October 24, 2014

Taylor Farms Broccoli Salad Recalled for Undeclared Allergen, Nuts


Taylor Farms of Swedesboro, NJ is recalling approximately 377 pounds of Signature Café Broccoli Kale Salad with Chicken product because it contains an undeclared allergen, walnuts. There have been no reports of illness but people with allergies to tree nuts should not eat this product as it may cause a serious allergic reaction. The walnuts are packaged in a cupped packet inside the salad container. The recalled product was packaged in a 9.75-oz. plastic clam shell packages with "Use by" dates of “10/23/14,” “10/25/14,” and “10/27/14” on the lid of the product. The packages are stamped with “P-34513” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the label. The recalled salads were produced on 10/17/14, 10/19/14, and 10/21/14 and distributed to retail stores in Delaware, District of Columbia, … [Read more...]

Listeria Concern Prompts Another Rome Packing Crab Meat Recall

crab meat listeria

For the second time in five months, Listeria concerns have prompted a crab meat recall by Rome Packing Co. Inc. of East Providence, RI. Illnesses had not been reported at the time of the recall but consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Young children, frail or elderly people, and pregnant women are among those most at risk for Listeria infections. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriage or stillbirth among pregnant women. The recall includes Ocean's Catch brand All Natural Jonah Crab Leg Meat fresh products packaged in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid) sold  refrigerated, and frozen products sold in plastic … [Read more...]

Raw Milk is Source of Campylobacter Outbreak at Durand High School


Raw milk is the source of a Campylobacter outbreak that sickened 22 members of the Durand High School  football team, hospitalized eight people, forced the cancelation of two football games and prompted 150 high school and middle school students to miss classes to avoid becoming ill. The milk was served at a September 18 potluck. Health officials from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene (WSLH), the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the Pepin County Health Department worked together on an investigation of the outbreak. Tests identified the DNA"fingerprint" of the Campylobactor jejuni bacteria that sickened members of the team and coaching staff and found that it was a genetic match to Campylobacter … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreaks When Raw is Mistaken for Cooked

Salmonella Outbreak Chicken Kiev

A Salmonella outbreak linked to Antioch Farms frozen chicken Kiev that has sickened at least six people in Minnesota likely arose from mistaken identity. Some brands of frozen chicken kiev are fully cooked and just need to be heated. The frozen entrees associated with this outbreak were pre-browned but raw, as stated on the label. This isn’t the first time such confusion has led to an outbreak. “The problem arises when consumers don’t realize that they are handling and preparing a raw product,” said  Dr. Carrie Rigdon, an investigator for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture  Dairy and Food Inspection Division. Between 1998 and 2008, six Salmonella outbreaks were linked to similar products, according to Minnesota health officials. And, in 2011, 190 people in six states were … [Read more...]

Salmonella, Campylobacter Cases Rise in Australia as Overall Food Poisoning Rates Decline

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Salmonella and Campylobacter poisoning cases are on the rise in Australia, even as the overall rate of food poisoning there declines, according to a new study. Campylobacter and Salmonella are commonly associated with poultry and dairy products. Food poisoning is common in Australia, where one in five people suffer a bout each year, similar to the U.S. where one in six people are stricken annually. For this study, researchers included 23 pathogens in their analysis of a decade of data from 2000 to 2010. For most of the illnesses, about 80 percent of them, the specific pathogen was unknown. For illnesses where the pathogen was known, 93 percent were attributed to just four pathogens: E.coli, Camplobacter, Salmonella and norovirus. Overall the number of cases of food poising dropped … [Read more...]

After Massive Listeria Recall, SunBurst Halts Sandwich Production

Listeria recall

Ten days ago, Sunburst Foods, a Goldsboro NC-based maker of sandwiches and snack items sold in vending machines and convenience stores issued a recall for everything it has ever made for possible Listeria contamination. Now the company, which had not received any reports of illness at the time of the recall,  has halted all production of sandwiches. The items, sold in vending machines and convenience stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia were sold under a variety of brand names including: River Edge Farms, CFW, Southern Zest, CJ’s Vending, Binford Street Deli, Middle Georgia Vendors, Roanoke Foods, Select Foods, and Jesse Jones (Double Chili Dogs). Symptoms of a Listeria infection, called listeriosis, can take as long as two months to develop. They include … [Read more...]

GAO Report: USDA Efforts to Protect Consumers from Salmonella, Campylobacter in Poultry Lacking


The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service isn't doing enough to protect Americans from poultry contaminated with the pathogens Salmonella and Campylobacter, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  More than 2 million Americans are sickened by Salmonella and Campylobacter every year and poultry contaminated with those pathogens causes more deaths than any other commodity. The report,  requested by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in March, outlines four flaws in the USDA's efforts to reduce pathogen contamination of poultry and makes four recommendations to address them. For example,  the USDA  guidelines to control Salmonella and Campylobacter on poultry farms, … [Read more...]

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...]

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