The Golden Ponds Restaurant and Party House located at 500 Long Pond Road in Greece, NY was closed Nov 26 by the Monroe Department of Public Health. The public was notified by a sign posted on the the restaurant’s door.
It said: “Take notice that pursuant to the authority conferred upon me by the applicable provisions of subpart 14-1 of the New York State Sanitary Code, the within food service establishment has been ordered closed and all food operations are to cease therein by order
- Louisville’s Derby City Vending of Louisville, KY has recalled Buffalo Chicken Sandwich because it may contain undeclared milk, egg and soy product. The problem was discovered by the Food and Drug Administration inspection of packaging that did not reveal the presence of these allergens.
People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk, egg or soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The Buffalo Chicken Sandw
- Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc. has recalled Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus (SKU #90642) and Trader Joe’s White Bean & Basil Hummus (SKU #91107) with “USE BY” date codes up through and including 12/15/2016, because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections especially in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weak
- The guilty verdict handed down this week in the 5-hour Energy product counterfeiting case is a milestone within the nutritional products sphere that could serve an important deterrent function, said a lawyer serving the plaintiff.
- The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts panel for meat and poultry products, amending regulations published in May 2016.
- Massachusetts-based Tribe Mediterranean Foods, a subsidiary of Nestlé SA and the OSEM Group, has appointed John McGuckin as Chief Executive Officer of its U.S. operations. He will join the company on December 5.
- At least 33 customers of an American restaurant were sickened from the turkey served as part of a Thanksgiving dinner.
The restaurant, Dan Ryan’s, is cooperating with the investigation into the illnesses by Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department. Ryan’s has also said it will cover medical costs and provide unspecified support to those who were sickened, including reimburment for all meal costs.
Dan Ryan’s is an American style diner. Bacteria reportedly surv
- A year-long evaluation of meat, fruit and vegetables from retail stores in five regions of the United Kingdom as sources of extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing and carbapenem-resiislant Escherichia coli is being published in the January 2017 issue of the International Journal of Food Microbiology.
It’s behind a $35.95 paywall, but shows that about 2 percent of the beef and pork and 65 percent of the chicken samples tested were positive for ESBL-producing E. coli. Carbapenem-r
- The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), established in 1996, is out with its latest data—covering the year 2014 and showing low levels of salmonella in poultry and meat in the United States.
NARMS, founded in 1998, involves state and local public health departments and universities in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
- A settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit against New Hawaii Sea Restaurant, formerly of the Bronx, New York. Approximately 3,000 people received Hepatitis A vaccinations after being exposed to the illness by the restaurant in September 2013 and all are included in the class-action lawsuit.
The deadline for applying to receive a portion of the $200,000 settlement is December 16th, 2016. Those interested in benefiting from the class action
- ‘Clean’ (a.k.a. cultured/lab-grown) meat pioneer Memphis Meats says it aims to have products in grocery stores by 2021, and says it is confident it will be able to mass produce meat in bioreactors at prices at parity, or below, that of meat from farm animals.
Pew Research Center: The GMO debate is hugely polarizing, but the divide ‘does not fall along familiar political fault lines’Think anti-GMO sentiment is primarily the preserve of white college educated liberals? Think again, says Pew Research Center, which has just conducted a consumer survey suggesting that attitudes on GMOs, organics, and other food issues are “conspicuously not political."
Hummus a valuable snack for Americans who aren’t eating the recommended amount of legumes, says Sabra-funded studyA new analysis of American food consumption patterns based on NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys) dietary intake data reveals that Americans who regularly consume hummus are more likely to have a healthy diet overall.
- Ingredion has struck a deal to become the exclusive global distributor of SweeGen, Inc's stevia-based sweeteners in all markets except China (where it will be a non-exclusive distributor).
- A new report published by New Nutrition Business names 'Personalization' as one of the key nutrition and health trends for next year.
- Oreo maker Mondelēz International has announced plans to close its factory in Montreal, Canada, by the end of 2017.
- Providing transparent, accurate information about products that go beyond what is legally required can boost sales, market share and consumer loyalty, suggests new research by Label Insight.
- While the freshly prepared deli category already generates a whopping $24 billion annually, it currently is achieving a fraction of its potential, suggests new research from the Food Marketing Institute.
- Nestlé plans to introduce a faster-dissolving sugar across some of its confectionery range from 2018.
- Like an “oldie but goodie” in the “Back to the Future” movies, the “Buy American” provision in the National School Lunch Act is again being squeezed for political benefits.
Rep. John Garamendi, D-CA, wants to amend current law to require schools to obtain “waivers” before purchasing imported foods for lunch programs.
