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This is the place to stay up to date with what's happening in food recall and outbreak investigations. Reasons behind the recalls and product withdrawals will be analysed as well as traceback and tracking status as outbreaks and investigations progress, finish and lessons are learnt.

Food Safety recall round-up 17-23 January

Recalls: Listeria, choking hazard and pest excrement

In this weeks recall round-up the reasons behind food recalls takes us to USA, England, Canada, New Zealand, Norway and Australia.

Bakery fined after screw found in bread

A UK bakery has been hit with an £11,000 penalty after a customer reported a pack of its bread buns contained a screw.

Gusto recalls 67K lbs of ham in listeria scare

Gusto Packing is recalling 67,113 lbs. of spiral-sliced ham due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.


Horse meat one year anniversary: Hold the candles

We may be one year on but I am not really sure if the horse meat anniversary is something we should be donning our party hats to mark or not....

Food Safety Recall round-up 9-16 January

Recalls: E.coli, Listeria and incorrect labelling

In the first weekly recall round-up of 2014, the reasons behind food recalls takes us to USA, England, Canada, New Zealand and Australia where we find E.coli, Listeria, Clostridium botulinum,...

News in brief

SGS to host food allergen management session at GFSI

SGS will host a breakfast session on food allergen management at the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Global Conference on 28 February in Anaheim, California, USA.

Foodborne illness from berries mapped

A reference guide for people concerned about the safety of fresh and frozen berry products has been created by researchers.

Coca-Cola restarts sales after Greek hydrochloric acid scare

Coca-Cola has resumed the sale of Coca-Cola light and Nestea in two regions of Greece after warnings of contamination with hydrochloric acid prompted its removal.

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Chicken sickens 7 in US correctional facility

Tyson Foods is recalling separated chicken products contaminated with Salmonella which have sickened seven people in a Tennessee correctional facility.

Mung bean sprouts illness source revealed

An outbreak that sickened 126 people in Germany and the Netherlands traced to mung bean sprouts was caused by a single strain of Salmonella Newport.

Danone to sue Fonterra over WPC botulism recalls

Danone has terminated its existing supply contract with Fonterra and plans to sue the dairy exporter over the whey protein concentrate (WPC) Clostridium botulinum contamination scare that led to product recalls...

Cockroach finding shuts Foster Farms plant

A Foster Farms poultry plant has been temporarily shut down after cockroaches were found in the facility.

Salmonella from cashews sickens 14

Cashews from Southeast Asia are the suspected source of a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 14 people.

Walmart pulls fox meat masquerading as donkey snacks

Walmart’s China operation has responded to reports that some of its donkey meat contained the DNA of other animals, including fox.

UAE to launch rapid alert system to improve food recalls

The UAE will introduce a rapid alert system to improve food recall processes within the next two years, according to officials.

Products for school meals also recalled

Frozen Food producer recalls 6.3m products in pesticide alert

Maruha Nichiro Holdings, a supplier of frozen food such as frozen pizzas and corn cream croquettes, has recalled up to 6.3m packages allegedly tainted with pesticide in Japan.

Recalls that hit the headlines in 2013

Recalls 2013: Horse meat, Nestlé, Kraft, General Mills and more

This year has been quite eventful for recalls  of food and beverage products due to foodborne contamination, foreign body contamination and others due to packaging faults.

News in brief

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Turkey butterflies recalled over processing hygiene concerns

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is warning people not to eat turkey butterflies processed by a Welsh firm because they were processed at an unapproved site.

Foster Farms outbreak passes 400 illnesses

Foster Farms chicken has sickened at least 400 people in 23 states and Puerto Rico from seven strains of Salmonella.

Food safety recall round-up 13-19 December

Recalls: Counterfeit vodka, Listeria and undeclared ingredients

In the final weekly gallery of 2013 the journey to find the reasons behind food recalls takes us to USA, Ireland, Canada, England, Norway and Belgium where we find counterfeit...

News in brief

Comment period for spice pathogen problem extended

The period for comments, scientific data and other information on pathogen and filth in spices has been extended by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Imported fresh basil source of Norwegian Shigella outbreak

Basil pesto sauce was the source of a Shigella outbreak that sickened 46 people, according to the Norwegian Food Safety Authority.

Coked up Caribbean soft drink would never hit major UK retailer

A UK Navy veteran has died after drinking a Caribbean pear juice drink loaded with cocaine, and police say they believe he drank a 'rogue bottle' taken from a consignment...

CDC: Salmonella outbreak from chicken in frozen meals

44 people were sickened in 18 states in 2010 from chicken in a ConAgra entrée, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).