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Roos Foods’ Unsanitary Facility Leads To Listeria Recall

Sunday March 30, 2014
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Alarming findings from FDA offer detailed illustrations to the public showcasing prime food factory facility "don'ts" . These violations have been linked to an active Listeria monocytogenes responsible for eight ill and one dead.

After conducting a 14 day investigation FDA shut down Roos Foods Inc. of Maryland for several considerable health safety violations. Ceiling leaking rust-colored water onto food equipment; utensils sitting in still water and still water on the floors of several rooms highlight the investigation and illustrate common issues factories must attend too.

2011 may be in our rearview mirrors but the cantaloupe based Listeria outbreak isn't out of our minds. After seeing 33 people die FDA, CDC, FSMA, all other government agencies and policies are consistently looking to improve and protect our food supply. So what did FDA find in Roos Foods' facility? Take a look.

Containing and Preventing Foodborne Illness: The Investigation

Sunday March 30, 2014

Ever wonder how the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) goes about investigating multistate foodborne illness outbreaks? Several agencies work through a seven step process to gather and assess data, conduct interviews, form hypothesis, create an action plan and control the outbreak.

CDC estimates roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases annually in the United States. These numbers are considered entirely too high and are unacceptable.

While always looking to be faster and more efficient the current investigation process is held in high regard. "The September 2011 outbreak [Listeria], which was linked to a single cantaloupe farm in Colorado, is a textbook example of how investments in coordinated public health response can save lives. By having rapid detection, rapid investigation and rapid recalls of products CDC and others could act fast," said Robert Tauxe, MD, MPH, deputy director of CDC's Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases

Nutrition Labels Getting Facelift

Saturday March 29, 2014

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed new regulation for Nutrition Fact Labels. Aside from adding Trans-Fats to the label in 2006 this is the first change since the label was introduced in 1993.

"The FDA is proposing a new Nutrition Facts label that is grounded in science and will help Americans make healthy decisions about the foods they eat every day," said FDA Commissioner of Food and Drugs Margaret Hamburg, M.D.

The upgrade to the label includes updated scientific information for consumers, changes to serving sizes as well as labeling requirements for certain package sizes and a new layout designed to emphasize parts of the label important to public health concerns.

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Pesticide’s A Concern? USDA’s 22nd Report Says No

Saturday March 29, 2014
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The United States Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) completed its review of 2012 scientific work regarding pesticides in our food system and has presented its Pesticide Data Program (PDP); with promising results.

Every year AMS, division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), collects data from several markets and their food products for pesticide residue. This year's report claims 99 percent of sampled products had amounts of residual pesticides below the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) tolerance levels.

Great news for everyone concerned about what chemicals may be entering their own and their families systems.

While the report presents positive numbers consumers and retailers must still practice proper food safety techniques by correctly washing them prior to preparation for meals.

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