I always go to the gas station for a sandwich: Detroit-based company distributing tainted sandwiches

The U.S. government wants to stop a Detroit company from distributing ready-to-eat sandwiches which, the government says, are tainted and could be a health hazard to those who eat them.

Scotty-s-Foods-sandwich-jpgA civil complaint has been filed on behalf of the FDA claiming Scotty’s Incorporated’s sandwiches are manufactured “under insanitary conditions.”

“Moreover, the company has failed to implement a written Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan for handling seafood and minimizing the potential for harmful contamination in the company’s ready-to-eat tuna sandwiches,” reads a statement from the Justice Department.

The sandwiches can be purchased in vending machines and at gas stations or convenience stores.

The FDA inspected Scotty’s facilities at 3426 Junction Street in Detroit, where the company prepares, packs, holds, and distributes ready-to-eat sandwiches, and also processes seafood, specifically tuna for tuna sandwiches. According to the complaint, the inspection between Jan. 14 and Feb. 6, 2014 found the sandwiches “have been prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have become contaminated with filth or rendered injurious to health.”

View: PDF of civil complaint against Scotty’s

Step away from the baguette ‘Unsafe’ sandwiches destroyed after joint raid on UK firms

Around 1,260 unsafe food items have been destroyed after a coordinated operation in Witley Industrial Estate in Southall.

doug.wine.breadFood safety officers from Ealing Council worked with the police and the Home Office to carry out the raid early in the morning of May 28, with council officers targeting unsafe food production and seizing 360 baguettes as a result of poor temperature control.

Ealing magistrates last week ordered the food to be destroyed and awarded the council full costs of £591.36.

Another business operating at the same estate also agreed to voluntarily dispose of 900 food items which had not been produced hygienically.

During the operation, police officers from Southall Green Safer Neighbourhood Team arrested a 20-year-old man for a public order offence.

Officers from the Home Office’s Immigration Enforcement team also arrested a 28-year-old Indian man, who had overstayed his visa.

He has been placed on immigration bail and must report to the Home Office while his case is progressed.

Real Housewives, Really Gross

 We’ve been away from our American television channels and DVR for a few months already, and I’ve had some odd cravings for bad television. So last night I loaded up the season premiere of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills only to watch some unsanitary behaviour and food safety mistakes.

The entire episode was weirdly awkward, but when Ken, the stiff-upper-lipped British gentleman, claimed that therapy would make him feel weak, and then proceeded to let his little celebrity-pooch Jiggy drink from the very expensive crystal glass set before him, I cringed. Not to worry, it got worse. Once Jiggy had finished shoving his whole head into the glass, Ken picked it up and had a drink, too.
Bad television? The Housewives never disappoint. In the outtakes for upcoming episodes, Lisa (Jiggy’s mommy) is demonstrating to Adrienne how to prepare a large bird. She says that first it needs to be washed. Adrienne has her own bird, follows Lisa to the sink, and proceeds to use hand soap on it. Lisa thinks this is utterly ridiculous, of course. I can’t wait to see the cross-contaminations continue.
I’m no real housewife but I do know better than to wash my bird in the sink or to let my doggy drink from my glass at a dinner party.