FDA reports show multiple biosecurity gaps at two egg farms

first_img See also: Aug 30, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – Federal officials today released their initial inspection reports of the two Iowa companies linked to the nation’s biggest egg recall, which reveal multiple biosecurity breaches, such as rodent infestation, wild birds in poultry barns, and instances in which chicken manure could have contaminated egg-laying areas. Dr Jeff Farrar, associate commissioner of food protection in the FDA’s Office of Foods, told reporters that the FDA received one more positive SE lab result that matches the outbreak strain from spent egg wash water from a facility at Hillandale Farms. Investigators were at Wright County Egg facilities from Aug 12 through Aug 30 exploring conditions at five sites and at the company’s feed mill operation. Elder said. Employees at one of the company’s sites didn’t document that 19-week-old pullets were raised under SE-monitored conditions Aug 30 CSPI press release The federal inspectors also saw employees not changing or not wearing protective clothing when moving from laying house to laying house. Aug 30 FDA 483 inspection report on Hillandale Farms So far it’s not clear if SE has been detected in the eggs, Halvorson said, adding that the FDA requires egg testing to be completed by 10 days after the detection of a positive environmental sample. “So it’s possible the egg testing is complete and the results were negative,” he said. At Wright County Egg’s feed mill, evidence of wild birds was noted in the milling, mixing system, and storage areas. Raw-ingredient bins had holes open to the environment, with evidence of pigeons near the openings. David A. Halvorson, DVM, an avian health authority at the University of Minnesota who is an expert on biosecurity and food safety, said he had read the FDA’s inspection reports and didn’t want to comment directly on the investigation, given the likelihood of future litigation related to the outbreak and recall. Federal officials didn’t comment on what further action they may take, which could include seizure, injunction, or even criminal prosecution, based on the inspection findings. Meanwhile, the inspection at three Hillandale Farms locations revealed unsealed rodent holes with evidence of live rodents at one of the facilities, with gaps in walls and doors at other sites. Standing water was observed near a manure pit at one of the locations, and liquid manure leaks were noted at two sites. As at Wright County Egg, uncaged chickens were observed tracking manure into the caged hen areas. The food safety watchdog Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) today called the FDA’s 483 inspection report “stomach churning.” Caroline Smith DeWaal, the CSPI’s food safety director, said, “Equally troubling is that the inspections occurred the month following the date that the new egg-safety regulation went into effect. Both companies involved had been on notice that they needed to meet requirements of the new egg-safety rule for over a year.” The inspections—which represent the nation’s first under the new shell egg safety rules—revealed that both companies failed to follow and implement their written Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) prevention programs. The national SE outbreak has sickened nearly 1,500 people so far and led to the recall of about 550 million eggs. Details of the inspections appear on US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 483 forms, which officials said don’t cover all of the findings but focus on the ones that amount to violations of the FDA’s new egg safety rules, which went into effect for the nation’s largest producers in July. At a news conference today, David Elder, director of the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs, said the 483 forms show “significant objectionable conditions.” But he did say that egg-producer inspections represent new ground for FDA inspectors. “They will likely expect egg farms to pass inspections suitable for food or drug establishments. Passing the inspection is apparently not based on freedom from SE, but compliance with an SE-prevention plan,” he said. The “decrepit” conditions in the hen houses suggests that the companies assumed that FDA inspections are so rare, despite the new egg safety rules, that they saw no urgency to fix their buildings to ensure compliance with the new requirements, DeWaal said. Live mice were found inside laying houses at four sites, and numerous live and dead flies were observed in egg-laying houses at three locations. Evidence of wild birds, including pigeons, was found at two locations. Aug 27 Sparboe Farms recall notice In other developments, Sparboe Farms, based in Lichfield, Minn., recalled eggs that it received from both Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms, according to an Aug 27 notice. The eggs were distributed to grocery stores and foodservice companies in Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Minnesota under the following five brand names: Albertson, Sparboe Farms, Liborio Market, Shamrock Foods, and Glenview Farms. Eggs subject to the recall include large 6-egg to 30-dozen bulk cases of eggs that were produced on Aug 2, 3, and 7. The recall also applies to extra-large eggs packed in 12-dozen cartons that were produced between Jul 30 and Aug 6. Aug 30 FDA 483 inspection report on Wright County Egg “We think individual compliance will reduce the risk, but it’s our job to see that it happens,” he said. Dr Michael Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods, told reporters that though the FDA has no reason to believe the practices that investigators turned up are common at all egg-producing facilities, inspectors will be inspecting about 600 large egg producers, those that have 50,000 or more laying hens, over the next several months starting in September with what it believes may be the highest-risk facilities. Chicken manure accumulated 4 to 8 feet high underneath the cages at two locations. The weight of the manure at the two locations pushed out access doors, allowing open access for wildlife and other farm animals. At one location, uncaged birds were using tall manure piles to access egg-laying areas. Aas a component of the new egg rules, the egg inspections were planned before the outbreak and recall occurred. However, Taylor said the experiences gained at Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms will help guide FDA inspectors as they make their inspection rounds of other farms over the next 15 months.last_img read more

