In her blog at, Phyllis Entis today discussed France’s approach, or lack thereof, to letting the food-consuming public know about foodborne threats to their health.  The story arose from an outbreak of staphylococcal enterotoxin contained within three batches of cheese that were made using unpasteurized milk (aka "raw milk") from a single milk

The outbreak linked to salami and pepper, and the recall linked to hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), have sparked additional food recalls.  First, the pepper.  The FDA’s recall notice posted today (it is dated March 25th–from a consumer health standpoint, shouldn’t these notices be going up a little closer in time to the day they occurred)

The FDA announced Tuesday that, as a result of a recall of using salmonella-contaminated black pepper from Mincing Overseas Spice Company  in its products, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution of Farmington Hills, MI is voluntarily recalling Little Caesars Spice Paks. The Spice Paks are small white packets, approximately 1.5” X 2.5” that contain black pepper and other

Yesterday, yet another company announced a recall of products containing black pepper sold by Mincing Overseas Spice Company.  The company that announced yesterday’s recall is John B. Sanfilippo and Sons, from Elgin, Illinois.  The FDA’s recall notice states as follows:

As a follow up to the voluntary recall of black pepper from Mincing Overseas

We have been following the large outbreak and recall linked to Daniele Inc. salami products since the middle of January.  The outbreak began in July 2009, but was not discovered until January 2010.  Two strains of Salmonella–Montevideo and Senftenberg–are known to have been involved.  The recall began on January 23, 2010, with Daniele’s recall of