E. coli-still circulating
According to FSIS, while Ranchers Beef ceased operations on
Further reports from CFIA dated October 27 through November 6 state that the source of E. coli-in not only ground beef, but also several other cuts of beef distributed through Canada-was directly attributed to Ranchers Beef. The company is currently under receivership and no longer operating. Remaining product in the Ranchers Beef warehouse has been detained by CFIA for further testing. When asked whether there was any connection between the company closing and CFIA action, CFIA spokesman, Garfield Balsom, said there was no correlation.
Two further, non-related recalls centered around potential E. coli contamination were announced by General Mills and Cargill. General Mills has recalled Totino’s and Jeno’s frozen pizzas with pepperoni contained in the toppings. The recall affects approximately 414,000 cases of pizza products currently in stores and in consumers’ freezers. According to CDC, 21 cases of E. coli from ten states have been isolated with eight people being hospitalized-four with kidney failure.
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Bison Gear & Engineering has promoted Bunnyray Larmond to senior application and sales engineer. Larmond joined the company four years ago as an application engineer after receiving his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wright State University in Dayton,OH.
Linda Ray joined Nordson Corp. as global business development manager for new markets in the Adhesive Systems Group. She will be based in Duluth, GA.
Juanita’s Foods (Wilmington, CA) has appointed brothers Mark and Aaron De La Torre to co-CEOs of the family owned company.
Eggland’s Best promoted John Cavaliere to marketing director and brought on Roger Koman as marketing manager and Sandy Ko as director of food science.
CPM Acquisition Corp. (CPM), a supplier of processing equipment to the animal feed, oilseed and food processing industries, has acquired Nanjing Ruiya Polymer Processing Equipment Cp., Ltd. of Nanjing, China. The CPM Ruiya Extrusion division will be aligned with CPM Century Extrusion.
Phillip Nelson, Purdue’s Scholle Chair Professor in Food Processing, has received the World Food Prize, an international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. Nelson is being honored for his work in aseptic processing, developing the “bag in a box” technology to process large quantities of seasonal crops such as tomatoes and oranges for long-term storage and bulk transportation.
Conwed Global Netting Solutions, supplier of lightweight plastic netting, has acquired the Tie-Net Unit of Tipper Tie, Inc., located in West Chicago.
Clemson University broke ground for a new 28,000 sq.-ft. building to house components of the packaging science and graphic communications departments in what will be the future home of the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics.
The 54th annual ISA International Instrumentation Symposium will be held May 5-8, 2008 at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front Hotel in Pensacola, FL. The symposium, dedicated to innovative instrumentation techniques and applications, is sponsored by the Process Measurement and Control, Test and Measurement, and Aerospace divisions of ISA.