CARICOM Foreign Ministers meet ahead of Sixth CARICOM-Cuba Ministerial

first_img Aug 25, 2020 Foreign Ministers and other Heads of Delegation from CARICOM Member States met in Caucus Thursday afternoon ahead of the Sixth CARICOM Cuba Ministerial to be held at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, in Guyana, Friday. Cuba’s Foreign Minister His Excellency  Bruno Rodriguez Parilla will address the Opening Ceremony, scheduled for 9:00 a.m.  He will be joined by CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque; Guyana’s new Foreign Minister Hon. Dr Karen Cummings and  the Chair of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), Grenada’s Foreign Minister Hon. Peter David. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Standards, Quality Still Important Oct 7, 2020 CARICOM reaffirms great value of relations with CubaEven as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Friday reaffirmed the great value it attaches to ties with Cuba, it reiterated its call for an immediate and unconditional end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States on Cuba. Speaking at the opening of the Sixth Meeting…June 14, 2019In “Barbados”COMMUNIQUE – 20th Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR)COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE TWENTIETH MEETING OF THE COUNCIL FOR FOREIGN AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS (COFCOR), BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS:   18-19 MAY 2017   The Twentieth Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) took place in Bridgetown, Barbados on 18-19 May 2017,…May 23, 2017In “Barbados”CARICOM Foreign Ministers meet in New YorkCARICOM’s response to the increasing number of HIV/AIDS infections regionally is among  matters prioritised for discussions among Foreign Ministers on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly. The 10th Special Meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Council for Foreign and Community Relations began today, 22 September 2017, in New…September 22, 2017In “Belize”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 7, 2020 CARICOM and UNEP extend cooperation on environment Former CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General Dies CARPHA: Leading the Caribbean’s COVID-19 Response – VIDEO You may be interested in… Sep 25, 2020last_img read more

Udall Recruiting Summer Interns For Washington, D.C. Office

The west side view of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington. D.C. Photo by Martin Falbisoner U.S. SENATE News:WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for summer internships in his Washington, D.C. office.“Interns contribute greatly to the work my office does every day for the people of New Mexico,” Udall said. “Internships on Capitol Hill provide firsthand experience in how a Senate office works, offering students a unique opportunity to learn about the inner workings of our government. “These internships include a wide variety of opportunities and responsibilities, including attending committee hearings and House and Senate floor proceedings, assisting with media outreach and communications, and researching legislation and drafting correspondence—all critical components to the daily operations of my office. Internships are an invaluable, educational experience for anyone interested in pursuing a career in government or public service, and I encourage all interested students to apply.” The application period for summer 2020 internships is now open. Program dates in Washington are June 1 to Aug. 7. All summer placements are full-time. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2020. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply and internships may count toward college credit. Students should check with their respective college or university for requirements.For more information and to apply for an internship, visit http://www.tomudall.senate.gov/internships read more

