October 20, 2014

National Seafood Month Food Safety Tips


October is National Seafood Month and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has compiled some food safety tips to help consumers makes smart choices and reduce the risk of food poisoning. They are as follows: Buying Fresh Fish or Shrimp? If something smells fishy, don’t buy it. Fish should be odorless. It should not smell fishy, sour or like ammonia. Whole fish should have firm, shiny flesh; clear, slightly bulged eyes and red gills that are free of slime. Shrimp should also be odorless. Its flesh should be shiny and translucent. Don’t buy seafood that is not refrigerated or displayed on a bed of ice. Buying Fresh Shellfish? Look for labels or tags on sacks of live shellfish that have information such as the processor’s certification number, which means that the shellfish were … [Read more...]

Source of Most Cyclospora Cases in Current Outbreak Unknown

Cyclospora Parasites

A cyclopora outbreak that sickened 304 people in 19 states this summer has gone largely unsolved. Cilantro from Mexico was identified as the source of the 133 cases in Texas, but the source of the 171 cases in the remaining 18 states has not been identified. Similarly, in a 2013 outbreak, a food source for of most of the 643 cases of cyclospora reported in 25 states was never identified. In both outbreaks, cilantro imported from Puebla Mexico was identified as the food source for cases in Texas. This year, 133 people in Texas contracted infections from eating food contaminated with the parasite, last year, 270 Texans got cyclosporiasis from contaminated cilantro. Cyclospora is a parasite normally found in tropical or sub-tropical regions. If ingested in its mature state, the parasite … [Read more...]

Oregon E. coli Death Spotlights Barnyard Risks For Children


Oregon health authorities have not disclosed the findings of their ongoing investigation into the September E.coli death of 4-year-old Serena Profitt and the E.coli illness of her friend Brad Sutton, 5. But Serena's mother, Rachel Profitt, told The Oregonian in an interview that the family's pet goat is considered a prime suspect. Profitt said there are still a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the illness and death of her daughter. E. coli was found in the goat's droppings but, but officials have not confirmed if it was a genetic match to the strain that sickened Serena and Brad. Goat dropping were among the samples health officials collected from the Profitt home, but stool samples from family members, including 2-year-old Hannah who was also sick around the time Serena became … [Read more...]

Celebrate World Handwashing Day By Singing Happy Birthday, Twice


Today is World Handwashing Day and one of the best ways to celebrate is to wash your hands with soap and running water for as long as it takes you to sing Happy Birthday, twice. Global Handwashing Day was originally created for school-age children but has expanded to include teaching everyone about one of the best ways to prevent the spread of disease. "Turning handwashing with soap before eating and after using the toilet into an ingrained habit could save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention, cutting deaths from diarrhea by almost half and deaths from acute respiratory infections by one-quarter," according to the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing (GPPPH). Handwashing with soap  and water  is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent … [Read more...]

Italian Style Wedding Soup Recalled for Undeclared Egg and Soy


Giant Eagle Market District Italian Style Wedding Soup is being recalled for undeclared allergens egg and soy. Consumers with these allergies should not eat this product as they risk serious reactions if they do. No adverse reactions had been reported at the time of the recall. The recalled product was  made by Fresh Food Manufacturing in Freedom, Pa. on Oct. 9, 2014 and sold in 24-oz. cups in retail stores in Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania.    The establishment number “EST. 40211” appears inside the USDA mark of inspection. The problem arose form a labeling mishap. The recalled product bears the ingredients list of a chili product that the company also produces at the facility. The chili label does not list soy and egg, which are ingredients in the Italian Style Wedding … [Read more...]

Salmonella Strikes Conference at Living Word Tabernacle in NC

Salmonella Living Word

Salmonella may have sickened as many as 50 people who attended a church conference at Living Word Tabernacle Church in Bessemer City, NC, according to the Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS). Seven people have confirmed cases of salmonellosis and tests results are pending on others who attended the conference October 1-5. “Our public health staff is working closely with the church, the North Carolina Division of Public Health, and the community,” said Chris Dobbins, DHHS director. “Our priority is to identify those who have fallen ill, ensure they have received proper medical attention, and work together to identify a source so we can educate and prevent future outbreaks of this nature.” Salmonellosis is an infection that develops when food or beverages … [Read more...]

More Beef Piroshki Recalled for Undercooked Meat


Galant Food Company, San Leandro, Calif. establishment, is recalling an additional 130 pounds of beef piroshki products because the meat filling used in the products did not meet its cooking critical limit. This recall is an expansion of a previously announced recall. The expanded recall includes 6.5-oz. Paramount Beef and Cheese Piroshki sold 12 per case, with case codes 092214; and 7-oz. Galinas Original Beef and Cheese Piroshki, sold 12 per case, with case codes 092314. The  recalled products, marked with establishment number “EST. 9014,” were produced Sept. 22 through 23, 2014 and then shipped to a distributor in the San Francisco Bay area. There have been no reports of illness associated with the recalled items, but consumers who have purchased these products should not eat … [Read more...]

Mexican Cheddar Dip Recalled for Undeclared Eggs


Real Foods of Seattle is initiating recalling 96 units of “Mexican Cheddar Dip” product because it contains an undeclared allergen, eggs. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg should not eat this product as they run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they do. No adverse reactions or illnesses had been reported at the time of the recall. The recalled product was soldat Quality Food Centers in 10 oz packages with the UPC numbers 0 30223 00952 8; or 0 30223 00968 9 and "sell by" dates  10/09/14; 10/10/14 and 10/11/14. No other products or code dates are affected by this recall. The recalled product was manufactured between October 4  and October 6 and shipped between  October 5 and October 7 to a limited number of  Quality Food Center stores in … [Read more...]

Did Salmonella Sicken 50 People in Gastonia, North Carolina?

Salmonella Gastonia

About 50 people who attended a gathering at the Living Word Tabernacle in Gastonia, NC last week got food poisoning, one of them has a confirmed case of Salmonella poisoning, according to the Gaston County Health Department. County health authorities are collaborating with the state health department, working late into the evening on their investigation of the outbreak which may involve residents from other states. They are gathering samples and information from those sickened and expect to release a summary of what they have learned tomorrow. At this point, a food source for the outbreak has not been identified. Food served at the event may have been supplied by more than one vender. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramping, … [Read more...]

Listeria Prompts Vending Machine Sandwich Recall in NC, SC, VA, GA

Listeria recall

Vending machine sandwiches and snacks made by SunBurst Foods of Goldsboro, NC and sold under a variety of brand names in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia are being recalled for possible Listeria contamination. The sandwiches, hot dogs and snack items were sold under the brand names River Edge Farms, CFW, Southern Zest, CJ’s Vending, Binford Street Deli, Middle Georgia Vendors, Roanoke Foods, Select Foods, and Jesse Jones. The recalled products include bologna, turkey, egg salad, chicken salad, ham and cheese, grilled cheese , peanut butter and jelly, and pimento cheese sandwiches; breakfast biscuit sandwiches with egg, sausage, ham or cheese; hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chili dogs, hot dogs, fried chicken, chicken tenders, green salads and more. For a complete list, … [Read more...]

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