February 19, 2018

FDA Alerts Pet Owners About Possible Pentobarbital Contamination in Smucker Dog Foods

The FDA is alerting pet owners about potential pentobarbital contamination in some canned dog foods manufactured by the J.M. Smucker Company. Positive pentobarbital results came in for certain cans of Gravy Train dog food. The company withdrew various canned dog food products from its Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits, Ol' Roy, and Skippy brands. The FDA conducted a preliminary investigation of the testing results and found that the low level of pentobarbital in the products is "unlikely to pose a health risk to pets." But this chemical should never be present in pet food. Products that contain this compound are considered adulterated. You can report complaints about this and other pet food products through the Safety Reporting Portal. You can also call your local FDA Consumer … [Read more...]

Gold Kist Farms Chicken Patties Recalled for Possible Foreign Material

Pilgrim's Pride of Texas is recalling about 101,310 pounds of ready-to-eat breaded chicken patties because they may be contaminated with foreign materials, more specifically rubber. A customer complaint was lodged on February 13, 2018. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions or injures due to the consumption of this product. Anyone who is concerned about possible adverse reactions should contact their healthcare provider. The ready-to-eat breaded chicken patties were produced and packed on September 6, 20017. The product is 30 pound boxes with six 5-pound clear bags containing "GOLD KIST FARMS, Fully Cooked Whole Grain Home-Style Breaded Chicken Patties,” with case code 72491050xx and product code 665400. The product has the establishment number "P-20728" inside the … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Warning for Red Lobster Patrons in Novi, Michigan

An employee of a Red Lobster restaurant at 27760 Novi Road in Novi, Michigan has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Oakland County Health Division. Anyone who ate there between January 14 and February 14, 2018 may have been exposed to the pathogenic virus. Vaccinations are only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. That means that anyone who ate food or drank beverages at that facility before February 5, 2018 is no longer eligible for a shot. All you can do is monitor yourself for eat symptoms of hepatitis A and see your doctor if they develop. Those symptoms include jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), lethargy, loss of appetite, weight loss, clay colored stools, dark urine, and diarrhea. Most people get sick between two weeks and 50 days after … [Read more...]

Ninety-Four Sick in Iowa in Fareway Chicken Salad Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak

The Iowa Department of Public Health just published information about case counts in the Fareway chicken salad Salmonella outbreak. As of noon Friday, February 16, 2016, there are 28 confirmed cases and 66 probable cases os Salmonella Typhimurium in Iowa. According to some news reports, one person in Martin county in Minnesota is also sick. The confirmed case definition is "Persons with Salmonella Typhimurium (confirmed or visual match to Pattern JPXX01.0275) with illness onset since January 1, 2018 reporting consumption of chicken salad from Fareway (any store) in the 7 days prior to illness onset." The probable case definition is: "Persons that are epi linked to a confirmed case (all confirmed cases are laboratory confirmed) OR Persons who test positive by CIDT or culture … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Coconut Tree Shredded Frozen Coconut Ends

The Salmonella outbreak that is linked to recalled Coconut Tree shredded frozen coconut is over, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At least 27 people were infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:- or Salmonella Newport in nine states. Six people were hospitalized in this outbreak. No deaths were reported. All epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence found that Coconut Tree brand frozen shredded coconut, which was distributed by Evershing Trading Company, was the likely source of this Salmonella outbreak. Public health officials used the PulseNet system to identify people who were part of this outbreak. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and whole genome sequencing (WGS) were used to identify the DNA of the … [Read more...]

Chicken and Pork Empanadas Recalled for Misbranding and Undeclared Egg

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced that Saker ShopRights, Inc., of Linden, New Jersey, is recalling about 19,757 pounds of pork and chicken expands. The products contain eggs, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to egg could have a serious reaction if they eat these products. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. This incident affects 29 ShopRite stores and the Dearborn Market in New Jersey. These fully cooked pork and chicken empanadas were produced between October 7, 2018 and February 12, 2018. The recalled products include: 9-ounce vacuum-packed plastic packages containing three pieces of “3 pk CHICKEN EMPANADA wheat shell filled with seasoned chicken” with various … [Read more...]

Recall of Smokehouse Pet Product Dog Treats for Possible Salmonella Expands to Include Beefy Munchies

Smokehouse Pet Products is recalling all sizes and all package types of pet treats labeled "Beefy Munchies" because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. That company recalled a limited amount of that product on February 9, 2018 and that recall has been expanded. The product was distributed nationwide through distributors selling to different retailers. The product comes in individual bags, resealable bags, and plastic tubs. The plastic tub is labeled "Beefy Bites." All sizes and types of packaging will include a UPC number, lot number, and a best if used by date stamped on the back. No illnesses, pet or human, have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The Colorado Department of Agriculture found the pathogenic bacteria in two 4-ounce packages of "Beefy … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Warning to Consumers of Corning, Arkansas Taco Bell

A food worker at the Taco Bell at 200 North Missouri Avenue in Corning, Arkansas has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to a notice from the Arkansas Department of Health. Anyone who has eaten food at this location between January 24 and February 7, 2018 may have been exposed to the pathogenic virus. The time limit for a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination is just 2 weeks from the date of exposure. That means that anyone who ate there on February 1, 2018 and earlier is no longer eligible for a shot. All you can do is watch yourself for the symptoms of this illness and see your doctor if they develop. Anyone who is under one year of age should get an immune globulin shot from a doctor. Anyone who is between one year and 40 years and has never been vaccinated should … [Read more...]

Two Recalls; One in Canada for Seaweed and Biscuits and One in the U.S. For Almonds

Two recalls have been issued; one is in the U.S. and the other in Canada. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with these problems in the U.S., but illnesses have been reported in Canada. The first recall is for Southern Grove Unsalted Almonds, for undeclared wheat and soy. Anyone who is allergic to those ingredients, or who has celiac disease, could have a serious reaction if they consume this product, but no reports of adverse reactions have been received. The item is Southern Grove Almond Unsalted in 14 ounce stand up pouch bags. the UPC number is UPC 0 41498 24647 1 and a date code of Best By SEP 25 2018 KN. The product was sold at ALDI stores in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, … [Read more...]

Consumers Warned About Pesticides in Cactus Pads

The California Department of Public Health is warning consumers not to eat cactus pads, also called noodles, that have been imported from Mexico because they have contain unapproved pesticides. This product was sold at specific retail and wholesale locations around the state and may have been sold in other states. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation collected surveillance samples and found different pesticides on the product, including dimethoate, omethoate, monocrotophos and methidathion. The compounds were found at levels that pose a health risk. Monocrotophos and methidathion have been based for food use in this country for years. The FDA has been informed about this issue. CDPH Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith said in a statement, "Anyone … [Read more...]

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