Day: May 2, 2016

US: FDA report: dole officials knew about Listeria in facility

Food Safety News: Company officials knew a Dole salad plant was contaminated with Listeria for a year and a half before they shut it down — then they only took action after the U.S. and Canadian governments traced a deadly outbreak to the facility. Inspection reports (483) obtained by Food Safety News revealed the timeline of positive Listeria results and inaction. Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. finally suspended production at its salad plant in Springfield, OH, on Jan. 21 this year after a random test by state officials showed a bagged salad contained Listeria monocytogenes.
By that time, at least 33 people in the U.S. and Canada had been sickened with the same strain of Listeria as was found when Ohio inspectors tested the Dole salad they collected from a retailer. All 33 victims had such severe symptoms they required hospitalization. Four of them died.

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Day: May 2, 2016

NZ: New Zealand Food Awards announces refresh and entries opening for 2016

Monday, 2 May 2016, 12:10 pm
Press Release: Massey University Food Awards
2 May 2016
Scoop.co.nz: Entries open for the 2016 New Zealand Food Awards today, calling for all local food and beverage producers to showcase the success and innovation of their products and businesses. The New Zealand Food Awards, in association with Massey University, provides the food and beverage industry with the opportunity to boost their profile and achieve recognition for their brands and businesses, and this year has seen some changes to the award categories to provide more opportunities for businesses to enter.
Entrants have the opportunity to put forward their products to an expert judging panel, receive feedback, and benchmark themselves against industry peers which provides valuable insights for future development and approaches. The award categories for the competition have been refreshed this year providing lots of opportunities for both large and small manufacturers to enter. Awards are also available for health and wellness, novel ingredients, primary sector products, food safety, business innovation, export innovation and the overall supreme winner.

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Day: May 2, 2016

AU: NSW bakery fined over salmonella outbreak

Food & Beverage Industry News: Betta Maid, an Unanderra bakery which closed last year, has been fined for selling unsafe food and breaching hygiene standards. [Ed: This outbreak was initially reported in the media quoting an officer of the Local Health District “…we think it is linked to salad products.”] Wollongong Local Court fined the company a total of $63,000 plus $20,000 in court costs.
The charges were brought against the company in response to the NSW Food Authority’s investigation into a salmonella outbreak in 10 aged care facilities on the NSW South Coast and ACT between January and March 2015. As the Illawarra Mercury reports, two residents died and 30 fell ill with a rare strain of salmonella at the facilities of aged care provider IRT. “This court result serves as a reminder to all food businesses why food safety systems are crucial, particularly those businesses serving food to the most vulnerable in our community,” said Lisa Szabo, Chief Executive Officer, NSW Food Authority.

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Day: May 2, 2016

Visit the Food Safety Hub at PMA Fresh Connections

18 May 2016
The FPSC has again put together a Food Safety Hub at the PMA Fresh Connections trade show to provide trade show attendees with a one-stop shop where they can pick up the latest in food safety services, technology, retailer and regulatory requirements, information, events, research and guidance.

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