August 29, 2015

Martha’s Vineyard Oyster Beds Closed for Vibrio

Raw Oysters

The Massachusetts Department of Health has ordered a precautionary closure of oyster beds in Edgartown in Katama Bay effective August 26, 2015. There are three confirmed cases of Vibrio food poisoning linked to consumption of raw oysters harvested in that area. Environmental conditions are conducive to the growth of the Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria there. Harvesting and processing of shellfish from these areas for commercial use is prohibited for the next seven days. If more cases are confirmed, an extended FDA-enforced closure could be issued. This is the first time a harvest area in Massachusetts has been closed because of Vibrio contamination this year. Vibrio bacteria grow in warmer waters, multiply as the temperature increases. The current water temperatures in Katama Bay … [Read more...]

Novacare Recalls Dietary Supplements for Undeclared Salicylic Acid

Novacare Dietary Supplements Salicylic Acid Recall

Novacare, LLC is recalling dietary supplements for weight loss because they contain undeclared salicylic acid. This is an acutely toxic chemical, which is not recommended for oral use. It can be harmful if swallowed. No illnesses have been reported to date. You can see the long list of recalled products, along with quantity of capsules per bottle, the UPC number, and manufacture dates at the FDA site. The recalled products include Fataway Ultimate Stack Thin & Sim, ThermoFX, MaxOut Body Thin and Slim, Metabolic Accelerator, Burn Fat Now Thin and Slim, Thermogenic Fat Burner Thin and Slim, TruTrim, Thin and Slim Naturally AM, Extreme Stack Thin and Slim, Xcellerator, Asia Black, Black Widow, and Methyldrene Original 25. You can also see pictures of product labels at that site. These … [Read more...]

Sam Mills USA Recalling Granola Bars for Undeclared Milk

Sam Mills Chocolate Chip Granola Bars Recall

Sam Mills USA is voluntarily recalling 11,083 ases of Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Granola Bars because they may have been cross-contaminated with dairy that is not declared on the label. The label does state that the bars are a dairy-free product, and it should be labeled "May Contain Traces of Dairy." All lot codes of Sam Mills Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Granola Bars shipped from December 18, 2014 to July 23, 2015 should be pulled from store shelves. The product is sold in 4.4 ounce boxes. You can see the lot codes and expiration dates of the recalled products at the FDA web site. If y0u purchased this product and are allergic to milk, do not eat it. Discard or return it to the store where you bought it for a refund. … [Read more...]

Details on South Bronx Legionnaires’ Outbreak Investigation

Legionnaires' Disease Bacteria

The New York City Health Department has released information about the details of their investigation into the deadly Legionnaires' Disease outbreak in the South Bronx. That outbreak has sickened 124 people and killed 12 this summer. Most of the Legionnaires' Disease outbreaks that have occurred in the past have been linked to large buildings. Scientists believe that those buildings have more complex cooling and HVAC systems, which allow the bacteria to grow and spread. The source of the outbreak was the cooling towers at the Opera House Hotel. Epidemiologic and environmental investigations found the outbreak strain of the bacteria at that site. The report states that "inadequate maintenance and inadequate levels of biocide may have contributed" to the outbreak. All cooling towers in … [Read more...]

Trader Jo’s Dark Chocolate Covered Honey Grahams Recalled

Trader Joes Dark Chocolate Covered Honey Grahams Recall

Jo's Candies of California is voluntarily recalling Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate covered Honey Grahams with Sea Salt because it may contain milk, one of the major food allergens, that was not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to milk could have a serious allergic reaction if they eat this product. Two reactions have been reported to date. The recalled product is Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate covered Honey Grahams with Sea Salt, packaged in an 8 ounce clear tub with  SKU 55024. It was distributed to Trader Joe's stores nationwide. The recall was initiated after a consumer complaint. You can see the long list of "BEST BY" dates of the recalled product at the FDA web site. The UPC number of the recalled product is 00550246.  The lot code is found on the clear side panel to … [Read more...]

Jansal Valley Raw Macadamia Nuts Recalled for Salmonella

Jansal Valley Macadamia Nut Salmonella Recall

Sid Wainer and Son of Massachusetts is voluntarily recalling Jansal Valley brand Raw Macadamia Nuts because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Jansal Valley Raw Macadamia Nuts, packaged in a plastic bag. They were sold in both one pound and eight ounce sizes, with Lot code 469566. They were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail order. Random third party testing found the bacteria in a one pound package. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed or double bagged container, or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans Recalled for Listeria


General Mills Inc. has voluntarily recalled some Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans because one package tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of this product, but listeriosis can take up to 70 days to appear after exposure. The recalled Cascadian Farm green beans are sold in 10 ounce packages that were produced over two days in March 2014. They have "better used by" dates of 10APR2016 and 11APR2016.  No other varieties or production dates of Cascadian Farm products are affected by this recall. They were sold nationwide. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a sealed container or return it to the store where you purchased it for a refund. Then clean out your fridge and/or freezer with a … [Read more...]

Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon Recalled for Premature Spoilage

Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon Recall

Kraft Heinz Food Company is recalling 2,068,467 pounds of turkey bacon products that may be adulterated because it may spoil before the "Best When Used By" date. Spoilage-related consumer complaints prompted the investigation. The company has received reports of illness related to the consumption of these products. The turkey bacon was produced between May 31, 2015 and August 6, 2015. All of the recalled products have the establishment number "P-9070" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped nationwide and exported to the Bahamas and St. Martin. The product was sold as: 56 ounce cardboard boxes containing four plastic wrapped packages marked Oscar Mayer "Selects Uncured Turkey Bacon" with the plant number P-9070, the line number RS19, the UPC number 0 4470007633 0, and … [Read more...]

Smoked Herring Recalled for Possible Botulism


The New York Department of Agriculture and Markets is recalling P. East Trading Corporation Salted Smoked Split Herring because the product was uneviscerated. This can increase the risk of botulism spores growing in that product. The recalled Salted Smoked Split Herring was sold in New York and New Jersey in 18 pound wooden boxes. This product was imported from Canada. It was sampled during a routine inspection, and found to be improperly processed. Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be in the viscera if fish than in any other portions. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a sealed container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The symptoms of … [Read more...]

Indiana E. coli Outbreak Grows to 4 Confirmed Cases

E. coli iStockphoto

The Indiana Department of Health says there are four confirmed cases of E. coli and three probable cases in that state. Officials do not know the source of this outbreak, but are investigating. Those sickened live in Fulton, Marshall, and Wabash Counties. No new cases of possible E. coli have been reported to the agency since the start of August. E. coli is an infectious disease that is spread through contact with feces. It is critical that this infection is accurately diagnosed, since treatment with antibiotics can increase the risk of serious complications, such as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The department is working with families of patients to make sure the illness does not spread with person-to-person contact. E. coli bacteria are found in the guts of ruminant animals … [Read more...]

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