November 19, 2017

Texas Natural Recalls Beef Tongue for Specific Risk Materials Contamination

Texas Natural Meats is recalling about 116 pounds of beef tongue products that may be contaminated with specified risk materials (SRMs). Specified risk materials are tissues in cattle that are high risk for prion contamination. Prions are thought to cause diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, which are illnesses of the brain. Mad cow disease, or BSE is the brain disease that affects cattle. SRMs must be removed from all cattle that are presented for slaughter in this country. Tonsils are considered SRMs from cattle of any age. Other SRMs for older cattle are the skull, brain, eyes, spinal corn, vertebral column, and dorsal root ganglia. The recall notice does not specify which SRMs may have contaminated this recalled product. The raw intact beef tongue items were … [Read more...]

Stop & Shop Recalls Frozen Sweet Corn for Listeria Contamination

Stop & Shop Supermarkets is recalling their brand Frozen Whole Kernel Sweet Corn for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The recalled product is Stop & Shop Brand Frozen Whole Kernel Sweet Corn in 16 ounce packages. The UPC number is 68826700676 with a Best By Date of Oct-2019. Giant and Giant's/Martins recalled their sweet corn yesterday for the same issue. The UPC numbers and best by dates on all of these recalls is the same, as is the product and package size. Listeria monocytogenes bacteria is found throughout the environment, but listeriosis is an uncommon but potentially fatal illness. The symptoms of listeriosis include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, and nausea. … [Read more...]

Yorgo Recalls All Food Products for Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

Yorgo's Foods is recalling all Greek-style food products it makes because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes food poisoning. Earlier this week, Yorgo's recalled their hummus for possible Listeria contamination, and that recall has been expanded. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall. You can see the long list of recalled products, along with the UPC number and package size at the FDA web site. Products recalled include many types of hommus (hummus), including Chipotle Pepper Hommus, Lemon Pepper, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Garlic. Trader Joe's Cilantro & Chive Yogurt Dip and Tahini Sauce are recalled, along with Tzatziki, Taboule Salad, Falafel, Chickpea Salad, Black Bean Salad, Three Bean Salad, and Vegan Hoppin Salad, among others. You … [Read more...]

E. coli O157:H7 Lawsuit Initiated Against Damsy Restaurant by Pritzker Hageman

Pritzker Hageman law firm has initiated an E. coli O157:H7 lawsuit against Damsy Restaurant at 405 1st Avenue Southwest in Rochester, Minnesota. The complaint alleges that a child was sickened with a Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infection after eating at that facility on or about September 14, 2017. This outbreak was discovered when officials from Olmsted County Public Health Services and the Minnesota Department of Health began investigating a cluster of genetically indistinguishable E. coli O157:H7 infections in Rochester, Minnesota in late September 2017. At least eight confirmed cases have been identified in this outbreak, and more cases are suspected. When this outbreak cluster was identified, officials from the Olmsted County Public Health Service inspected the … [Read more...]

Casa Sanchez Recalls Real Guacamole For Possible Listeria Contamination

Casa Sanchez Foods of California is recalling "Real Guacamole" for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to the company or public health officials to date in connection with this problem. The FDA sampled this product and found Listeria monocytogenes in it. It was distributed to retail stores throughout the California Bay Area and surrounding counties. The recalled product is Casa Sanchez Foods Real Guacamole in 9 ounce, clear plastic containers. The UPC number is 0 78732 00412 2. A white sticker on the bottom label shows the manufacturing lot code 279 and the product expiration date of 11/10/17. If you purchased this product with those numbers, dates, and UPC numbers, do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed package or secure garbage can, … [Read more...]

Salmonella Food Poisoning Outbreak in Fremont County, Wyoming

The Wyoming Department of Health is investigating a gastrointestinal outbreak in Fremont County in the central part of that state. There have been reports of multiple clusters of gastroenteritis in several facilities, including schools and child care centers. This outbreak may be because of Salmonella food poisoning. Most Salmonella outbreaks are eventually linked to contaminated food. Most of the patients have reported experiencing bloody diarrhea that is lasting for at least three days, some vomiting, and fever in this Salmonella outbreak. Those are symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning. Some of those sickened have tested positive for infection with that bacteria. But not all of the ill persons have a Salmonella infection, and some have not been tested. Officials also say that it … [Read more...]

Giant and Martin Frozen Corn Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination

Giant/Martin's brand frozen sweet corn is being recalled for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to a post on the company website. No illnesses have been reported to date to the company in connection with this issue. The recalled product is Giant/Martin's brand Frozen Whole Kernel Sweet Corn in 16 ounce packages. The UPC number on the product is 68826700676 and the best by date is October 2019. All date codes are recalled, even though only that best by date is affected. It's sold in the frozen vegetable set, end cap, or frozen first case.d If you bought this product, don't eat it, even if you plan to cook it in the microwave oven, stovetop, or in the oven. Products contaminated with pathogenic bacteria can cross-contaminate refrigerators, freezers, countertops, … [Read more...]

Agropur Cooperative Recalls Comte Cheese for Possible Listeria Monocytogenes in Canada

Agropur Cooperative is recalling Agropur Import Collection brand Firm Ripened Comte Cheese in Canada because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) posted the notice of this recall on their website. The recalled products was manufactured and packaged in France. It was sold nationwide. It is Agropur Import Collection Firm Ripened Comte Cheese in 200 gram packages. All best before dates up to and including 18 FE 09 are recalled. The UPC number on the product is 0 67400 00397 0. Check to see if you have this recalled product in your home. If you do, throw it away in a sealed package so animals and other people can't eat it. You can also take it back to … [Read more...]

Sukhi’s Indian Foods Recalls Chicken Tikka Masala for Possible Listeria

Suhki's Gourmet Indian Foods of California is recalling about 264 pounds of chicken tikka masala products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported so far in connection with this problem. This product was produced on November 7, 2017. It is 11 ounce frozen microwaveable sealed containers of "Sukhi's Chicken Tikka Masala with Naan Bread and Basmati Rice." The product has a use by date of 11/07/2018 and the lot number 83790. The product has the establishment number "P-44187" on the side of the cartons. They were shipped to a distributor in California. Officials discovered this problem on November 13, 2017 when the USDA's Alameda district office received notification that the firm had shipped adulterated product into commerce … [Read more...]

FDA Warns Against Harmful Effects of Kratom

The FDA is warning consumers about the risks of consuming kratom, which is an ingredient in dietary supplements that is sold as a treatment for depression, pain, and anxiety. First, those conditions are serious medical issues that should be diagnosed and managed by a licensed healthcare provider. And second, this substance can be addictive and has been linked to deaths.   Kratom is a plant that grows in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Supporters say that it's natural because it's a natural product. But it has effects similar to opioids, such as codeine and morphine, and can lead to abuse, addiction, and death. Kratom is often taken recreationally by users for euphoric effects. There is an opioid epidemic in this country, and officials say that the … [Read more...]

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