veterinary medicine and a long history in the agriculture industry. Supporters see him as someone who will stand …

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Top 10 Most Cited OSHA Standards for Food Manufacturing in 2016

In Regulatory by Krista Garver0 Comments

Between October 2015 and September 2016, OSHA handed down a total of 2,233 citations to food manufacturers, resulting in penalties of nearly $8.5 million. Here are the industry’s top 10 most-cited violations. 1. 1910.147 The control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) Total citations: 311 Total penalties: $1,733,715 Standard 1910.147 covers the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment in which the unexpected …

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Dead Bat Found in Salad Container Triggers Recall

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The latest food recall doesn’t involve Listeria. The culprit? A winged mammal. A dead bat reportedly found inside a bag of Fresh Express Organic Marketside Spring Mix in a Florida Walmart sparked a precautionary recall on Saturday and investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Last week, two people from Florida ate from a salad bag before …

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Almost 1M Pounds of Breaded Chicken Recalled Due to Foreign Matter Contamination

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Not many recalls hit the seven-figure mark for pounds recalled. And while the current chicken recall didn’t quite get there, it was pretty darn close. On Thursday, FSIS announced that Oklahoma-based OK Foods was recalling approximately 933,272 pounds of breaded chicken because of possible metal contamination. The problem was discovered earlier this week, when metal objects were found in the RTE chicken …

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Trump’s 2018 Budget Proposes Deep USDA Cuts

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The Trump Administration’s proposed 2018 budget, the ‘America First’ Blueprint, cuts discretionary spending for the USDA by $4.7 billion to $17.9 billion. Let’s look at the details, how people are reacting, and what the food industry can expect next. Budget details Last week, the Trump Administration released its 2018 budget proposal. In it, the USDA loses about one-fifth of its discretionary …

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Listeria-Related Recalls Keep Rolling In

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In what’s starting to feel like old news, more recalls have been issued in the nationwide incident related to Listeria found in cheese from supplier Deutsch Kase Haus. The three newest recalls were issued by Three Ready Pac Foods, which last week recalled nearly 60,000 pounds of chicken salad; Lipari Foods, which just today recalled various bulk and retail cheeses that had been distributed to foodservice and …

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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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New Nutrition Facts Label Rolled Out Today

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Change is coming to grocery store shelves in the form of a new Nutrition Label on food products. The new design, rolled out today by RL Food Testing Laboratory, represents the most extensive revamp of the Nutrition Label since it was introduced in 1990. Here’s are the highlights of the changes: The entire label is now bigger, requiring more space on packaging. …