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Food Safety News May 2015

Avian flu outbreak worst in years; Officials try to contain virus as outbreak continues

The current outbreak of H5N2 avian flu is massive - the worst since the 1980's. Over 100 farms have been hit, and officials are scrambling to stop the virus' spread to millions more at-risk birds and thousands of US poultry farms. Read Article Here

Jeni's Destroys 265 Tons of Ice Cream After Listeria Found

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream had recalled all its products from retailers and closed ice cream shops in six states over concerns about possible listeria contamination last week. The recall will cost the company over $2.5 million in lost product, and who is to say how the brand value will fare following the listeria scare. Read Article Here

Food Safety Culture: Measure What You Treasure

A renewed recognition of the importance of individual employee behavior within food processing and manufacturing organizations is shining a spotlight on awareness and accountability, but a standardized measure of food safety culture must be defined Read Article Here

Cracked Case: Egg Executives Get Jail for Salmonella Outbreak

Two former egg industry executives were sentenced time in jail for their roles in a major 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands. Austin "Jack" DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, faced up to a year in jail on charges of shipping adulterated food. Read Article Here

Whole Foods Tops List of Companies Forced to Recall Food

In a matter of weeks, we managed to lose hummus, ice cream, and a motley collection of dairy products, all to listeria recalls. Within the food industry, some companies appear to sell contaminated food more often than others. Whole Foods tops our list of offenders, with 26 store brand products recalled since January 2014. Read Article Here

Can Humans get Norovirus from their Dogs?

Human norovirus may infect our canine companions, according to research published online April 1 in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, raising the possibility of dog-to-human transmission. Norovirus is the leading cause of food-borne illness in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read Article Here

Raw fish production is "Bottom of the Class" in food safety standards, says BRC

Raw fish as a category is bottom of the class in meeting food safety standards globally, according to a BRC (British Retail Consortium) Global Standards report Read Article Here