July 31, 2014

Could Cilantro Be Source of Texas Cyclospora Outbreak, Again?

Cilantro could be source of cyclospora outbreak in TX

Cilantro imported from Mexico could be the food source of a cyclospora outbreak in Texas for the second straight year. Studies have shown that cyclospora oocysts can survive for extended periods of time in certain environments. The 2013 cyclopora outbreak sickened more than 270 Texans. Many of those cases were attributed to cilantro imported from Mexico that was served at restaurants and sold at a grocery store. The names of those establishments were never released. Health authorities have not identified the food source of this year’s outbreak, which has sickened 110 Texans so far this summer. Cases have been reported from the following counties: Aransas (1), Bexar (5), Collin (4), Dallas (21), Denton (2), El Paso (1), Ellis (3), Erath (2), Galveston (1), Harris (8), Hays … [Read more...]

Texas Cyclosporiasis Cases Surge to 110

Cyclospora outbreak in TX sickens 110

Texas cyclosporiasis cases have surged to 110, the state health department is reporting. This is the second straight year that Texas has experienced a cyclospora outbreak.  Last year, 270 Texans were sickened by the rare parasite normally associated with travel to tropical or sub-tropical regions. Many of the 2013 cases were linked to contaminated cilantro imported from Mexico. A food source for this year's cases has not yet been identified. Symptoms of cyclosporiasis can last up to two months and include diarrhea, abdominal cramping, bloating, gas, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite and weight loss. Symptoms such as vomiting, body aches, low-grade fever, and other flu-like symptoms are also possible. Cyclosporiasis can be treated with antibiotics. The most common approach is … [Read more...]

Was Listeria Meningitis Death of Virginia Newborn Linked to Recent Recall?

Newborn death may have linked to Listeria recall

The mother of a newborn girl, who was delivered five weeks prematurely and died six days later of Listeria Meningitis, says that, while pregnant, she ate food that was part of a nationwide Listeria recall, according to a report by NBC12 News. It would be the first illness and death tied to a recent Listeria recall if epidemiological tests establish a link. Shortly after she was born, little Kennedy Grace Briggs had difficulty breathing and developed a rash. Tests showed she had a Listeria infection and developed Listeria Meningitis, an often fatal form of meningitis. Jenae and Briggs say baby Kennedy was a red-head and fighter who battled the infection for almost a week. "She was so loved," Jenae told NBC12 News. Pregnant women are at special risk for Listeria. Although they may only … [Read more...]

UC Davis Food Safety Partnership with China


The University of California, Davis will be part of a new Sino-U.S. Joint Research Center for Food Safety in China. Researchers form the university will work with officials from China’s Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University in Shaanxi province on the new project.  "We are incredibly pleased to join forces with Northwest A&F University and look forward to making discoveries and realizing solutions that will promote food safety in China and around the world,” said UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi.  "The food industry has become the largest industry in China; and food safety is a critical area for China and the U.S. to have creative cooperation and learn from each other," said Zhang Laiwu, China's vice minister of science and technology. "It not only involves technologies, … [Read more...]

Paprika Sold at TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods Recalled for Salmonella


The TJX Companies Inc.of Framingham, Mass. is recalling “ecoato” Sweet Paprika Powder products for potential Salmonella contamination. The products were sold at Sold at TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods stores in 17 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico. No illnesses have been reported, but consumers should not use the recalled product as Salmonella can cause serious illness. The problem was discovered during testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The company has alerted retailers to remove the product from store shelves and has temporarily suspended operations. The recalled product was sold in 160 gram, light green tin packages that were marked as lot #8147, with an expiration date of October 2015. The company estimates that roughly 150 units were sold between June … [Read more...]

Serving Up Maggots and Other Gross Food Stories


A food poisoning outbreak sickened 150 inmates at Parnall Correctional Facility in Jackson, MI who,  in a scene right of the Shawshank Redemption, were served food crawling with maggots. Twice in one week.  The outbreak leads this month's edition of the Neews, food safety stories that put the eew in news. The Parnall outbreak focussed attention on Philadelphia food service provider Aramak which has drawn fire from politicians and families of inmates for longstanding problems. Michigan Corrections Organization (MCO) union, SEIU Local 526M had been reporting problems with the company for weeks before the outbreak. One letter writer to Food Poisoning Bulletin who has a loved one at Parnall said the facility often serves the inmates rotten food and runs out of food at mealtimes. Mark … [Read more...]

Puritan Turkey Breasts Recalled for Undeclared Allergen


Puritan Foods Co. Inc. of Boston is recalling approximately 2,476 pounds of raw boneless turkey breasts because they contain an undeclared allergen, milk. Consumers who have an allergy to milk should not eat these products as they risk severe allergic reaction if they do. At this time there have been no reports of illness. The recalled product is: Puritan raw boneless turkey breasts  in various weights with pack dates of June 11 and July 18, 2014 and the establishment number “P-5933” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The product sold the product to hotels, restaurants and institutions in the New England area. The problem was discovered by U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service personnel during a label check. The product does not usually contain milk, but on … [Read more...]

USDA Issues Alert For Restaurant Breaded Chicken


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert for breaded chicken produced by VU Foods of Kansas City, Mo. which was not inspected but sold to restaurants. Meat that is not inspected is considered unfit for human consumption by the USDA. Because VU Foods would not recall the products, the USDA FSIS has issued an alert. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the chicken products. The products included in the warning bear the establishment number “P-45038” inside the USDA mark of inspection or on the label. Some labels also state that the products were distributed by Tact Foodservice or US Foods, those products were sent to distributors and labeled for “Use in Restaurant Only.” The alert covers the following … [Read more...]

Rising Moon Organics Butternut Squash Ravioli Recalled for Undeclared Allergens


Carmel Food Group of Hayward, Calif. is recalling  of Rising Moon Organics Butternut Squash Ravioli for undeclared allergens. No illnesses have been reported  in connection with this recall, but consumers with allergies to milk, egg, or soy should bot eat this product as they run the risk of severe allergic reaction if they do. The recall is prompted by a labeling mistake. Only frozen packages with SELL BY APR 09 2015 are affected. The recalled product is Rising Moon Organics Butternut Squash Ravioli, in an 8 oz size and  the UPC# 7-85030-55557-6. The product involved was distributed through retail stores nationwide. Consumers with can return the product to the place of purchase for a refund, or contact the company with further questions.     … [Read more...]

CaCoCo Recalls Drinking Chocolate for Salmonella


CaCoCo of Grass Valley, Calif. is recalling its “Original” and “Global Warrior” drinking chocolate mixes for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall and none of the company's other products are affected. The recalled products were packaged in  8.14 oz. and 2 lbs. bags and sold to California distributors, retail outlets, and farmers markets. They have the following UPC numbers and expiration dates: OG99 091131352113 10/19/2014, OG100 091131352113 11/28/2014, OG101 091131352113 06/18/2015, GW99 091131352076 10/19/2014, GW100 091131352076 11/28/2014 and GW101 091131352076 06/18/2015. CaCoCo issued the recall after being notified by its supplier of Organic Carob Powder that there was a risk of Salmonella contamination. Salmonella … [Read more...]

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