May 28, 2016

Sunflower Seed Listeria Recall Roundup

A May 4 sunflower seed Listeria recall by SunOpta has triggered a cascade of others.  Here is a roundup of the Listeria recalls for sunflower seeds or products containing them. Consumers should check product information carefully as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Symptoms of an infection, which can take up to 70 days to develop, include high fever, muscle aches, neck stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Among pregnant women, Listeria infections can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery and infection in newborns. Others at heightened risk are young children, seniors and those with compromised immune systems. Consumers who have purchased these products and eaten them should photograph the packaging, then throw away the product in a sealed package … [Read more...]

Weekly Food Recall Roundup: May 22, 2016

Lots of updates to Listeria recalls for frozen vegetables and sunflower kernels this week. Listeria is a bacteria that can cause serious, sometimes fatal infections. Those most at risk are young children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms, which can take 70 days to develop,  include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Among pregnant women, Listeria infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths. SunOpta expanded its Listeria recall of Sunflower kernels and touched off a series others including Hy-Vee Trail Mix;  Papa John's Oriental Salad sold at Albertsons, Safeway, Bashas and Food 4 Less; Dakota Style sunflower kernels; an expansion of Treehouse Foods recall for products sold under the brand names Southern Grove, … [Read more...]

Wonderful Pistachio Salmonella Outbreak Ends With 11 Sick

The Salmonella outbreak linked to Wonderful pistachios has ended after sickening 11 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The pistachios were recalled on March 9, consumers who have purchased them should not eat them as Salmonella can cause serious illness. Food Poisoning Bulletin alerted the agency to some discrepancies in a report earlier today and the agency is working to correct the information, so some specific information about the outbreak is not yet available. We do know that state and federal health officials used DNA “fingerprinting” to identify 11 case patients. And that three cases reported from Alabama and Arizona initially included in the outbreak were ruled out,  while new ones, caused by a second strain of Salmonella, were … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in MN Associated With Taylor Farms Kale

A Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak associated with Taylor Farms Organic Kale Medley sickened six people in Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Health told Food Poisoning Bulletin in an email. The illnesses began between April 3 and April 26, 2016. One person was hospitalized as a result of their illness, and all patients are recovering. The product associated with this outbreak, Taylor Farms Organic Kale Medley "power greens" mix, was purchased at Sam's Club locations in Minnesota. The product contains kale, shredded carrots, chard, and spinach. That company pulled the product from store shelves nationwide on May 4, 2016, and directly notified all customers who purchased the product in Minnesota since March 1, 2016. Doug Schultz, of the Minnesota Department of Health, stated in … [Read more...]

Weekly Food Recall Roundup: May 15, 2016

Here's the weekly food recall roundup for the week ending May 15, 2016. There were still many recalls of foods containing frozen vegetables for possible Listeria contamination. There is an outbreak of listeriosis linked to recalled CRF Frozen Foods products. The secondary recalls continue to come in. There were also many recalls of products containing sunflower seeds for Listeria contamination. There is no outbreak associated with those recalls. Remember that if you bought any of these products recalled for Listeria, that you should clean out wherever the product was stored with a mild bleach solution to kill bacteria. Listeria can grow at refrigerator temperatures, and freezing will not kill it. In addition, if you ate any of these recalled products, watch yourself for the … [Read more...]

Issues Found at CRF Frozen Foods Linked to Listeria Outbreak

The FDA has released a 483 inspection report about the conditions at CRF Frozen Foods plant in Pasco, Washington. That report, released on May 12, 2016, gives more information about the conditions at that plant. Food produced at that facility has been linked to a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that goes back to 2013, and has led to dozens of frozen produce recalls. At least eight people in three states have been sickened in this outbreak. Damaged equipment described as being "impossible to clean" could be a factor in this contamination. The inspection, conducted March 14 to March 17, 2016, may provide some insight into how the produce was contaminated. The company was told on April 25, 2016 that a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak going back to 2013 was linked to its products by whole … [Read more...]

Listeria Recall Roundup at Target, Costco and Trader Joe’s

There are so many Listeria recalls right now it's hard to keep up. Two potentially contaminated food sources - frozen vegetables and sunflower seeds - have spawned numerous recalls. To help consumers stay up-to-date, Food Poisoning Bulletin has organized the recalls by retailer. Consumers who shop at these stores should check the list of recalls carefully as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Frozen vegetables produced by CRF Frozen Foods and sold under a variety of brand names have been linked to a Listeria outbreak that has sickened at least eight people in three states. Two of these people ate Organic by Nature brand frozen vegetables before they became sick. Organic by Nature is one of 42 brands of packaged frozen vegetables produced by CRF that have been recalled. Frozen … [Read more...]

The CDC Chipotle E. coli Spat and the Public’s Right to Know, Sometimes

Chipotle's beef with the CDC's coverage of its 2015 E. coli outbreaks made headlines this week when letters exchanged between the two were made public. While the bandwagon touting the CDC as a champion of the public's right to know got pretty crowded in the last couple of days, the bottom line is this: yes, the public does have a right to know, but usually it is never told. By the CDC's own admission, only a fraction of the outbreaks it investigates are made public. On average, it announces 10 multistate outbreaks a year. And it's not really clear how the outbreaks on the CDC's "list of selected outbreak investigations" are selected. Some have four case patients others have four hundred. Some occur in two states, others occur in more than 40 states. Some have information about the food … [Read more...]

FDA Links Oregon Potato to Frozen Vegetable Listeria Outbreak

Listeria strains isolated from environmental samples collected at Oregon Potato Co. in Pasco, Wash. closely resemble the strain linked to a multistate Listeria outbreak, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The outbreak, linked to frozen vegetables, has triggered the recall of hundreds of products sold under dozens of brand names. Earlier this this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Wash. as one likely source of this outbreak. CRF packages and markets frozen vegetables and fruits. Oregon Potato is a grower and processor of fruits and vegetables including potatoes, carrots, corn, asparagus, peppers, peas, apples, pineapples and onions. Both companies have plants in Pasco. In March 2016, the FDA found … [Read more...]

Here’s What to Do If you Bought Products Recalled for Listeria

There have been quite a few different recalls of food products for possible Listeria monocytogenes food poisoning this week. A huge recall of 42 brand names of frozen foods produced by CRF Frozen Foods was prompted by a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that has sickened at least 8 people in 3 states. And a major supplier is recalling their sunflower seeds for possible Listeria contamination, triggering a wave of secondary recalls that could go on for days. Some of those products were sold under the brand names Planters, Market District, Kroger, and TreeHouse Foods, which includes Roundy, Meijer, HyVee, and Our Family, among others. To protect yourself and your family, the first thing to do is to keep informed. Check back with our site; we try to get recalls posted as soon as they are … [Read more...]

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