August 21, 2014

In Canada, Cole Slaw Recalled for Possible Listeria Monocytogenes

Belleisle Cole Slaw Listeria Recall

In Canada, the government and Roy Pope and Sons are recalling Belleisle Farms cole slaw for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of this product, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria, can take up to 70 days to manifest. The recalled product is Belleisle Farms Garden Fresh Cole Slaw in 227 gram containers. The UPC number is 0 33383 65260 3 and the code on the product is Best Before: 2014-08-19. It was sold at the retail level in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. If you purchased this product, discard it in a closed container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. Then clean out your refrigerator using a mild bleach solution. Listeria … [Read more...]

Corfinio Foods Products Recalled for Possible Botulism


The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is warning consumers not to eat any canned soups or sauces made by Corfinio Foods of Richmond because they were improperly processed. That means they are susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum. This bacteria produces a toxin that can cause illness and death. Corfinio Foods has suspended production of all of its canned soups and sauces, and the firm is working with officials to come into compliance with state requirements. There have been no reported illnesses to date associated with the consumption of these products. The soups and sauces are packaged in glass, mason style jars with metal screw on lids. They were sold at Brandermill Green Market. All of the products are marked with the Corfinio Foods label. … [Read more...]

Salmonella Illnesses Associated with Arrowhead Mills Nut Butters


nSPIRED Natural Foods is recalling certain lots of Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butters, MaraNatha Almond Butters and Peanut Butters, and specific private label Nut Butters because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. There have been reports of four illnesses that may be associated with these products. The FDA alerted the company to this problem following routine testing of the products. You can see the long list of recalled products at the FDA web site, along with UPC numbers and the best by date range for each product. They include Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butter, MaraNatha Almond Butter,  MaraNatha Peanut Butter, Trader Joes Almond Butter, Whole Foods Almond Butter, Kroger Creamy Almond Butter, and Safeway Almond Butter in various types and flavors, including organic, raw, and … [Read more...]

Wegmans Recalls Oysters for Possible Vibrio Contamination


Wegmans has posted a recall for Kumamoto Oysters because they may be contaminated with Vibrio parahaemolyticus. This naturally-occurring bacteria can cause foodborne illness if the oysters are eaten raw. There is no word on whether or not any illnesses have been reported. The recall is for Albion Fisheries Ltd. harvested Kumamoto Oysters, sold individually at certain stores. Only those oysters with UPC number 21657100000, sold from July 17, 2014 through July 31, 2014 are recalled. The oysters were sold only at the Wegmans stores in Bridgewater, Manalapan, and Mt. Laurel in New Jersey; Pittsford in New York, and Montgomeryville and King of Prussia in Pennsylvania. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a double bagged container or return to the place of purchase for … [Read more...]

Brita Recalls Children’s Water Bottles for Laceration Hazard

Brita Water Bottle Recall

Brita is recalling children's water bottles for a possible laceration hazard. The lid can break into pieces with sharp points. The name of the product is Brita hard-sided water filter bottle for kids. Brita has received 35 reports of lids breaking or cracking. No injuries have been reported to date. The four recalled children's water bottles have popular cartoon characters. They include Dora the Explorer® in violet with UPC number 60258-35883, Hello Kitty® in pink with UPC number 60258-35914, SpongeBob SquarePants® in blue with UPC number 60258-35880, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles® in green with UPC number 60258-35882. The bottles are 6" tall, hold 15 ounces of liquid, have white lids that screw off and fold-up straws and filters that are inside the straw below the lid. Each … [Read more...]

CSPI Says FDA Should Protect Consumers from Quorn

Veggie Burger

Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has released a statement from its Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson asking the FDA to protect consumers against the fungus-based meat substitute "Quorn". Before it was turned into food for consumers, it had never been used for human food. The fungus is grown in large vats. Since its introduction, CSPI has collected more than 2,000 adverse reaction reports from consumers who have eaten it. The company that produces Quron has tested the product; their studies indicate that almost 5% of test eaters became ill after eating the protein. CSPI wants the FDA to pull the product off store shelves. Some of the adverse reactions after eating Quorn include nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and anaphylactic shock, which is characterized by swelling of … [Read more...]

Food & Water Watch States Toledo Water Crisis Only the Beginning

Water glasses

Food & Water Watch states that the crisis over Toledo's compromised water system is only the beginning in the United States. Earlier this month, levels of a toxin called microcystin prompted government officials to tell consumers not to use the water for drinking, cooking, bathing, or teeth brushing. That toxin is produced by a strong algal bloom. Over the weekend, the City was increasing monitoring and testing because they said "the testing level of untreated water at the direct intake is showing a strong presence of microcystin." The water was still considered safe to drink, since the water tested at .972; the World Health Organization has set a limit of 1.0 for that toxin. Chemicals brought the level of the toxin down to .456. Customers may have noticed a film on the water that … [Read more...]

Positive and Negative Trends in Antimicrobial Resistance


The FDA released its National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) 2011 Executive Report this week, showing both increasing and decreasing antimicrobial resistance levels. The report focuses on resistance to antibiotics that are considered important in human medicine, as well as bacteria that are resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics. Samples are collected from people, food producing animals, and retail meat source, then tested. The key findings include: 85% of non-typhoidal Salmonella collected from people had no antibiotic resistance. In people, the five-drug resistance pattern discovered in Salmonella Typhimurium declined to 19.5% in 2011 from its peak of 35.1% in 1997. Salmonella resistance to ciprofloaxcin, one of the antibiotics used to treat those … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Cases Reach 283 Sickened Across U.S.

Cyclospora Outbreak

The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) is reporting an increase in cyclospora cases around the country. Now at least 283 people are sick in 21 states as of August 12, 2014. That is an increase of 48 cases compared to last week. One hundred sixty, or 57%, of the cases were reported in Texas. Of those people, at least 116 Texas patients did not travel during the two weeks before they got sick. Cyclospora is endemic in sub-tropical regions. If the patients did not travel to those areas, they most likely got sick by eating a contaminated food. More patients are being interviewed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to discover what percentage of cases are linked with travel. Most of the cases were reported in July. Maine and Massachusetts are … [Read more...]

McCormick Recalls Ground Oregano for Possible Salmonella

McCormick Oregano Salmonella Recall

McCormick is recalling 1,032 cases of Ground Oregano for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of this product. This recall does not affect any other McCormick Ground, Whole, or Oregano Leaves products. The recalled product is Ground Oregano in 0.75-ounce bottles. The UPC number is 0 523561 6 and dates are best by AUG 21 16 H and best by AUG 22 16 H. The item number is 900356. The product was shipped to Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South … [Read more...]

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