November 23, 2014

No Recall for Bean Sprouts that Sicken 63 with Salmonella


Although Salmonella in bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods has sickened 63 people in 10 states, a recall for the tainted product has not been issued. The company told federal officials that its last shipment of the product was November 18 and that it had contacted Asian restaurants and other establishments on the East Coast that received the product. But it did not issues a recall. Nor has it made public a list of  companies that served or sold the sprouts. Headscratching as that may seem, a similar situation happened with both of the other outbreaks linked to sprouts this year. Last month,  an outbreak from sprouts tainted with Listeria killed two people. Still, the producer Wholesome Soy Inc. of Chicago did not issue a recall. In fact, it kept making and distributing sprouts. And in … [Read more...]

E. coli in Ranchers Legacy Ground Beef Prompts Recall


E. coli in Ranchers Legacy Meat has prompted a 1,200-pound recall. All products produced by the Vadnais Heights, Minn. company on Nov. 19, 2014 are subject to recall. The recalled products were packaged in plastic cryovac sealed packets in various weights and distributed nationwide. The recalled products have a Package Code or Use By date of 12/10/2014 and bear the establishment number “Est. 40264” inside the USDA mark of inspection. A list of stores that received the product is not yet available. The recalled prodIndividual products include: Ranchers Legacy Ground Beef Patties 77/23, Ranchers Legacy Ground Chuck Patties 80/20, Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice Ground Beef 80/20, Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice WD Beef Patties 80/20, Ranchers Legacy RD Beef Patties 80/20,OTG Manufacturing … [Read more...]

In New Hampshire, Salmonella from Bean Sprouts Sickens 4


Four people in New Hampshire with Salmonella poisoning are part of a 10-state outbreak linked to contaminated bean sprouts.  All four people said they ate the sprouts at restaurants. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that most of the 63 people who are part of the outbreak so far ate sprouts at Asian restaurants before becoming ill, the names of those establishments have not been disclosed. Health authorities say they have notified restaurants that received shipments of sprouts from Wonton Foods Inc. in Brooklyn not to use them. Traceback investigations have implicated Wonton Foods as the producer of the tainted sprouts, but the company has not yet issued a recall. The 10 states included in the outbreak are: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, … [Read more...]

Vinacafe’s Wake Up Weasel Instant Coffee Mix Recalled for Undeclared Milk, Soy


Evershing International Trading is  recalling Vinacafe brand Wake Up Weasel Instant Coffee mix for undeclared milk and soy. Consumers with milk and soy allergies should not use  this product as they run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they do. The product contains Sodium Caseinate, a milk derivative,  and soy extract. The Vinacafe Brand Wake Up Weasel Instant Coffee mix 3‐in‐1 was distributed in California, Washington, Oregon, and Oklahoma in two types of packaging:  20 sachets (17g) packaged in a plastic bag, and 20 sachets(17g) packaged in a paper box. No illnesses have been reported to date. Consumers concerned about an illness related to this product should see a doctor.   … [Read more...]

Kozy Shack Simply Well Pudding Recalled for Undeclared Milk


Kozy Shack Enterprises LLC is recalling some of its Foodservice Kozy Shack Simply Well Chocolate Pudding cups because they contain undeclared milk. Consumers with milk allergies should not eat this product as they run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they do. The recalled product was distributed through foodservice distribution channels in: Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. It was not sold in retail stores. The product was packaged in clear 4 oz. plastic containers with the yellow lids and the Kozy Shack label.  They were marled with the lot number: 31637681,  the Item Code: … [Read more...]

Salmonella Sickens Dozens in Third Bean Sprout Outbreak of 2014


For the third time this year, bean sprouts have been linked to a multistate food poisoning outbreak. In May, it was E.coli on clover sprouts. In October,  it was Listeria on mung bean sprouts.  Now it's Salmonella on nonspecified bean sprouts. The outbreak has sickened at least 63 people in the following 10 states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Montana case likely contracted the infection on a visit to the East Coast. Onset of illness dates range from September 30, 2014 to November 8, 2014. Health officials were able to interview 42 of those sickened, most of them remembered eating bean sprouts at "Asian-style food service establishents" before they became ill, according to the Centers for … [Read more...]

Salmonella in Bean Sprouts Sickens 68 in 10 States


Salmonella in bean sprouts produced by Wonton Food Inc. of New York has sickened 68 people in 10 states, according to the Vermont Department of Health.  Eleven people have been hospitalized. Vermont has been working with other state health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on an investigation of the outbreak which includes three people from Vermont who were not hospitalized and all have recovered. Some of those who were sickened ate sprouts on food they purchased at restaurants. Restaurants and grocery stores have been advised not to serve or sell bean sprouts from this firm. The CDC has not yet announced which other states are involved in the outbreak. Massachusetts is a likely candidate as health … [Read more...]

CDC Probes for Source of Multistate Salmonella Outbreak


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with the Massachusetts Department of Health to determine the source of a multistate cluster of Salmonella illnesses, according to Health officials say they will provide more information once a food source is identified. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning, which include fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea, usually develop between six and 72 hours of exposure and last about a week. But, in some cases, the diarrhea may be so severe that hospitalization is required.  For these patients, the risk of developing a more serious, sometimes fatal, infection that spreads from the intestines to the blood stream is elevated. Each year,  1.2 million Americans are sickened by Salmonella, and 400 people die. Children under … [Read more...]

WI Raw Milk Outbreak Raises Ethical, Legal Questions


A raw milk outbreak that sickened 38 people in Durand, Wisconsin, is raising ethical and legal questions. The milk was served at a potluck for the football team on September 18. Many of those sickened were high school students. The parent who supplied the milk told no one that it had not pasteurized. Two days after the dinner, reports of illnesses started rolling in. Like other bacteria that causes food poisoning, Campylobacter produces symptoms including diarrhea that can be bloody, vomiting, abdominal cramping and fever. Eight people were hospitalized. So many of the football players were so sick for so long that the school had to forfeit two football games. The outbreak also triggered a massive cleaning effort at the school and, before the source of illness was determined, … [Read more...]

Listeria Risk 24 Times Greater for Hispanic Pregnant Women


Two Listeria outbreaks this year illustrate how badly the odds are stacked against Hispanic pregnant women when it comes to Listeria.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pregnant Hispanic women are 24 times more likely than the general population to get Listeria poisoning. A major factor in the increased risk is the consumption of queso fresco and other soft cheeses. All of the case patients in the two multistate Listeria outbreaks linked to soft-cheeses this year were Hispanic. Some of them were pregnant women. Some were newborns. And some of them died. Because their immune systems are suppressed, all pregnant women are at special risk for Listeria, which can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth and listeriosis in newborns. But the risk is … [Read more...]

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