- CDC expands warnings on romaine lettuce from Yuma, AZ
- E.coli outbreak expected to end as romaine season shifts to CA The E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Ariz., area is likely to end as seasonal production shifts to California. Restaurants and stores that received Yuma-grown romaine have been notified to pull it amid the outbreak that has sickened upwards of 50 people.
- How to ensure menu-labeling compliance After years of delays, restaurants covered under new menu labeling requirements have until May 7 to ensure compliance. Betsy Craig of MenuTrinfo offers tips, including properly rounding the value of each ingredient, understanding how your analyses were done and training staff to answer customers' questions.
- Eggs recalled over Salmonella concerns Products from Rose Acres were linked to 22 illnesses.
- Ready-to-eat salad products recalled for possible E.coli contamination Lettuce in the salad is suspected of being contaminated.
- USDA's food recall roundup A decade-long study finds that recalls have increased, especially those related to allergens.
- Report tallies the costs of foodborne illness outbreaks The costs restaurants will incur as the result of a foodborne illness outbreak can range from several thousand dollars to several million, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. "Our study shows that a single foodborne illness outbreak can incur substantial costs, enough to compose a large portion of a restaurant's annual profits," the study says.
- The new normal: pinpointing unusual sources of food contamination
- Two recalls attributed to foreign matter contamination Conagra Brands and Koch Foods recalled a total of 254,000 lbs. of products.
- Pathogen watch: Listeria The incidence of Listeria monocytogenes has gone down considerably in the last 20 years.
- Illinois firm recalls 484k lbs. of beef The supplier of a seasoning used on the meat has issued a voluntary recall based on a Salmonella contamination.
- CDC report: Surveillance of foodborne illness identifies opportunities for improvement The threat continues despite positive strides being made.
- Mind the berry gap: Cold storm headed California's way A cold storm is developing for the weekend in California, which could cause supplies to remain light out of this area. Florida and Mexico are winding down their strawberry seasons, contributing to a production gap. There is also a gap on blueberries as Chile winds down.
- Johnsonville recalls 109K lbs. of smoked sausage The company said the products may be contaminated with foreign material.
- Illinois firm recalls 484K lbs. of beef The supplier of a seasoning used on the meat has issued a voluntary recall based on a Salmonella contamination.
- California storm to hamper harvesting veg, berries, and avocados Spring is here, and California is due to get hit with a storm bigger than any that came this winter. Rain will start later today and continue through Thursday in most locations. Expect harvest of strawberries, broccoli, celery, lettuce, other veg, citrus and avocados from these areas to be curtailed or halted altogether for the majority of the week and quality to be affected for a time.
- Listeria outbreak in S. Africa linked to processed meats At least 180 deaths and 948 laboratory confirmed cases were linked to a popular sausage product.
- Undeclared allergen prompts chicken sausage recall J Bar B Foods recalled about 4,000 lbs. of RTE product.
- E. coli, Listeria recalls on West Coast Interstate Meat Distributors recalled more than 14,000 lbs. of meat in Oregon.
- Snyder's Lance Announces Voluntary Recall of a Limited Amount of 6.5 oz Emerald Glazed Walnuts Due to Potential Presence of Undeclared Peanuts, Almonds, Cashews and Pecans
- Wet veg markets headed higher as rain and cold continue How will rain and cold weather in California affect the veg market? We are already seeing the results as markets head higher. As the winter crop out of the desert begins to slow down and we transition into California's Salinas Valley region, the unstable air in the state will cause problems to markets for the foreseeable future.