November 27, 2015

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Dog Bones Recalled for Salmonella

Blue Buffalo Company is recalling Cub Size Wilderness Wild Chews Bones for Salmonella. Consumers who have purchased these items should throw them away in a sealed bag. Pet food and treats contaminated with Salmonella can causes illness pets who eat them and humans who handle them. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection in humans include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. In some cases, Salmonella can also cause heart problems, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers who have handled this dog treat and developed these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider. Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever, abdominal pain,  lethargy, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, or vomiting. Infected but … [Read more...]

Recall: Bertagni fresh and Meijer frozen Sweet Butternut Squash Ravioli

Bertagni fresh and Meijer frozen Sweet Butternut Squash Ravioli is being recalled for undeclared cashew and almond.  People with allergies or severe sensitivities to cashews or almonds should not eat these products as they run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they do. The 8.8-ounce Bertagni product is packaged in a paper tray inside a plastic bag and wrapped around with paper band. It was distributed nationwide between May 11 and November 12, 2015. It had the UPC 8001020110139, lot codes 506B, 508C, 511D, 512C, 513B, 516B, 520A, 522B, 522F, 523B, 523C, 529C, 530F, 531F, 535C, 536 and expiration dates from August 3 2016 to January 29, 2017. The 12-ounce Meijer product is packaged in a paper box and was distributed in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak Prompts Huge Taylor Farms Celery Recall

An E. coli outbreak that has sickened 19 people has triggered a massive recall of products containing Taylor Farms celery.  Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as E. coli can cause serious illness and death. At least 19 people in seven states have already been sickened, two of them have hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) a life-threatening complication that causes kidney failure. The recalled products include vegetable trays sold at Walmart and 7-Eleven; wraps and salads sold at Target; prepared salads sold at Costco; salad sold at King Soopers; salads and wraps sold at Pantry and Savemart; salad kits, veggie trays and salads at Safeway; Vons and Albertons; the Holiday Turkey Sandwich sold at Starbucks; and salad kits at Tonys. A celery and diced onion … [Read more...]

Costco Chicken Salad E. Coli Outbreak Sickens 19

An E. coli outbreak linked to chicken salad sold Costco stores has sickened 19 people in seven states.  Five people have been hospitalized; two of them have hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening complication that causes kidney failure, seizure, stroke and coma. Consumers who purchased rotisserie chicken salad from any Costco store in the United States on or before November 20, 2015, should not eat it. Consumers who have purchased it should throw it away.  On November 20, Costco told public health officials that it had removed all remaining rotisserie chicken salad from all of its U.S. stores and temporarily halted further production. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),  the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food … [Read more...]

Salmonella in Cucumbers Sickens 25 In Washington

Twenty-five people in Washington have been sickened with Salmonella infections from contaminated cucumbers. They are part of a huge outbreak that has sickened 838 people in 38 states.  One hundred and sixty five people have been hospitalized, four have died. By county, the case count is as follows: Clark (4 cases), King (5); Kitsap (2); Pierce (5); Snohomish (4); Spokane (2); Thurston (1); Walla Walla (1); and Yakima (1). One person has been hospitalized. On September 4, 2015,  Andrew & Williamson recalled the cucumbers sold under the “Limited Edition” brand label from August 1, 2015 through September 3, 2015. Then, on September 11, another recall was issued by Custom Produce Sales for all cucumbers sold under the Fat Boy label starting August 1, 2015.  Those unlabeled cucumbers, … [Read more...]

A Confusing Week in the Chipotle E. coli Outbreak Investigation

It was a confusing week in the Chipotle E. coli outbreak investigation. On Tuesday, November 17, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reduced the number of those sickened in Oregon and Washington from 50 to 37 and said no new cases had been reported since October 30. Three days later, November 20, the agency announced that the outbreak had expanded to include cases in four other states including Minnesota where a case had previously been identified but ruled out as part of the outbreak. That state now has two cases. What's more, the total number of those ill, now 45, includes two more cases in Washington and three cases that occurred after October 30. What does it all mean?  The contaminated food has not been eliminated from the restaurant's supply chain as previously … [Read more...]

Casey’s Bakery Recalls Snickers Cakes for Undeclared Peanuts

Casey's Bakery Inc. of Sioux Center Iowa is recalling all Snickers cakes produced prior November 14, 2015, because the cakes contain undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts should not eat these cakes as they run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they do. The 8 x 8 inch cakes, sold in foil trays with clear plastic lids,  and are sold frozen. They have a net weight is 23 oz. were distributed to stores in Orange City, Hartley and Hawarden. They were also sold at the Casey's Bakery retail store in Sioux Center. The cakes were only distributed within the state of Iowa. All cakes with date codes prior to 696 or purchased before Nov. 14, 2015 are being recalled. The code is on the back of the product package. At the time … [Read more...]

In Cananda, Inverloch Cheddar Recalled for Listeria

In Canada, Glen Echo Fine Foods is recalling Inverloch Cheddar Cheese imported from Scotland for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it as Listeria can cause serious illness. Symptoms of a Listeria infection include stiff neck, fever, muscle weakness and gastrointestinal symptoms. Among pregnant women, Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths. The recalled products are Isle of Kintyre brand Laird's Mustard Mature Cheddar & Whole Grain Mustard sold in 1 kilogram packages with product code 10-03-16 and UPC 5 060020 410338. Also recalled is Isle of Kintyre Applesmoke Mature Cheddar sold in 900 gram packages with product code 3-03-16 and UPC 5 060020 410260.At the time of the recall there had been no reports … [Read more...]

Twisted Fork E. coli Outbreak Linked to Dessert from Reno Provisions

An E. coli outbreak at the Twisted Fork in Reno, Nevada has been linked to desserts manufactured by Reno Provisions. At least 21 people were sickened in the outbreak. The restaurant temporarily closed during the investigation, but will reopen on Tuesday. Health officials will now shift the investigation to Reno Provisions. Symptoms of an E. coli infection include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody. Anyone who has these symptoms should see a doctor.   … [Read more...]

Where Are Banned, Salmonella Contaminated Cucumbers Being Sold?

Imported cucumbers identified as the source of a Salmonella outbreak were supposed to have been barred from entering this country two months ago, but people are still getting sick. How? Cucumbers have a shelf a life of about two weeks and symptoms of a Salmonella infection usually appear within six to 72 hours of exposure. Yet, people sickened by the three outbreak strains of Salmonella Poona have reported onset of illness as recently as early November. Despite two recalls and two import alerts essentially banning cucumbers from the farm in question, is the tainted produce somehow still on the market? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Thursday that 838 people in 38 states have been sickened, 165 have been hospitalized, four have died. Since the last … [Read more...]

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