food safety News

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 …

Despite Fees Paid, Fewer Inspections for Dallas Restaurants

Dallas city officials for two years now have been using money intended for restaurant health inspections to cover budget shortfalls in other areas. The Dallas Morning News reported about $1.36 million paid by restaurant owners to cover the costs of …

Nebraska, Iowa Officials Watch For Contaminated Corn

Farmers, crop inspectors and grain elevators in Nebraska, Iowa and other corn-producing states are keeping an eye out for corn contaminated by a poison-producing fungus. They’re watching for signs of aflatoxins that, in sufficient quantity, are poisonous to humans and …

U.S. Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Indiana Farm Melons

U.S. health regulators said cantaloupe from Chamberlain Farms in Indiana may be one source of a multi-state outbreak of salmonella that has killed two people and sickened some 178 in the past month. The farm in Owensville in southwest Indiana …

Study: Oil Spill Dispersants May Have Hurt Gulf Food Chain

A study on possible effects of the 2010 BP oil spill indicates dispersants may have killed plankton — some of the ocean’s tiniest plants and creatures — and disrupted the food chain in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the …

U.S., European Union Struggle to Overcome Regulatory Barriers

The United States and the European Union, stung by past failures to liberalize trade, are struggling over how to tackle regulatory barriers in areas ranging from financial services to chemicals that pose the biggest obstacle to a transatlantic free trade …