Weekly News Scan – September 7, 2020

USDA Puts Inspectors on Egg “Patrol” and Gives Egg Producers More Flexibility

According to Food Safety News, Egg inspections are getting an update for the first time in 50 years. “Egg producers, under the new rule, will be able to use food safety procedures designed to accommodate their specific plant and equipment.” These changes are “intended to help egg producers recover from the losses they experienced during the pandemic.”

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Possible Listeria Contamination Prompts Recall of Squash Noodle Medley

Food Safety News reports possible listeria contamination which prompted Giant Food Brand to recall all of their products sold between August 8 – 19. Giant received word from their supplier that the “regulatory sample of the product tested positive for Listeria.”

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Peaches in Salmonella Recall Reached 14 Other Countries

According to Food Safety Tech, “The FDA is continuing its traceback investigation to try to identify the source of the ongoing outbreak and to determine whether additional peaches are affected.” The recall, which identified a potential salmonella contamination in peaches was said to have reached 14 countries. 

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Sunshine Mills Recalls 3 Types of Dog Food Due to Potentially High Levels of Mold By-Product

According to Carolina’s 7 News, Sunshine Mills Inc. has issued a voluntary recall due to possible “high levels of Aflatoxin in brands of dog food.” “The FDA says Aflatoxin is ‘a naturally occurring mold by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities.’” The recall was issued on September 2nd and included 3 different brands of pet food;

  • Family Pet Meaty Cuts: Beef, Chicken & Cheese Flavors
  • Heartland Farms Grilled Favorites: Beef, Chicken & Cheese Flavor
  • Paws Happy Life Butcher’s Choice Dog Food

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Women in Food Safety: Take the Survey Now

Attending the virtual Food Safety Consortium in November? “The organizers of the Women in Food Safety have put together a survey to understand the journey of food safety professionals throughout their career. Results from the survey will be presented during one of the sessions in Professional Development & Women in Food Safety.

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