July 6, 2015

Food & Water Watch Denounces Beef Imports from Brazil and Argentina


Food & Water Watch is denouncing beef imports from Brazil and Argentina. Executive Director Wenonah Hauter released a statement about the USDA lifting restrictions on these imports. Those countries have "a history of the deadly disease of foot and mouth disease in animal herds." There has not been a case of FMD in the United States since 1929. Members of Congress ask that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) study these rules. That has not been done. The process was rushed, since the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) can take up to 90 days to review "significant" rules. Hauter states, "Brazil and Argentina have checkered food safety records, as USDA has been forced on several occasions to suspend imports of products currently eligible to come into the U.S. for … [Read more...]

Grimm’s Roast Beef Recalled in Canada for Listeria

Grimm's Roast Beef Listeria Recall

FG Deli Group Ltd. is recalling Grimm's brand Home Style Roast Beef from the marketplace because it may contain Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria, can take up to 70 days to manifest. The recalled product is Grimm's Fine Foods Home Style Roast Beef in variable size packages. This product may have been sold clerk-served from deli counters with or without a label or coding. If you aren't sure whether or not you purchased this product, contact the store for information. There was no UPC number. The codes on the product are G111630 BB 24 JUL 2015. The beef was sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Yukon, and possibly nationally. If you purchased this p;product, do not … [Read more...]

Gloria’s and Lunch Box Roast Beef Sandwiches Recalled for Listeria

Gloria's Roast Beef Sandwich Listeria Recall

Gloria's brand and Lunch Box Roast beef sandwiches are being recalled in Canada for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date, but the illness caused by this bacteria can take up to 70 days to appear. The recalled items were sold in Alberta. They are Lunch Box Roast Beef and Cheddar Cheese Sub with Creamy Coleslaw in 224 gram packages. The codes on the product are Best Before 15JL13 and 15JL16. The UPC number is 0 24904 47530 6. Also recalled is Gloria's Roast Beef Sandwich in 166 gram packages. The code is Best Before JL10, and the UPC number is 0 24904 38574 2. You can see pictures of product labels at the CFIA website. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. Discard in a sealed container or return to the place of purchase for … [Read more...]

Stella and Chewy’s Chicken Patties Dog Food Recalled for Listeria

Stella and Chewy’s Chicken Patties dog food is being recalled for Listeria. The Maryland Department of Agriculture has issued a stop sale order on the recalled product which is marked with the lot number 111-15 and the use by date of April 23, 2016. Consumers who have purchased this product should not feed it to their dogs as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Listeria in pet food can be dangerous to pets who eat it and humans who handle it. Maryland health officials advise consumers who have unopened bags of this dog to  keep it sealed, away from people and to throw it away. Those who have opened bags of this dog food are urged to use disposable gloves, place them in double plastic bags, seal it and throw it away.The Maryland Department of Agriculture has notified all … [Read more...]

Chicken Kiev Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Sold at Sam’s Club

Chicken Kiev Salmonella

Frozen chicken Kiev products linked to a Minnesota Salmonella outbreak were sold at Sam's Club stores in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.  At least four people who ate the product contracted Salmonella poisoning, two of them were hospitalized. The recalled product, Barber brand Premium Entrees Chicken Kiev were produced by Barber Foods of Portland, Maine which has recalled 58,320 pounds of the product. Consumers who  have purchased this product should not eat it as Salmonella can cause serious, sometimes life-threatening illness. Eating foods contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the organism lasting four to seven days. Onset of illness for the Minnesota case patients, who … [Read more...]

Cyclospora in Texas Sickens 113

Cyclospora Outbreak

Food contaminated with the Cyclospora parasite has sickened at least 113 people in 26 Texas counties over the last few weeks. The major metropolitan areas of Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio are included. This is the third straight year that Texas has been hit with a cyclosporiasis outbreak. Both previous outbreaks were linked to cilantro imported from the the Puebla region of Mexico. Symptoms of cyclosporiasis can last up to two months and include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting, body aches, low-grade fever, and other flu-like symptoms. Some case patients from past outbreaks said the diarrhea is so frequent and forceful they have missed days of work. Cyclospora is a parasite normally found in tropical or … [Read more...]

Almost 300 Sick in Boise Co-Op Salmonella Outbreak


Almost 300 people are sick in a Salmonella outbreak linked to the deli at the Boise Co-op, according to the latest update from the Central District Health Department (CDHD). As of July 1, 290 cases of Salmonella had been reported. Tests on food samples taken from the deli show that raw turkey, tomatoes and onion were contaminated with the bacteria. Those who became ill reported purchasing food from the deli after June 1. Salmonella bacteria live in the intestines of humans and other animals. Foods become contaminated when they come into contact with feces containing the bacteria. This can happen to meat during slaughter, through cross-contamination or through inadequate hygiene of food handlers. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection usually develop within six to 72 hours of exposure … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Pie Recalled for Undeclared Egg


Whole Foods Market is recalling Cherry, Blackberry and Peach pies produced and sold in  Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana for undeclared egg. Consumers with egg allergies should not eat these pies as they run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they do. The recalled products were sold in whole pies, half pies and slices, packaged in boxes and clear plastic containers, with the following PLUs: 22203700000, 24919900000, 24901100000, 24912200000, 22197400000, 22202000000, 24189800000, 24189900000, 24190200000 with best by dates of 6/26/15 to 7/3/15. At the time of the recall, no allergic reactions or illnesses had been reported. Signage has been posted at stores affected by the recall and all affected product has been removed from shelves. Consumers who have … [Read more...]

E. coli Prompts Lombardi Beef Recall


Lombardi Brothers Meats of Denver is recalling approximately 26,975 pounds of tenderized steak and ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported, but consumers who have purchased this meat should not eat it as E.coli can cause serious, sometimes fatal, illness. The recalled products, packaged with generic labeling, were produced between June 12 and June 30, 2015 and have the establishment number “EST. 772” inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming for hotel, restaurant and institutional use. They include: Various catch weights of “BEEF BALL TIP STK CAB” Various catch weights of “BEEF TOP SIRLOIN STK CAB” Various catch weights of “BEEF TOP … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Antioch Farms Chicken Cordon Bleu

Salmonella Outbreak

A Salmonella outbreak linked to Antioch Farms Chicken Cordon Bleu has sickened three Minnesotans, hospitalizing two of them.  The company has not issued a recall for the raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken entrees. However, consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it as they risk serious illness if they do. The contaminated product was sold at a number of retail grocery store chains. The package is stamped with the code P-1358 and sold at many different grocery store chains.  Health officials have not yet disclosed the names of those stores. The three people who were sickened in the outbreak were adults in their 30s and 40s who live in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Nine months ago, a raw, frozen Chicken Kiev product made by Antioch Farms was … [Read more...]

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