Archive of December, 2021

Science Roundup: Trending in Food Microbiology
Several articles got our attention this week. Elevated Inactivation Efficacy of a Pulsed UVC Light-Emitting Diode System for Foodborne Pathogens on Selective Media and Food Surfaces Applied and Environmental Microbiology published an article by Do-Kyun Kim and Dong-Hyum Kang on action required to replace short- wavelength ultraviolet (UVC) light that is being used extensively to disinfect surfaces in the food industry. By 2020 the use of use of low-pressure mercury lamps will be discontinued and a new source of UV will be required. This study investigated the use of a UV light -emitting diode (UV-LED) as an alternative. The study found that...
McCain Foods Responsible for the Recall of Numerous Products due to Contamination with Salmonella and Listeria
After a couple of weeks when every day new companies recalled their products due to vegetable included in their products that were potentially contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes, the FDA finally revealed the source of contamination. FDA announces McCain as the Source On October 19, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finally alerted the public to the source of the recalled vegetable products contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenesthat caused numerous recalls of products. The FDA announced that several vegetable products from McCain Foods USA, Inc. had been possibly contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes and that their recall led to numerous recalls of products including salads and wraps that...
Corn Possibly Tainted with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes Causes Ripple Recalls of Various Salads
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced in five separate notices the recall of ready-to-eat salad products containing steak or chicken due to the corn present in the products that might be contaminated with both Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods, Inc recalled ~ 916 pounds of ready-to-eat wrap and salad products  that contain a corn ingredient that may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. The ready-to-eat salad and wrap products were produced from Oct. 5 through Oct. 13, 2018. These items were shipped to retail locations in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The problem was discovered on Oct. 15, 2018, when the company...