January 31, 2015

Co-Op City Associated with Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak in New York City

Legionella Bacteria Cause Legionnaires Disease at Co-Op City

Health officials have found evidence connecting cases of Legionnaires' disease to the Co-Op City complex in the Bronx.  "Although additional testing needs to be done, the association between the people with Legionnaires' disease and Co-Op city is substantial," said attorney Fred Pritzker. "Sometimes filing a lawsuit is the only way to get answers." Since December 2014, 12 cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been diagnosed among Bronx residents, according to the New York City Department of Health. Of these, 8 were Co-Op City residents. Health officials found Legionella bacteria in water used in the cooling towers, according to a department press release.  The infected water is used to cool Co-Op City's heating and electrical systems. Legionnaires' disease is caused by breathing in … [Read more...]

Beef Strips for Fajita Recalled for Undeclared Peanut

Recall

US Foods of New York is recalling 700 pounds of a beef product for undeclared peanut, one of the major food allergens. The company was told that cumin in a spice mix used to make the product may have been contaminated with peanut residue. Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts could have a serious allergic reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product is 5 pound cryo packed cases containing two 5 pound packages of "Beef Cut Strips for Fajita". They have the establishment number "EST. 7817" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The beef was shipped to other US Foods divisions in Norwich, Connecticut; Peabody, Massachusetts; and Buffalo, New York. The product was produced on November 25, 2014, December 10, 2014, and December … [Read more...]

Condies Salsa Recalled for Undeclared Peanuts

Recall

Condies Foods is recalling two brands of salsa because they contain recalled cumin that may have undeclared peanut protein. People with an allergy to peanuts can have a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume even a tiny amount of peanut protein. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product is Condies brand "Bold and Zesty" salsa with USE THRU dates from 10/29/2014 to 1/27/2015. The 14 ounce containers have the UPC number 050777442206. Also recalled is Dr. J's brand "Mild" and "Medium" salsas in 15 ounce tubs with USE THRU dates from 10/29/2014 through 2/4/2015. The UPC number is 793573078148 for the "Mild" salsa and 793573939166 for the "Medium" salsa. They were sold in retail stores in Utah. The salsas are packed in round opaque plastic … [Read more...]

Many Recalls for Undeclared Peanuts in Cumin Powder

Salma Cumin Powder Peanut Recall

Spice N' More Corporation of New York is recalling several brands of cumin powder because they may contain undeclared peanuts, one of the major food allergens. People who are allergic to peanuts could have a life-threatening allergic reaction if they eat these products. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled products are 2.5 ounce containers of "All Island Spice" cumin powder, 7 ounce containers of "Casablanca", "H Harvest", "Spice Class" and "Leader Meret" cumin powder, and 12 ounce containers of "Salma", "Spice Class", "La Mina" and "Key Food" cumin powder. The products were on sale from September 23, 2014 to November 30, 2014. They were sold in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Massachusetts, and South Carolina in wholesale and retail … [Read more...]

La Flor Recalls Ground Cumin for Undeclared Peanuts

La Flor Ground Cumin Peanut Recall

La Flor Products is recalling "La Flor-Ground Cumin" because it may contain traces of peanuts, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. Those with an allergy to peanuts could have a serious allergic reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled products were distributed in the Tri-State New York area to supermarket chains, independent supermarkets, and mass merchandisers. The Ground Cumin was sold in three different packages. First, a clear 2-ounce square glass jar with UPC number 077636014503 and lot number RLF 800. The expiration dates are 5/13/18 or 7/14/18. Second, clear 6 ounce round plastic jars with UPC number 077636014602 and lot number RLF 800 are recalled, with expiration date 5/14/18 stamped on the side. … [Read more...]

In Canada, Scotian Gold Apple Slices Recalled for Listeria

Scotian Gold Apple Slices Listeria Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Scotian Gold Co-operative Limited are recalling Scotian Gold brand apple slices that used apples sourced from the U.S. that are recalled for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. There is an outbreak in Canada and the United States linked to apples packed by Bidart Brothers. In the U.S., 32 people are sick; 2 people are sick in Canada. No illnesses have been associated with the consumption of these specific products. The recalled products are Scotian Gold Tart Apple Slices in 300 gram packages, with best before 14DE22 to 15JA23 and UPC number 0 61430 00301 6. Also recalled are Scotian Gold Apple Snacks to Go! - Sliced Apples - Tart! in 454 gram packages with best before 14DE18 to 15JA26 and UPC number 0 61430 22454 1. Finally, Scotian … [Read more...]

Listeria Found at Bidart Brothers Apple Plant: Recall Issued

bidart-apple-listeria

The FDA announced the results of tests performed on samples taken from Bidart Brothers apple processing plant. Government officials confirmed that two strains of Listeria monocytogenes found at the facility are believed to be the same strains associated with the Listeria outbreak that has sickened at least 32 people in 11 states. Those same strains were found in Bidart Brothers apples collected by the FDA from a retailer. The company has issued a voluntary recall of all Bidart Brothers Granny Smith and Gala apples still available in the marketplace. The company last shipped Granny Smith apples to customers on December 2, 2014. Consumers should not eat the Granny Smith and Gala apples being recalled. The apples are sold under brand names "Big B" and "Granny's Best", though they could … [Read more...]

H-E-B Recalls Single Serving Soups for Undeclared Peanuts

Recall

H-E-B is recalling some single serving soups for undeclared peanuts, one of the major food allergens. Anyone with an allergy to peanuts could have a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they eat these products. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recall is for H-E-B Single Serving Tortilla soup prepackaged in 8 ounce and 16 ounce sizes, purchased on or before 1/6/2015. Also recalled is H-E-B Single Serving Poblano Corn Chowder prepackaged in 8 ounce and 16 ounce sizes, purchased on or before 1/6/2015. Finally, all H-E-B Tortilla Soup and H-E-B Poblano Corn Chowder soup purchased from the hot soup kettle at the Deli/Prepared Foods Counter purchased on or before 1/6/2015 are recalled. H-E-B's vendor, Southern Style Spices, notified the company that one of the spice … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Recalls Cookie Platters for Undeclared Nuts

Whole Foods Market Cookie Platter Recall

Whole Foods Market is recalling its Assorted Cookie Platters, All Sizes because they contain undeclared nuts, one of the major food allergens. They were sold in Whole Foods Market stores in Arizona, southern California, Hawaii, and Nevada. One illness has been reported. The platters are round, clear, plastic containers with a black plastic base and Whole Foods Market label beginning November 24, 2014. The "Cookie Platter Small" has PLU #243868 and sell by dates up to January 7, 2015; the "Cookie Platter Medium" has PLU #243873 and sell by dates up to January 7, 2015; and the "Cookie Platter Large" has PLU #247661 and sell by dates up to January 7, 2015. Signage is posted in the stores to warn customers of this recall. If you purchased any of these products and are allergic to nuts, … [Read more...]

Eillien’s Candies Recalls Walnut Pieces for Possible Salmonella

Salmonella

Eillien's Candies of Wisconsin is recalling various sizes and brands of Walnut Pieces for possible Salmonella contamination. No reports of any illnesses in connection with this recall have been received to date. You can see the long list of recalled items, along with the best by dates, package sizes, and identification numbers at the FDA web site. Recalled walnuts were sold under brand names including Eillien's, Blain's Farm and Fleet, Mill's Fleet Farm, Piggly Wiggly, Rural King, and Trig's. The walnuts were sold at stores in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, New York, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and … [Read more...]

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