October 24, 2014

Three People Sick In San Jose, CA; E. coli in Water

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Three people have become ill in a part of north San Jose, California after E. coli bacteria was detected in the water. The San Jose Water Company has issued a "boil water" notice to residents of 300 homes in the area. The symptoms of an E. coli infection include diarrhea, which may be watery and/or bloody, severe stomach cramps, vomiting, and a mild fever. If you live in this area and have experienced these symptoms, please see a doctor immediately. An E. coli infection can lead to serious complications, including hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) that can destroy the kidneys. The bacteria was found in a water main that services 300 homes on Lisbon Drive, Lisbon Court, Madrid Drive, Madrid Court, Sydney Drive, Sydney Court, and Rowley Drive. If your home is affected, you should have … [Read more...]

Giant Food Recalls Several Hot Peppers for Possible Salmonella

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Bailey Farms recalled Serrano Peppers yesterday after discovering they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Today, Giant Food has expanded that recall to include more types of peppers. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled peppers are Serrano, Anaheim, Red Cherry Hot and Finger Hot Peppers. The PLU number is 4691. They were sold at Giant Food Stores on or after October 9, 2014. If you purchased any of these peppers from Giant Food stores, do not eat them. Discard them in a closed or double-bagged container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. You can throw away the peppers and bring the receipt to Giant stores. You can't see, smell, or taste Salmonella bacteria and it does not make food look, smell, or taste spoiled. The symptoms of a … [Read more...]

Bacteria in Kitchen Towels: Or Why I Use Paper Towels

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I am, obviously, extremely conscious of food safety in the kitchen. I have had food poisoning twice in my life: once as a child after eating hard boiled eggs that were left at room temperature, and as an adult after eating candied pineapple. Those terrible experiences, and my education, have prompted me to help others avoid this horrible illness. I try to tell you about prompt refrigeration, cleaning methods, safe cooking and handling methods, and other factors that can affect your risk of getting food poisoning. This topic is not well covered: the safety of kitchen towels. A new study published in Food Protection Trends documents the presence of bacteria in kitchen sponges and dishcloths. Researchers looked at kitchen hand towels and tested them to see if they contain pathogenic … [Read more...]

Antioch Farms Raw Chicken Linked to MN Salmonella Outbreak

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The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has announced that six people have been sickened with Salmonella food poisoning after eating Antioch Farms raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned stuffed chicken breast entrees. Consumers got sick in August and September 2014 from the same strain of Salmonella Enteritidis. One person has been hospitalized. Dr. Carlota Medus, epidemiologist for the Foodborne Diseases Unit at the Minnesota Department of Health said in a statement, "our DNA fingerprinting found that the individuals were sickened by the same strain of Salmonella. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture collected samples of the same type of product from grocery stores and the outbreak strain of Salmonella was found in packages of this product." The product is Antioch Farms brand … [Read more...]

Salmonella, Campylobacter Cases Rise in Australia as Overall Food Poisoning Rates Decline

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Salmonella and Campylobacter poisoning cases are on the rise in Australia, even as the overall rate of food poisoning there declines, according to a new study. Campylobacter and Salmonella are commonly associated with poultry and dairy products. Food poisoning is common in Australia, where one in five people suffer a bout each year, similar to the U.S. where one in six people are stricken annually. For this study, researchers included 23 pathogens in their analysis of a decade of data from 2000 to 2010. For most of the illnesses, about 80 percent of them, the specific pathogen was unknown. For illnesses where the pathogen was known, 93 percent were attributed to just four pathogens: E.coli, Camplobacter, Salmonella and norovirus. Overall the number of cases of food poising dropped … [Read more...]

Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers Recalled for Possible Salmonella

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Bailey Farms of North Carolina is recalling 6,215 pounds of Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled peppers were distributed to Meijer, Inc. Customers may have purchased the peppers from October 14 to October 19, 2014 at Meijer stores in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. The product was also distributed to Publix Super Markets Inc., Merchants Distributors, Inc., Walmart, Food Lion, Flavor 1st Growers and Packers, US Foods, Military Produce Group, LLC., C&S Wholesalers, John Vena, Inc. and Harris Teeter. Consumers may have purchased the peppers between October 2 and October 21, 2014. Check with the stores listed to verify if the product you purchased is subject to … [Read more...]

Assured Naproxen Sodium Tablets Recalled

Naproxen Sodium Tablets Recall

Contract Packaging Resources, a drug packaging company is voluntary recalling 11,640 boxes of Assured brand Naproxen Sodium tablets because some cartons contain bottles of Ibuprofen, a different pain reliever. Consumers who must avoid using Ibuprofen may have inadvertently purchased Ibuprofen 200 mg soft gels, believing it was Naproxen Sodium 220 mg tablets. Allergic reactions from this mix up can range from mild irritation or hives to live-threatneing anaphylaxis. No reports of adverse reactions have been received to date. The recalled product is boxes of Assured brand Naproxen Sodium Tablets 220 mg, 15 count. The lot number is FH4102A, the SKU number is 122368, and the UPC number is 639277223685. The products were distributed nationwide to Dollar Tree stores and sold via Dollar Tree … [Read more...]

Mt. Healthy Hatchery Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Live Poultry Ends

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The CDC says that the multistate outbreak of human Salmonella infections linked to live poultry in backyard flocks appears to be over. However, consumers should take steps to protect themselves from this pathogenic bacteria if they choose to keep chickens, ducks, and turkey. Mt. Healthy Hatcheries in Ohio was the source of chicks and ducklings, as determined by multiple traceback investigations. This is the same mail-order hatchery that has been associated with multiple outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to live poultry in 2012 and 2013. A total of 363 people in 43 states and Puerto Rico were infected with outbreak strains of Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, or Salmonella Hadar. Thirty-three percent of ill persons were hospitalized. No deaths were reported. The … [Read more...]

After Massive Listeria Recall, SunBurst Halts Sandwich Production

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Ten days ago, Sunburst Foods, a Goldsboro NC-based maker of sandwiches and snack items sold in vending machines and convenience stores issued a recall for everything it has ever made for possible Listeria contamination. Now the company, which had not received any reports of illness at the time of the recall,  has halted all production of sandwiches. The items, sold in vending machines and convenience stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia were sold under a variety of brand names including: River Edge Farms, CFW, Southern Zest, CJ’s Vending, Binford Street Deli, Middle Georgia Vendors, Roanoke Foods, Select Foods, and Jesse Jones (Double Chili Dogs). Symptoms of a Listeria infection, called listeriosis, can take as long as two months to develop. They include … [Read more...]

GAO Report: USDA Efforts to Protect Consumers from Salmonella, Campylobacter in Poultry Lacking

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service isn't doing enough to protect Americans from poultry contaminated with the pathogens Salmonella and Campylobacter, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  More than 2 million Americans are sickened by Salmonella and Campylobacter every year and poultry contaminated with those pathogens causes more deaths than any other commodity. The report,  requested by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in March, outlines four flaws in the USDA's efforts to reduce pathogen contamination of poultry and makes four recommendations to address them. For example,  the USDA  guidelines to control Salmonella and Campylobacter on poultry farms, … [Read more...]

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