His waiver bill was introduced Nov. 16 in reaction to the Hepatitis A outbreak traced to consumption of frozen strawberries from Egyp
- The 15 federal agencies that together enforce at least 30 federal food safety laws are getting new leadership just as fast as President-elect Donald J. Trump can make his cabinet appointments from the long line of applicants showing up at Trump Tower in New York City.
And some top job holders want to stay on.
Below the cabinet level, at least one of President Obama’s agency bosses wants to keep his job in the Trump administration. FDA Commissioner Robert Califf plans to submit
- Gun-totting U.S. Marshals Wednesday seized more than 4 million pounds of milk products from a production unit of a major dairy cooperative.
On orders of the U.S. District Court for Western Virginia, and at the request of the U.S. food and Drug Administration, the federal lawmen took custody of the milk products from Valley Milk Products LLC’s balancing plant located in Strasburg, VA.
The unit, which complements a manufacturing plant in Laurel, MD is owned by the Reston, VA-based Mary
- The Antioch, CA Thanksgiving dinner tragedy spread beyond one family to cause at least 19 illnesses including three deaths, local health officials say.
All the victims attended a Thanksgiving dinner that served 800. It was put on at the Antioch American Legion Hall by the Golden Hills Community Church with food prepared in private homes.
The event was produced without obtaining any permits, which would not have permitted food from private homes or from unlicensed facilities.
How the dinner was d
Plant-based burger just another protein option, says Beyond Meat: ‘All of a sudden, the meat aisle becomes the protein aisle’The Beyond Burger – the first refrigerated plant-based patty to sit in the meat counter – will move into all Whole Foods regions by the end of the year, while brand owner Beyond Meat is also in talks with foodservice chains interested in testing or launching the product next year, according to executive chairman Seth Goldman.
- Change, whether good or bad,can be disquieting and push people toward the familiar, as likely will be the case for food and flavors in American in 2017 as a new president promising significant political shifts is sworn into office.
- Charging a fee to deliver food and beverages ordered online is a double-edged sword that can boost basket size but also reduce reorder rates, suggests new research from 1010data Market Insights.
- Snyder’s-Lance is selling the nut business of Diamond Foods to private equity firm Blue Road Capital.
- Chicago restaurants are not being inspected as frequently as required by state law, putting its state funding in jeopardy.
Those are among the findings of a report released Tuesday by Inspector General Joseph Ferguson. More than half of Chicago’s restaurants are being inspected less than twice a year, the minimum required by state law.
It means the city may no longer be eligible for $2.5 million in state grants, the audit finds. And seeing a restaurant inspector in Chicago is becoming a ra
- ‘Food Crime Confidential’ – a reporting facility where food crime can be reported safely and in confidence, over the phone and through email has been launched in the United Kingdom.
“Food Crime Confidential” is a project of UK’s Food Safety Agency’s (FSA’s) National Food Crime Unit It is a reporting facility where anyone with suspicions about food crime can report them safely and in confidence. The facility is particularly targeted
- A new U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report for a handful of congressional leaders takes up less than five pages, but appear to include a smoking gun for produce regulations that have become too burdensome.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the government unit that wrote Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption was found by GAO to be having great difficulty answering questions about the new produce safety rule.
FDA has se
- Editors of the ABA Journal announced today they have selected MARLER BLOG as one of the top 100 best blogs for a legal audience. HALL OF FAME: Bill Marler has consistently earned a place on our Blawg 100 list, and it’s not just because the tales of food poisoning outbreaks recounted on his blog keep us up at night. We feel he has truly proven how blogs can help lawyers with niche practices become sought-after experts.In addition, the magazine has add
- The Kellogg Company has announced it will pull advertisements from far-right news publication, Breitbart, whose executive chairman is US president-elect Donald Trump's appointed chief strategist, Steve Bannon.
- Sobeys Inc.’s recall of Compliments brand Broccoli Slaw for possible Listeria contamination may shortly be followed by other products. No illnesses have yet been reported that are associated with either this recall or the testing that brought it about.
The recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CF
- Pet owners in Norway and the United Kingdom are being warned about salmonella in the recall of Natures Menu product Country Hunter 80% Farm Reared Turkey with Wholesome Fruit and Veg (frozen pet food). Nature’s Menu says the recalls involves the 1 Kg. package size with a batch code of 13122017 and a “use by” date of 13 December 2017.
Natures Menu in September 2016 produced a batch of 900 bags of Turkey Country hunter RAW nuggets. 280 bags were sent to Norway. 600 individual bag
- There have been hundreds of class action lawsuits directed against food and beverage companies in recent years over everything from evaporated cane juice to Non-GMO claims. But has the false advertising litigation trend peaked, and if not, what are the new areas of vulnerability for food companies?
