September 21, 2014

Reuters Confirms Antibiotic Misuse on Factory Poultry Farms


Food & Water Watch, which has been working against the sub therapeutic use of antibiotics on factory farms, states that Reuters released a report stating that those uses are continuing. Industry data is usually kept private, even from the FDA. Use of antibiotics in this way is linked to the explosive growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The report, titled Farmaceuticals, showed that the nation's largest poultry farmers feed chickens antibiotics routinely. And some of those antibiotics are medically important to human beings. Five major companies - Tyson Foods, Pilgrim's Pride, Perdue Farms, George's, and Koch Foods were the focus of the investigation. More than 300 documents by poultry producers over the last two years were reviewed. These "feed tickets" come from the mills … [Read more...]

Parnell Brothers Taken into Custody


On Friday, September 19, 2014, brothers Stewart and Michael Parnell were taken to the Crisp County Jail in Cordele, Georgia. After conviction last week on multiple counts of mail fraud and other felonies in relation to the 2008 Salmonella outbreak linked to PCA peanut butter, they did not post secured bail. Mary Wilkerson, who was convicted on one count of obstruction of justice, was not jailed. Attorney Fred Pritzker, who represented clients in a lawsuit against PCA, said about Stewart Parnell, "If anybody deserved it, he did. I am not at all surprised he was found guilty given the evidence against him. I don't view Parnell's conduct as any different than poisoning people or drunk driving. My strong suspicion is that this happens much more often than is known." Stewart Parnell was … [Read more...]

In Canada, Oregano Recalled for Possible Salmonella

Ellada Greek Oregano Salmonella Recall

Conan Foods and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are recalling Ellada Greek Oregano Leaves from the market because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Ellada Greek Oregano Leaves in 2.27 kg containers. The product was sold from November 13, 2013 to September 20 2014 in Ontario and Quebec. The UPC number is 8 90370 00046 1. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. discard in a double bagged or closed container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

Yelp Reviews Could Help Detect Food Poisoning Outbreaks


Consumer reviews of restaurants and other facilities on Yelp could help track and prevent food poisoning outbreaks, according to a new study published in Preventive Medicine. Researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute looked at reviews on Yelp of 5,824 food establishments from 2005 to 2012, screening customer reviews for relevant keywords, then analyzed every review. This information was compared to data from the CDC for the same time period. The scientists found that illnesses reported on Yelp matched the CDC stats. The Yelp reviews were of 13,262 businesses closest to 29 colleges in fifteen states. Those 5,824 businesses were categorized as Food or Restaurants. Researchers constructed a keyword list using common foodborne illness terms such as "diarrhea", "vomiting", and "puking". … [Read more...]

Mars Recalls M&Ms for Undeclared Peanut Butter

M&Ms Recall Undeclared Peanut Butter

Mars North America is voluntarily recalling M&M's Brand Milk Chocolate Theater Box for undeclared peanut butter, one of the major food allergens. Anyone with an allergy to peanut butter could have a serious or life-threatening reaction if they consume this product. The product is in 3.40 ounce boxes that is 3" x 6.5". The UPC number is 40000294764. The following lot numbers are recalled: 417DH4JP09, 417EM4JP10, 417FM4JP09, 418AG4JP10, 418BG4JP10, 418CG4JP10, 418DM4JP09, 418EG4JP10, 419AM4JP09, 417EG4JP09, 417FG4JP09, 417FM4JP10, 418AM4JP09, 418BM4JP10, 418CM4JP10, 418DM4JP10, 418EM4JP09, 419AM4JP10, 417EG4JP10, 417FG4JP10, 418AG4JP09, 418AM4JP10, 418CG4JP09, 418DG4JP10, 418EG4JP09, 418EM4JP10, and 419BM4JP10. The inside package is correctly labeled with ingredients and allergy … [Read more...]

Wafers Recalled in Canada for Undeclared Milk


S & F Food Importers and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are recalling Salzburg Schokolade Wafers for undeclared milk, one of the major food allergens. Anyone with an allergy to milk could have a serious or life-threatening reaction if they consume these products.There is no word on whether or not any reactions have been reported to date. The recalled products are Salzburg Schokolade brand. All codes where milk is not declared on the label are recalled. The first is Gefüllte Waffeln - Salzburg Wafers with Hazelnut Cream Filling in 150 gram packages. The UPC number is 9 025900 100354. The second is Neapolitaner - Crispy Wafers Filled with Hazelnut Cream in 320 gram packages. The UPC number is 0 69694 01268 3. They were sold nationally at the retail level. If you purchased … [Read more...]

Investigation of Fatal E. coli Case in Lynden, WA Ends

E. coli HUS

Health officials have ended their investigation of an E.coli infection that took the life of Brooklyn Hoksbergen, 3. They were unable to determine how the preschooler contracted the infection at the end of August but said they could not find evidence linking her case to three others  in Oregon. Citing privacy laws, state health officials in Oregon have not been forthcoming with information on the investigation of E.coli-induced hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)  that hospitalized three children with kidney failure, killing one of them. On Wednesday, Lincoln County health officials said an Otis, Oregon restaurant, where two of the children   shared a sandwich before they became ill, had been ruled out as a potential source. The families of two of the children are friends and spent the … [Read more...]

Legionnaires’ Disease Closes Ocean City Econo Lodge Early


The  Econo Lodge in Ocean City, Md. is the likely source of two cases of Legionnaires' disease. Two guests who stayed at the hotel were diagnosed with the disease, and tests revealed low levels of Legionella bacteria in the hotel's water pipes, according to Worcester County health officials. The two case patients did not stay at the hotel together. One was there in August, the other weeks earlier. "Genetic testing is one way to prove that water at a specific hotel caused cases of Legionnaires' Disease," said Fred Pritzker, an attorney who represents clients in Legionnaires' Disease lawsuits against hotels. "This involves isolating and comparing portions of genes from Legionella bacteria to see if they match." The hotel voluntarily closed early for the season and is working to … [Read more...]

Peanut Corporation of America Executives Convicted


A federal jury has convicted Stewart Parnell, Michael Parnell, and Mary Wilkerson in connection with a Salmonella outbreak linked to their company's peanut butter. That outbreak sickened at least 700 people in 46 states and killed nine. The jury was not allowed to consider the deaths from the contaminated product in their deliberations. Stewart Parnell was found guilty on 76 felony counts of mail fraud, introduction of adulterated food into commerce, wire fraud, and conspiracy; Michael Parnell was found guilty on 30 counts of wire fraud, mail fraud, and intro ducting misbranded products into interstate commerce; and Wilkerson was found guilty on one count of obstruction of justice. The Parnell brothers could go to prison for their set of their lives. Wilkerson could face up to 10 years … [Read more...]

FDA Releases Four Food Safety Modernization Act Rule Revisions


The Food and Drug Administration published four revised provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act today. The rules are for produce safety, preventive controls for human food, preventive controls for animal food, and Foreign Supplier Verification Programs. The produce safety rules is being revised for more flexible criteria for determining agricultural water safety along with a tiered approach to water testing. In addition, the government is deferring its decision on the correct time interval between applying raw manure to a crop and harvesting it, removing the original nine-month limit. On the preventive controls for human and animal foods, requirements that facilities test products is revised. Supplier controls will also be implemented. Good manufacturing practice requirements … [Read more...]

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