Food Safety News March 2015

3 Deaths from Listeria contaminated ice cream from Blue Bell

The deaths of 3 people who developed a foodborne illness linked to Listeria in Blue Bell ice cream products have prompted the first product recall in the company’s 108-year history. 5 people developed listeriosis after eating contaminated ice cream. Read Article Here

FDA Guidance: Control of Listeria in Refrigerated or Frozen Ready-To-Eat Foods

FDA Guidance: Control of Listeria in Refrigerated or Frozen Ready-To-Eat Foods Recommendations on how to control Listeria monocytogenes in refrigerated or frozen ready-to-eat (RF-RTE) foods.

Top 5 Reasons Companies Fail Food Safety Audits and How to Not Be One of Them

To help shed light on some of the mistakes that can lead to failed audits, and to help prevent future failures – here is a list of top 5 reasons companies fail. Read Article Here

Do you always wash your hands after going to the loo? 62% of men, 40% of women admit they don’t

More findings from a recent survey of 100,000 people, which was largest ever analysis of public handwashing. Wash your hands to stop the spread of disease in everyday life. Read Article Here

Four Dangerous Pathogens Behind Most Foodborne Illnesses

Four pathogens are responsible for an estimated 1.9 million cases of foodborne illness in the United States each year, according to a new federal report. Read Article Here

Creating a “Best in Class” Food Safety Culture – How one company did it!

Food safety and quality assurance aren’t just tasks that need to be checked off – they are inherent components of the culture at this company, which is setting new standards for safety and quality in the beverage industryRead Article Here.

FDA reveals reasons for not meeting FSMA mandate; More excuses for no progress

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not planning to meet the number of foreign food inspections mandated under FSMA guidelines. Read Why Here.

Foodborne illness: It’s a kind of a big deal

Foodborne illnesses are a significant problem in the United States, with massive impacts on public health and the economy,” says Ben Chapman, a food safety expert and researcher at NC State, and co-founder of barfblog.com. Read Article Here.

5 Signs your restaurant is NOT a safe place to eat

According to a recent study, you’re nearly TWICE as likely to get food poisoning from eating in a restaurant than when you’re at home. So what are the signs to watch for the next time you’re dining out? Read list here

E.coli and Salmonella Contamination: CDC FDA Outline Where They Travel

Time Magazine update on the US food safety system, highlighting that it is fragmented and in need of dramatic reform Read Article Here

Triclosan Under Continued Scrutiny for Harmful Effects

Triclosan has been found to cause a range of adverse health and environmental effects – from skin irritation and endocrine disruption to bacterial and compounded antibiotic resistance.

Iowa Senate advanced a bill to prohibit sale of cleaning products containing Triclosan. More on Iowa Banning Triclosan

Meanwhile, the San Francisco Bay is suffering from the devastating effects the chemical has on the environment. Triclosan from hand sanitizers and cleaning products drains into the Bay and binds to sediments allowing it to be consumed by fish and even humans. More on Triclosan Harm to SF Bay

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