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Chicken Skewers Sold At Costco Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

If your dinner plans include enjoying those chicken skewers you grabbed at Costco, you might want to go with plan B: More than 20,000 pounds of chicken skewers have been recalled over listeria contamination concerns. [More]

7 Million Pounds Of Hot Dogs Recalled Because No One Wants To Eat Bone Shards

7 Million Pounds Of Hot Dogs Recalled Because No One Wants To Eat Bone Shards

Before your next cookout, you may want to check that pack of franks in the fridge: A New York company is recalling more than seven million pounds of hot dog products after someone reported getting a bite of bone in their wiener. [More]

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U.S. Halts Import Of Brazilian Beef Following Tainted Meat Scandal

U.S. food safety regulators have put a stop to fresh beef imports from Brazil, following earlier reports that meatpackers in the country — one of the world’s largest beef exporters — had allowed rotten, salmonella-tainted meat to be shipped abroad. [More]

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USDA Not Thrilled That Restaurant Served Raw Horse Meat

While you might be such a foodie that you scoff at those who freak out when they hear “horse tartare,” the fact is that serving horse meat at a restaurant is currently illegal in the U.S. And the federal government is advising one Pittsburgh-area restaurant to not put this item on the menu again. [More]

Nearly 6,000 Pounds Of Meat Recalled Over Potential E.Coli Contamination

Nearly 6,000 Pounds Of Meat Recalled Over Potential E.Coli Contamination

If your weekend plans involved eating a bit of veal, beef, or pork products, you might want to check to make sure the meat in your fridge isn’t included in a recent E.coli recall.  [More]

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933,272 Pounds Of Breaded Chicken Recalled Over Possible Metal Pieces

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it plenty of times: Food with pieces of metal inside are not tasty or safe. The most recent example of extraneous metal pieces in food comes from OK Foods, which has recalled more than 930,000 pounds of breaded chicken. [More]

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5 Reasons People Are Suddenly Concerned About Brazilian Beef

Are you having beef for dinner? Do you know where it came from? No, not the grocery store down the street, but where the cow was raised? Most of us probably can’t answer those questions, and that’s a growing concern for health advocates, retailers, and lawmakers amid reports that some meatpackers in Brazil — one of the world’s largest exporters of beef — are shipping out rotten, salmonella-tainted beef. [More]

Thanks To Policy Change, Your Ground Beef May Include More Heart Than You Think

Thanks To Policy Change, Your Ground Beef May Include More Heart Than You Think

For nearly 40 years federal food safety regulators had prohibited the use of any part of the cow heart in making ground beef. With little fanfare, that policy has changed. [More]

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USDA Asks Meat, Dairy Companies To Replace Confusing Expiration & Sell-By Labels With “Best If Used By” Date

Though almost every food item you buy at the supermarket has some sort of expiration date — under the headers of “Sell By,” “Use By,” “Use Before,” “Best Before,” among others — printed on the packaging, the truth is date labels are largely voluntary and determined by the food producers. If handled properly, most foods are perfectly safe to eat after whatever date is on the label, but stores and consumers throw away an inordinate amount of food every year simply because that date has passed. In an effort to reduce food waste, the federal government is hoping to encourage meat and dairy producers to all use the same phrase: “Best If Used By.” [More]

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Veal, Bison & Beef Recalled Over E.Coli Contamination After Seven Become Ill

Seven people in four states have become ill after eating red meat found to be contaminated with E. coli, prompting the recall of thousands of pounds of beef, veal, and bison from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse over the weekend. [More]

Pilgrim’s Pride Expands Recall Of Contaminated Chicken Products

Pilgrim’s Pride Expands Recall Of Contaminated Chicken Products

If you’ve already checked the list of products affected by a recent Pilgrim’s Pride recall involving chicken items possibly contaminated with bits of plastic, metal, wood, and rubber, you might want to check it again. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety & Inspection service has expanded the nearly five million-pound recall list to include additional products. Check the full list here.

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Perdue Recalling Applegate Farms Chicken Nuggets That May Include Extra Crunchy Plastic Pieces

Perdue Recalling Applegate Farms Chicken Nuggets That May Include Extra Crunchy Plastic Pieces

Everyone loves a good crunch when biting into a chicken nugget, but if that texture is imparted by inedible plastic pieces, well, that’s a problem. To that end, Perdue Foods is recalling about 4,530 pounds of Applegate Farms chicken nuggets over concerns that the products may be contaminated with wayward plastic. [More]

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7 Things We Learned About Food Safety Oversight From A Foodborne Illness Expert

Foodborne illness outbreaks have dominated the news in recent months: E. coli and norovirus at Chipotlelisteria in prepackaged Dole salad mixes, and salmonella in cucumbers. These outbreaks have sickened — and in some cases killed — consumers,  and one food safety expert says that inadequate safety oversight is at least partly to blame. [More]

Whole Foods Recalling Frozen Pork Pepperoni Pizzas For Masquerading As Beef Pepperoni Pizzas In New England

Whole Foods Recalling Frozen Pork Pepperoni Pizzas For Masquerading As Beef Pepperoni Pizzas In New England

Labels are very important when it comes to food, considering most of us do not have X-ray vision that allows us to scan products with our eyes and know exactly what ingredients those items contain. That’s why Whole Foods is recalling a bunch of frozen pizzas on the East Coast: some pies labeled as containing “uncured beef pepperoni” are actually covered in pork pepperoni. [More]

Tyson Recalls 50,000 Pounds Of Chicken Wings Because They Don’t Smell Right, Could Cause Illness

Tyson Recalls 50,000 Pounds Of Chicken Wings Because They Don’t Smell Right, Could Cause Illness

If those Tyson hot wings sitting in the freezer don’t smell quite right, then they might be part of the company’s latest recall of more than 50,000 pounds of cooked chicken wings that could cause people who eat them to become sick.  [More]

Sanderson Farms Recalls 554,090 Pounds Of Chicken That May Be Contaminated With Metal Fragments

Sanderson Farms Recalls 554,090 Pounds Of Chicken That May Be Contaminated With Metal Fragments

Sanderson Farms is recalling more than 554,090 pounds of chicken products because they may have been contaminated with metal shavings, due to a malfunction with an ice-making machine somewhere along the line. [More]

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How Recalls Work (And Don’t) And Why They’re All So Different

Manufacturers — of all kinds — usually try hard to get it right on the first try. From banana muffins to bicycle helmets, it’s in a company’s best interests to make their products perfect. Not only is it better for their reputation and their business, but it’s less expensive, in the long run, and causes less trouble. Sometimes, though, something just goes wrong. [More]

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1 Photo & 3 Quotes That Explain Why You Should Watch Tonight’s Frontline About Chicken & Salmonella

Over 1 million Americans get sick from salmonella every year. The bacteria, especially in more potent, drug-resistant forms, is responsible for the highest number of hospitalizations and deaths of all food borne illnesses; all in spite of increased anti-salmonella measures by the poultry industry. One giant chicken company was recently responsible for sickening more than 600 people in 29 states, while the federal government was virtually powerless in demanding a recall. [More]