May 27, 2017

FDA Has Tips for Eating Outdoors and Handling Food Safely

This is Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial beginning of the summer season. Many people will be barbecuing and having picnics outdoors. These events are opportunities for foodborne illness, especially since the warmer weather months can increase the chance of food poisoning. So the FDA is offering tips for eating outdoors and handling food safely. First, pack and transport the food safely. When perishable foods aren't in the refrigerator, they are at greater risk for bacterial contamination. Cold food should be kept cold. Use a cooler with ice or frozen gel packs and make sure that the temperature in the cooler is at 40*F or below to prevent bacterial growth. You can pack meat, poultry, and seafood while still frozen so they stay colder longer. Organize the cooler contents. Put … [Read more...]

Golden Gourmet Frozen Waffle and Turkey Sausage Recalled for Listeria

Golden Gourmet of Georgia is recalling about 5,248 ponds of frozen entree products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The frozen waffles with turkey sausage patty items were produced and packaged in December 2016. They have the establishment number "P-51269" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to institutions in Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee. The recalled product is 7.1 ounce trays with clear film in cardboard box packages containing "Waffles, Turkey Sausage Patty with Sliced Apple Seasoned w/Brown Sugar and Cinnamon" on the label, and lot codes 2016355, 2016363, 2016364, and 2016362. The Use By dates are 06/21/18, 06/28/18, 06/29/18, and … [Read more...]

Ava’s Organic Cashews Recalled for Possible Listeria

Hampton Farms is voluntarily recalling some of their Ava's brand Organic Cashews Roasted & Salted because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No confirmed illnesses have been reported to public health authorities to date in connection with this problem. The recalled product is Ava's brand Organic Cashews Roasted & Salted in 8 ounce tubs with UPC number 8-10111-01035-1. The Best By date is 4/28/18, and the lot number is 11817-L2. They were distributed in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut at the retail level. Fewer than 225 units were offered for sale. Sampling on a different item from another company had positive Listeria results. Then, a  contaminated piece of equipment was used to process the ingredient Hampton Farms received. Test result … [Read more...]

Simple Truth Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts Recalled for Possible Listeria

Kroger stores posted a recall on their site that Simple Truth Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts sold in Greater Cincinnati have been recalled for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. There is no word on whether or not any illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product is Simple Truth Roasted Macadamia Nuts in 12 ounce containers. The UPC number is 11110-02478 and the code date is Sell By: MAY 02 18. The nuts were sold in Kroger stores located in Greater Cincinnati (including Northern Kentucky and Dayton, Ohio plus South Eastern Indiana); Dillons, Baker's and Gerbes Stores. If you purchased this product do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed or double bagged package or take it back to the store where you bought it for a full refund. Clean out your pantry with a … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at Boston Back Bay Sandwich and Cafe Med

Two Boston restaurants have had their permits to operate temporarily suspended after an apparent Salmonella outbreak. Ana Karina Vivas, Media Relations Manager at the Boston Public Health Commission, told Food Poisoning Bulletin that there are eight confirmed cases of Salmonella and no known hospitalizations. Four of the patients ate at Cafe Med, two at Back Bay Sandwich, and two people ate at both facilities. She said that they are working on testing employees to identify the source of the outbreak. Boston public health officials found violations in the way those facilities prepare, handle, and hold food. Back Bay Sandwich at 31 Saint James Avenue had its permit pulled on May 17 and May 18, 2017 for "multiple risk factors." And Cafe Med, also at 31 Saint James Avenue was … [Read more...]

Al-Er-G Capsules Recalled for Ephedra

MusclMasster of Wheat Ridge, Colorado is recalling all bottles of Al-Er-G Capsules because they contain Ephedra, an FDA banned ingredient. Ephedrine alkaloids an cause heart attack, stroke, and death. No reports of illnesses or adverse reactions have been received to date. The product was marketed to help people with allergies. It could have been sampled in six capsule packs from the company's wellness center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, but no records were kept of who received the samples. All of the samples were destroyed. The recalled product was distributed from Colorado through the wellness center and retail store. There is no UPC number or expiration dates. The lot number is 314. One bottle each was shipped to Wyoming, South Carolina, and Washington between 2016 and 2o17. The item … [Read more...]

Michaels Recalls Ceramic Travel Mugs for Burn Hazard

Michael's is recalling Celebrate It™ ceramic travel mugs because the mug's lid does not fit securely and can cause liquids to leak from the bottom of the lid when tilted. This poses a burn hazard. The mug does not have a silicone hand wrap so the consumer could burn their hands. Take them back to the place of purchase for a refund. The mugs measure about 6.5" tall and hold about 16 ounces of liquid. The travel mugs have four designs: Motherhood the greatest adventure (lime green lid), MOM (lime green lid), Blue floral (turquoise lid), and Pink floral (pink lid). Only ceramic mugs with SKU number 508992 and UPC code 886946619458 printed on a label on the bottom of the mugs are recalled. The firm has received one report of the lid leaking. No injuries have been reported. About 27,000 … [Read more...]

Chicken Egg Rolls Recalled for Listeria in Canada

Deliwok Suprême brand Chicken Egg Rolls are being recalled in Canada because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The product was sold from Costco Wholesale stores in Québec and Lévis, Quebec. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Deliwok Suprême brand Chicken Egg Rolls in 20 x 60 gram packages. The code on the product is Best Before 17 JN14 and the UPC number is 6 21563 13579 6. If you purchased this product, do not eat it, even if you are going to heat it thoroughly. Throw it away in a sealed or double bagged package or return it to the store where it was purchased. Clean out your refrigerator and/or freezer with a mild bleach solution of one tablespoon liquid chlorine bleach … [Read more...]

L.A. Lucky Basil Seeds Recalled for Possible Salmonella

L.A. Lucky Import & Export is recalling L.A. Lucky brand Basil Seeds because there may be Salmonella bacteria in the packet. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The recalled product was distributed nationwide in retail stores October 1, 2015 to May 15, 2017. The seeds are in a 2.1 ounce clear plastic package with UPC number 820678201697. There are no other codes on the product. Routine testing by the company revealed the presence of Salmonella in some packages. If you purchased this product, do not use it. Throw it away or take it back to the store where you bought it for a full refund. … [Read more...]

Liver Damage Caused by Dietary Supplements Increases

Consumer Reports says a new study finds that some dietary supplements are causing liver damage. The study looked at cases of liver damage reported to the Drug Induced Liver Injury Network Program at the National Institutes of Health. About 700 cases of liver damage were reported during the study's time frame. And 130 of those cases were linked to dietary supplements. The study, published in the journal Heptology by Dr. Victor Navarro from the Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, states that the greatest risk of liver damage seems to be with bodybuilding and weight loss supplements.  Those products caused about half of the cases of liver damage that were linked to supplements. But other supplements that are sold for depression, sexual performance, and digestive issues can be … [Read more...]

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