July 29, 2014

In Canada, Products Recalled for Undeclared Allergens


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Seoul Trading Corporation are recalling Crackers and Peanut Balls for undeclared fish, shellfish, soy, and sulphites. Anyone with an allergy to those foods could have a serious reaction if they eat these products. There is no word on whether or not illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date. All products have Korean characters on the label. The recalled products include Gosomi Cracker in 339 gram packages. All codes where sulphites are not declared on the label are recalled. The UPC number is 8 801117 268602. Gosomi Cracker in 80 gram containers is also recalled. All codes where sulphites are not declared on the label are recalled. The UPC number is 8 801117 268404. Korean Peanut Ball in 98 gram containers ir recalled. All codes … [Read more...]

Groups Urge Congress to Reject Enlist Duo Herbicide


Consumer groups, scientists, and doctors are urging congress to pressure the Obama administration to reject an application for "Enlist Duo ™ which is a new toxic herbicide made of 2,4-D and glyphosate. The EPA is reviewing an application for this compound from Dow AgroSciences. This herbicide would be used on millions of acres of farm fields in combination with genetically engineered crops that would tolerate the compound. The Center for Food Safety states that this herbicide would put human and environmental health at risk. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, has been linked to cancer development in people, and 2,4-D was used in Agent Orange, the herbicide that has sickened many Vietnam vets. Dr. Philip Landrigan of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine said, "exposures to … [Read more...]

Court Rules FDA Doesn’t Need to Hold Hearings on Antibiotic Use


In a serious blow to those concerned about antibiotic use in farm animals, the U.S. Second  Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled on Thursday, July 24, 2014 that the FDA does not have to hold hearings on the safety of feeding antibiotics to farm animals at sub therapeutic levels. Two years ago, two courts ruled that the FDA is required to hold those hearings to force the industry to prove that this particular use of antibiotics is safe. The appeal would have forced the FDA to end the use of penicillin and tetracyclines, two classes of antibiotics that are critical to human health, in animal feed. There is overwhelming scientific evidence linking this misuse of drugs in food animals to rising antibiotic resistance in many pathogenic bacteria. At least 20,000 people in the United … [Read more...]

Fond du Lac E. coli Outbreak Case Count Reaches 22

E. coli Infections and HUS

According to the Pioneer Press, at least 22 people have been sickened with E. coli O157 on the Fond du Lac Reservation in northern Minnesota. The Band of Lake Superior Chippewa posted news of the outbreak on Juy 21, 2014. There is no new information about this outbreak at the Minnesota Department of Health web site. This is not the same strain of E. coli associated with Applebee's restaurants that has sickened more than a dozen people in Minnesota. That is a rare strain of E. coli O111 that has not been seen in the United States until now. Food poisoning cases do increase in the summer months, as more people eat fresh produce that may be contaminated with the pathogenic bacteria, and more cook outdoors. Outdoor cooking must follow special food safety rules, including cooking chicken … [Read more...]

Earth Circle Organics Recalls Organic Carob Powder for Salmonella


Earth Circle Organics has been notified by its supplier of a recall of Organic Carob Powder due to possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses associated with the consumption of this product have been reported to date. These are the Organic Carob Powder SKU numbers, lot numbers, UPC numbers, and Expiration Dates of the recalled products. CRBP16ow with Lot #s 3642; 3404; 3221; 3267; UPC number 894932002283 and Exp. Date 6/5/2015. CRBP5lb with Lot #s 3405 and 3262; UPC number 894932002733  and Exp. Date 6/5/2015. CBP20lb with Lot #s 3487; 3387; 3292; UPC number 813313011485 and Exp. Date 6/5/2015. Finally, CRBP55lb with Lot #s  201901; 196201; 194801; 188901; 0786; UPC number 894932002740, and Exp. Date 6/5/2015. No other Earth Circle Organics products are affected by this recall. … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Recalls Items Made with Stone Fruit Recalled for Listeria

Sweet2Eat Listeria Recalled Fruit Canada

Whole Foods Market is recalling made-in-store items prepared with organic and conventional stone fruit from Wawona Packing Company because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date, but the symptoms of listeriosis can take up to 70 days to appear. The made-in-store items include those made with peaches, nectarines, and plums. THey were sold between June 1 and July 21, 2014. Not all items or all products were sold in all store locations. The products include cakes, tarts, salsas, and prepared salads. They were sold in Whole Foods Market stores using the Whole Foods Market scale labels in all states where the stores are looted except Florida, Washington, and Oregon. The company has released a PDF with a list of all of the … [Read more...]

Three States File Lawsuits Against 5-Hour Energy Maker

5-Hour Energy

Three states: Oregon, Vermont, and Washington, have filed lawsuits against the makers of 5-Hour Energy, a drink that is loaded with caffeine, for deceptive marketing. That product has been linked to 22 deaths reported to the government since 2004. The defendants are Living Essentials and Innovation Ventures. The Oregon complaint alleges that the companies "repeatedly violated the Oregon Unlawful Trade Practices Act (UTPA) by making deceptive and misleading claims about the 5-hour Energy products." The company used print, television, internet, and radio advertising to claim that the product has a "unique combination of ingredients" that provided consumers with "energy, alertness and focus", when the only active ingredient was a concentrated dose of caffeine. Vitamins, enzymes, and amino … [Read more...]

Consumers Advocates Try to Stop Filthy Chicken Rule


Representatives from consumer advocate organizations met with staff from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) yesterday to express their opposition to the poultry privatization rule that is close to being approved. The rule removes government inspectors from poultry slaughter lines, increases line speeds, and places company employees in inspection positions. Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch said in a statement, "we expect the White House to jam this rule through quickly. Given the failure of the Obama Administration to implement policies to protect farmers from big meat packers, we suspect they are preparing to give another huge gift to the meat industry - the ability to police themselves when it comes to food safety." The industry should … [Read more...]

Outbreak of Cyclospora in Texas

Cyclospora Parasites

The Tarrant County Public Health Department (TCPH) announced on their Facebook page that there is an outbreak of Cyclospora that has sickened at least 69 people in northern Texas within the last month. Reports of this illness always increase in the summer, but this news comes almost a year to the day when a huge cyclosporiasis outbreak sickened at least 631 people in 25 states. Most of those illnesses were linked to contaminated produce that was imported from Mexico. Public health officials are encouraging healthcare providers to test patients for cyclosporiasis if they have diarrhea that lasts more than a few days, or diarrhea that is accompanied by weight loss, loss of appetite, or fatigue. Nine cases have been reported to TCPH this month; the county has only had one case since … [Read more...]

CDPH Issues Final Report on 2013 E. coli Outbreak at Trader Joe’s and Walgreens

E. coli O157:H7 Salad Outbreak 12.11.13

The California Department of Public Health has released a report on their investigation into the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in October 2013 associated with pre-packaged salads sold at Costco and Walgreens stores. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their final report on this outbreak in December 2013. Thirty-three people were sickened in this outbreak; seven of those people were hospitalized. Two people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious complication of an E. coli infection, from their illness. No deaths were reported. The outbreak count per state was: Arizona (1), California (28), Texas (1), and Washington (3). The STEC O157:H7 PFGE pattern was new to the PulseNet database. Epidemiologic and traceback investigations indicated that Field … [Read more...]

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