Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Nut allergy warning not on labels

Cadbury Schweppes has implemented a product recall for the second time in two years due to a nut allergy warning being omitted from packaging. The previous recall of over a million bars of chocolate followed a Salmonella outbreak.

For further information follow the link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/09/14/ncadbury114.xml

Thursday, 20 September 2007


The Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) management tool is a systematic approach to the identification and assessment of hazards associated with all stages of a food operation or food supply chain. It defines how the food safety hazards should be control led and the identification of control points and critical control points. It is a management tool to assess the food safety hazards most likely to affect a product, how these could be caused and how they need to be controlled. The basis of HACCP is to follow the seven principles below:

1. Identify potential hazards and measures for their control.

2. Determine critical control points (CCP)

3. Establish critical limits, which must be met to ensure CCP is under control.

4. Establish a monitoring system

5. Establish the corrective action to be taken when monitoring indicates that a CCP is not under control.

6. Establish documentation for procedures and records

7. Establish verification procedures to confirm that the HACCP system is working effectively

Friday, 14 September 2007

Popcorn safety

According to the Denver Post, a 53-year-old man who microwaved and ate two to three bags of extra-buttery-flavored popcorn a day for a decade has developed a dangerous lung disease. The condition known as Popcorn lung, or broncheolitis obliterans, permanently scars airways. It will lead to victims fighting for breath and being dependent on oxygen. The disease was first identified in food industry workersut consumers were not deemed to be at risk. The chemical concerned is diacetyl which is used in microwave popcorn production.

The New York Times article contains more details on the issues surrounding this case

Sunday, 9 September 2007

E.coli and potato salad

Recent US recalls for E.coli have included beef, spinach and now potato salad. The potato salad recall has been defined as precautionary because there have been no known cases of illness to date.


E.coli outbreak in the US

An E. coli outbreak that affected 8 people in Washington and 2 people in Oregon has led to a recall of “Northwest Finest” ground beef products made by Interstate Meats, based in Oregon. For more information: http://www.foodpoisonblog.com/2007/08/articles/foodborne-illness-outbreaks/washington-oregon-hit-with-e-coli-from-ground-beef/

Recent produce recalls in the US

A Salinas Valley spinach grower recalled bagged spinach products today after Salmonella was detected in some of the company's products. http://www.foodpoisonblog.com/2007/08/articles/food-poisoning-watch/spinach-recalled-for-salmonella-contamination/

The Food and Drug Administration announced the recall of approximately 5,000 cases of Rimmer Mojito Cocktail Garnish due to possible Salmonella contamination. http://www.salmonellablog.com/2007/09/articles/salmonella-outbreaks/mojito-cocktail-garnish-is-recalled/

This week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) includes a CDC report on 4 large Salmonella outbreaks linked to tomatoes served at restaurants. http://foodpoisoning.pritzkerlaw.com/archives/salmonella-a-cdc-report-on-salmonella-outbreaks-linked-to-tomatoes.html