JOHANNESBURG: Tiger Brands said on Friday it had re-opened a facility that was closed after South Africa's biggest food producer was implicated in the world's largest outbreak of listeria which killed more that 200 people.The health department recalled processed meat products known as "polony" and closed some processing facilities after the source of the outbreak was traced to a factory owned by Tiger Brands unit Enterprise Foods in March.The incident prompted the company to suspend production at its Polokwane and Germiston facilities which produce polony and other cold meats and resulted in a class action lawsuit filed against the company.Tiger Brands said production of its ready-to-cook products including bacon and frozen sausages is expected to begin on Friday at its Germinston processing facility, east of Johannesburg, after the municipal health department gave it the go-ahead.The firm said it was continuing refurbishments at Polokwane which it expects to complete early next … [Read more...] about South Africa’s Tiger Brands re-opens processing facility after listeria outbreak
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caption Your salad may be healthy, but it probably isn’t the safest option when it comes to food poisoning. source Shutterstock A deep knowledge of thousands of food poisoning cases across the US means that there are some things that Bill Marler just won’t order when he goes out to eat. With more than two decades working as a food-poisoning advocate and attorney, there are simply some things that Marler has cut out of his diet. Marler has won more than $600 million for clients in foodborne-illness cases – and has seen how restaurants are being forced to change to prevent more sicknesses. “Chain restaurants, post-Jack-in-the-Box, they went through a sort of rethinking about how they do stuff,” Marler said. Today, many of the biggest risks for food poisoning at chain restaurants come from an individual worker who “picked his nose then made your burrito,” Marler said. The action of a rogue restaurant worker can make a handful … [Read more...] about McDonald’s salads have been linked to a parasitic illness outbreak that has sickened more than 160 people. Here’s why this food-poisoning expert never orders salad in restaurants.
The Trump administration has been under fire for weeks over its new “zero-tolerance” policy that has resulted in the separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents. On Sunday, a handful of reporters were permitted to tour Border Patrol’s largest processing facility in McAllen, Texas, where many of the family separations are taking place. The reporters said they saw hundreds of migrants – including children – in cages, sleeping on the mattresses on the ground, under foil blankets. Public outrage has been brewing for weeks over the Trump administration’s tactic of splitting up families at the US-Mexico border under a new “zero-tolerance” policy to criminally prosecute all migrants who cross the border illegally. Addressing the outcry, the federal Customs and Border Protection agency permitted a handful of reporters to tour its largest processing … [Read more...] about Photos show Border Patrol’s largest processing facility, a former warehouse where families are separated and hundreds of migrant children are kept in cages
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM - A raid on an establishment in the southern Vietnamese province of Dong Nai has uncovered nearly half a tonne of beef internal organs that were being treated with chemicals to be sold as food. The raid in Dong Nai, which neighbours Ho Chi Minh City, found around 20kg of beef visceral organs being soaked in bleaching chemicals at the organ processing facility, police said on Tuesday (May 15). After bleaching, the organs were intended for sale in the market as fresh products. Officers involved in the raid in the provincial capital of Bien Hoa also caught six employees in the act of processing 400kg of beef internal organs - including intestines, livers and stomachs - on a dirty floor of the facility, Tuoi Tre News reported. The facility's owner, Trinh Quang Thai, could not provide documentation on the organs' origin or his business licence. He was subsequently slapped with a financial penalty and all of the organs were seized for examination. Thai said the … [Read more...] about The meat you eat: Raid on Vietnamese facility finds beef organs being soaked in bleaching chemicals
caption Your salad may be healthy, but it probably isn’t the safest option when it comes to food poisoning source Shutterstock After more than two decades as a foodborne-illness attorney, there are some items that food poisoning expert Bill Marler will never order from the menu. The foods Marler says are most dangerous aren’t always what you’d expect. The food poisoning expert eats raw fish at sushi restaurants – but says there is a reason why you should consider skipping salad when going out to eat. A deep knowledge of thousands of food poisoning cases across the US means that there are some things that Bill Marler just won’t order when he goes out to eat. With more than two decades working as a food poisoning advocate and attorney, there are simply some things that Marler has cut out of his diet. Marler has won more than $600 million for clients in … [Read more...] about A food-poisoning expert reveals 5 things he never orders at restaurants — and it’s not what you’d expect