December 17, 2017

Hepatitis A Diagnosed in More Restaurant Workers in the Detroit, Michigan Area

Workers at two more facilities in southeastern Michigan have bene diagnosed with hepatitis A. Workers at the Token Lounge at 28949 Joy Road in Westland have been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to news reports.  And a worker at Jet's Pizza at 15235 East Seven Mile Road near Hayes in Detroit was also diagnosed with the virus. There is no information about these two restaurants on the Wayne County Health Department web site. The Token Lounge is open for business. It was inspected on December 13, 2017. Public health officials say that anyone who drank beverages there between November 20, 2017 and December 4, 2017 should get a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination as soon as possible. Unfortunately, if you visited that facility before December 1, 2017 it's too late for a … [Read more...]

Recalls of Chocolate Candies for Undeclared Allergens

Two recalls have been posted at the FDA for undeclared allergens in some chocolate products. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with either of these issues. The first recall is for Farrell Farms Dark Chocolate Almonds, Dark Chocolate Cashews, and Dark Chocolate Peanuts for undeclared milk, one of the major food allergens. Anyone who is allergic to milk or is lactose intolerant may have a serious reaction if they eat these products. These products were distributed in North Carolina. They were sold at fairs and festivals and over the Farrell Farms website from October 16, 2017 until November 17, 2017. The chocolate bars are all 7 ounces. The units are in a clear cellophane heat sealed package. The products are labeled as Farrell Farms with the address 200 Gin Road, … [Read more...]

Marmex Corporation Recalls Blue Pearl Dietary Supplement for Undeclared Sildenafil

Marmex Group is voluntarily recalling all lots of Blue Pearl All Natural Male Enhancement Supplement because the product contains sildenafil, which makes it an unapproved drug. Products with undeclared sildenafil may pose a threat to consumers because the active ingredient can interact with nitrates in some prescription drugs and lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. No adverse effects have been reported to date in connection with this issue. Consumers with high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, or heart diseases often take nitrates and may be the most likely to be affected by this undeclared drug. The safety and efficacy of this product has not been established. The recalled products is Blue Pearl All Natural Male Enhancement Supplement capsules in 500 mg packages. … [Read more...]

Springfield Smoked Salmon Recalled for Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

Springfield Smoked Fish of Massachusetts is recalling Presliced Nova Salon because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. There have been no reports of illness associated with this issue to date. This product is packaged in 1 pound, clear plastic packages. The lot number is 42173 printed on the back of the package, and the expiration date is 12/22/17. The UPC number on the product is 811907018018. It was distributed to customers in Rhode Island and Connecticut through retail stores. The issue was identified after FDA product sampling found the pathogenic bacteria in the product. The company has suspended production while the FDA and company investigate this problem. If you bought this product, do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed container in a secure … [Read more...]

Decline in Europe’s Salmonella Cases Stalls, with More Illnesses Linked to Eggs

Europe has been wining the battle against Salmonella infections, but that decade-long decline ended last year. A small increase in Salmonella illnesses linked to eggs and egg products was reported in 2016. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the European Food Safety Authority issued a joint report yesterday about this issue. The report covers foodborne illnesses from 28 European Union member states and 9 other countries. There were 4,786 foodborne illness outbreaks for the year, which is a slight increase from 2015. And unfortunately, Campylobacter and Listeria monocytogenes outbreaks increased. Salmonella Enteritidis infections in people increased by 3% since 2014. This number parallels the increase in the number of laying hens over the same time period. … [Read more...]

Pork Salami Products Recalled for Foreign Materials, Specifically Metal Shavings

The USDA has announced that Santa Fe Importers on California is recalling about 143 pounds of pork salami products that may be contaminated with foreign material. Metal shavings were found in some of the products. That produces a choking hazard, and people could be injured if they eat this product. No injuries or issues have been reported to date in connection with this problem. These pork salami items were produced on August 3, 2017. The recalled product is 3.5 to 4.0-pound random weight plastic wrapped packages of “MARISA PREMIUM QUALITY GENOA SALAMI ITALIAN BRAND,” with a packaging date of Sept. 14, 2017 and a lot code of 257-100161 in the upper right hand corner. The products have the establishment number "EST. 4118" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to retail … [Read more...]

Salmonella Newport Outbreak in WA and OR: Why is Precut Fruit a Food Poisoning Risk?

A Salmonella Newport outbreak in Washington and Oregon has been linked to precut fruit sold at QFC, Fred Meyer, Rosauers, and Central Market stores. How is this possible? How can fruit, which doesn't naturally carry pathogenic bacteria like meats and poultry do, be contaminated? Most people don't know that eating produce is the most common way people get food poisoning. In fact, Salmonella is the most common pathogen found on produce. The fruits and vegetables can be contaminated in the field by animal feces or by contaminated irrigation water. They can be contaminated during harvest, or during processing or transportation before they even get to the stores. And cutting fruits and vegetables at those stores or at distribution centers can multiply the problem. Whenever a piece of … [Read more...]

Employee at Tim Hortons in Monroe County, MI Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

An employee at Tim Hortons at 404 South Monroe Street in Monroe, Michigan has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Monroe County Health Department. The employee worked there from November 21, 2017 to December 8, 2017. Anyone who ate food or drank a beverage there during that time frame may have been exposed to the virus. If you ate or drank anything there before November 28, 2017, it's too late for you to get a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination, since those shots are only good for two weeks after exposure. You should monitor yourself for the symptoms of this illness for the next month. The symptoms of hepatitis A include jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin), clay-colored stools, nausea, diarrhea, dark urine, lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting, and … [Read more...]

It’s Important to Use a Food Thermometer so the Food You Serve is Safe to Eat

Michigan State University has issued a post telling consumers that using a food thermometer is easy and important for your family's health. Most people don't use a food thermometer when cooking. Although about 62% of American consumers have a food thermometer in their kitchens, fewer than 10% actually use it. Any food that contains meat, poultry, fish, or eggs should be tested with a food thermometer before it is eaten to make sure that food has reached a safe final internal temperature. Using a thermometer is the only way to know that your food is thoroughly cooked and that it has reached a temperature that will destroy pathogenic bacteria. If your family has a member who is in a high risk group for food poisoning, this cooking step is even more important. Those in high risk … [Read more...]

VIP Caviar Club Trout Roe Botulism Recall in Canada Has Been Updated

The recall of VIP Caviar Club brand Trout Roe in Canada for possible Clostridium botulinum contamination has been updated again. This information was identified during a CFIA food safety investigation. The recalled product is VIP Caviar Club Trout Roe in 50 gram packages. The code on the product is BB-11-OCT-2018 28417-01 and the UPC number is 1 86866 51016 4. The original recall, issued on November 25, 2017, had a different best by date and a different UPC number for this product. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it out in a sealed or double wrapped package so other people and animals can't eat it, or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. This product was sold in Quebec at the retail level. It's important to note that foods that are contaminated … [Read more...]

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