COVID-19 Update Turks and Caicos Islands

first_imgThe Ministry of Health would like to advise the public that as at 12am on 14th May, 2020: Oct 15, 2020 Please note the following definitions: More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… For more information, please visit the Ministry of Health website, www.gov.tc/moh/coronavirus; email: COVID19@gov.tc; or call our hotline numbers, (649) 232-9444 and (649) 333-0911, if you or someone you know has symptoms or signs of COVID-19. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… The Ministry of Health takes this opportunity to remind the public of offenses committed under section 27 of the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (no.4) Regulations 2020 in regard to false Statements/information. You do not have to be the originator of the statement/information in order to be charged under the law. CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak TO DATE, A TOTAL OF 577 individuals have been released from quarantine/observation status. Let’s continue to reduce the risk by: 1. Washing our hands for 20secs or more 2. Practicing social distancing 3. Prepare your home, office and other surroundings by following the advice of the Ministry of Health and other credible health agencies. NO NEW POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE RESULTS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED SINCE THE PREVIOUS UPDATE. To date, the TCI has received a total of one hundred and thirteen (113) test results, with one hundred and one (101) confirmed to be negative and twelve (12) positive confirmations. Persons confirmed not to have COVID-19, and their contacts, were moved from quarantined status and asked to continue following proper guidelines from the Ministry of Health. Those cases confirmed positive are in isolation with contact tracing aggressively continuing. You may be interested in… Oct 15, 2020 No new suspected cases have been reported. The number of suspected cases of covid-19 remain at six (6). The suspected cases are tci residents experiencing relevant symptoms without a history of contact with confirmed cases. No suspected cases are currently hospitalized; one suspected case passed away. Contact tracing continues. The current suspected cases met the WHO case definition for a suspected case of COVID-19. Samples have been collected and sent for testing. St. Lucia records more cases of COVID No new confirmed cases have been recorded. Confirmed positive cases currently stand at twelve (12); with the total number of recoveries from covid-19 at ten (10). There are currently no active cases; the tci continues to record one covid-19 death. Oct 16, 2020 THE QUARANTINE/OBSERVATION NUMBERS REMAIN AT 54. This includes: suspected cases (5), relatives/contacts of suspected cases (24), symptomatic persons not meeting the case definition and their contacts (9), and travellers (16) – nine (9) of the travellers are currently being quarantined at a non-medical facility, and are not sick. Persons under observation/quarantine, that are not confirmed or suspected cases, are either not displaying symptoms or have not met the case definition for COVID-19. Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC A suspected person is someone who meets the case definition as outlined by WHO and CARPHA – and is experiencing symptoms.A person in quarantine is an individual on island who has come from infected country(ies) or may have come in proximity to suspected or confirmed cases – and have not exhibited symptoms. The Turks and Caicos has seen no change in its COVID 19 position over the ast 24 hours. Oct 16, 2020 COVID-19 Update Turks and CaicosThe Ministry of Health would like to advise the public that as at 12am on 18th May, 2020: No changes have occurred in the Turks and Caicos’ covid-19 position since the previous update. Confirmed positive cases remain at twelve (12); with the total number of recoveries from covid-19 at ten (10),…May 19, 2020In “General”Turks and Caicos Islands COVID-19 Update April 19The Ministry of Health would like to advise the public that as at 12am on 19th April, 2020: THE TURKS & CAICOS CONTINUES TO RECORD ONE COVID-19 DEATH. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASES REMAINS AT ELEVEN (11). Two confirmed positive cases are currently under hospital care. HOWEVER, A PATIENT FROM…April 19, 2020In “General”Turks and Caicos COVID-19 Update April 21The Ministry of Health would like to advise the public that as at 12am on 21st April, 2020: THE TURKS & CAICOS CONTINUES TO RECORD ONE (1) COVID-19 DEATH. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASES REMAINS AT ELEVEN (11). HOWEVER, FOUR (4) CASES HAVE NOW OFFICIALLY RECOVERED FROM COVID-19; with two…April 21, 2020In “General”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Coalition For Auto Repair Equality Adds 2 New Board Members

first_imgThe Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE), a non-profit national organization that represents companies in the automotive aftermarket, among them: NAPA, AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Bridgestone-Firestone Retail Operations, recently elected two aftermarket leaders to its board of directors.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementGeorge Sherman, president of Advance Auto Parts and interim CEO, and Bill Hanvey, president and CEO of the Auto Care Association, are the newest members of the CARE board.“The leadership George Sherman and Bill Hanvey provide will help ensure CARE continues to help the automotive aftermarket thrive, especially as it relates to federal and state legislative issues,” said Ray Pohlman, president of CARE.Sherman replaces Darren Jackson, who recently retired from Advance Auto Parts. Hanvey replaces Kathleen Schmatz, who recently retired from the Auto Care Association.“Advance Auto Parts has been a longtime partner with CARE and I am honored to join its board as Advance’s representative,” said Sherman. “As one of the largest automotive aftermarket parts providers, Advance joins with CARE member companies to ensure vehicle owners continue to have the right to buy their parts and have their vehicles serviced where they choose.”“The preservation of the independent auto care industry is critical to the consumer,” said Hanvey. “The Auto Care Association has enjoyed a strong relationship with CARE in providing the advocacy necessary to ensure the right to have your vehicle maintained where you choose.”Sherman and Hanvey join Tom Gallagher, CARE chairman, and chairman and CEO of Genuine Parts Co. (NAPA); Bill Rhodes, chairman, president and CEO of AutoZone; Greg Henslee, president and CEO of O’Reilly Auto Parts, and Stu Crum, president and chairman of Bridgestone-Firestone Retail Operations, on the board.last_img read more