- The suspect police arrested for a series of incidents involving tampering with self service food bars in South Lake Tahoe remains in custody charged with a felony.
In the county lockup is 43-year old Harry Dally, who was detained after police released store surveillance video showing a man who is believed to have doused act least two self service food bars with a substance thought to have caused multiple cases of food poisoning.
Police are waiting for the return of laborat
- Modern Americans expect much more from food companies today than they did in the past -- now not only do they want food that is better for them, but they want products that also are better for society and the planet.
- Fidel Castro’s death came by coincidence just ahead of several more American airlines this week beginning regular airline service to Cuba.
On the runway for take-off to Cuba this week are United and Delta Airlines. Jetblue Airways, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Silver Airways began flying to Cuba earlier this year, Frontier Airlines and Sprit Airlines add the service to their schedules in December and so does Alaska Airlines in January.
More Americans going to Cuba means more
- Home cooking can kill, often because not enough is known about foodborne illnesses that may result from consumer practices. Television cooking shows –long an important resources for home cooks—rarely if ever model recommended food safety steps and consequently may lead to consumers making more dangerous food safety mistakes.
With that in mind, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst devised a study to assess food safety on television food shows and determine whether th
- Twenty-one people infected with an outbreak strain of multi-drug resistant Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported from eight states, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Monday. The illnesses may be associated with dairy bull calves or other cattle.
CDC is investigating along with Wisconsin health, agriculture, and laboratory agencies, several other states, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS).
Of the ei
- Three people are dead and five others are being treated for “probable food-borne (illness) symptoms, according to Contra Costa County health officials. The eight victims share the same residence and all attended the Thanksgiving dinner at the Antioch, CA American Legion Post.
At a Monday evening press conference, health officials said they are still in the early stages of the investigation. At this point there is no evidence that anyone except the family members got sick.
For that reason,
Paleo certification requests have doubled annually, scheme embraced by 'household names,' says Paleo FoundationDemand for Paleo-certified products are on the rise. But is the diet - and the certification scheme - based on sound science? We chat with Paleo's critics and proponents to get the inside scoop.
- The Ca' Momi food philosophy hinges on the honest rendition of classic Italian dishes― there are no secret recipes, just organically grown, locally ... Read more: Ca'Momi, Peak Plate, Napa Valley, Organic Food, Healthy Living, Organic Farming, Italian Food,Taste News
Pinnacle Foods liquidates Boulder Brands UK: 'We're focusing on the North American branded food business'Pinnacle Foods has liquidated the UK operations of its gluten-free subsidiary Boulder Brands according to UK government records, and is now auctioning off the assets.
- Now that clean label has moved on from being a trend to becoming “the new rules of the game,” Innova Market Insights predicts more brands will rely on 'farm to fork' claims and bucolic imagery as a differentiator.
- The founders of startup Malt Shop Cookies are hoping to jumpstart their new ecommerce business by launching on Cyber Monday the online sale of their line of malted milk cookies before expanding into more traditional brick and mortar stores next year.
Another study associating saturated fat with heart disease prompts calls for healthier dietary patternsThe question of whether butter, as a stand-in for saturated fat, “is back” and safe to eat in large amounts or not is a false and distracting dichotomy in the ongoing debate about how to improve health and prevent heart disease with diet, suggests an editorial published in The BMJ Nov. 23.
- Everybody knows about Peanut Corporation of America, the company that eight years ago was at the center of a nationwide salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands and ended up killing nine.
But how many know about P.P. Sales Inc.? It was the startup peanut brokerage firm that was incorporated and based in Virginia. Vice President of P.P. Sales was Michael Parnell, who is now serving a 20-year prison sentence at a federal lockup in Michigan.
As disclosed in his most recent briefs to the U.S. Cou
- With their clients starting their second year behind bars, criminal defense attorneys in the Peanut Corporation of America case finally filed briefs asking for those convictions and sentences to be over-turned.
Appellate attorneys for Stewart Parnell, his brother Michael Parnell, and Mary Wilkerson together filed briefs totaling 236 pages on the day after Thanksgiving — the deadline — with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit based in Atlanta.
The attorneys, Justi
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s most recently posted food-related warning letters went to a produce processing facility and a dairy in Michigan, an acidified food manufacturer in Japan, and a fish exporter in Ukraine.
The agency told Pearson Foods Inc. in an Oct. 26 warning letter that a June 14-27 inspection of its ready-to-eat cut fruit and vegetable processing facility in Grand Rapids, MI, revealed “significant violations” of Current Good Manufacturing Practice
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