On January 5th Fieldbrook Foods Corporation recalled Tops brand of Orange Cream Bars and Meijer Purple Cow brand Orange Cream Bars due to the possibility of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The product has a production date of December 18, 2017, and a “best by” date of December 18, 2018. No illnesses have been reported to date. On January 11th the company added cases of Raspberry Cream Bars that were included with Orange Cream Bars in ALDI seasonal split-case purchases to their recall. The recalled orange cream bars, raspberry cream bars, and chocolate coated vanilla ice cream bars were sold @ https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm592326.htm?utm_campaign=Fieldbrook%20Foods%20Corporation%20Clarifies%20Scope%20of%20its%20Voluntary%20Recall.&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua
Fieldbrook Foods Corporation is clarifying that the previously announced voluntary recall of all orange cream bars
and chocolate coated vanilla ice cream bars that were produced in 2017 on the company’s Hoyer 1 Line at its
Dunkirk, NY plant (plant code 362677) also includes 28,751 cases of Raspberry Cream Bars that were included
with Orange Cream Bars in ALDI seasonal split-case purchases.
CDC announced that it is expanding its use of Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) to 38 states and two cities. By the end of fiscal 2017, six health departments successfully implemented WGS. The WGS allows to differentiate between closely related organisms allows outbreaks to be detected with fewer clinical cases and can help stop outbreaks sooner. @ http://www.meatingplace.com/Industry/News/Details/77505
SGS of Geneva, Switzerland, one of the world’s largest testing labs with more than 90,000 employees Vanguard is a leading provider of food safety testing services in the areas of product testing, research & development, and food safety. “This acquisition provides immediate growth opportunities in the attractive food safety testing market in the US,” said Frankie Ng, CEO of SGS. “It expands on our existing testing capabilities and further positions SGS as a global brand leader in food testing and related services.” This is part of a trend of testing laboratories consolidation. @ http://www.sgs.com/en/news/2018/01/sgs-acquires-vanguard-sciences-inc-usa