January 30, 2015

Aleias Gluten Free Croutons Recalled for Undeclared Peanut


Aleias Gluten Free Foods is recalling certain lots of its 8 ounce Parmesan Croutons and Classic Croutons because they may contain undeclared peanut protein. People who have an allergy to peanuts should not eat these products as they run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they do. At the time of the recall, there had been no reports of illness. The recalled products were distributed nationwide in grocery stores and through web orders. They were packaged in a brown cardboard box with white text. The recalled parmesan croutons have the UPC 8 55930 00162 3 and the lot numbers 410221, 413121, 416021, 417221, 419211, 510110, 514210. The classic croutons have the UPC 8 55930 00161 6 and the lot numbers 410221, 413121, 416021, 417221, 419211, 510110, … [Read more...]

Red Thread Fish Recalled for Botulism Risk


Arcadia Trading Inc. of Brooklyn is recalling all packages of Red Thread Fish due to a botulism risk. Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it and may return it to the place of purchase for a refund. The recalled products were packed in 7 oz. heat sealed plastic bags and sold nationwide. The recalled products pose a risk even if they don't look or smell spoiled. The problem was discovered by New York State Department of Agriculture inspectors who noted, during a routine inspection, that the fish was not properly eviscerated prior to processing.  New York state regulations prohibit the sale of uneviscerated processed fish because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish. Past botulism … [Read more...]

Throw Out Butterfield Farm Cheese, Warns CT Ag Dept


The Connecticut Department of Agriculture warning consumers, stores and restaurants to throw out cheese purchased from The Butterfield Farm Co. in Cornwall after October 14, 2014.  The cheese may not have been pasteurized and could contain harmful bacteria. No illnesses have been reported, but unpasteurized cheese can cause serious illness. Sales of cheeses in inventory at the Cornwall company, which is licensed to make cheese form pasteurized milk, were embargoed on January 22. During an inspection, health officials discovered hat the company had no records of pasteurizing seven deliveries of raw milk made to its Hautboy Hill Road farm between Oct. 14 and Nov. 2. The cheese in question were sold at farmers’ markets and in about 20 stores and restaurants in Connecticut,  and at … [Read more...]

Washington Beef Recalls Trim for E. coli


Washington Beef of Toppenish, Wash. is recalling 1,620 pounds of boneless  beef trim product that may be contaminated with  E. coli O157:H7. Companies that have received this product should not use it as it could cause serious illness. The recalled boneless beef product, produced on Nov. 28, 2012, was packaged in 60 lb. bulk packs marled “TRIM 65/35 (FZN)”  with the establishment number “EST. 235” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The recalled product was shipped for further processing to a single grinding facility, then distributed to hotels, restaurants and institutional kitchens in Oregon and Washington. The company discovered the problem during an internal records audit and had not received reports of illness at the time of the recall. However, E. coli O157:H7 can cause … [Read more...]

FDA: Listeria in Wholesome Soy Sprouts Killed 3


This post was updated January 29. Did Listeria in Wholesome Soy bean sprouts kill two people or three? It depends on which federal agency's report you read. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its final report on the outbreak January 27 saying five people had been sickened in two of then died. Later that same day, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  issued its report saying five people had been sickened and three of them died. The FDA's updated its report today, saying two people have died. Both agencies agree that five people in two states were sickened between June and August, 2014; that  four cases were reported in Illinois and one was reported in Michigan and that all five case patients were hospitalized. But it's unclear how many people survived the … [Read more...]

Wholesome Soy Listeria Outbreak Ends With 5 Sick, 2 Dead


The Wholesome Soy Listeria outbreak has ended after sickening five people in Michigan and Illinois, killing two of them. The Chicago-based company is longer producing  sprouts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's final report on the outbreak, issued today. Calls to the company were not answered. Health officials used whole genome sequencing (WGS) and pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to link sprouts produced by Wholesome Soy to four cases of listeriosis in Illinois and one case in Michigan. All five case patients in this outbreak were hospitalized. During interviews, two of the surviving patients reported eating bean sprouts before they became ill. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspected the Wholesome Soy Products Chicago facility in … [Read more...]

Senators: New Salmonella, Campylobacter Standards for Poultry Will Reduce Illnesses


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s  (USDA's ) proposed new pathogen standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter in poultry pieces will reduce the number of foodborne illnesses reported each year, say Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced yesterday the first ever proposed standards for Campylobacter and Salmonella on poultry parts and revised standards for ground poultry. The agency has implemented performance standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter on poultry sold whole since 1996, but has never had them for poultry sold in pieces such as breasts, wings and drumsticks or for Campylobacter in ground poultry. Only 20 percent of poultry sold is whole.  So most of the poultry … [Read more...]

JJ Fuds Recalls Frozen Raw Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food for Listeria


J.J. Fuds in Valparaiso, Ind. is recalling a select lot and product of J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food for potential Listeria contamination. Consumers who have purchased this product should not use it. Contaminated pet food can cause illness in pets who eat it and humans who handle it.  Young children, frail or elderly people, those with weakened immune systems and pregnant women are at special risk.  Among pregnant women, Listeria infections can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery and infection in newborns. The recalled product was distributed in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois to wholesale and retail customers. The  recalled product, J. J. Fuds Premium Natural Blends, Chicken Tender Chunks,  was sold in 5 lb. bags with the UPC code … [Read more...]

Go Raw Organic Spicy Seed Mix Recalled for Salmonella


Freeland Foods Inc. of San Jose, Calif. is  recalling the Go Raw Organic Spicy Seed Mix for potential  Salmonella contamination. Consumers who have purchased this product should not use it. Salmonella can cause serious infections. Young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable. Symptoms of an infection include fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In some cases, the infection can get into the bloodstream and produce more severe illnesses such as infected aneurysms, endocarditis and arthritis. The recalled products include: Go Raw Brand Organic Spicy Seed Mix, UPC number 8 59888 00040 0, lot number “Enjoy before May 12, 2015 R2,” sold in 1 lb. (454 g) re-sealable plastic bags sold by … [Read more...]

Holiday Foods Recalls Chicken, Beef Products for Undeclared Peanut


Holiday Foods of  Hollywood, Fla.  is recalling approximately 1,819 pounds of beef, chicken and pork products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, peanuts. There have been no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products but consumers with allergies to peanuts should not eat these products as they risk severe or life-threatening reaction if they do. Holiday Foods was notified by its spice supplier that the cumin in a spice mix used to formulate the products may have been contaminated with peanuts. The recalled products include Holiday Foods “Peruvian Brand Marinated Beef for Brochett on a Specialty Bamboo Skewer 4801804” sold if 5 corrugated brown packages with case code YX43242; weighing 4.4-lbs each; and containing 100 pieces; Chicken Taquitos:  … [Read more...]

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