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FDA recalls this week

FDA and FSIS recalls this week

Cantaloupe Growers may face 5 Years Probation in Listeria Outbreak

Food Safety News reports that government prosecutors today recommended sentences of five years probation for brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen, owners of the cantaloupe farm tied to one of the deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks in U.S. history. Each of the Jensen brothers previously pleaded guilty in October to six counts of Introducing an Adulterated Food into Interstate Commerce that resulted in the outbreak, which killed more than 30 people and sickened at least 147 with Listeria from contaminated cantaloupes grown at Jensen Farms. The maximum sentence for each of the six counts would have been a year in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. The Listeria outbreak in 2011 sickened at least 147 and killed more than 30. Source: Food Poison Journal

2nd Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak Hits 430

As of January 15, 2014, a total of 430 individuals infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported from 23 states and Puerto Rico. Most of the ill persons (74%) have been reported from California. Since the last update on December 19, 2013, a total of 14 new ill persons have been reported from four states: Arizona (1), California (11), Idaho (1), and Virginia (1).

Source: Food Poison Journal

CFIA recalls this week

FDA recalls this week

Marks & Spencer Count on Us Bengali Cod Curry withdrawn

Marks & Spencer is withdrawing all packs of Marks & Spencer Count on Us Bengali Cod Curry because a small number of packs contain milk, which is not mentioned on the label. This makes the product a possible health risk for those who are allergic or have an intolerance to milk or its constituents. Follow the link for product details.

Source: FSA

Study on geographic origin of foods

The Food Standards Agency, in partnership with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is carrying out a study to look at the geographic origin of foods claiming to be from the UK.

Food samples from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be analysed using a technique known as stable isotope ratio analysis. The aims of the study are to: check the accuracy of current origin claims on food labels to ensure consumers can be confident that food labelled as from the UK is what it claims to be gain experience of using stable isotope analysis to assess where food comes from Samples of food have been taken from retail, wholesale and food service outlets.

In total, more than 100 samples are being tested, and comprise beef (including burgers), pork, lamb, tomatoes, apple juice and honey. Stable isotope analysis is a screening method that acts as a useful indicator of potential fraudulent activity. Any results that suggest a problem will be followed up with an audit…

CFIA recalls this week

Wal-Mart recalls donkey meat in China

Wal-Mart has recalled a donkey meat product in China after tests showed that it contained DNA of other animals. Wal-Mart says it will reimburse customers who bought the "Five Spice" donkey meat and the US firm is also helping local authorities with an investigation into its local supplier. The Shandong Food and Drug Administration said the product contained fox meat. Donkey meat is a popular snack in some parts of China.
Follow the link to read the full report.
Source: BBC News

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