Weekly News Scan – August 17, 2020

Advancing Food Safety Across the Frozen Food Industry

According to Food Safety Magazine, “American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) embarked upon a strategic plan that prioritized the advancement of food safety across the frozen food and beverage industry around the prevention and control of Listeria monocytogenes.” AFFI’s strategy was to “develop improved food safety and manufacturing practices, ensure that consumers follow the package cooking instructions, and lastly, to work with federal regulatory entities toward practical, science-based policies to mitigate the risks.” 

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ALDI Recalls Peaches as CDC Investigates a Multistate Salmonella Outbreak

Food Safety News reports that “ALDI has recalled assorted peaches received from its supplier, Wawona Packing Company, because of possible Salmonella contamination and a link to a food poisoning outbreak.” Currently, there have been 68 reported cases, across 9 different states and 14 hospitalizations. The 9 states involved include Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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Food Safety Model May Help Pandemic Management

According to Science Daily, a “team of academics and researchers from Flinders University’s College of Medicine and Public Health, and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences” believe they have created a successful model to manage “food safety incidents”. They say their “model was developed to address food incidents and it highlights strategies to use to communicate effectively with the public.” The 10 strategies mentioned include “transparency; development of protocols and procedures; credibility; proactivity; putting the public first; collaborating with stakeholders; consistency; education of stakeholders and the public; building your reputation; and keeping your promises.”

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Faribault Foods Inc. Recalls Canned Soup Product Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

According to the USDA, “Faribault Foods Inc., a Faribault, Minn. establishment, is recalling approximately 15,134 pounds of canned soup product due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains milk and soy, known allergens, as well as beef and pork, which are not declared on the product label.” The chicken noodle soups were mislabeled and contained meatballs and pasta. 

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