Food Safety Scan for Jul 13, 2018

More Honey Smacks Salmonella
Food safety funds for states

Case count in Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak hits 100

With 27 new infections, the case count in a multistate Salmonella Mbandaka outbreak tied to Kellog's Honey Smacks cereal has reached 100 cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday in an update.

Two more states—Florida (2 cases) and Colorado (1)—have reported cases, bringing the number of affected states to 33. The CDC first reported the outbreak to the public on Jun 14.

People reported the start of their illness as ranging from Mar 3 to Jul 2. Patients vary in age from less than 1 year to 95, with a median age of 57, and 68% are female. Of 77 patients with information, 30 (39%) have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.

"Do not eat any Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, regardless of package size or best-by date," the CDC said. "Check your home for it and throw it away, or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. The Kellogg Company recalled the cereal on June 14, 2018.

"Retailers should not sell or serve Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal. Even if some of the cereal has been eaten and no one got sick, throw the rest of it away or return it for a refund."

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, said yesterday that Honey Smacks is still being sold, despite the recall, which is illegal.

Fifty-five (85%) of 65 people interviewed reported eating cold cereal, and 43 of them specified Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, according to the CDC.
Jul 12 CDC update
Jul 12 FDA update


FDA funds efforts for states to implement FSMA Food Safety Rule

The FDA yesterday announced new cooperative agreements with Hawaii, Kentucky, and Mississippi and renewed agreements with 43 other states to support efforts to implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, which establishes science-based standards for safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables.

The agency committed $32.5 million toward the efforts.

"Providing Americans with confidence in the safety of their fruits and vegetables is a major priority for the FDA, and states are a critical partner in implementing the Produce Safety Rule requirements that are designed to achieve these goals," said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, in a news release. "Congress recognized the need for funding to build an integrated food safety system, and we're pleased to be able to continue providing this assistance to our partners for a third year in a row."

The agreements are a part of implementing a modern produce safety system and developing and providing education, outreach, and technical assistance to farmers who sell or import produce. Routine inspections under the Produce Safety Rule are set to begin in 2019, and the FDA anticipates that most inspections will be conducted by state partners. Cooperative agreement funds are also used by states to conduct self-assessments to evaluate existing resources and determine infrastructure needs.

The FDA announced the first cooperative agreements with 42 states in September 2016 and the second-year agreements, with 43 states, in July 2017.
Jul 12 FDA news release

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