July 24, 2014

Cyclospora in 13 States Sickens 125

Cyclospora has sickened 125 people in 13 states

At least 125 cases of cyclospora infection have been reported in 13 states, according to the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) in Minnesota.  Health officials have not determined if the cases are linked and a food source has not been identified. But as spike in cases is unusual. Cyclospora is a rare parasite normally associated with tropical or subtropical climates. In the U.S., cases of infection, called cyclosporiasis, are most often associated with travel. Last year, the single-celled organism burst into national headlines when a 25-state outbreak sickened 631 people, hospitalizing 49. Produce imported from Mexico was identified as the source of most of those illnesses. Cyclospora is transmitted via the fecal-oral route, meaning microscopic amounts of … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Cases Reported In Maine, Texas

Cyclospora in Texas and Maine

One year after a cyclospora outbreak swept through 25 states sickening 631 people, new cases of infection (cyclosporiasis) from the rare parasite have been reported in Maine and Texas. At least 61 cases have been reported in Texas. In Maine, four cases have been confirmed and test results on two other cases are pending. Health officials have not yet identified a food source for the outbreaks or established if cases in both states are related. Texas was hardest hit in last year's outbreak with 270 cases. Maine was not part of the 2013 outbreak and has not seen a case of cyclospora since 2010. Maine's four cases this year were reported between June 24 and July 7. For three of those patients, onset of illness began between May 27 and June 15.  The Texas cases were also reported over the … [Read more...]

Schwebel Withraws Baked Goods on Listeria Concern


Schwebel Baking Company of Youngstown, Ohio has withdrawn certain products from the marketplace after Listeria was discovered during scheduled testing at its Youngstown bakery. None of Schwebel’s other bakeries are impacted. There have been no reports of illness associated with the baked goods, which were distributed to retail outlets, restaurants and institutions in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, New York, Michigan, West Virginia and Kentucky. However, the products should not be sold or consumed. Paul Schwebel, the company’s president, said production was immediately halted when the problem was discovered and  the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was alerted of the potential problem, according to a statement on the company's website. The company also placed all product prepared for … [Read more...]

Listeria Fruit Recall Includes Whole Foods, Cub, Aldi, Kroger and More

Whole Foods, Kroger, Cub Listeria recall peaches, necatrines, plums, pluots

The stone fruit Listeria recall includes a number of major retailers. Consumers who have purchased peaches, nectarines, plums and plouts should check to see if the store where they were purchased the fruit is included in the recall. According to their websites and information provided by Wawona,  the following retailers are included in the recall: Whole Foods, Cub Foods, Aldi, Kroger, Giants, Martins, Wegmans, Jay C, Dillons, Bakers, Gerbes, Food4less Fremont, King Soopers, City Market, Frys, Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Food4less, FoodsCo, QFC, Smith's, Hannaford, BJs Wolsesale Club, Costco, Trader Joe’s, Sam’s Club and Walmart. This is not a complete list, but is based on information available so far. The recalled fruit was packed between June 1 and  July 12. At this point, no illness have … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak on Fond du Lac Reservation

E. coli BAct

An E. coli outbreak has sickened between six and 12 members of the Fond du Lac band of Lake Superior Chippewa on the reservation in northeastern MN near Cloquet, about 20 miles west of Duluth. Health authorities say they have not yet determined the food source of the outbreak or the specific bacterial strain. The Minnesota Department of Health is currently investigating an E.coli O111 outbreak in the Twin Cities area. That outbreak has sickened at least 15 people, some of whom ate at Applebee's restaurants between June 23 and June 29 before becoming ill. Four of those sickened in the Twin Cities area were hospitalized and are recovering. Labs do not normally test for E. coli O111, a less common strain of the bacteria, so some cases may not yet be diagnosed. Symptoms of an E. coli … [Read more...]

Whole Foods in Hyannis Recalls Chocolate Chewies for Undeclared Nuts


Whole Foods Market in Hyannis, Mass.  is recalling "Chocolate Chewies" because they contain undeclared walnuts. No allergic reactions have been reported and no other stores are involved. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to tree nuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Signage has been posted in the store to notify customers of this recall, and all affected product has been removed from shelves. The recalled product was sold in the Hyannis store between Sunday, July 13, 2014 and Friday, July 18, 2014 in clear, clamshell packages with the "Use By" date of: 7/18/14. Consumers with questions should contact the store.     … [Read more...]

Wawona Peaches, Nectarines, Plums Sold at Costco, Sam’s Club and Trader Joe’s Recalled for Listeria

Peaches, necatrines, pluots and plums sold at Trade Joe's, Costco and Sam's recalled for Listeria.

Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, Calif, is recalling certain lots of whole peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots for potential contamination with Listeria monocytognes. The fruits were sold at a number of stores including Costco, Sam's Club and Trader Joe's. No illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall, but consumers who have purchased these fruits should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Young children, seniors, pregnant women and others with weakened immune systems are most at risk for Listeria infection. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea Among pregnant women, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths . Wawona has notified its business customers and requested … [Read more...]

Wegmans Recalls Baked Desserts on Listeria Fears


Wegmans Food Markets Inc. of Rochester, NY is recalling in-store baked desserts containing fresh peaches, nectarines, and plums that may be contaminated with Listeria.  The fruit was supplied by California-based Wawona Packing Company which has recalled the produce. No illnesses have been reported at this time. Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should not eat them as Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious illness and death. Children, seniors, pregnant women and others with compromised immune systems are most at risk. Among pregnant women, Listeria infections can cause miscarriage or stillbirth. The recalled products were sold in Wegmans stores from June 1 to July 20. The recalled pies and cakes are as follows: Peach Melba Whipped Cream, 34 oz. UPC … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Outbreak Sickened 631

Cyclospora Parasites

A cyclospora outbreak that began one year ago was the largest food poisoning outbreak of 2013 sickeneing 631 people in 25 states before ending in late September. At least 49 people were hospitalized, Cyclospora is a rare parasite normally found in tropical regions. Health investigators determined that the outbreak had multiple food sources, but most illnesses were linked to tainted produce imported from Mexico. Eating food contaminated with cyclospora causes an infection called cyclosporiasis. The main symptom is watery diarrhea that can last up to two months if untreated. Other symptoms include fatigue,  low-grade fever, loss of appetite, weight loss, bloating, increased gas, nausea, vomiting and muscle aches. Although the outbreak included cases in 25 states, most of them, about … [Read more...]

Salmonella Likes Bruised Blueberries

Frozen Berry Mix

Salmonella can grow on bruised blueberries kept at shipping or retail display temperatures, according to a new study in the Journal of Food Protection. The study was conducted by researchers at the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Citrus Research and Education Center at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida, Strawberries and blueberries harvested at or near full-ripe maturity and softer than those that are not as ripe and therefore more susceptible to bruising during harvest and transport. The researchers wanted to see how E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella behaved on bruised fruit and intact fruit at shipping temperature, 35.6˚ F, and retail display 59.9˚ F. So they The bruised the berries inoculated them with bacteria and … [Read more...]

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