Weekly News – May 18, 2020

Post-COVID-19 World Should Excite, Not Frighten Processors

The National Provisioner created a special Post-COVID-19 video. “Andy Hanacek, editor-in-chief of The National Provisioner, and Dr. Phil Bass, University of Idaho, talk about what history tells us about the meat industry’s resilience and its ability to create a new, better normal in the wake of catastrophic events.”

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Don’t Overlook Safety Issues Such as Slips and Falls, PPE and Cleaning/Sanitizing During the Pandemic

Food Safety Strategies highlighted key tips to help keep employees on the front line safe within the food and beverage industry. Tips include not getting tripped up from things on the floors, PPE that covers the body from head to toe,” preventing foodborne pathogen spread”, and “audits for quality, safety and now for COVID-19”.

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Almost 100 Sick in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Backyard Poultry Flocks

According to Food Safety News, “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Hadar reported in 28 states. There has been a total of 97 people infected with the outbreak strain.” There is “evidence shows that contact with backyard poultry, such as chicks and ducklings, is the likely source of this outbreak.”

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Ice Cream Recalled After Listeria Contamination Discovered

According to Food Safety News, “Ramar Foods of Pittsburg, CA, has recalled its 14-ounce packages of Peekaboo branded Mint Chocolate Chip with Hidden Spinach Ice Cream product for potential contamination of Listeria.” The ice cream recalled was “available for purchase at select Target stores in Florida, Georgia, and North and South Carolina.”

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