May 22, 2015

Poultry, Beef, and Pork Products Recalled for Lack of Inspection

LQNN Beef Jerky Recall

LQNN of California is recalling 213,192 pounds of chicken, beef, and pork products that were produced without inspection. They are also misbranded, since they are stamped with a USDA mark of inspection that was unauthorized. They also have the unapproved use of another facility's mark of inspection, identified as Establishment number 18995. LQNN, Inc., operating as Lee's Sandwiches, has been processing products from federal-inspected establishments and re-packaging them without the benefit of inspection. You can see pictures of recalled product labels at the USDA site. The products were produced between May 18, 2014 and may 18, 2015. Some of the products were sent to restaurants in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas to be cooked and served to consumers. They … [Read more...]

Update on Whatcom County, WA Milk Makers Fest E. coli Outbreak

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The Whatcom County Health Department updated their investigation into the Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 outbreak associated with the Milk Makers Fest at the fairgrounds in Lynden, Washington. Investigators are calculating case counts "based on lab-confirmed infection with E. coli O157:H7 and physician-diagnosed cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)." The latest update, posted May 18, 2015, states that there are 22 confirmed cases. Ten people have been hospitalized. No one has died. Four people have developed HUS. Tests from other sick people are being investigated. The investigation now includes environmental samples taken from the Northwest Fairgrounds, since all of the ill people attended the Milk Makers Fest between April 21 and 23, 2015; helped with the event between … [Read more...]

Kenosha, Wisconsin Los Corrales Salmonella Outbreak Grows


According to the Kenosha County Division of Health, the Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 60 people may be associated with the Supermercado Los Corrales market in Kenosha, Wisconsin. That supermarket is at 3933 52nd Street in Kenosha. The source of the outbreak has not been definitively confirmed as of May 19, 2015. Those sickened purchased and ate food, particularly pork carnitas, from that market over Mother's Day weekend earlier this month. So far, two people have tested positive for the same strain of Salmonella bacteria. The investigation started on May 15, 2015 when the Division of health received positive Salmonella lab reports. Salmonella infections are reportable illnesses. Public health officials are currently interviewing patients and more lab testing is … [Read more...]

FDA Report on Blue Bell Broken Arrow, OK Ice Cream Plant

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The Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to Blue Bell ice cream has sickened 10 people and killed three of those patients. The FDA has issued a report on each of Blue Bell's facilities after extensive inspections and investigations. We told you about the Brenham, Texas facility inspection report last week. Now here are details on the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma facility. The initial recall of Blue Bell ice cream was for product made at the Brenham facility. But officials in Kansas conducted an investigation at the Via Christi hospital kitchen after a Listeria outbreak there earlier this year. An unopened single serving cup of Blue Bell ice cream taken from the hospital kitchen contained the pathogenic bacteria. That ice cream was made in the Broken Arrow plant. The inspection report … [Read more...]

Hua Zhi Zing Gourd Candy Recalled for Undeclared Sulfites


A&S Food Trading of Brooklyn, New York is recalling Hua Zhi Ying brand Gourd Candy because it contains undeclared sulfites. People who are allergic to this ingredient, and people with asthma, could become seriously ill if they consume this product. The consumption of 10 mg of sulfites per serving can cause anaphylactic shock in some asthmatics and in sulfite sensitive people. The candy contains 33.22 mg of sulfites per serving. No illnesses have been reported to date. The product is Hua Zhi Ying brand Gourd Candy in a 250 gram uncoded, clear plastic package. It was distributed in New York state. The candy is a product of China. If you purchased this product, do not eat it if you have asthma or if you are sensitive to sulfites. Discard it or return to the place of purchase for … [Read more...]

Canned Seafood Recalled in Canada

Vasco de Gama Seafood Recall

Vasco Da Gama brand canned seafood is being recalled in Canada for "the potential presence of dangerous bacteria". The notice at the CFIA doesn't specify which bacteria may have contaminated these products. You can see the long list of recalled products at the CFIA web site. They were sold nationally at the retail level. They include Mussels in Marinade sauce, Octopus and Squid in Garlic Sauce, Portuguese Sardines in Vegetable Oil, Mackerel Filets in Olive Oil, Portuguese Sardines in Hot Sauce, Small Sardines in Tomato Sauce, and Horse Mackerel in Vegetable Oil, among others. All are Vasco Da Gama brand. You can also see pictures of the recalled items at the CFIA site. If you purchased these items, do not eat them. Discard or return to the place of purchase for a refund. The symptoms … [Read more...]

Wisconsin Salmonella Outbreak May be Associated with Meat


According to WISN 12 News, the Salmonella outbreak in Kenosha, Wisconsin may be associated with meat from a local grocery store called Los Corrales. At least 20 people have been sickened in this outbreak so far. All of the patients said they ate meat products from that store and then got sick. Officials are investigating this outbreak, interviewing patients, and conducting inspections and collecting samples. The symptoms of a Salmonella infection include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and nausea. Most people get sick within eight to seventy-two hours of exposure, and most recover within a week. But some people get so sick they must be hospitalized. There is no word on whether any of the patients in this outbreak have been hospitalized. If you have experienced these … [Read more...]

WTO Rules Against U.S. on COOL. Again.


The World Trade Organization has ruled against the United States appeal on an October 2014 ruling delcaring country-of-origin labeling (COOL) in violation of international trade law. U.S. lawmakers want to repeal the legislation. The report issued May 18, 2015 is the fourth and final ruling on COOL. The legislation requires that all livestock from Mexico, Canada, and the United States is separated from birth and identified as to origin on the label. Canada and Mexico are against COOL, saying that it reduces the value of their exports. The ruling lets Canada and Mexico impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods this summer that could reach into the billions of dollars. Supporters of COOL want to work with Congress to make changes with the legislation to bring it into compliance. Most … [Read more...]

Wegmans Recalls Ready to Cook Meat Products


Wegmans is recalling ready to cook meat products because they contain undeclared milk and soy, two of the major food allergens, that are not listed on the label. There is no word on whether or not any illnesses or reactions have been reported. The recalled products were sold in the Ready To Cook section of the service case of the meat department. All of the products with a Use By date up to and including May 19, 2015 are recalled. The products containing undeclared milk and soy are: Herb Stuffed Pork Chops with UPC number 26060800000; Herb Stuffed Chicken Breast with UPC number 260806000000; Herb Stuffed Pork Roll with UPC number 26081700000; and Herb Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with UPC number 26082100000. Products recalled for undeclared soy are: Apple Raisin Stuffed Pork Chops with … [Read more...]

ZYK Enterprises Recalls Veal Products for E. coli O157:H7


ZYK Enterprises of Washington state is recalling 2,522 pounds of boneless veal trim and whole veal muscle cut products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. No reports of illnesses have been received to date. The products were produced from January 2 through January 23, 2015. They are: 60 pound bulk boxes of boneless veal trim with a package produced date of January 5, 2015; and 60 pound bulk boxes of boneless veal trim with a package produced date of January 20, 2015. Also recalled are various size bulk boxes ranging from 22 to 63 pounds of boneless veal trim and whole muscle cuts with multiple package dates from January 2-8 through January 23, 2015. They have the establishment number "EST. 9325" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The company did not report … [Read more...]

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