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March 27, 2020

FDA and USDA Release COVID-19 Update and Q&A Website

The FDA and USDA outline the actions they are taking to maintain an disrupted food supply chain, including steps to take if you are a food producer or distributor to remain sanitized. The FDA announced that it anticipates no new recalls due to COVID-19, and further clarifies to say that COVID does not show evidence of contaminating food or food packaging. The USDA and FDA have both launched Q & A websites that are regularly monitored for consumers or businesses that have concerns.

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March 16, 2020

Sushi from 40 States Recalled

AFC Distribution Corp. is recalling some of its sushi because of a vibrio contamination. The company is based in California and it distributed infected “Sushi Ebi” to 40 different states. The source of the infection was not mentioned but recalled sushi can be identified by the lot code “2019.10.02”.  Symptoms of vibrio include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and chills, according to the CDC.

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March 2, 2020

Norovirus Infection Prompts Recall of Oysters

Seafood company Union Bay has recalled their Pacific oysters in response to several foodborne illnesses linked back to them. Norovirus is highly contagious and causes sudden onset symptoms. The oysters have been delivered nationwide but specifically in the Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba. 

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February 24, 2020

Bean Sprouts Recalled in Ontario for Listeria

The recall triggered by the CFIA was in response to a food safety investigation. The recalled product was from company Fresh Sprout International and the contaminated product was shipped throughout Ontario. Affected product has a best before date of Feb 28 2020.

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January 30, 2020

7000 Pounds of Banquet Pizza Sandwiches Recalled

The FSIS issued a Class 1 recall of the food brand Banquet resulting from customer complaints and allergen concerns. The recall covers stuffed pizza sandwiches that are labeled with “Pepperoni Stuffed” and best before  May 29,2020 and June 27, 2020 because the product contained meatballs instead of pepperoni resulting in an undeclared soy allergen. No consumers have been reported sick due to the mislabeling however it is advised to return or discard your product.

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January 26, 2020

At Least One Person Reported Sick in Milk Recall

Two brands of milk in Canada have been recalled due to contamination with a sanitizer. At least one person has been reported sick in relation to the products under review. 

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January 20, 2020

What To Do When Your Food Is Recalled

The FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition gives advice for what to do when food you find in your house is part of a recall. Recalls can happen due to contamination or mislabeled ingredients. 

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January 10, 2020

Chicken Burritos Containing Undeclared Allergens Recalled

Over 625 pounds of frozen burritos have been recalled due to mislabeling of contents. Cilantro Lime Chicken Burritos containing no chicken are at the center of the recall after consumers reported the lack of chicken were actually egg burritos.  While no adverse reactions have been reported to date, this undeclared allergen could be potentially life threatening. 

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December 23, 2019

Processed Meat Recalls on the Rise Over Last Decade

Over the last 10 years the amount of processed meat recalled has shot up from about one million pounds per year to approximately 17 million pounds. Reasoning for these recalls is the increased presence of “foreign objects” like glass, rubber, and even stainless steel. As times and demand change so do the processes to create your food, one of the leading causes of the increased objects is the tremendous strain put onto machinery. As demand and business grew their production also had to keep up. This resulted in various metal pieces and shavings being lost in meat mixes in addition to plastics from ingredient containers and rubber from the gloves of the plant workers. Ultimately food processors need to be more proactive about the plague of meat recalls and keep the consumers educated and safe moving forward.

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December 16, 2019

Nationwide Cat Food Recall

Select varieties of wet cat food are being recalled by J.M. Smucker due to unsafe products that could cause nausea with excessive salivation, diarrhea or vomiting and potentially death. 

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