An outbreak of Salmonella that sickened 44 people highlights the need for consumers to follow all directions when it comes to microwaving food - including letting food stand out after cooking. The outbreak occurred in the summer of 2010. People in 18 states were sickened with a type of bacteria called Salmonella enterica. The outbreak was later linked with the consumption of the Marie Callender’s frozen chicken-and-rice meals, which were later recalled.

Two food crops pesticides may damage the brains of children and unborn babies, according to a safety watchdog alert. The suspect chemicals are used around the world on farms growing grapes, strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes, tea and oranges. They are part of a new group of pesticides called neonicotinoids, which are also used in some flea treatments for pets.

According to the FDA on October 25, Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling some varieties of its Kraft & Polly-O String Cheese and String Cheese Twists products. These products may spoil before their “Best When Used By” code dates, leading to product discoloration. The affected products all have code dates from October 25, 2013 to February, 11, 2014. 735,000 cases of the affected product were shipped all over the U.S.

Due to the government shutdown, the FDA has suspended its safety inspection program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service will continue manning every meat production facility with full-time inspectors. The bulk of the FDA food inspectors have been deemed non-essential, so will inspect few if any food facilities until Congress and the president agree on a bill to fund the federal government.

According to the FDA, the agency’s first public meeting on imported food safety rules in taking place in Washington D.C. Approximately 15% of the total U.S. food supply is imported from other countries and many of the recent recalls have raised concern among the public as to whether or not these imported foods are safe. The recent cyclosporiasis outbreak came from imported lettuce from Mexico and the recent hepatitis A outbreak traced back to imported pomegranate seeds from Turkey.

General Mills has issued a voluntary Class II recall of a limited quantity of its refrigerated Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls with Icing, according to the FDA. No other flavors have been recalled or any Pillsbury dough products. This product has been recalled due to the possibility of fragments of a broken piece of plastic on the production line. The dough may contain these fragments. These products are sold in grocery stores nationwide.

The largest vegetable producer, Taylor Farms, has been voluntarily recalling its tainted products for the last three years, including the salad mix that has been linked to hundreds of sickened people in 22 states. The recent recall of the salad mix which was sold to Olive Gardens, Red Lobster and possibly other chain restaurants, was Taylor Farm’s fourth recall this year. The company issued three other recalls in 2012 and three in 2011.

Chobani is voluntarily recalling their Greek yogurt cups due to the discovery of mold in some cups. Customers reported illnesses on social media sites, which prompted the recall. About one week ago, the company insisted that some of its retailers pull the product from its store shelves, saying that some cups were “swelling and bloating”. They were originally not planning on issuing a recall. Most of the affected products have already been pulled from the shelves.

Pages