Suspect lab records lead to recall; company declines expansion

Problems with a Washington-based company’s Salmonella testing records caused USDA officials to recommend expanding an already massive nationwide recall. But the company — Nutriom LLC, a producer of dehydrated-egg products — declined to expand the recall. The decision consequently moved food safety officials to issue a public health alert.

Reporter’s guide: investigating meat, poultry and eggs

Multiple federal and state agencies have roles in the regulation of our food system. When a problem occurs, producers, consumers and even members of the media can have a hard time figuring out which agency to turn to for answers. While each specific case can have its nuances, here is a general guideline for the oversight process of domestic production and distribution of chicken and meat.

Salmonella outbreak continues; policymakers question standards

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that since March 2013 about 480 people across 25 states have become sick from consuming chicken contaminated with an antibiotic-resistant strain of Heidelberg Salmonella. Nearly two out of every five of those people had to be hospitalized.

Beef recall expanded nationwide; politicians seek more information

Earlier this month, the Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that the California-based Rancho Feeding Corporation was recalling about 9 million pounds of “diseased and unsound” meat. At first, the recall only affected consumers in five states. Now, weeks after the recall was first issued, it has been expanded across the country.

California plant recalls nearly 9 million pounds of uninspected, unsound beef

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service recently announced that a California plant had to recall nearly 9 million pounds of beef processed from “diseased and unsound animals.” The beef was produced by Rancho Feeding Corporation – based in Petaluma, Calif. In addition to using diseased and unsold animals, a news release on the recall also stated that the products were shipped out to stores without the benefit of a full federal inspection, making them “unfit for human food.

Millions of pounds of meat recalled in late January

Government food safety agencies announced more than a dozen recalls throughout the end of January. Most notably, more than 3.2 million pounds of meat products had to be recalled, including tens of thousands of pounds of meat from an Illinois facility.