June 28, 2016

Don’t Eat Raw Dough for Food Safety Reasons

The FDA blog is focusing on raw dough today. The government is warning consumers that eating raw dough is risky and could give you food poisoning. While most people think that part of making cookies and cake is eating the raw dough or batter, you could get sick. Kids are especially vulnerable to serious complications from food poisoning, including kidney failure and death. The E. coli O121 outbreak linked to General Mills flour is a case in point. Flour is a raw agricultural product that can harbor pathogenic bacteria. Heat is the only thing that will kill those bacteria. A government investigation found that raw dough eaten or handled by some of those sickened was made with General Mills flour produced in their Kansas City, Missouri facility. Bacteria in a flour sample was linked to … [Read more...]

The PIckle Guy Company Recalls Products for Undeclared Allergens

In Canada, The Pickle Guy Company is recalling products because they contain barley, egg, fish, mustard, sulphites, and wheat that are not declared on the label. These products were sold in Ontario at the retail level. No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date. You can see pictures of the recalled products at the CFIA web site. The recalled products are Extra Bite Horseradish in 250 ml containers, recalled for egg and sulphites. The UPC number is 8 57871 00113 7. Super Salsa in 500 ml containers is recalled for mustard; the UPC number for that product is 8 57871 00126 7. Super Salsa in 750 ml containers is also recalled for mustard; the UPC number is 8 57871 00126 7. The Pickle Guy Citrus BBQ Sauce in 355 ml containers is recalled for sulphites, fish, and barley; … [Read more...]

Tommee Tippee Electric Bottle Warmers Recalled for Fire Hazard

About 255,000 Tommee Tippee®  Electric Bottle and Food Warmers are being recalled for being a fire hazard. These warmers can overheat and catch on fire. There have been six reports of bottle and food warmers overheating, melting, smoking, and catching on fire, causing $16,000 in property damage. These Tommee Tippee® Closer to Nature® electric bottle and food warmers, sold separately or as an accessory with the Complete Starter Kit or the All in One Newborn Se, are recalled. The bottle and food warmer is white with a gray adjustable control dial next to the on/off light. Tommee Tippee is stamped in gray on the front. It is 5" high, 5.5" side, and 5" long. The recalled warmers have "Min" or "O" stamped on the left hand side of the control dial and have the UL logo and a six … [Read more...]

Legionnaires’ Disease Strikes 2 (Possibly 3) Guests at WorldMark Kapa`a Shore Resort

Hawaii’s Department of Health recently released a statement to Hawaii News Now alerting the public that at least two guests at the WorldMark Kapa`a Shore Resort contracted Legionnaires’ disease between late April and early May of this year. The two confirmed cases, according to Hawaii Department of Health spokesperson Janice Okubo, are recovering from the illness in their home states. The health department is still investigating a third possible case.   Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal disease that occurs when people breathe in water vapor or aspirate potable water contaminated with Legionella pneumonia bacteria. Common sources include hotel hot tubs / spas, drinking fountains, architectural water features, cooling towers, and heating / cooling … [Read more...]

FDA Targets Internet Sales of Illegal Prescription Meds

The FDA, in partnership with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, took action in June against 4,402 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous, unapproved prescription drugs to U.S. consumers. The effort, led by INTERPOL, was part of Operation Pangea IX. George Karavetsos, director of the FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations, said, "preventing illegal internet sales of dangerous unapproved drugs is critical to protecting consumers' health. Operation Pangea IX demonstrates the FDA's continuing commitment to stand united with our international partners to protect consumers in the United States and throughout the world from criminals who put profit above the health and safety of consumers." The action ran from May 31 to June 7, 2016. Extensive … [Read more...]

New Research Reduces Salmonella in Meat by 90%

New research conducted at the University of Nevada, Reno in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources has reduced Salmonella bacteria in meat products by 90%. Assistant Professor Amilton de Mello is using bacteriophages, which are natural predators of the microorganisms. Professor de Mello said, "we were able to reduce Salmonella by as much as 90% in ground poultry, ground pork, and ground beef. We're excited to be able to show such good results. Food safety is an important part of our work and Salmonella is one of the most prevalent bacteria in the nation's food supply." Salmonella food poisoning sickens one million Americans every year, hospitalizes 19,000 and kills almost 400. It is one of the most common causes of food poisoning worldwide. The … [Read more...]

Ikea Dark Chocolate Bars Recalled for Nuts and Milk

Ikea Canada is recalling Ikea brand dark chocolate bars from the marketplace because they may contain tree nuts and milk that are not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to those ingredients could have a serious reaction if they eat these products. No reported reactions in Canada have been received to date. The recalled products are CHOKLAD MÖRK Dark chocolate in 100 gram packages, with best before dates up to and including 2017.04.02 and UPC number 1.002.939.27.0003. Also recalled is CHOKLAD MÖRK Dark chocolate 70% in 100 gram packages. The best before dates up to and including 2017.04.02 are recalled, with the UPC number 1.203.080.94.0009. They were sold nationally in Canada at the retail level. If you purchased these products and are allergic to tree nuts and/or … [Read more...]

Trader Giotto’s Caesar Salad Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods is recalling 2,444 pounds of poultry products for mislabeling and undeclared allergens. The product contains soy, wheat, and fish, three of the major food allergens, that are not declared on the label. The salad usually has the statement "May Contain Traces of Shellfish," on the package, which is missing. The salads had the correct label on the top, but have an incorrect back label for "Trader Joe's Chicken & Roast Beet Salad." Anyone who is allergic to wheat, soy, and/or fish could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No reactions have been reported to date. The recalled product is 9 ounce plastic clamshells with clear lid containing "Trader Giotto's Caesar Salad with Chicken Breast." It was produced on June 22, 2016. It has the plant … [Read more...]

Recall of Frozen Swai Fillets for Lack of Inspection Expanded

U.S. Cado Holdings is recalling 2,235 additional pounds of imported, frozen Swai fillets that were distributed without meeting federal importation requirements. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products. The products were imported from Vietnam and were not tested for residue. The original recall on June 20, 2016 was for 25,760 pounds of the product. The expanded recall includes skinless and boneless Delta's Best Basa Swai Fillets that were produced and packaged on March 1, 9, and 16, 2016 in Vietnam by Golden Quality Seafood Corporation. The 15 pound boxes contain individually wrapped pieces of "Skinless and Boneless Swai Fillets" with the label DELTA'S BEST BASA BRAND and lot numbers 023015 and 023021. The best by dates of these … [Read more...]

Food Recall Roundup For June 26, 2016

Here are all of the recalls for the week ending June 26, 2016. Since there have been so many recalls over the past weeks for serious issues, including Listeria monocytogenes and undeclared peanuts, we are gathering the recalls in one place for easy referral. The peanut recalls are secondary, triggered by the discovery at GrainCraft that their flour contained peanut residue. The Listeria recalls are also secondary, triggered by SunOpta sunflower seeds that were recalled, and CRF Frozen Foods frozen vegetables recalled because they may be contaminated with the pathogenic bacteria. Please check your home to see if you have any of these recalled products. If you do, discard them or return them to the store where you bought them for a full refund. The recalls are listed in reverse … [Read more...]

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