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The UGH Factor in Food Processing & Manufacturing

Touch the Soil News #826 (Feature photo courtesy of FDA) One’s imagination can take over when contemplating things that can go wrong in the tens of thousands of food processing and manufacturing facilities around the nation. Following up on that path of thinking, the Office of Inspector General – from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – took up an investigation. The investigation was over how the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) handled significant food violations when discovered while doing an inspection. One wonders, what might slip through the cracks and not discovered at all. The Office of Inspector General just released a 39 page report on what…

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Global Meat Scandal – Food Tremor

Touch the Soil News #656 (feature photo – Michael Bennett CC SA 3.0) A global food scandal is unfolding as Federal authorities in Brazil arrested and investigate almost 30 Brazilian meat companies. Included in the investigation are JBS SA and BRF SA. JBS SA is the world’s largest meat company overall. BRF SA is the world’s largest poultry exporter. Allegations include bribes to conceal unsanitary meat packing and processing conditions along with using chemicals to doctor up spoiled meat for export. The Federal probe in Brazil has been going on for over 2 years. Now that proof has been obtained for wrongdoing, the impact is having shock waves around the…

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FDA Warning Letter to Whole Foods Markets, Inc.

Touch the Soil News #418 Whole Foods Market always seemed like a good place to start when trying to eat healthier and safer foods. Earlier this year (2/16/2016), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) undertook an inspection of Whole Foods’ North Atlantic Kitchen in Everett, Massachusetts. The Kitchen’s Facebook page explains that it supplies made-to-order food destined to over 65 Whole Foods stores in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The results of that inspection were conveyed via a formal warning letter from the FDA on June 8, 2016 addressed to John Mackey and Walter Robb – Co CEOs. The FDA said that Whole Foods had…

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Whoa Chicken – Whoa Pilgrim’s Pride

Touch the Soil News #373 Pilgrim’s Pride, the nation’s largest producer of chicken, and the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service were receiving calls and complaints of foreign objects in Pilgrim’s Pride chicken products. The products in question included 10, 20 and 30 pound boxes of various chicken products sold to institutional cafeterias such as schools. At the heart of the complaints was the presence of extraneous materials in the food including plastic, wood, rubber and metal. After assessing the situation, the decision was made to recall 4.6 million pounds of chicken products for institutional use. Pilgrim’s Pride distribution center in Pittsburg, Texas. The obvious question is how do wood,…

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Chipotle Mexican Grill – Struggling From Food Poisoning Troubles (Part 2 of 2)

Touch the Soil News #371 After giving the nation the largest food poisoning outbreak from any single restaurant chain, Chipotle said in a recent press release that their food safety practices were already well within industry norms. What does this say about the industry, health inspections and Chipotle? Despite words and efforts to improve, Chipotle has taken a financial beating. Financial results for the first quarter of 2016 – compared to the first quarter of 2015 were way off. Revenues decreased 23.4 percent and the company experienced a net loss of 26.4 million. How long do you think it will take for customers to regain full confidence in Chipotle? Chipotle’s…

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Food Safety Spook – Chipotle Restaurant and More

Touch the Soil News #313 The year 2015 was not a good year for Chipotle Restaurant. The multi-state outbreaks of food poisoning in multiple Chipotle locations sickened hundreds of people. The video clip below is very insightful as the whole scenario is summarized. It is spooky to say the least. But just when Chipotle got a clean bill of health from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Justice opened an investigation. At question is whether Chipotle was criminally negligent in food safety procedures and operations. After a year of food poisoning crisis in 2015, Chipotle has re-opened all its restaurants hoping to have contained the problem. Unfortunately,…

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