May 27, 2016

FDA Food Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

Whether you're preparing for a big party, getting together with a few friends or flying solo on Memorial Day weekend, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has some food safety tips to keep food poisoning off the menu. You're going to need a food thermometer. If you don't have one, pick one up at the grocery or convenience store, measuring the temperature of food is the only way to know if it has been cooked or held at the proper temperature. Keep hot foods hot. Hot foods need to be kept at an internal temperature of 140° F or warmer. Check the product label or use a food thermometer to check the temperature your food warmer, chafing dish or slow cooker can reach before you use it. Bacteria can multiply quickly on hot foods that are not held at this temperature. Keep cold foods … [Read more...]

Troyer Cheese Company Nuts, Pretzels, Mixes Recalled for Listeria

Troyer Cheese Inc. of Millersburg, OH has issued a Listeria recall for pretzels, nuts, and snack mixes. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. The recalled products are:CRANBERRY NUT DELIGHT MIX PREPACK, sold in 12 and 9 oz sizes with UPC 0 49646 11038 ;  HONEY ISLAND CRUNCH MIX PREPACKAGED,  in 12 and 9 oz sizes with UPC 0 49646 10090 3; PRETZELS PEANUT BUTTER PREPACKAGED, in 12 and 9 oz sizes with UPC0 49646 12079 6; and WALNUT HALVES/PIECES PREPACKAGED in 12 and 9 oz sizes with UPC0 49646 12073 4. The products, packaged at Amish Wedding Foods, were distributed by Troyer Cheese between May 6, 2016 and May 24, 2016 to the following states: AL, AR, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NE, … [Read more...]

Cryptosporidium Outbreak at Litchfield Farm Sickens School Children

School field trips to a Litchfield, MN farm have resulted in more than 10 cases of diarrheal illness from animal contact, including three cases of laboratory-confirmed Cryptosporidium infection.  All of those sickened reported visiting Nelson Farm on a school field trip starting on May 9. The children sickened are from five different schools, but numerous school groups visited the farm through May 25, so there could be many more children who become ill. The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating an outbreak and has issued a health advisory to local and tribal health departments, hospitals, clinics and healthcare providers. Stool samples from patients with with vomiting and diarrhea should be tested  for bacterial and parasitic pathogens with a specific request for … [Read more...]

Sunflower Seed Listeria Recall Roundup

A May 4 sunflower seed Listeria recall by SunOpta has triggered a cascade of others.  Here is a roundup of the Listeria recalls for sunflower seeds or products containing them. Consumers should check product information carefully as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Symptoms of an infection, which can take up to 70 days to develop, include high fever, muscle aches, neck stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Among pregnant women, Listeria infections can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery and infection in newborns. Others at heightened risk are young children, seniors and those with compromised immune systems. Consumers who have purchased these products and eaten them should photograph the packaging, then throw away the product in a sealed package … [Read more...]

Weekly Food Recall Roundup: May 22, 2016

Lots of updates to Listeria recalls for frozen vegetables and sunflower kernels this week. Listeria is a bacteria that can cause serious, sometimes fatal infections. Those most at risk are young children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms, which can take 70 days to develop,  include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Among pregnant women, Listeria infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths. SunOpta expanded its Listeria recall of Sunflower kernels and touched off a series others including Hy-Vee Trail Mix;  Papa John's Oriental Salad sold at Albertsons, Safeway, Bashas and Food 4 Less; Dakota Style sunflower kernels; an expansion of Treehouse Foods recall for products sold under the brand names Southern Grove, … [Read more...]

Hy-Vee Trail Mix Recalled for Listeria

Hy-Vee, Inc. of West Des Moines, Iowa, is recalling six trail mix products that may be contaminated with Listeria. The recalled products were sold at Hy-Vee stores in the eight states where it does business. Consumers who have purchased them should not eat them. The products include Hy-Vee Caramel Cashew Honey Crunch Trail Mix, Hy-Vee Dark Chocolate Cranberry Trail Mix, Hy-Vee Mountain Trail Mix, Hy-Vee Mountain Trail Mix To Go, Hy-Vee Berry Trail Mix and Hy-Vee Santa Fe Trail Mix. For details about the recalled products click the link above. Listeria can cause serious, sometimes fatal infections. Those most at risk are young children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms, which can take 70 days to develop,  include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, … [Read more...]

Listeria Recall for Salads Sold at Safeway, Albertsons, Bashas and Food 4 Less

Salads made by Papa John’s that are being recalled for Listeria because they may contain contaminated sunflower seeds were sold at Albertsons, Safeway, Bashas and Food 4 Less. Consumers who have purchased these salads should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness. The recalled was issued after SunOpta expanded its sunflower kernel recall. Listeria can cause serious, sometimes fatal infections. Those most at risk are young children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms, which can take 70 days to develop,  include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Among pregnant women, Listeria infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths. As of May 21, no illnesses had been reported to Papa John’s Salads and Produce, … [Read more...]

WI Reports Salmonella Illness From Online Sale of Recalled Shake Mix

An online sale of recalled Garden of Life RAW Meal and Shake Replacement has resulted in at least on Salmonella case in Wisconsin, according to the state's agriculture department. The product had been linked to a Salmonella outbreak in January and February of 2016. Garden of Life recalled the contaminated product from the market, reformulated the recipe to omit the problematic ingredient and changed the packaging so consumers could distinguish the product from the recalled version. But some people are selling the recalled product on eBay, Amazon and other online retail sites. Wisconsin health officials are working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the latest illness, including tracing the source of the contaminated product. Consumers who have this product … [Read more...]

Papa John’s Salads Recalled for Listeria

Papa John’s Salads and Produce of Tolleson, AZ, is recalling approximately 373 pounds of ready-to-eat salads with chicken because they may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes. Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it. The Signature Café Citrus Kale Salad with Chicken items were produced from May 10 through May 17, 2016 and sold to retail locations in Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota and Wyoming. The recalled products, which have the establishment number “P-40280” inside the USDA mark of inspection, are 7.5-oz. plastic packages of “Signature Café Citrus Kale Salad with Chicken – Dress with Lemon, Salt and Pepper” with “Use By” dates of May 17 through May 24, 2016 and UPC code of 2113008148. The problem was discovered … [Read more...]

Marie Callender’s Salisbury Steak, Molly’s Kitchen Macaroni & Beef Recall

Marie Callender’s Salisbury Steak and Molly’s Kitchen Macaroni & Beef Recall are being recalled for undeclared fish allergen. Consumers who have a fish allergy should not eat these products as they risk allergic reaction if they do. ConAgra Foods Packaged Foods of Council Bluffs, Iowa issued the recall of about   84,340 pounds of the two beef products after it was discovered that they were inadvertently made with Worcestershire sauce and may contain fish (anchovies), a known allergen that is not declared on the product label. The recalled items were produced between April 13 and April 14, 2016 and sold nationwide. The recalled products, which have the establishment number “EST. 1058” inside the USDA mark of inspection, are 14-oz. boxes of “Marie Callender’s Salisbury Steak with … [Read more...]

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