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Pork sausage recall initiated after reports of ‘extraneous materials’ within products

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Kenosha Beef International has announced an 89,235 lb. pork sausage recall. The pork sausage recall stems from the discovery of “extraneous materials” within the meat products. The following frozen meat products are included in the pork sausage recall: 24-oz. cartons of “Johnsonville Grillers CHEDDAR CHEESE & BACON FLAVOR.” 13.5-lb. cases of “Johnsonville Grillers CHEDDAR CHEESE & BACON FLAVOR” containing nine, 24-oz. cartons of the product. Produced on May 13, 2015, the recalled frozen, pork sausage products bear the establishment number “EST. 425B,” as well as a “BEST ... Read More

Oscar Mayer turkey bacon recall puts more than 2M pounds of products in question

Kraft Heinz, the third-largest food and beverage company in North America, has announced an Oscar Mayer turkey bacon recall encompassing more than 2 million pounds of food products. According to the turkey bacon recall notice, some of the affected products may become spoiled and before their “best when used by” dates, thus putting consumers at risk of adverse reactions and food-borne illness. Kraft Heinz was made aware of the issue through a number of “spoilage-related consumer complaints.” It was also reported that the company received word of “illness related to the consumption of these products.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture ... Read More

Beech-Nut baby food recall prompted by glass shards in jars

A recall of approximately 1,920 pounds of Beech-Nut baby food products is now underway, according to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The Beech-Nut baby food recall was announced shortly after FSIS learned the baby food may be contaminated with small pieces of glass. The Beech-Nut baby food products affected by the recall are the 4-oz. glass jars of “Stage 2 Beech-Nut CLASSICS sweet potato & chicken.” Produced on Dec. 12, 2014, the glass jars feature the establishment number “P-68A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The recalled baby food jars should also include the expiration date “DEC 2016,” as well as ... Read More

USDA whistleblowers: pork program public health risk

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is standing by a pilot pork inspection program that is being tested at five slaughterhouses nationwide, despite whistleblower revelations that the new method is allowing pork products to be contaminated with hair, toenails, and fecal matter, putting consumers at risk of illness. Four federal meat inspectors have submitted affidavits detailing how, from their observations, the pork inspection program is failing to protect public health while making it easier for meat processors to streamline operations and increase output. The inspection program essentially allows companies greater regulatory control by allowing plant workers to assume many of the ... Read More

Preparing the Thanksgiving Meal: CPSC, USFA and USDA share cooking safety tips to help protect from home fires

One of the many hallmarks of a perfect Thanksgiving Day is the perfect Thanksgiving feast, complete with all the sides and a big, succulent turkey. What most Americans don’t know is that the risk of kitchen fires triples on Thanksgiving Day. Public safety agencies including the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have all come together to ensure that this year’s Thanksgiving will be a safe and happy holiday for everyone. Considering the significantly increased risk of kitchen fires during Thanksgiving, one of the most important facts that ... Read More

Foster Farms chicken recall expanded, linked to salmonella outbreak

The recall of Foster Farms chicken is expanding. It is believed that the chicken that has been sent to military bases in five different states is contaminated and linked to a salmonella outbreak. The suspected chicken reached the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine bases in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Washington. Federal regulators have issued a recall of all this chicken. Twenty-five Arizona residents, along with 621 people nationwide, have fallen ill with salmonella linked to recalled Foster Farms fresh chicken products, according to a July 2 report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There were actually ... Read More

President Obama urged to reject USDA rule loosening poultry plant inspections

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is nearly ready to implement a new rule that will increase line speeds at chicken processing plants, saying it will improve efficiency and enhance food safety, but the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a number of consumer-safety groups, and other organizations are urging President Barack Obama to reject the rule. Most significantly, the new rule would increase chicken processing line speeds – the number of birds inspectors visually check per minute — from 140 per minute to 175 per minute. The rule also would effectively remove most USDA inspectors from the line to focus on ... Read More

Nestle Hot Pockets products recalled in connection to massive tainted meat recall announced last week

In response to a recent recall of nearly 9 million pounds of meat products by Rancho Feeding Corporation, Nestle USA has announced a recall of certain Hot Pockets products. This recall came to fruition after unspecified lots of Nestle’s Philly Steak and Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets may have contained meat recalled by Rancho. The detailed information about the two varieties of Hot Pockets products involved in this recall are listed below:  Item and pack size Consumer UPC Batch Code Best Before Date 1. HOT POCKETS Philly Steak and Cheese 8x9ozUS 43695 07107 8 3021544512 3029544512 3197544512 ... Read More

California company recalls more than 8.7 million pounds of beef

PETALUMA, Calif. – Rancho Feeding Corporation is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products that came from diseased and unhealthy animals and had been processed without a proper federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in an announcement Saturday. The Associated Press reported that the Northern California-based company, which has been under scrutiny by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), is recalling more than a year’s worth of beef products because the products are either contaminated or potentially contaminated. The agency classified the recall as “Class 1,” which means authorities believe the products present ... Read More

More than 90,000 lbs. of various meats recalled after discovery of plant’s unhealthful environment

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), approximately 90,000 lbs. of various meat and poultry products by Yauk’s Specialty Meats are being recalled after allegations that they were produced in an insanitary environment. Products that are affected by this recall are: “Colorado Best Beef” brand various fresh, smoked and shelf-stable meat products. “James Ranch” brand jerky and summer sausage. “Rocky Plains Meats” brand hams, bacon, raw and smoked sausage, jerky and raw poultry. “John Long Farms” brand fresh and smoked pork products. “Horned Beef” brand jerky. “Mile High Hungarian Sausage” brand fresh and ... Read More