2012 Fresh Produce Food Safety News - The Packer

2012 Fresh Produce Food Safety News

12/28/2012 10:41:00 AM
Dan Galbraith

JULY

Even with farm bill provisions, insurance for recall protection is still considered a longshot ...

AUGUST

A Government Accountability Office report urges the FDA to clarify recall protocol ... The FDA finds listeria at Burch Farms’ packing shed and cites “unsanitary conditions” ... Listeria on equipment spurs a recall of apple slices Missa Bay LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ready Pac Foods Inc., Sweedesboro, N.J. ... The recall of Chamberlain Farms cantaloupe linked to a salmonella outbreak hit other Indian growers hard when customers took a guilt-by-association approach to buying because the specific grower wasn’t named for six days ... Federal officials believe mangoes as a likely cause of a salmonella outbreak reaching 16 states; Daniella-branded mangoes are pulled from stores in the U.S. and Canada ... Chamberlain Farms cantaloupe tests positive for salmonella ...

SEPTEMBER

The Kroger Co. voluntarily recalled bagged spinach in 15 states after it had expired because of possible listeria contamination ...

OCTOBER

Chamberlain Farms officials deny any link to cantaloupe outbreak ... The FDA suggests the food industry should help fund food safety law ... The Center for Disease Control and Prevention calls the Chamberlain Farms cantaloupe outbreak finally over, with three people dead and sicknesses reported in 20 states ...

NOVEMBER

Barack Obama’s re-election spurs talk that food safety changes may be on the way sooner than later ... The Microbiological Data Program is in shutdown mode after 11 years of gathering facts about foodborne pathogens; budget cuts are blamed.


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