February 27, 2015

Sunset Foods Recalls Sausage for Undeclared Soy

Georgia Maid Smoked Sausage Recall

Sunset Farm Foods of Georgia is recalling 42,669 pounds of link sausage products because they may contain undeclared soy, one of the major food allergens. Those with an allergy to soy could have a serious reaction if they eat these products. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled products are 11 pound vacuum packed cases. The first is "Southern Chef Brand Smoked Link Sausage" and the second is "Georgia Maid Smoked Link Sausage." They have the establishment number "EST. 9185" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They also have a sell-by date between January 1, 2015 and May 28, 2015. They were sold at the retail level in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, and New York. If you purchased these products and are allergic to soy, do not eat them. Discard or … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at TN Prison Linked to Tyson Chicken

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A Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak in 2013 at a Tennessee correctional facility that was linked to mechanically separated Tyson chicken sickened nine people. Twenty-two percent of those sickened were hospitalized; no deaths were reported. All of the ill persons were incarcerated at a single correctional facility in the state. Traceback and other investigations found that mechanically separated chicken produced by Tyson Foods was the source of the 2013 outbreak. Mechanically separated chicken is a paste-like meat product that is made by forcing meat through a sieve to separate bone from the edible part. The product then will have bacteria spread throughout it, similar to ground meats. Since prisoners are literally a "captive audience", it may be considered cruel and unusual punishment … [Read more...]

Missouri Bill Would End Regulation of Farm Sales

Farm stand

A bill that may be introduced to the Missouri legislature would end regulation on farm-produced products sold directly to the consumer. House Bill 866 is sponsored by State Representative Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove). Moon has not been able to get the bill scheduled on the calendar. The bill states that the farmer "must retain the right to choose" whether the products will be regulated by the state or local agencies. If the foods sold are not inspected or regulated, a sign must be posted warning consumers that the items are not regulated. The consumer then "retains the responsibility" that the products are wholesome. Food poisoning outbreaks linked to farm-sold goods have been numerous in the past few years. For instance, the Campylobacter outbreak linked to Family Cow raw milk in … [Read more...]

Fairway Raw Hazelnuts Recalled for Possible Salmonella

Fairway Hazelnuts Salmonella Recall

Fairway "Like No Other Market" of New York is recalling raw hazelnuts (filberts) because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product, Fairway brand Raw Hazelnuts (Filberts) was distributed to Fairway stores in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. It was also sold to the public through home delivery programs by Google and Instacart. It is packaged in clear, plastic cello bags of varying weights. Each package weighs less than one pound. It has the item code 228119 XXXXXX. All "sell by" date codes of May 15, 2015 and earlier are recalled. Routine sampling by the FDA discovered the problem. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a sealed container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

Reusable Plastic Containers Still Harbor Bacteria After Cleaning

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A new study conducted at the University of Markansas at Fayetteville has found that Salmonella and other foodborne pathogens attach to reusable plastic containers used in industry and remain even after cleaning. Those pesky biofilms are, again, the culprit. Scientists looked at the materials used to make these food containers that are used to transport fruits and vegetables to grocery stores. In the study, researchers let Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, and E. coli O157:H7 bacteria to grow on the reusable plastic container (RPC) surface and then cleaned and sanitized the containers according to industry standards. In all cases, the material still had biofilms that protected the bacteria even after cleaning. Biofilm is a kind of slime made of protein that surround the bacteria, … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in 2013 Linked to Jouni Ground Beef

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A Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak in 2013 was linked to ground beef produced by Jouni Meats and sold at Gab Halal Foods. At least 22 people in 6 states were sickened in this outbreak. Half of all ill persons interviewed were hospitalized, which is a very high number. Usually only about 20 to 25% of sick people are hospitalized with Salmonella infections. Fred Pritzker, a prominent food safety attorney who represents consumers sickened in these outbreaks said, "no company should produce, and no store should sell, any foods that contain enough pathogenic bacteria to make someone sick." The symptoms of a Salmonella infection include vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and cramps, diarrhea, chills, fever, headache, muscle pains, and blood in the stool. People usually get sick six to … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at X10 Woodfire Steakhouse in TX

Salmonella

According to Carrie Williams, Director of Media Relations at the Texas Department of State Health Services, at least 30 people are sick with Salmonella infections in connection with the X10 Woodfire Steakhouse Restaurant in Dalhart. The restaurant closed voluntarily the week of February 9, 2015 and was sanitized. It has since been cleared for reopening. Anyone who ate at that restaurant and experienced the symptoms of a Salmonella infection, including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, chills, headache, muscle pains, and blood in the stool, should contact their doctor. Long term complications of a Salmonella infection, even after recovery, can be severe, including reactive arthritis. Ask for a stool sample test that should be examined for Salmonella. Attorney Fred … [Read more...]

Jimmy John’s Evergreen Sprouts E. coli Outbreak in 2014 Sickened 19

Clover sprouts are the source of an E.coli outbreak at Jimmy John's

An E. coli O121 outbreak in 2014 linked to Evergreen raw clover sprouts that were served at Jimmy John's, the Pita Pita, and Daanen's Deli, sickened 19 people, according to government officials. Those people lived in six states. Forty four percent of patients were hospitalized; there was no recall; no one developed hemolytic uremic syndrome; and there were no deaths. The outbreak case count by state was: California (1), Idaho (3), Michigan (1), Montana (2), Utah (1), and Washington (11). Thirteen of the sixteen people interviewed reported eating raw sprouts the week before they got sick. Traceback investigations concluded that contaminated raw clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts of Idaho was the likely source of this outbreak. After a meeting with the FDA, the company … [Read more...]

Candy Smoked Salmon Recalled for Listeria in Canada

Candy Smoked Salmon Listeria Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and City Fish are recalling Salish Seafoods brand Candy Smoked Salmon for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria, can take up to 70 days to manifest. The recalled product is Salish Seafoods Candy Smoked Salmon in variable size packages. There is no UPC number. The codes on the product are Lot # 6936 Packed On JA.30.15. Some product packages may not have the same brand or product name as described, or a brand name at all. Some may have been sold clerk-served from deli counters with or without a label or coding. If you purchased smoked salmon in Alberta, British Columbia, or Saskatchewan from February 7 through February 15, 2015, check with your … [Read more...]

Breyers Salted Caramel Swirl Ice Cream Recalled for Almond

Breyers Salted Caramel Ice Cream Almond Recall

Unilever is recalling some tubs of Breyers No Sugar Added Caramel Swirl Ice Cream because it may contain almonds that are not listed on the label. Almonds, or tree nuts, are one of the major food allergens. The recall was issued as the result of a consumer complaint. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product is Breyers No Sugar Added Salted Caramel Swirl Ice Cream in 1.5 quart paperboard tubs. The UPC number is 7756738393, and the best before date of NOV2915GB is located on the bottom of the tub. The product was sold nationwide to limited retailers. No product was shipped outside the U.S. No other Breyers products or best before dates of this particular product are affected by this recall. If you purchased this product and are allergic to almonds, or tree nuts, do … [Read more...]

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