Gallery Walk

first_imgSpaghetti Trump by Eric Fischl at the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum.NOFO ArtworksNOFO Artworks presents a Memorial Day art show on Saturday, May 26, through Monday, May 28, at Darts Tree Farm in Southold. Ten local artists from various disciplines will demonstrate woodcarving, photography, painting, printmaking, etching, and firing pottery. Artist receptions will be held on Sunday, May 26, from 4 to 7 PM and Monday, May 28, from 2 to 5 PM. Visit www.nofoartworks.com.Memorial Art ShowSouthampton Artists Association Memorial Art Show will be held at Levitas Center for the Arts at the Southampton Cultural Center. The exhibit features photography, paintings, drawing, and sculptures. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 26, from 4 to 6 PM. A closing reception will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 4 to 6 PM. Visit www.southamptonartists.org.A Whale of a ShowThe Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum presents “Anchor: A Whale of a Show,” curated by Dan Rizzie and Susan Lazarus-Reimen. An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 25, from 6 to 8 PM. Historically, Sag Harbor was a thriving seaport and whaling port, and today continues to be a unique and historic village. This annual exhibition pays tribute to this special place, highlighting works by some of the area’s talented artists.Artists include Arlene Alda, Star Black, Michael Butler, Paul Davis, Dav-O, Pat Field, Eric Fischl, Mel Kendrick, Susan Lazarus-Reimen, Christine Moro, Lindsay Morris, Jodi Panas, Joe Pintauro, Dan Rizzie, Donald Sultan, Linda Sylvester, John Torreano, and Bob Weinstein.Romany Kramoris GalleryRomany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor presents “Ready, Set, Go!” the kick-off the summer season. The show will feature artwork by Christopher Engel, Adriana Barone, Joyce Brian, and George Wazenegger.An opening reception will be held Saturday, May 26, from 5 to 6:30 PM. The show runs through June 14.Shimon Okshteyn“Magical Realism — Shimon Okshteyn” will open at Janet Lehr Fine Arts in East Hampton this weekend. Okshteyn, a barometer of our time, points to aesthetic beauty, technical brilliance, and the narrative of art history as the building blocks of his life and art.In the mode of big bold painters, the work of Okshteyn astounds. Join for art, light refreshments, and music at the opening from 8 to 10 PM on Saturday, May 26. The show runs through June 13.ONGOINGUnder The CoversTripoli Gallery in Southampton presents “Under The Covers,” its third solo exhibition with Judith Hudson. Hudson’s new paintings will be on view through June 18.Hello!Keyes Art presents “Hello!” The inaugural show at Keyes Art in its new location in East Hampton features works by gallery artists, including Bert Stern, Bill Claps, Nathan Slate Joseph, Darius Yektai, Ned Smyth, April Gornik, Larry Rivers, John Chamberlain, and Willem de Kooning. The show runs through June 2. Visit www.juliekeyesart.com.Deadline for submissions is Thursday at 9 AM. Email to jessica@indyeastend.com. Sharelast_img read more

John F Hunt Demolition Ltd vs ASME Engineering Ltd

first_imgSubscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

CIL: Nice little earner

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

Unfair advantage for bigger firms

first_imgSubscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletterslast_img read more

TTS lays off staff

first_imgA workforce of approximate 30 full-time equivalents will be temporary laid off, while another approximate 20 full-time personnel will be contracted out to other TTS companies.The adjustment affects approximately 40 percent of the workforce of TTS’ offshore operations in Norway and Poland.The company explained that the reasons for the adjustments were linked to the current offshore market situation. www.ttsgroup.comlast_img