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FDA begins a year-long testing romaine lettuce for pathogens

This month the FDA will begin testing romaine lettuce for the presence of pathogenic Escherichia coli (E. coli) and salmonella. This undertaking is a result of contaminated romaine lettuce caused three separate, multistate E. coli outbreaks. The three outbreaks killed five people and made another 295 sick. The purpose of the study is to identify sources of contamination and factors that may be contributing to them. Neither the FDA nor the industry has been able to determine exactly where all the outbreaks occurred, or how the romaine lettuce became contaminated. The testing program, which will continue until November 2020, is intended to help identify the cause of contaminated romaine lettuce. The agency will take 270 samples throughout the year, increasing the frequency during the spring and fall, when foodborne illness outbreaks associated with romaine lettuce consumption have most frequently occurred. Sampling will only include raw romaine lettuce before it is commingled durin...

FDA begins testing romaine lettuce after E. coli outbreaks sicken hundreds

The Food and Drug Administration this month will begin wide-scale testing of romaine lettuce for the presence of E. coli and salmonella.

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FDA investigates Scombrotoxin Fish Poisoning Linked to Yellowfin/Ahi Tuna

The FDA and state health authorities investigated scombrotoxin fish poisoning linked to yellowfin tuna (sometimes called ahi tuna). As a result of this investigation, FDA has placed Truong Phu Xanh Co, LTD of Vietnam, on Import Alert. The detained product will not enter the United States unless the importer proves that it meets U.S. food safety standards. FDA asked Truong Phu Xanh Co., LTD, to initiate a voluntary recall of all of its imported yellowfin tuna with production dates from January 2019 to the present. At this time, the firm has not recalled any product. The investigation has identified 47 illnesses of scombrotoxin fish poisoning that occurred between August 8, 2019, and October 15, 2019. Multiple samples have been collected and analyzed; with positive results for decomposition or high histamine levels in products imported from Truong Phu Xanh Co., LTD. While recalls were conducted at various points in the supply chain, additional products may still on the market that ...

Scombrotoxin Fish Poisoning Linked to Yellowfin/Ahi Tuna

FDA recommends discarding or destroying yellowfin tuna imported from Truong Phu Xanh Co., LTD with production dates in 2019

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Central Valley Meat recalls ground beef products due to Salmonella Dublin contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that Central Valley Meat Co., Inc. (Hanford, CA) recalled approximately 34,222 pounds of ground beef products due to potential contamination with Salmonella Dublin. The ground beef items were produced on July 23, 2019. These items were shipped to retail locations in California. FSIS was notified of an investigation of Salmonella Dublin illnesses on September 9, 2019. Working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health partners, FSIS determined that there is a link between ground beef products from Central Valley Meat Co., Inc., and this illness cluster. The traceback investigation indicated that a case-patient consumed ground beef produced by Central Valley Meat Co., Inc. Based on epidemiological investigation, 10 case-patients have been identified in 6 states with illness onset dates ranging from August 8, 2019, to Septemb...

Central Valley Meat Co., Inc., a Hanford, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 34,222 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Dublin.

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Go Raw cat food recalled a Lot of Quest Beef due to Salmonella

Go Raw, LLC, of Cottonwood Utah is recalling 2lb. frozen bags of “Quest Beef Cat Food” because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected products were nationally distributed through retail stores. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall. Go Raw initiated the recall after it got notification by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture of a sample was collected and tested positive for Salmonella. The firm did conduct its own test which resulted in a negative result. Salmonella is not evenly distributed throughout a lot, which is why it could have been found on a small sample that the Minnesota Department of Agriculture took. @ https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/go-raw-llc-recalls-one-lot-quest-beef-because-possible-salmonella-health-risk

Go Raw, LLC Recalls One Lot of Quest Beef Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

Go Raw, LLC, of Cottonwood Utah is recalling its 2lb. frozen bags of “Quest Beef Cat Food” because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.