February 11, 2016

Organic Traditions Flax Seed Powder Recalled for Salmonella

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Advantage Health Matters are recalling Organic Traditions brand Sprouted Flat Seed Powder and Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder for possible Salmonella contamination. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. The recalled products are all Organic Traditions brand. The first is Sprouted Flax Seed Powder in 227 gram packages. The code on the product is LOT:AHM626151118N EXP:09/2017 and the UPC number is 8 54260 00626 1. The second recalled product is Sprouted Flax Seed Powder in 454 gram packages, with code LOT:AHM553151118N EXP:09/2017 and UPC number 8 54260 00553 0. Finally, Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder is recalled, sold in 227 gram packages with code LOT:AHM621151211N EXP:10/2017 and … [Read more...]

Trader Joe’s Bacon Ganache Recalled for Undeclared Coconut

Vosages LTD of Illinois is recalling about 135 pounds of Trader Joe's Uncured Bacon Ganache Bar because it contains coconut, a known allergen, that is not declared on the label. The problem was discovered after the establishment received a consumer complaint, but there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products. The recalled product is Trader Joe's Uncured Bacon Ganache Bar in 3 ounce flow wrapped packages. The SKU number of the carton is 55001. The product has the establishment number "EST. 34647" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The bars were shipped to retail locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. They were packaged on January 15, 2016 to January 22, 2016 and are stamped with a BEST BY code of 03 SEP … [Read more...]

Giant Eagle Recalls Cod Fillets for Undeclared Soy

Giant Eagle and Market District Supermarkets are recalling Giant Eagle brand Japanese Code Fillets that are prepared and sold from the Seafood department for undeclared soy, one of the major food allergens. Anyone who is allergic to soy could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. There are no confirmed illnesses reported to date associated with this recall. The recalled product is Giant Eagle brand Japanese Breaded Cod Fillets sold through February 4, 2016. About 420 packages of the product were purchased by customers in Giant Eagle and Market District supermarkets in Pennsylvania and Ohio. The UPC number of the recalled product begins with 268106. The product label for the fillets, which contain soy, omitted soy as an allergen. All lot codes up to and including February 8, … [Read more...]

California Confirms E. coli Outbreak Linked to Organic Pastures Raw Milk

The California Department of Public Health has confirmed to Food Poisoning Bulletin that there is an E. coli O157 outbreak linked to recalled Organic Pastures raw milk. Via email, they said "there is an outbreak, and as of February 8, 2016, six children with a unique strain of shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157 have been identified; of all of these six children, four have reported drinking Organic Pastures raw milk before they got sick." All six illnesses occurred in January 2016. Public health officials are investigating the dairy and that investigation is ongoing. CDPH's Food and Drug Branch (FDB) has "collected a number of samples from the marketplace, which are currently undergoing laboratory evaluation," according to the communication. The recalled product is Organic Pastures … [Read more...]

Fresh Express Recalls Chopped Romaine for Allergens

Fresh Express is recalling a limited quantity of chopped Romaine salad because it contains food allergens milk, wheat, eggs, and fish that are not declared on the package label. Anyone who is allergic to those ingredients could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No allergic reactions or illnesses have been reported to date. Sealed condiment packages containing individual servings of dressing, croutons, and Parmesan cheese used in the brand's Caesar salads were mistakenly placed in a limited quantity of the chopped Romaine product. Ingredients in those packages include milk, eggs, wheat, and fish. Even though the packets are enclosed in another sealed package, Fresh Express is issuing a recall out of an abundance of caution. The recalled product is 32-ounce bags Fresh … [Read more...]

Living Tree Macadamia Nut Products Recalled for Salmonella

Living Tree Community Foods of Berkeley, California is recalling Organic Macadamia Nuts and Organic Macadamia Butter because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have  been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The products were distributed throughout the U.S. via retail stores in California and Connecticut, and to mail order customers. The recalled products are Living Tree Community Foods Organic Macadamia Nuts in a 4 ounce, clear plastic pouch marked with lot #153442 on the top. The Living Tree Community Foods Alive, Organic Macadamia Butter that is also recalled comes in an 8 ounce glass jar, with a Living Tree Community Foods label. Lots numbers for that product are 134415, 136215, and 101716, and the UPC number is … [Read more...]

FDA Examining Raw Milk Cheese Criteria

Cheesemakers, especially artisan producers, have suggested that the FDA is applying safety criteria to raw milk cheese production that limits producers without benefitting public health. Raw milk cheeses have been linked to recalls and food poisoning outbreaks in the past several years. Raw milk cheese produced by Family Cow in Pennsylvania caused Campylobacter illnesses in 2013, and there have been dozens of recalls of raw milk cheeses over the years. Raw milk cheese has been recalled for Campylobacter, Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria monocytogenes contamination in all of the four years Food Poisoning Bulletin has been published. Some studies have concluded that aged raw milk cheeses are safe to eat, since the aging process changes the composition of the cheese. Aging reduces the … [Read more...]

Paolini’s Sausage Products Recalled for E. coli O157:H7

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Paolini's Sausages and Meats are recalling some sausage products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. The products were sold and distributed by Paolini's Sausage and Meats in Calgary, Alberta, and may have been sold by other retailers in Alberta up to and including February 5, 2015. The products may have been sold pre-packaged or have been clerk-served, and were sold both with and without a label. If you aren't sure whether or not you have a recalled product, check with the grocery store where you bought it. The recalled products are Hungarian Farmer Sausage, Hot Hungarian Farmer Sausage, Mexican Twist Sausage, Buffalo Hungarian Sausage, Wesfalian Smokies, Onion Mettwurst/Frishe Zweibel Mettwurst, Fine Mettwurst, … [Read more...]

Congresswoman DeLauro Concerned About Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) wrote a letter dated February 5, 2106 to the acting commissioner of the FDA, Dr. Stephen Ostroff, about the ongoing multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to imported cucumbers. Food Poisoning Bulletin told you two weeks ago that the CDC had updated their investigation into the outbreak and stated that 50 more ill persons had been sickened in the last two months. The continuation of the outbreak is puzzling, since the cucumbers in question were recalled in September 2015 and the vegetable does not have a long shelf life. The letter expresses DeLauro's concerns about the outbreak, and states that "this is a public health crisis." She adds that the FDA "needs to do everything within its power to expeditiously identify the ongoing source of … [Read more...]

Organic Pastures Recalls Raw Milk

Organic Pastures, the dairy in California that has been at the center of recalls before, is recalling raw milk produced at their facility. They state that this is not a state-mandated recall, but is being conducted "in abundance of caution." There is no word on whether or not any illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these products, or why the product is being recalled. The recalled products include whole milk with use by date of 1/23/16 and lot code 20160105-1, and whole milk with a use by date of 1/26/16 and lot code 20160106-2. The milk "may have been released" to the northern and central coast areas of California, and were not sold in southern California, according to the press release. If you purchased this product, do not drink it. Throw it away or … [Read more...]

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