June 27, 2016

Sandwiches Delivered to School Districts Nationwide Recalled for Listeria

Sandwiches delivered to school districts nationwide have been recalled for possible Listeria contamination. Let’s Do Lunch, Inc., dba Integrated Food Service (IFS) issued a recall for the sandwiches after the FDA investigators found Listeria in environmental samples collected "on several different occasions." The recalled sandwiches include turkey, ham and cheese subs; Italian subs, BBQ rib sandwiches, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chili dogs, sliders and more.  To see the complete list, click the preceding link At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported. However, symptoms of a Listeria infection can take up to 70 days to develop. They include high fever, muscle aches, neck stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Among pregnant women, Listeria infections can … [Read more...]

Weekly Food Recall Roundup: June 19, 2016

This week's recalls include expansions of secondary Listeria recalls linked to SunOpta sunflower seeds, a new frozen vegetable Listeria recall, recalls for undeclared allergens and extraneous materials. Symptoms of a Listeria infection can take as long as 70 days to develop and include: high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Among pregnant women, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and sti Food Recalls in the U.S. Pathogens Green Cuisine has issued a recall for “Pesto Pasta Salad with Arugula” because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The company issued the recall after being notified by its supplier, Green Cuisine is issuing this voluntary recall after being notified by their supplier, National … [Read more...]

Seven Ajuua’s Employees Test Positive for Salmonella

Seven employees of Ajuua's Mexican Restaurant in Odessa, Texas, have tested positive for Salmonella infections. At least four customers have been sickened in this outbreak associated with the restaurant. The number of lab-confirmed cases stands at 11. There are 23 probable cases that have not been confirmed yet; lab results are pending. Public health officials do not know if the employees were sickened by food at the restaurant, or if the illness was passed among them. Officials also do not know if the employees were sick while they were preparing or serving food. The age range of patients, according to OAonline, is 36 to 84. Thirteen of the probable cases are men, seven are women, and three are not identified. At least two people have been hospitalized as a result of their … [Read more...]

If Flour is Contaminated with E. coli Can You Still Use It?

The news about the General Mills flour E. coli O121 outbreak and the massive recall of their products has tapered off recently, with the exception of information that the FDA found E. coli O121 bacteria in an open bag of General Mills flour in the home of a patient sickened in this outbreak. The case count still stands at 38 sickened in 20 states, and the recall has not been updated. The news that bacteria that is "closely genetically related" to the outbreak strain of E. coli O121 that has made people sick is big news. That is an epidemiological link from the product to those who were sickened. But how many people have really gotten rid of the flour that was part of the recall? How many people decant their flour into another container and no longer have the bag with identifying … [Read more...]

Colorado Restaurant Closed Because of E. coli Outbreak

A restaurant in Aurora, Colorado, Pho 75, was closed on Friday, June 10, 2016 because an E. coli O157 outbreak has been reported to public officials. Several media outlets are reporting that at least four people have been sickened after eating at the restaurant, located at 2050 South Havana Street in Aurora. One of the four patients, a 14-year-old boy who ate at Pho 75 on May 24, has been hospitalized with serious illness. He has been in the intensive care unit with a severe case of pancreatitis since June 1, according to Fox31 Denver. The boy has improved, but is still hospitalized and may be for weeks, according to his father, Marc Thompson. According to health inspection records posted at the Tri-County Health Department (covering Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties in … [Read more...]

FDA Finds E. coli O121 in Bag of Gold Medal Flour

The FDA has released a statement confirming that they found E. coli O121 isolates from an open sample of General Mills flour belonging to a consumer who was sickened with the pathogenic bacteria. The government used whole genome sequencing to analyze the E. coli bacteria. The isolate was closely genetically related to the clinical isolates taken from sick people. The flour came from a lot that General Mills has recalled. At least 38 people in 20 states have been sickened with the outbreak strain of E. coli O121. Ten people have been hospitalized because their illnesses are so severe. Some of those who got sick had eaten or handled raw dough. The case count by state is: Alabama (1), Arkansas (1), Arizona (2), California (1), Colorado (4), Iowa (1), Illinois (4) Massachusetts (2), … [Read more...]

Before Listeria Outbreak, CRF Uncooperative with FDA, Documents Show

Updated June 15 Before being linked to a multistate Listeria outbreak that includes eight illnesses and two deaths, CRF Frozen Foods was reluctant to cooperate with inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and was advised of legal sanctions available to the agency if the firm did not correct serious deficiencies, documents released this week by the agency reveal. On April 23, CRF Frozen Foods issued a recall of 11 frozen vegetables for possible Listeria contamination. On May 2, 2016, CRF expanded the recall to include all organic and traditional frozen vegetable and fruit products processed in its Pasco, Washington facility since May 1, 2014. The expanded recall, includes 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands. On May 3, the company was linked to a … [Read more...]

Campylobacter Outbreak at Alejandro’s Taqueria in Fairfield, CA Sickens 32

A Campylobacter outbreak at Alejandro’s Taqueria in Fairfield, CA has sickened at least 32 people, according to the Solano County Department of Public Health. Those who became ill ate at the restaurant between May 26 and May 29. The restaurant was temporarily closed on June 8. Campylobacter bacteria is transferred via the fecal-oral route, meaning those who develop Campylobacter infections have ingested microscopic amounts of human or animal feces. Symptoms of an infection, called campylobacteriosis, include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. Usually, these symptoms develop two to five days after exposure and last about a week. During this time, the diarrhea can become bloody and sometimes there is also nausea and vomiting. Infections in young children, seniors and those with … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in Odessa, Texas Sickens 20

According to CBS7.com, a Salmonella outbreak in Odessa, Texas associated with Ajuua's Mexican Restaurant may have sickened at least 20 people. There is no information on the Ector County Health Department website, but we have reached out for comment. Two cases have been confirmed, and 18 other patients are considered probable cases and are being tested. Calls began coming into the Ector County Health Department on Friday, June 3, 2016, from people saying that they became ill after eating at Ajuua's Mexican Restaurant in Odessa on June 1, 2016. Confirmation of the two illnesses came in on Monday, June 6. The restaurant voluntarily closed on June 7, 2016 to investigate the issue. The restaurant was inspected by public health officials on Tuesday afternoon and passed. Officials do … [Read more...]

Weekly Food Recall Roundup: June 5, 2016

This week's food recalls included a General Mills recall of 10 million pounds of flour for E. coli that was triggered by a 20-state E. coli outbreak; the expansion of SunOpta's sunflower seed recall for Listeria which triggered a number of secondary recalls and a number of recalls for foods with undeclared allergens. Food Recalls in the U.S. Pathogens The Meadow Gold Dairy plant in Boise is recalling Meadow Gold brand Old Style Whipping Cream and Meadow Gold Dairy Pure brand Whipping Cream and Half and Half due to insufficient pasteurization. Because of this problem, it is possible that the products could be contaminated with pathogens present in raw milk, including Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria or E. coli. An E. coli outbreak that has sickened 38 people in 20 states has … [Read more...]

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