April 26, 2015

Puppy Starter Kit Dog Chews Recalled for Salmonella

Pet food recall

FH Publications/Nylabone Products is recalling one lot of its Puppy Starter Kit dog chews because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this product. The recalled Puppy Starter Kit comes in a 1.69 ounce package. They were distributed nationwide, to Canada, and through one domestic online mail order facility. The product has Lot number 21935, the UPC number 0-18214-81291-3, and expiration date of 3/22/18 on the back of the package. If you purchased this product, do not give it to your dog and do not handle it. Discard in a sealed container so other animals can't eat it, then wash your hands well with soap and water. If your dog shows signs of illness, take him to the veterinarian. People can contract Salmonella by handling … [Read more...]

Jamba Smoothie Kits, Frozen Veggies Recalled for Listeria


Inventure Foods, Inc. is recalling some of its Fresh Frozen line of frozen vegetables and some varieties of Jamba "At Home" line of smoothie kits for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The products did not test positive for Listeria, but the pathogenic bacteria was found at the company's Jefferson, Georgia facility. No confirmed illnesses have been linked to these products to date, but Listeria food poisoning can take months to appear after infection. You can see the long list of recalled products at the FDA web site, along with UPC numbers and pack size. The recalled Fresh Frozen vegetables include Italian Green Beans, Butter Beans, Zipper Peas, Cut Okra, Purple Hull Peas, Sliced Zucchini, Cut Broccoli, Diced Celery, Sliced Carrots, Mustard Greens, and Chopped Spinach, … [Read more...]

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Recalled for Listeria


Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is voluntarily recalling all ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, and ice cream sandwiches in all flavors and containers because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The company is stopping sales and closing scoop shops until all products are safe. The products were distributed in the U.S. to retail outlets, including food service accounts and grocery markets, and online. The recall includes all products with the "Jeni's" brand name. The contamination was discovered by random tests conducted by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this pathogenic bacteria, can take up to 70 days to appear. If you purchased any of these products, throw them away in a sealed … [Read more...]

Ossie’s Fish Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

Ossies PIckled Lox Dairy Recall

SM Fish Corp of New York is recalling Ossie's fish products because they contain undeclared milk and eggs, which are two of the major food allergens. No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date. The first recall is for Ossie's Pickled Lox & Cream for undeclared eggs. The product was distributed to retail stores in New York and New Jersey. The product is packaged in 8 ounce clear plastic containers with UPC number 739885104113 and date code "06/04/15" on the bottom of the tub. The second recall is for Ossie's Herring in Sourcream and Ossie's Pickled Lox Dairy Products for undeclared milk. The Herring in Sourcream is sold in 8 ounce clear plastic containers with UPC number 739885114174 and date code "06/08/15". Ossie's Pickled Lox Dairy is sold in 8 ounce … [Read more...]

Update on Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church Botulism Outbreak

Clostridium botulinum

Fairfield Medical Center has updated information on the botulism outbreak linked to the Cross Point Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster, Ohio. There are 18 suspected cases, including the death of a 54-year-old woman. None of these cases have been confirmed through laboratory testing. Twenty-one more people have sought treatment at area hospitals as a precaution. All of those affected attended a potluck at the church on Sunday, April 19, 2015. About 60 people were in attendance. If you attended that event, go to an emergency room for questions and a health evaluation. The longer treatment is delayed, the more serious the resulting illness will be. The hospital made arrangements with the Centers for Discase Controla nd Prevention (CDC) to obtain botulism anti-toxin. The medicine … [Read more...]

Lawyer Discusses Filing Blue Bell Ice Cream Listeria Lawsuit

Ice cream

Food Poisoning Bulletin talked to attorney Elliot Olsen, partner at Pritzker Olsen law firm, which underwrites this news site, about the Blue Bell ice cream Listeria monocytogenes outbreak and filing lawsuits. The firm has been contacted by people who were sickened in this outbreak. The CDC states that people have been sickened by Blue Bell products as far back as 2010. We asked Mr. Olsen how this is possible. He said, "Listeriosis is a reportable illness. The Listeria bacteria is genetically fingerprinted in specialized labs known as “PulseNet.”  If no genetic matches to other patients are found, no outbreak is announced. When this current outbreak was suspected, officials looked at the records and found genetic matches in PulseNet that added six cases, from 2010 to 2014, to the outbreak … [Read more...]

Ohio Church Potluck Botulism Has Now Sickened 24

Clostridium botulism

The outbreak of botulism linked to a potluck dinner served at the Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster, Ohio has now sickened at least 24 people. One person, a 54-year-old woman, has died, and all patients have been hospitalized. Still others are under observation. Three people are in critical condition, according to Fairfield Medical Center. The hospital has activated its Incident Command Center. More patients are being treated at other hospitals in the area. About 60 people were in attendance at the event, including some children.  Dr. Andrew Murry of Fairfield Medical Center said, "we are encouraging everyone who attended the potluck to report to the emergency room or their nearest medical facility for questions and also to seek an evaluation for further medical … [Read more...]

Botulism After OH Church Potluck Kills 1, Sickens 20

Clostridium botulinum

A botulism outbreak has sickened 20 people and killed one person after those people attended a church potluck in Ohio. All of the patients who were brought to the Fairfield Medical Center Emergency Department in Lancaster, Ohio attended a potluck on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster. Five people are in the Intensive Care Unit, and ten were transported to hospitals in Columbus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is sending anti-toxin to the hospitals in the area. Some of the patients are on ventilators. Clostridium botulinum bacteria produce a toxin that paralyzes nerves. The bacteria grows in anaerobic environments (without oxygen) and can be present in improperly canned low-acid foods such as canned green beans or … [Read more...]

La Clarita Queseria Cheese Recalled for Staphylococcus


La Clarita Queseria Queso Fresco Cheese is being recalled in New York for possible Staphylococcus aureus contamination. Testing by the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets discovered the bacteria in the product. No illnesses have been reported. This is a fresh cheese, sold in 12 ounce plastic tubs. The label has plant number 36/8585 and the product lot code is MAY 13, 2015. The manufacturer is Queseria La Poblanita Inc of New York. The Spanish-style cheese was distributed to delis and stores in the New York metro area. A routine sample of the cheese tested positive for high levels of Staphylococcus aureus on April 15, 2015. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a sealed or double bagged container, or return to the store where you purchased it for a … [Read more...]

Chicken Sausages Recalled for Foreign Materials

Trader Joe's Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage Recall

Kayem Foods of Massachusetts is recalling 59,203 pounds of fully cooked chicken sausage products because they may be contaminated with foreign material, or pieces of plastic. No injuries have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The recalled products are 12-ounce packages of Trader Joe's brand "Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage". The case code is 9605 and use by/freeze by dates of "4 22 15", "4 25 15" and "4 29 15". Also recalled are 8 ounce packages of al fresco brand "Apple Maple Fully Cooked Breakfast Chicken Sausage". The case code on that product is 9709 and use by/freeze by dates are "JUN 13 2015" and "JUN 20 2015". These products have the establishment number "P7839" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to retail locations … [Read more...]

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