January 18, 2018

Recalls of Products for Undeclared Nuts

There are two recalls today for products that were made with undeclared nuts. Whole Foods Market is recalling Cheesecake Bars for undeclared almonds, and Palmer Candy Company is recalling Sea Salt Caramel Hearts for undeclared peanuts. Anyone who is allergic to tree nuts and/or peanuts could have a serious reaction if they eat either of these products. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with either of these recalls. The Palmer Candy Company is recalling Sea Salt Caramel Hearts that were sold only at Bomgaards Supply Store in the midwest U.S. The recalled product is Sea Salt Caramel Hearts in a 12 ounce tub. The best by date on the product is 12/21/18, and the UPC number is 77232-17091. It was sold in Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wyoming, and … [Read more...]

Just Food for Dogs Recalled for Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

Just Food for Dogs of Los Alamitos, California is recalling some recipes of its cooked frozen dog food for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. There is a risk for dogs to get sick, and there is a human risk as well, from handling the food to touching pets. The animals can shed the bacteria and it can be on their coats and in their saliva. These are the foods that are recalled: JustFoodForDogs Turducken with batch dates XX110118 to XX123118; Beef and Russet Potato with batch dates XX110118 to XX011419; and Fish and Sweet Potato, with batch dates XX110118 to XX011419. A customer reported that the Turducken recipe made her dogs with with diarrhea and vomiting. Lab testing by the company gave preliminary results showing that the human-grade green beans used in the product … [Read more...]

Sixty-One Vendors at the New York State Fair Cited for Critical Violations

Sixty-one vendors at the New York State Fair were cited for serious violations, according to Syracuse.com. The violations were for problems and issues that can cause foodborne illness. That paper submitted a request for the violations at the New York State Fair with a Freedom of Information Act request. Two complaints of ill persons were investigated at the fair last year, but were "unsubstantiated," according to the report. The 100 violations were rated as "critical." These types of violations involve cooking, storage temperatures, the condition of food, or the source of the food. They may also be linked to water and sewage, presence of pests, use of toxic materials, and the sanitary practices of food workers. Officials also found 371 non-critical violations at the New York … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Recalled Coconut Tree Frozen Shredded Coconut

At least 25 people are sick with Salmonella infections linked to recalled Coconut Tree brand frozen shredded coconut, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Six people have been hospitalized because their illnesses are so serious. No deaths have been reported. This Salmonella coconut outbreak is scattered across the country. The case count by state is: California (9), Colorado (1), Connecticut (1), Massachusetts (2), New Jersey (1), New York (1), Oklahoma (1), Pennsylvania (5), and Washington (4). Illnesses started on dates ranging from May 11, 2017 to November 4, 2017. The patient age range is from 1 year to 82. The bacteria causing these illnesses have been identified as Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:- and Salmonella Newport. Epidemiologic, laboratory, and … [Read more...]

Study Finds Recurrent Salmonella and Campylobacter Food Poisoning Infections May Cause Inflammatory Bowel Disease

A new study published in Science has found that recurrent Salmonella infections may cause inflammatory bowel disease and they may have found the mechanism. Researchers studying mice found that these infections progressively disable protection against intestinal inflammation. Foodborne illnesses are a serious human health problem. Doctors are seeing increasing cases of colitis and inflammatory bowel disease. Scientists have long believed that environmental triggers of these conditions are possible. For instance, bacterial infections are associated with seasonal increases in intestinal inflammation diagnoses; in other words, during the months that Salmonella infections are most common, more people are diagnosed with intestinal inflammation. The researchers think that common … [Read more...]

Recall of Roe in Canada for Possible Botulism Updated Again

The recall of roe in Canada for possible botulism contamination has been updated again. Imperial Caviar & Seafood and VIP Caviar Club have recalled whitefish roe and salmon roe for Clostridium botulinum, and have updated those recalls five times since late November, 2017. No illnesses have been reported in connection with these issues. These products were distributed in Quebec at the retail level. This recall is correctly identifying the affected product from the recall dated January 11, 2018. The Imperial product outer package product information, and VIP Caviar Club inner package information is corrected. The recalled items are Imperial Caviar & Seafood Golden Whitefish Roe in 50 gram packages. The code on the outer package is 151218, and the UPC number is 1 86866 00012 2. … [Read more...]

Two Recalls: Tofu Burritos for Undeclared Soy, Orange Juice and Punch for Undeclared Milk

Two recalls have been issued by the FDA. One is for tofu breakfast burritos that contain undeclared soy; the other is for orange juice products that may contain undeclared milk. Rico Brand is issuing an allergy alert on Tofu Breakfast Burrito for undeclared soy, one of the major food allergens.  No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date. The product was distributed in the state of Utah, more specifically in retail grocery stores in Cache County, Weber County, Salt Lake County, and Utah County. The product is a 12 ounce burrito wrapped in white paper. The label contains green, yellow around the border, and orange as the labels center color. Rico Brand logo printed on the top portion of the label. The Julien date is located on the back of the burrito with these two … [Read more...]

Health Canada Says E. coli O157 Outbreak In That Country Linked to Romaine Lettuce Over

Health Canada says that the E. coli O157 outbreak linked to romaine lettuce in that country is over. At least 42 people in 5 provinces were sickened in this outbreak. As of January 10, 2018, there were 42 cases of illness in this E. coli O157 outbreak that were reported in five eastern provinces: Ontario (8), Quebec (15), New Brunswick (5), Nova Scotia (1), and Newfoundland and Labrador (13). Individuals became sick in November and early December 2017. Seventeen individuals were hospitalized because their illnesses were so severe. One person died in this E. coli O157 outbreak. Patients were between the ages of 3 and 85 years of age. The majority of cases (74%) were female. Most of those who were sickened said they ate romaine lettuce the week before they got sick. Patients ate … [Read more...]

Recall of Ice Cream Bars for Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination Expands

The recall of Fieldbrook Foods ice cream bars for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination has expanded to include another product. The previously announced voluntary recall of all orange cream bars and chocolate coated vanilla ice cream bars that were produced in 2017 on the company’s Hoyer 1 Line at its Dunkirk, NY plant (plant code 362677) also includes 28,751 cases of Sundae Shoppe Raspberry Cream Bars that were included with Orange Cream Bars in ALDI seasonal split-case purchases. These cases were shipped between March and August 2017. You can see all of the stores where these products were sold, along with the brand name of the recalled products, at the FDA web site. The recalled products have production dates of January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017 and a “best by” date of … [Read more...]

Rare Salmonella Strain Found in Evershing Frozen Shredded Coconut While Investigating Illness

A rare strain of Salmonella was found in Evershing International frozen coconut by the Massachusetts Department of Health and led to a nationwide recall. Officials were investigating a single case of Salmonella food poisoning. Testing performed by Massachusetts found the pathogenic bacteria in Evershing International Trading Company Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Cococnut. The product was packaged in 16 ounce plastic bags and has item number 331223 with UPC number 05216-44081. It was distributed in  Ohio, Massachusetts, Washington, California, Oklahoma, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Florida, and Texas. All of those products sold between January 3, 2017 and January 3, 2018 were recalled last week. Public Health Commissioner Dr. Monica Gharel … [Read more...]

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