food safety News

AIG Launches Product Recall Estimate Service, Raises Contaminated Product Limits

In response to the growing financial impact and frequency of product recalls for food and beverage manufacturers, distributors and importers in the U.S. and Europe, American International Group (AIG) today launched NOVI, a web-based service to help companies estimate the …

Indiana Melon Growers Face New FDA Rules after Salmonella Outbreak

Southwestern Indiana’s melon growers are facing new federal regulations following last year’s salmonella outbreak that killed three people who ate Indiana-grown cantaloupes. Workshops were recently held to educate melon farmers and their workers about the Food and Drug Administration’s new …

Wisconsin Dairy Farmers Disagree on Sales of Raw Milk

When it comes to raw milk, even dairy farmers who drink their own product disagree over whether they and their peers should be allowed to sell it. The issue has made headlines with the recent trial of a Sauk County …

California Lawsuit Claims Lead In Ginger, Plum Candies

California has filed a lawsuit against Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and other food retailers, manufacturers and distributors, alleging the companies are selling lead-tainted ginger and plum candies without warning labels, as required by state law. Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office …

FDA Proposes New Food Safety Rules

U.S. regulators proposed new food safety rules on Friday that aim to make food processors and farms more accountable for reducing foodborne illnesses that kill or sicken thousands of Americans annually. The new rules, required by the Food Safety Modernization …

Food Borne Illness Cases Present Complex Coverage Questions

One of the most heavily litigated insurance issues in coverage liability cases related to outbreaks of widespread food borne illnesses is the determination of occurrence where multiple people in multiple states are affected by a contaminant that seems to stem …

Audit: Louisiana Restaurant Inspections Don’t Ensure Food Safety

Louisiana’s regulators of food safety fail to ensure restaurants and other retail food establishments are complying with health standards and allow violators of safety requirements to continue operations, according to a new audit released Nov. 26. The Office of Public …

Federal Food Safety Program to End in Minnesota

Minnesota agriculture officials are phasing out a federally funded program that allows them to test produce for contaminants like E. coli and salmonella. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Microbiological Data Program had operated in 11 states, including Minnesota. Congress decided …

Illinois Infant Formula Maker Sued After Baby’s Death

The families of a three babies sickened by a rare bacterial infection, including a 10-day-old Missouri infant who died, filed a lawsuit against the Illinois-based manufacturer of a powdered baby formula that they believe is responsible. The lawsuit contends the …

FDA: Indiana Farm Tied to Salmonella Outbreak Unclean

A federal inspector found two strains of salmonella and unclean conditions at an Indiana cantaloupe farm’s fruit-packing plant during inspections prompted by a deadly outbreak linked to the farm’s melons. The Food and Drug Administration’s report on the mid-August inspections …