July 2009

The 466,236 pound recall of ground beef by the Denver-based King Soopers grocery chain is going now in the history books as historic for two reasons:

1.  For the first time in history, the United States Department of Agriculture’s  (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has recalled ground beef that is tainted with salmonella.

From the Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2009 – King Soopers, Inc., a Denver, Colo., establishment, is recalling approximately 466,236 pounds of ground beef products that may be linked to an outbreak of salmonellosis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service

Some reform, some recycled policies, and something the bureaucracy could dust off and make new.   Those are among the comments that can be made about the recommendations made earlier this week by the President’s Food Safety Working Group.

The “new” are the “public health regulation(s) to improve egg safety and reduce salmonella illnesses.”  


After the Plainview Milk Products Cooperative, located in Plainview, MN, discovered salmonella contamination on its equipment, it asked on June 29th that the ingredients its sold over the past two years to others– instant nonfat dried milk, whey protein, fruit stabilizers and gums (thickening agents)–be recalled.

The third ingredient recall of 2009 is now growing

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. the 73-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland, is recalling all Anaheim peppers its sold since June 11, 2009.

On July 2nd, Wegmans removed fresh Anaheim peppers from its produce departments due to the possibility of salmonella contamination. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration