April 18, 2015

Botulism Outbreak Sickens Two From Lea County NM

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Two people from Lea County, NM have been hospitalized in Texas with botulism, according to the New Mexico Department of Health. Officials have not yet determined the source of the outbreak but they believe it is contaminated food. Botulism causes illness and paralysis and can be fatal. It is caused by a nerve toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum which is found in soil and dust. Symptoms include: double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, muscle weakness, decending paralysis, difficulty breathing and shortness of breath. If untreated, death can occur if the paralysis reaches the respiratory muscles. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should see a doctor. There are three kinds of botulism: foodborne, wound and … [Read more...]

Schnuck’s Recalls Pasta Salad for Salmonella

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Schnuck Markets Inc. of St. Louis is recalling Chef’s Express California Pasta Salad sold in its Deli/Chef’s Express departments from April 2 to April 14, 2015 for Salmonella. Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it as Salmonella can cause serious illness and death. No illnesses have been reported to date related to the consumption of this product. The recalled product was distributed to 99 Schnucks stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. It was labeled Chef’s Express California Pasta Salad and sold by weight through the company’s Deli/Chef’s Express departments. This recall is a result a spinach Salmonella recall by Taylor Farms of  of Salina, Calif. Schnucks has ceased sale of the California Pasta Salad at this time.     … [Read more...]

Campylobacter Outbreak Linked to Undercooked Liver Pâté

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Undercooked chicken liver in restaurant pâté was the source of a January 2014 Campylobacter outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This is the second time a multistate outbreak of campylobacteriosis has been linked to undercooked chicken livers. Two Oregon restaurants were involved in the outbreak that sickened five people. Tests on chicken livers taken from the restaurants were positive for the same strain of Campylobacter found in a culture from one of the patients. Three of the patients, ages  31–76,  were women. Two of the patients were from Ohio and visited an Oregon restaurant, two patients who dined at a second restaurant were from Oregon. A fifth case was discovered in Washington state. That patient had been advised by a naturopathic … [Read more...]

Death of Girl, 4, Spurs Mandatory E.coli Tetsing Bill in Orgeon

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Serena Profitt, age 4, died last summer of E. coli poisoning. A bill introduced in the Oregon House, HB 3540, hopes to prevent similar tragedies. Health authorities believe Serena and her friend, Brad Sutton, 5, both contracted E.coli infections from the same source, but they never identified it. Bradley was hospitalized and survived, but help for Serena came too late. The children both became ill over Labor Day weekend last year experiencing bloody diarrhea. Serena’s family brought her to the hospital twice but she was sent home each time without being tested for E. coli. Serena's symptoms persisted, so the Profitts brought her to a different hospital where she was admitted going into shock and kidney failure. She died two days later after suffering a stroke and a massive … [Read more...]

Listeria Recall Prompts Closure of Spanish Sonrise Dairy in Yacolt, WA

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A raw cream Listeria recall has prompted the closure of Spanish Sonrise Dairy in Yacolt, WA, The Columbian has reported. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall, but the owners say it has prompted them to close the dairy ahead of schedule. During routine testing by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, Listeria was found in raw cream. All raw cow milk, goat milk and cream with expiration dates between April 16 and 21 is being recalled. Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Symptoms, which can take up to 70 days to develop, include fever, headache, stiff neck, muscle stiffness, and gastrointestinal symptoms. Those most at risk are pregnant women, seniors, children and those with compromised immune system. Among pregnant women, Listeria can … [Read more...]

Texas Health Issues Listeria Advisory to Healthcare Providers

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The Texas State Department of Health Services has issued a Listeria advisory to healthcare providers. Patients with symptoms, who are in high-risk groups and may have been exposed to Listeria through a contaminated product should be tested, the advisory states.  Specifically, "diagnostic testing should include cultures of blood and other specimens, such ascerebrospinal fluid, as indicated by the clinical presentation." Symptoms of a Listeria infection can take 70 days to develop. They include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, other muscle stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Those at high risk for an invasive Listeria infection include pregnant women, adults 65 and older, those with … [Read more...]

Corn Maiden Tamales, Taquitos Recalled for Undeclared Soy

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Corn Maiden Foods Inc. of  Harbor City, Calif.  is recalling approximately 15,600 pounds of pork tamales, pork Yucatan, and beef brisket taquitos for undeclared soy. Consumers with a soy allergy should not eat these products. The recalled products were produced between April 9, 2014 and April 8, 2015.  They include: 20.625- lb. cases containing 60 5.5 oz. pieces of “Tamales with Pork Sante Fe Green Chile Wrapped in Corn Husks;” 9.375 -lb. cases containing 60 2.5 oz. pieces of “Tamales with Pork Sante Fe Green Chile Wrapped in Corn Husks;” 24 lb- cases containing 3 8lb. vacuum sealed packages of “Border Grill Pork Yucatan;” and 15 lb. cases containing 100 2.7 oz. pieces of “Border Grill [Beef] Brisket Taquitos.” The recalled products have the establishment number “EST. 20949” inside … [Read more...]

La Guadalupana Tamales Recalled for Undeclared Egg White

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La Guadalupana Wholesale in Chicago is recalling Hot Chicken, Hot Pork and Salsa Verde Vegan tamales for undeclared egg white. Consumers with egg allergies should not eat these products as they risk severe reaction if they do. The recalled products were sold throughout the Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana between January 16, 2015 and April 8, 2015. The problem was caused when a supplier sent a different corn starch, one that contained egg white, and it was used to make La Guadalupana’s Salsa Verde Sauce. Customers with questions should contact the company.   … [Read more...]

Listeria Lawyer: Blue Bell Shows Need for Better Ice Cream Testing

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The Blue Bell Listeria outbreak has highlighted the need for improved testing at facilities that make frozen dairy products, according to Brendan Flaherty, a food safety attorney with PritzkerOlsen in Minneapolis. Over the last four years, Listeria in ice cream products made at Blue Bell facilities in two states has sickened at least eight people, killing three of them. “These products have been making people sick, not for months, but for years. This is not a one-time problem but a systemic problem," said Flaherty who is representing clients from Minnesota and New Mexico in the caramel apple Listeria outbreak. How did Blue Bell's Listeria problem go on for years without detection? Part of the problem is that Blue Bell's plants weren't regularly tested by state and federal health … [Read more...]

After Salmonella Outbreak, Pho Tam In Boise Temporarily Closes

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Pho Tam restaurant in Boise has been temporarily after health inspectors found food safety violations there during their investigation of five cases of Salmonella poisoning linked to the restaurant. The illnesses took place between February and mid-March,  a spokesperson for Central District Health told KTVB News. A food source of the outbreak has not yet been determined. t Salmonella is a pathogen that is transmitted vis the fecal-oral route, meaning someone gets sick when they consume food or beverages contaminated with microscopic amounts of fecal matter. Symptoms, which include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever,  usually appear within six to 72 hours of exposure and last up to a week. In some cases, the diarrhea may be so severe that hospitalization is required. These … [Read more...]

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