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Wisconsin Firm Recalls Sausage Patties with Possible Metal Pieces

A Wisconsin company is recalling roughly 89,000 pounds of pork sausage patties after officials say consumers complained of finding small pieces of metal. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a news release that the products from Kenosha Beef International …

How Genome Sequencing Is Transforming Food Safety

Investigations into foodborne illness are being radically transformed by whole genome sequencing, which federal officials say is enabling them to identify the source of an outbreak far more quickly and prevent additional cases. Previously, samples from sick patients were sent …

1/4 of Texas Listeria Cases not Tracked or Recorded: Report

State health records reviewed following the Blue Bell ice cream listeria outbreak show that a quarter of Texas cases involving the foodborne illness are not recorded or tracked. The Houston Chronicle reported that Texas has never enforced a law that …

XL Catlin Launches 24/7 Product Recall Crisis Network in Asia

XL Catlin announced that its product recall insurance team in Asia has launched “Response XL Catlin,” a tailored network of expert crisis consultants, which will be supported in the region by global communications company Bell Pottinger. With established networks in …

49,000 Pounds of Pork Sausage Recalled by Michigan Company

A Michigan-based business is recalling about 49,000 pounds of pork sausage products shipped to institutions nationwide that may be contaminated with foreign materials. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall involving Quincy Street Inc. …

Blue Bell Creameries Expands Recall to All of its Products

Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries has issued a voluntary recall for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria. The company “cannot say with …

Washington Farmworker Safety Training Classes at Capacity

Surrounded by brushes, respirators and yellow plastic coveralls, Flor Servin held up a white baby onesie and told a room full of farm workers, in Spanish, they must scrub chemical residue from their protective equipment after work, for the health …

Owner’s Guilty Verdict in Peanut Poisoning Trial Called Warning

Food safety advocates say a guilty verdict in a rare federal food-poisoning trial should send a stern warning to anyone who may be tempted to place profits over people’s welfare. More than five years after hundreds of Americans got sick …

Salmonella Testing Not Required by Food Safety Law, Georgia Jurors Told

Jurors at the nation’s first federal criminal trial stemming from a deadly outbreak of food-borne illness are learning a disconcerting fact: America’s food safety largely depends on the honor system. Witnesses say Stewart Parnell and others at Peanut Corporation of …

Poultry Industry Refutes Consumer Reports, Says Chicken Breasts Safe

U.S. poultry producers have dramatically reduced the presence of harmful bacteria in poultry meat, a trade group said on Friday in defending the food safety record of the industry. “The numbers tell us we’re making tremendous progress,” the National Chicken …