Weekly News – August 7, 2020

Red Onions Culprit in Salmonella Cases That Have Sickened Nearly 400 in US, Another 114 in Canada

The most recent salmonella outbreak has now been tied to red onions. “The Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other state and local officials are tracking the outbreak of salmonella newport which has been tied to red, white, yellow, and sweet onions from Thomson International, a supplier headquartered in Bakersfield, Calif.”

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Ground Beef Recall 2020: JBS Food Canada Recalls More Than 38,000 Pounds of Meat

According to USA Today, more than 38,000 pounds of meat have been recalled because “it was ‘not presented for import re-inspection into the United States.’” The shipments in question were sent to “distribution centers in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.” “The USDA classified the announcement as a ‘Class I’ recall, which it defines as a ‘health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.’”  

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NEOGEN Offers Safe Hand Sanitizer Amidst National FDA Recall

“Last week the FDA recalled a total of 87 hand sanitizer products as standard randomized testing revealed the presence of methanol, a toxic ingredient that’s harmful when absorbed through one’s skin.” Our partner Neogen announced their own safe option, Companion which is “a safe alcohol-based foaming hand sanitizer formulated to provide exceptional protection and meets CDC requirements to control the coronavirus.”

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Measuring Food Safety Culture

According to Food Safety Magazine, “the number of foodborne illnesses increased due to continual change in production methods, processes, and practices, as well as by changes in consumption habits.” How is it that “despite all the inspections, training, and checks inherent in HACCP and food safety programs, are there still recurring cases of foodborne illness?” The trouble with today’s food safety culture is that it is driven by external motivation rather than wanting and doing something with purpose.

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