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Chipotle’s New Procedures Highlight Food Safety in Wake of E. Coli

Perfect food safety is not possible, but Chipotle is trying to get as close to that ideal as they can with new procedures and testing inside and outside their restaurants, the company’s founder and CEO said during a visit earlier …

Blue Bell Ice Cream Returning to More Texas Outlets

Most of Texas will have Blue Bell ice cream this week after months of cleaning production plants and regulatory reviews following listeria contamination. The Brenham-based company on Dec. 14 began returning ice cream to more retail outlets. Sites include Abilene, …

After ‘Deep Cleaning,’ Chipotle Restaurants to Reopen in Seattle, Portland

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. is preparing to reopen 43 restaurants in the Pacific Northwest that have been closed for more than a week after an E. coli outbreak sickened dozens of customers. No cause of the outbreak has been found …

Illinois Health Officials: 70 Suspected Ill from Apple Cider

Health officials in two western Illinois counties say the count of people with suspected illness linked to apple cider has risen to 70. The Quincy Herald-Whig reports that’s the updated tally from the health departments of Pike and Adams counties. …

Chipotle Testing Seattle, Portland Restaurants to Find E.Coli Outbreak Cause

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., which closed 43 restaurants over the weekend after an E. coli outbreak, has hired food-safety consulting firms and is batch-testing ingredients in an effort to defuse the health scare. After shutting restaurants in Seattle and Portland, …

Hormel Recalls Peanut Butter Made in Arkansas Factory

Hormel Foods Sales LLC is recalling 153 cases of peanut butter made at its Little Rock, Arkansas, factory because of the potential for metal shavings in the jars. The company issued a statement saying 153 cases of reduced fat creamy …

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 …