November 24, 2014

South Dakota Campylobacter Cases Linked to Raw Milk


A recent outbreak in Durand, Wisconsin is the latest example of a Campylobacter outbreak linked to raw milk. It's a common pairing. The South Dakota Department of Health tracked Campylobacter cases from January 2012 to August 30, 2014. Of the 791 total cases of campylobacteriosis reported during that period, 42 were associated with raw milk, or about 5 percent. Most of those affected,  23 of the 42 cases , were children 19 and under. Ten case patients were 5 and under. The cases were reported in the following counties: Beadle, Brookings, Butte, Clark, Davison, Day, Faulk, Gregory, Haakon, Hamlin, Hanson, Kingsbury, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marshall, Meade, Miner, Minnehaha, Perkins, Roberts, Todd and Union. (Image from the South Dakota Department of Health.) … [Read more...]

USDA FSIS Releases Cost Estimate for Big Six E. coli Tests


The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA- FSIS) has released the cost analysis for testing six additional Shiga toxin-producing E.coli (STEC) strains. The analysis was posted in a November 19 notice  in the Federal Register. Some strains of E.coli, such as E.coli O157:H7, produce toxins called Shiga toxins. Infections from STEC cause hemorrhagic colitis, which causes the bloody diarrhea associated with E. coli O157:H7 infections. If the toxins, leave the digestive tract and travel to the bloodstream, it can cause hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and/or thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). HUS and TTP cause serious, life-threatening injury such as kidney failure, seizure, stroke and coma. Before 2011, E. coli O157:H7 was the only strain of … [Read more...]

No Recall for Bean Sprouts that Sicken 63 with Salmonella


Although Salmonella in bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods has sickened 63 people in 10 states, a recall for the tainted product has not been issued. The company told federal officials that its last shipment of the product was November 18 and that it had contacted Asian restaurants and other establishments on the East Coast that received the product. But it did not issues a recall. Nor has it made public a list of  companies that served or sold the sprouts. Headscratching as that may seem, a similar situation happened with both of the other outbreaks linked to sprouts this year. Last month,  an outbreak from sprouts tainted with Listeria killed two people. Still, the producer Wholesome Soy Inc. of Chicago did not issue a recall. In fact, it kept making and distributing sprouts. And in … [Read more...]

E. coli in Ranchers Legacy Ground Beef Prompts Recall


E. coli in Ranchers Legacy Meat has prompted a 1,200-pound recall. All products produced by the Vadnais Heights, Minn. company on Nov. 19, 2014 are subject to recall. The recalled products were packaged in plastic cryovac sealed packets in various weights and distributed nationwide. The recalled products have a Package Code or Use By date of 12/10/2014 and bear the establishment number “Est. 40264” inside the USDA mark of inspection. A list of stores that received the product is not yet available. The recalled prodIndividual products include: Ranchers Legacy Ground Beef Patties 77/23, Ranchers Legacy Ground Chuck Patties 80/20, Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice Ground Beef 80/20, Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice WD Beef Patties 80/20, Ranchers Legacy RD Beef Patties 80/20,OTG Manufacturing … [Read more...]

In New Hampshire, Salmonella from Bean Sprouts Sickens 4


Four people in New Hampshire with Salmonella poisoning are part of a 10-state outbreak linked to contaminated bean sprouts.  All four people said they ate the sprouts at restaurants. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that most of the 63 people who are part of the outbreak so far ate sprouts at Asian restaurants before becoming ill, the names of those establishments have not been disclosed. Health authorities say they have notified restaurants that received shipments of sprouts from Wonton Foods Inc. in Brooklyn not to use them. Traceback investigations have implicated Wonton Foods as the producer of the tainted sprouts, but the company has not yet issued a recall. The 10 states included in the outbreak are: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, … [Read more...]

Vinacafe’s Wake Up Weasel Instant Coffee Mix Recalled for Undeclared Milk, Soy


Evershing International Trading is  recalling Vinacafe brand Wake Up Weasel Instant Coffee mix for undeclared milk and soy. Consumers with milk and soy allergies should not use  this product as they run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they do. The product contains Sodium Caseinate, a milk derivative,  and soy extract. The Vinacafe Brand Wake Up Weasel Instant Coffee mix 3‐in‐1 was distributed in California, Washington, Oregon, and Oklahoma in two types of packaging:  20 sachets (17g) packaged in a plastic bag, and 20 sachets(17g) packaged in a paper box. No illnesses have been reported to date. Consumers concerned about an illness related to this product should see a doctor.   … [Read more...]

Kozy Shack Simply Well Pudding Recalled for Undeclared Milk


Kozy Shack Enterprises LLC is recalling some of its Foodservice Kozy Shack Simply Well Chocolate Pudding cups because they contain undeclared milk. Consumers with milk allergies should not eat this product as they run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they do. The recalled product was distributed through foodservice distribution channels in: Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. It was not sold in retail stores. The product was packaged in clear 4 oz. plastic containers with the yellow lids and the Kozy Shack label.  They were marled with the lot number: 31637681,  the Item Code: … [Read more...]

Salmonella Sickens Dozens in Third Bean Sprout Outbreak of 2014


For the third time this year, bean sprouts have been linked to a multistate food poisoning outbreak. In May, it was E.coli on clover sprouts. In October,  it was Listeria on mung bean sprouts.  Now it's Salmonella on nonspecified bean sprouts. The outbreak has sickened at least 63 people in the following 10 states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Montana case likely contracted the infection on a visit to the East Coast. Onset of illness dates range from September 30, 2014 to November 8, 2014. Health officials were able to interview 42 of those sickened, most of them remembered eating bean sprouts at "Asian-style food service establishents" before they became ill, according to the Centers for … [Read more...]

Salmonella in Bean Sprouts Sickens 68 in 10 States


Salmonella in bean sprouts produced by Wonton Food Inc. of New York has sickened 68 people in 10 states, according to the Vermont Department of Health.  Eleven people have been hospitalized. Vermont has been working with other state health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on an investigation of the outbreak which includes three people from Vermont who were not hospitalized and all have recovered. Some of those who were sickened ate sprouts on food they purchased at restaurants. Restaurants and grocery stores have been advised not to serve or sell bean sprouts from this firm. The CDC has not yet announced which other states are involved in the outbreak. Massachusetts is a likely candidate as health … [Read more...]

Avocados Recalled for Salmonella


According to an FDA enforcement report, avocados packed by Unity Groves are being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. This is an "ongoing" recall, dated the week of November 19, 2014. There isn't much information about the recalled avocados, other than they are packed in a brown cardboard box with green print. There are no known lot codes. The recall is for 80 cases with 32 whole avocados in each case. The recall initiation date is 10-30-2014 and the avocados were distributed in Texas. The label on the cardboard box reads "Unity Groves Pride of the Redlands Florida Avocados 25399 SW 157 Ave Homestead, FL 33031." Latin Specialties got the avocados on October 10, 2014 If you purchased avocados in Texas in the last month, ask your grocer if they received this recalled … [Read more...]

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