July 30, 2016

Chapel Hill Creamery Cheese Salmonella Outbreak

A multistate Salmonella outbreak has triggered a recall of Chapel Hill Creamery Cheeses sold at retail locations, farmer’s markets and restaurants throughout North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Salmonella can cause serious illness. The recalled cheeses include: Quark, Danziger, Swiss, Paneer, Calvander, Hot Farmers Cheese, Dairyland Farmers Cheese, Smoked Mozzarella, Fresh Mozzarella,  Burrata, Hickory Grove, Carolina Moon,  Smoked Farmers Cheese, New Moon and Pheta. Symptoms os a Salmonella infection, which usually appear between six and 72 hours after exposure, include nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody. These symptoms can last about a week. Those most at risk … [Read more...]

Two E. coli Outbreaks in NH and CO and Two Recalls: Coincidence?

Something unusual happened this week. The USDA posted two recalls for beef products on the same day, recalled for E. coli O157:H7. And in those recall notices there was information that the products had been linked, or possibly linked, to two E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks; one in New Hampshire and one in Colorado. The first recall was for more than 8,000 pounds of PT Farm raw beef products that were produced in June 2016. The illness cluster associated with this recall has sickened at least 14 people in New Hampshire. Traceback for 8 case-patients who were interviewed as a result of their illnesses "led back to a single day of production at PT Farm," according to the USDA release. There is a link between beef products from PT Farm and this illness cluster. The second recall was for … [Read more...]

Five Minnesotans Sickened in General Mills Flour E. coli Outbreak

Five people in Minnesota have been sickened in the E. coli O121 and O26 outbreak linked to recalled General Mills flour. The outbreak case count now includes 46 people in 21 states. Thirteen of those ill persons have been hospitalized. One person has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, and no deaths have been reported. Laboratory, traceback, and epidemiologic evidence indicate that flour produced at the General Mills facility in Kansas City, Missouri is a "likely source" of this outbreak. Two strains of E. coli bacteria have been found in the flour; E. coli O121 and E. coli O26. General Mills has expanded its recall of flour produced at that mill twice to include more production dates. Please look carefully at the list of recalled products to see if you purchased any. If you … [Read more...]

Chestnut Farms, PT Farm, Miles Smith, Robie Farm Beef Recall for E.coli

A New Hampshire E. coli outbreak has triggered a recall of beef products sold under the brand names: Chestnut Farms, PT Farm, Miles Smith and Robie Farm. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as E. coli can cause serious illness and death. Those most at risk for E. coli infections are children, seniors, people with compromised immune systems and pregnant women.The outbreak includes 14 people who consumed the contaminated meat at various locations. The recall, by PT Farm, of North Haverhill, N.H., includes 8,800 pounds of raw beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The recalled products include ground beef, ground beef patties and other sub-primal cuts sold in various weights and various sizes and packed in cardboard boxes produced between … [Read more...]

Hawaii Hepatitis A Outbreak Grows; Another Food Worker Diagnosed

The Hawaii Department of Health has updated its investigation into the hepatitis A outbreak in that state. Now 93 people are sick with the viral infection. And another food handler on the island was diagnosed with the disease. Officials have still not identified the source of the outbreak. This illness has a long incubation period of two weeks to a month, and patients are often not able to remember the foods they consumed or where they ate during the exposure period. Healthcare workers are informed to notify the HDOH immediately if they think a patient has hepatitis A. As of July 26, 2016, 19 new cases of hepatitis A have been diagnosed. All of the cases have been in adults. Of the 93 people sickened, 29 have been hospitalized because their illness is so severe. The illness onset … [Read more...]

Ranch Foods Beef Recall Associated with CO E. coli Outbreak

Good Food Concepts, doing business as Ranch Foods Direct in Colorado, is recalling 2,606 pounds of raw beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. These products are possibly linked to an E. coli outbreak in Colorado. FSIS was notified of an E. coli O157:H7 illness possibly associated with ground beef consumption on July 14, 2016. The USDA worked with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the El Paso County Public Health Department to determine that there is a possible link between the products from Ranch Foods Direct and this illness. FSIS found E. coli O157:H7 in ground beef products originating from Ranch Foods Direct on July 25, 2016 through laboratory testing and traceback investigation. FSIS is working with those departments in … [Read more...]

13 Now Sick in New Hampshire E. coli Outbreak

Updated July 27: A recall has been issued for beef products from PT Farm of North Haverhill, N.H. A New Hampshire E. coli outbreak linked to ground beef now includes 13 people, according to state health officials who are still working to determine the source of the ground beef. Those who became ill consumed the meat at various locations. "It is important for people to avoid eating under-cooked ground beef whether at home or at a restaurant. Young children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to severe illness with this infection,” said Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. State health officials are working the the U.S. Department of Agriculture to tracj teh source of the outbreak. Symptoms of an E. coli infection, … [Read more...]

Iowa Salmonella Linked to Big G’s Potato Salad

Potato salad from a Big G Food Store in Marengo, Iowa is the source of a Salmonella outbreak, according to state health officials. Consumers who have purchased Big G’s “Zesty Potato Salad” and “Traditional Potato Salad”recently should not eat it. The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) issued a consumer advisory for potato salads made and sold at the Marengo store. Initial results of tests performed by the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa indicate the products are contaminated by Salmonella. The Big G Food Store removed the salads from the store on Friday. Symptoms os a Salmonella infection, which usually appear between six and 72 hours after exposure, include nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea that … [Read more...]

General Mills Flour Outbreak Now Includes Two Strains of E. coli

The General Mills flour E. coli outbreak now includes two strains of the bacteria: E coli O121 and E. coli O26.  Initially, only one strain, E. coli O121, was linked the outbreak, which now includes 46 cases in 21 states. But, whole genome sequencing  tests performed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified the second strain. Like their better-known relative E.coli O157:H7,  E. coli O26 and E. coli O121 produce shiga toxins that can cause serious illness. In this outbreak, 13 people have been hospitalized and one of them has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, (HUS) a life-threatening complication of E. coli infections that leads to kidney failure. The new finding prompted General Mills to expand its recall of flours possibly contaminated with E. coli. On May 31, … [Read more...]

General Mills Expands Flour Recall for E. coli Contamination

General Mills has expanded its recall of flour again, because four new cases of E. coli illnesses associated with their products have been confirmed. The original recall was announced on May 31, 2016. The recall was expanded for the first time on July 1, 2016. Now 46 people in 21 states have been sickened in this particular outbreak. The additional new flour production dates are the result of General Mills conducting flour testing and new information from whole genome sequencing (WGS) testing on the bacteria. Several subtypes of E. coli bacteria have been found in a small number of General Mills flour samples and some have been linked to new patient illnesses "that fell outside of the previously recalled dates," according to the news release. General Mills does not know if there is … [Read more...]

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