Tag: Food Safety

Food Safety Blog: Is Food from Mexico Safe?

Did you know that Customs and Border Protection officers take less than a minute per truck to determine which products enter the United States and find their way into grocery stores and restaurants? The volume of imported goods and the budget cuts of the people who do the inspections are greatly disproportionate. Inspectors at the […]

Another Reason to Buy Locally Grown Food

The tomato salmonella scare is growing. It has now sickened 228 people in 23 states and there’s no culprit in sight. Everyone is pointing fingers — so what else is new? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for 80 percent of what we eat, but geez, they seem to be responsible for […]

Food Safety Tips for Flooding Emergencies

June 12, 2008 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing recommendations to those affected by severe storms and flooding in the Central Plains. USDA is hopeful that this information will help minimize the potential for foodborne illnesses due to power outages and other problems that are often associated with severe weather events. According to […]

Tomato Food Poisoning: Restaurants and Grocers React

Many large chain restaurants including Burger King, Outback Steakhouse and Taco Bell are voluntarily withdrawing tomatoes from their menus. This comes after the CDC recommended that  consumers avoid red plum, red Roma, or round red tomatoes unless they were grown in certain states and countries. McDonald’s stopped serving sliced tomatoes on its sandwiches as a precaution […]

Salad Bar and Other Tomato Hazards

Last night I was invited to a salad potluck. It was a wonderful repast among good friends and amazingly no one put tomatoes in their salad nor were they well informed about the tomato food poisoning scare either. Right now you can only eat certain kinds of tomooes — cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, and tomatoes […]

Tomato Alert Nationwide for Roma, Plum Tomatoes

in a nutshell, it’s safe to eat some tomatoes but only from a specific list of acceptable places and NOT Roma or plum tomatoes. This goes for restaurants and food purveyors. What about freshly made salsa and other products that uses raw tomatoes? The Food and Drug Administration is expanding its warning to consumers nationwide that […]

Kraft Food Recalls Mixed Berry Crunch Cereal May Contain Nuts

In a nutshell: Kraft Foods recalling cereal because may contact nuts which were not listed on the label. June 5, 2008 — Kraft Foods is recalling 12,553 cases of Post LiveActive Mixed Berry Crunch Cereal with the “Best When Used By” date of 17DEC2008 because a small number of boxes may contain tree nuts (almonds, […]

Food Safety Tips for Hurricane Season

Mother Nature has certainly unfurled her wrath worldwide lately. I hope this year’s hurricane season is a washout and not the utter madness it’s been in previous years. Here are some food safety tips during hurricane season: As the 2008 hurricane season approaches, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) […]

Smoked Seafood Firm Ordered to Close by FDA, Recall Products

In a nutshell: The FDA told a Texas seafood firm to close down and recall all their products from 2007 to date because they failed to comply with certain procedures which could cause serious food poisoning risks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today directed Hope Food Supply Inc., a Pasadena, Texas, food processing company, […]