July 30, 2015

Kroger Recalls Cilantro Linked to Cyclospora Outbreak


Kroger is recalling cilantro that has been linked to a Cyclospora outbreak from stores in 10 sates. The outbreak includes at least 218 people in Texas and Wisconsin and may include illnesses in other states. Cyclospora causes an infection called cyclosporiasis which causes profuse, often explosive, diarrhea that can last up to two months.  Other cyclosporiasis symptoms, which can also last more than 60 days, include abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting, body aches, low-grade fever, and other flu-like symptoms. Federal health officials have traced the source of the outbreak to farms in the Puebla region of Mexico. But the distribution in the U.S. was so widespread that they could not identify a single supplier from whom to  request … [Read more...]

Barber Chicken Entree Salmonella Outbreak Expands to 4 States

Chicken Kiev Salmonella

The Salmonella outbreak linked to Barber frozen chicken entrees has expanded to four states sickening nine people and hospitalizing three of them. Six cases have been reported in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Oklahoma have each reported one case. A lawsuit has been filed of behalf of a man from Lake Elmo, Minnesota who became ill after eating eating a contaminated Chicken Kiev entree they purchased from a Sam's Club store. The man developed severe gastroenteritis soon after eating the product with Salmonella symptoms including diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, chills and headache. His symptoms, which persisted for several weeks, led doctors to test him for a bacterial infection. The result was a Salmonella strain genetically matched to the outbreak strain. “This is not the … [Read more...]

Cilantro Cyclospora Outbreak Sickens 218 in Texas, Wisconsin


A cilantro Cyclospora outbreak has sickened 218 people in Texas and Wisconsin this summer. Normally, Cyclospora infections are associated with travel to developing countries. But for the last three summers, the parasite has travelled here. In 2013, 631 people in 25 states were sickened in multiple, overlapping Cyclospora outbreaks from June through December. Health investigators determined that the outbreaks had multiple food sources and that most of the illnesses were linked to tainted produce imported from Mexico. About 80 percent of the cases were from three states: Iowa, Nebraska and Texas.  The 227 cases in Iowa and Nebraska were linked to a commercial bagged salad mix produced by Taylor Farms of Mexico and served at Olive Graden and Red Lobster restaurants. Several lawsuits … [Read more...]

Cilantro Tainted by Human Waste Sickens Eight in Wisconsin


Eight people in Wisconsin contracted Cyclospora infections after eating cilantro imported from Mexico that was grown in fields contaminated with human waste. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which has put a ban on summer imports of cilantro form the implicated area, says the   illnesses are part of a two-state outbreak of parasitic infections that includes more than 200 cases in Texas. Cyclospora infections are usually associated with travel to developing counties. When ingested in its mature state, the parasite causes an infection called cyclosporiasis which causes profuse, often explosive, diarrhea that can last up to two months.  Other symptoms of cyclosporiasis, which can also last more than 60 days, include abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, nausea, fatigue, loss of … [Read more...]

After Feces, TP Found in Fields, FDA Bans Some Mexican Cilantro


After finding human waste and toilet paper in Mexican cilantro fields that have been linked to U.S. Cyclospora outbreaks for three straight years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has placed an import alert on cilantro from the Puebla region of Mexico. The alert, which covers fresh intact and chopped cilantro, allows U.S. officials to detain without physical inspection any cilantro shipments from the Puebla region from April 1 through August 31. Cyclospora, a parasite that lives in subtropical regions, causes an infection called cyclosporiasis when ingested in its mature state. Symptoms of cyclosporiasis can last two months and include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting, body aches, low-grade fever, and other … [Read more...]

Akttive Fat Burner Recalled for Unapproved Drugs


Life & More, L.L.C.  of Miami is voluntarily recalling 783 bottles of  Akttive High Performance Fat Burner Gold that were found to contain undeclared, unapproved drugs.  Consumers who have purchased this product with the lot #000185004400, UPC 859189005005, and Expiration 12/17 should not use it as serious health problems could occur if they do. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tested the product and found that it contained Sibutramine, desmethylsibutramine, and Phenolphthalein.  According to the FDA, "Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that was withdrawn from the U.S. market in October 2010 (due to increased risk of seizures, heart attacks, arrhythmia and strokes). Phenolphthalein is an ingredient previously used in over-the-counter laxatives, but because of concerns … [Read more...]

Salmonella in Pork Sickens 56 in Washington

Salmonella Outbreak

At least 56 people in Washington have contracted Salmonella poisoning from eating contaminated pork. Five people were hospitalized. The outbreak includes residents from eight counties who ate the tainted meat at a variety of events. Some people reported eating pork from whole roasted pigs, cooked and served at private events before they became ill. Salmonellosis is an infection that develops when food or beverages contaminated with fecal matter containing  Salmonella bacteria is ingested. Symptoms, which include diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever, usually appear within six to 72 hours of exposure and last up to a week. In some cases, the diarrhea may be so severe that hospitalization is required. These patients can develop a more serious, sometimes fatal, infection that spreads from … [Read more...]

Bravo Pet Food Recalled for 5th Time in 2 Years


Bravo Pet Food is being recalled for the fifth time in two years. The current recall is for Bravo Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats. Customers who have purchased this food should not serve it to their pets as it could cause serious illness. The recall was issues after the New York State Department of Agriculture found Salmonella in a random sample.  In the recall announcement, the company stated that all "products tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers" At the time of the recall, there had been no reports of illness in pets who ate the prdouct or people who handled it. Salmonella poisoning causes high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal cramping and diarrhea.  Consumers who have handled the food and … [Read more...]

Chicken Entrees Recalled for Salmonella Sold at Kroger, Giant, Schnucks, Aldi, Food Lion, Safeway

Oven Cravers Recalled Chicken Kiev Salmonella

Frozen, stuffed chicken entrees recalled for Salmonella were sold at Kroger, Giant, Schnucks, Aldi, Food Lion, Safeway and Pick n Save grocery stores. The recalled products have been linked to a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened three people in Minnesota and may include illnesses in other states. The products were sold at these stores, and others, under a variety of brand names including: Acclaim, Antioch Farms, Buckley Farms, Centrella Signature, Chestnut Farms, Family Favorites, Kirkwood, Koch Foods, Market Day, Oven Cravers, Princess, Rose, Rosebud Farm, Roundy’s, Safeway Kitchens, Schwan’s, Shaner’s, Spartan and Sysco. Aspen Foods recalled 1.9 million pounds of products such as Chicken Kiev, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Buffalo Chicken, Chicken Parmesan and others. Consumers who have … [Read more...]

Linked to Salmonella Outbreak, Osamu Recalls Yellowfin Tuna


After being linked to an 11-state Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 60 people, Osamu Corporation of Gardena, CA is recalling frozen yellowfin tuna chunk meat  processed in Indonesia. The product was distributed to grocery stores, restaurants and institutional kitchens nationwide. The product was also sold to AFC Corporation of Rancho Dominquez, CA which operates sushi counters in grocery stores. Officials from the Minnesota Department of Health have linked two illnesses in that state to AFC tuna. Consumers concerned about whether the sushi they purchased from a grocery store sushi counter contained the recalled tuna product should check with the store where they made the purchase. The recalled product sold in clear packages marked Frozen Tuna Yellow Fin Chunk Meat (Lot #68568). … [Read more...]

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