food safety

Ragú Sauces Recalled Over Potential Plastic Contamination

Ragú Sauces Recalled Over Potential Plastic Contamination

Spaghetti with plastic sauce? That’s what you might be eating if you pour one of three flavors of Ragú sauce over your pasta. Mizkan America, the food company that owns Ragú, announced Saturday that it was voluntarily recalling some Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion, Old World Style Traditional and Old World Style Meat sauces because […]

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    Meat Producers Issue Massive Recalls after Salmonella, Listeria Outbreaks

    Meat Producers Issue Massive Recalls after Salmonella, Listeria Outbreaks

    Two massive meat recalls were issued this week following outbreaks of food-borne illnesses. Arizona-based meat producer JBS Tolleson Inc. recalled more than 6.5 million pounds of “various raw, non-intact beef products”—i.e. ground beef—that may be contaminated with salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Thursday. Fifty-seven cases of the illness linked to this outbreak […]

    Climate Change, Conflict Leave 224 Million Undernourished in Africa

    Climate Change, Conflict Leave 224 Million Undernourished in Africa

    An official with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warns that climate change and conflict are leading to food insecurity for millions of people living in Africa. “Undernourishment appears to have risen from about 21 percent to nearly 23 percent between 2015 and 2016,” Bukar Tijani, FAO’s assistant director general for Africa, said […]

    4 Food Safety Issues to Watch in 2018

    4 Food Safety Issues to Watch in 2018

    By Sandra Eskin Three days before 2018 arrived, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced they were investigating a foodborne E. coli outbreak that ultimately resulted in one death and sickened at least 25 people in 15 states. “Leafy greens” were identified as the likely source, but the Food and Drug […]

    USDA Proposes Significant Cuts in Pork Processing Regulation

    USDA Proposes Significant Cuts in Pork Processing Regulation

    By Dan Nosowitz Food safety concerns have been ratcheting up lately: major outbreaks of salmonella, listeria and other food-borne bacteria seem to be on the rise. Given that, you might expect any changes in federal oversight to work toward fixing that. Not so fast! On Jan. 19, the USDA announced a proposal to “modernize swine […]

    4 Steps to Protect Your Kitchen Against E. Coli

    4 Steps to Protect Your Kitchen Against E. Coli

    The meat industry likes to say that factory farms are modern, efficient and produce cheap food. But in reality, factory farms increase the risk of pathogens like E. coli and salmonella that cause food-borne illness in people. You might be surprised to find out, in this quiz from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the high percentage of supermarket […]

    Organizations Urge U.S. Rejection of Smithfield Takeover

    Organizations Urge U.S. Rejection of Smithfield Takeover

    EcoWatch A letter addressed to members of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. was delivered today by a broad coalition of farm, community and consumer organizations, urging the members to recommend that the Obama Administration reject the proposed Shuanghui International Holdings, Ltd. acquisition of Smithfield Foods. The significant risks of a Shuanghui takeover […]

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Bans Extra-Label Use of Cephalosporin Drugs

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Bans Extra-Label Use of Cephalosporin Drugs

    Center for Food Safety The Center for Food Safety (CFS) applauded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Jan. 4 for pre-releasing its long awaited prohibition on the extra-label use of cephalosporin drugs in food-producing animals. Cephalosporin drugs are an essential tool in both human and animal medicine, but mounting evidence has linked extra-label use […]