April 28, 2017

CDC Study Looks at Restaurant Food Allergy Practices

As part of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for the week of April 21, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a study about food allergy practices in restaurants across the country. Food allergies affect about 15,000,000 people in this country and cause about 30,000 emergency department visits and 150 to 200 deaths every year. Almost half of the fatal food allergy reactions over a 13 year period were caused by food from a restaurant or other food service establishment. The report found that fewer than half of members of the restaurant staffs surveyed in 278 restaurants had received training on food allergies. And although most restaurants list ingredients or recipes for some menu items, few have separate equipment or areas that are designed … [Read more...]

Farming Fish Organic Basil Pesto Recalled for Listeria

Our Local Bounty of Rogue River, Oregon is recalling 312 containers of Farming Fish brand Organic Basil Pesto with Watercress because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. There is no word on whether or not any illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product is Basil Pesto with Watercress in 8.5 ounce containers. It has the UPC number  7 23175 33586 8, and was distributed in retail stores in Oregon. The affected product has " enjoy or freeze by" dates of 4/30/2017, 5/6/2017, 5/13/2017, and 5/20/2017. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed or secure garbage can, or take it back to the store where you bought it for a full refund. The company is refunding not only these date codes but all products in an 8.5 ounce plastic … [Read more...]

WFSP Foods Recalls Ready to Eat Chicken That May be Undercooked

WFSP Foods Inc of Alabama is recalling about 42,147 pounds of ready to eat chicken breast products that may be undercooked, which means bacteria could survive in the food. The firm received multiple consumer complaints that the product was undercooked, but there have been no confirmed reports of illness due to the consumption of this food. The recalled products are 9 pound foodservice cases containing 8 poly film packages of "CHEF’S LINE ALL NATURAL FIRE GRILLED CHICKEN BREAST" with product code 22586, produced on 04/07/17, and Best by date 06/14/17. Also recalled is 9 pound foodservice cases containing 8 poly film packages of "saladworks FULLY COOKED FLAME GRILLED CHICKEN BREAST FILLETS" with product code 22500, produced on 03/29/17 and Use by date 06/05/17. The products have the … [Read more...]

Rich Products Pizza Dough Balls Recalled in Canada for E. coli O121

Rich Products of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are recalling Pizza Dough Balls because of possible E. coli O121 contamination. This recall is related to the recall of Ardent Mills flours for the same bacterial contamination. There is no information about whether or not any illnesses have been associated with this issue. There is an outbreak in Canada linked to Ardent Mills flours. The pizza dough balls were sold to hotels, restaurants, and institutions. The recalled products are both Rich Products Corporation brand. The first is 7 ounce Pizza Dough Ball in 12.9 kg packages. The codes on the product are 77007016 - Use by 19/May/17; 77007045 - Use by 14/Jun/17; and 77007059 - Use by 28/Jun/17; and the UPC number is 0 00 49800 11267 4. The second product is 18 ounce … [Read more...]

Fineberg Recalls Ham Products for Possible Listeria

Fineberg Packing Company of Tennessee is recalling about 8,822 pounds of ready to eat ham products for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date, but the illness caused by this bacteria can take 70 days to appear. The ready to eat hickory smoked and BBQ hams were packaged on January 16, 2017. They included 14 pound vacuum sealed packages containing "FINEBERG’S Finest Danish Brand BBQ Flavored Ham" with sell by date 03/26/2017 and case code 17016. Also recalled is 30.6 pound boxes containing 2 vacuum-sealed packages of “Holly Brand hickory smoked fully cooked HAM” with case code 17016. The products have the establishment number "EST. 428" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to distributors in Arkansas, Mississippi, and … [Read more...]

Party Animal Recalls Dog Food for Pentobarbital

Another dog food is being recalled because of the potential presence of pentobarbital, an euthanasia drug. Party Animal is recalling some cans of their Cocolicious Beef & Turkey and Chicken & Beef dog food. A retailer in Texas told the company that their customer had presented samples of our 13-ounce-can Cocolicious Beef & Turkey dog food (Lot #0136E15204 04, best by July 2019) and 13-ounce-can Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food (Lot #0134E15 237 13, best by August 2019) to a testing lab, and that the results had tested positive for pentobarbital. The company tracked the lot numbers of those products and are recalling them. The company is having the products tested separately by an accredited independent laboratory and will get the results in 7 to 10 days. They … [Read more...]

Vulto Raw Cheese Listeria Outbreak: FDA’s Form 483 Released

The FDA has released Form 483 in their investigation of the Vulto Creamery raw cheese Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. That form is used when problems are found at a food facility. The creamery was inspected by government officials from 2/28/2017 - 3/22/2017.  In all, Form 483 states that there were 15 observations where an issue was found during the FDA inspections. In the CDC's investigation of that multistate listeriosis outbreak, there were six people sickened by products made at that creamery. All of those six people were hospitalized. Two people from Connecticut and Vermont died, and one illness was reported in a newborn. The outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria was found in samples taken from three intact wheels of Ouleout cheese collected from Vulto Creamery. … [Read more...]

Recall of Longo’s Meat Products for E. coli O157:H7 Updated

The food recall warning issued on April 21, 2017 in Canada for possible E. coli O157:H7 in Longo's meat products has been updated to include more products. Now, more than ground veal is being recalled. The products were sold from the Longo Brothers Fruit Market located at 5636 Glen Erin Drive, Mississauga, Ontario. You can see the long list of recalled products, along with the package sizes, codes on the product, and UPC numbers at the CFIA web site. The newly recalled products include Ground Beef, Extra Lean Ground Beef, Medium Ground Beef, All Beef Lean Patties, All Beef Meatballs, and All Beef Meatloaf, among others. If you purchased any of these products, do not eat them, even if you are going to cook them thoroughly. Cross-contamination between raw meat and other foods is a real … [Read more...]

Recall of Longo’s Ground Veal for E. coli O157:H7 in Canada

The CFIA and Longo Brothers Fruit Markets are recalling Ontario Lean Ground Veal for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. It was sold from the Longo Brothers Fruit Market at 5636 Glen Erin Drive in Mississauga, Ontario. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The recalled product is Longo's brand Ontario Lean Ground Veal in various sizes. The code on the product is Best Before 17 AL 19 and the UPC number starts with 203436. Food that is contaminated with E. coli bacteria will not look, smell, or taste spoiled, but it can make you sick, especially if the meat is not cooked to 165°F. Symptoms of an E. coli infection include abdominal cramps, watery and bloody diarrhea, and a mild fever. If you purchased this product, do not eat it, even if you are … [Read more...]

Lay’s and Miss Vickie’s Potato Chips Recalled for Salmonella

Frito-Lay is voluntarily recalling some of their Jalapeño Flavored Lay's Kettle Cooked potato chips and Jalapeño Flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked potato chips due to the potential presence of Salmonella in the seasoning. Jalapeño powder provided by a supplier could contain Salmonella bacteria. No Salmonella was found in the seasoning supplied to Frito-Lay, but the company has decided to recall the products. No illnesses have been confirmed to date in connection with this issue. The recalled products have a "guaranteed fresh" date of JUL 4 or before printed on the front upper panel of the package. All of the multipack offerings recalled have a "use by" date of JUN 20 or before. And a "guaranteed fresh" date of JUL 4 or before is printed on the front upper panel of the individual … [Read more...]

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