April 21, 2014

Kraft Recalls Oscar Meyer Wieners for Undeclared Milk

Oscar Meyer Wiener Recall

Kraft is recalling 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners because they products may contain Classic Cheese Dogs in the Classic Wieners' packages. The product labels are incorrect. The Cheese Dogs contain cheese, made from milk, a known allergen, that is not declared on the label. The problem was discovered by a consumer who notified the company. There have been no reports of allergic reactions to date. The recalled products are 16 ounce packages of "Classic Wieners Made with Turkey & Chicken, Pork Added" with "USE BY 16 Jun 2014" date and product code “044700000632”. Also recalled are cases of 16 ounce packages, distributed to retailers, of "Classic Cheese Dogs Made with Turkey & Chicken, Pork Added, and Pasteurized Cheese Product" with "USE BY 16 Jun 2014" date and case … [Read more...]

Research Shows How E. coli O157:H7 Binds to Produce


New research presented at the Society for General Microbiology's Annual Meeting showed how E. coli O157:H7 binds with plant cells. This lets the bacterium hold on to the plant's surface so it can multiply. And that means that washing produce is not going to easily remove this pathogenic bacteria. Between 20 to 30% of food poisoning outbreaks are linked to contaminated vegetables. Researchers from the James Hutton Institute in Scotland found that E. coli O157:H7 uses flagella, which are thin appendages usually used for movement, to penetrate the plant cell walls. The flagella interacts with fat molecules in the plant cell membranes. Once they are attached, the E. coli bacteria colonize the plant's surface. Most of the bacteria can be removed by washing at this point, but some can … [Read more...]

Sugar Lake Farms Chicken Tenders Recalled for Egg and Wheat

Sugar Lake Farms Chicken Recall

Prime Pak Foods of Georgia is recalling about 24,000 pounds of fully cooked breaded chicken breast products for misbranding and undeclared allergens. The products were made with egg and wheat, two of the major food allergens, that are not declared on the label. The recalled products are 2, 5-pound bags in a 10-pound box of "Sugar Lake Farms Fully Cooked Breaded Chicken Breast Tenders". The product code is 77422. Also recalled are 2, 5-pound bags in a 10-pound box of "Sugar Lake Farms Fully Cooked Spicy Breaded Chicken Breast Chunks" with a produce code of 77448. The products were made from December 12, 2012 to March 21, 2014. They have the establishment number "P-9165" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were distributed to hotels, restaurants, and institutions nationwide. The … [Read more...]

Progess Missing from CDC’s Food Safety Progress Report


There isn't much progress in the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Food Safety Progress Report for 2013. The annual report which tracks reported cases of infection from foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli and Campylobacter, shows rates have remained flat in most cases and increased in others. E.coli, Listeria, Salmonella* and Yersinia food poisoning rates have all remained flat since 2006, while rates of infection from Vibrio and Campylobacter have increased. Infections from Campylobacter, which is most often associated with poultry and dairy products, have risen 13 percent since 2006. Vibrio infections, which are most often associated with eating raw shellfish, were at the highest level in 2013 since tracking began in 1996. However, rates of the … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Market SW Recalls Mini Butter Croissants

Whole Foods Mini Croissant Recall

Whole Foods Market Southwest Region is recalling mini butter croissants because they contain eggs, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. Anyone with an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs could have a serious reaction if they consume this product. One person has reported an allergic reaction. That is how the problem was discovered. The recalled mini butter croissants were sold with a Whole Foods Market scale label reading "mini butter croissants." The six pack plastic containers have a "best by" date of April 21 to April 23, 2014 and a UPC number of 2 28719-00499-1 on the scale label. The product was distributed to 26 Whole Foods Market stores in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Signs are posted in the stores warning consumers about this … [Read more...]

Price Chopper Recalls Hummus for Undeclared Cheese


Price Chopper Supermarkets is issuing a voluntary recall on hummus for undeclared cheese. Other than this labeling issue, the product is safe to consume. There is no word on any illnesses or allergic reactions that may be related to the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Price Chopper Brand Tuscan White Bean Hummus. It is mislabeled with the ingredient panel for Price Chopper Sweet Potato Hummus, which does not declare that the product contains Parmesan cheese, one of the major food allergens. The products were produced and purchased between March 19, 2014 and April 14, 2014. If you are allergic to milk or cheese, do not consume this product. Discard it or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Price Chopper has initiated its Smart Reply notification … [Read more...]

Food & Water Watch Criticizes USDA Meat Inspection Plans


Tony Corbo of Food & Water Watch states that the USDA is "dismantling the meat inspection system as we know it." Information received through the Freedom of Information Act from USDA's FSIS had a spreadsheet with the number of temporary inspectors hired and where they are working. Last December, FSIS posted "As the Food Safety and Inspection Service looks to transition through modernization and implementation of the New Poultry Slaughter Inspection System, the Agency is announcing temporary Food Inspector positions to facilitate the transition and to help ensure seamless implementation should the Agency decide to proceed with implementation of the new system." That new system, commonly known as HIMP, has been heavily criticized by many consumer, food safety, and worker safety … [Read more...]

In Canada, Peppercorn Recall for Salmonella Updated

Noah's Black Peppercorns Salmonella Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Noah's Natural Foods are updating the black peppercorn recall for Salmonella that has taken place in recent days. The first warning was issued in April 5, 2014, and was updated on April 12, 2014 as well. The peppercorns were sold by Frontier Natural Products Co-op in the United States. This new recall is for organic peppercorns sold in bulk. The peppercorns have no brand name. They were sold at Noah's Natural Foods at 322 Bloor Street West in Toronto from February 13, 2014 until April 11, 2014. They were also sold at Noah's Natural Foods at 2395 Yonge Street in Toronto from February 2014 until mid-March 2014. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. Discard in a sealed container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. Food … [Read more...]

CFA Says Little Progress in Reducing Foodborne Illness


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released their annual report on the incidence of foodborne illness in the United States on Tuesday. It shows there has been little progress made on the prevention of food poisoning outbreaks in recent years. Salmonella and Campylobacter are the two bacteria that cause the most illness. Progress in reducing illness caused by E. coli O157:H7 bacteria has stalled. The data showed an increase in Campylobacter infections, but there was a small decrease in Salmonella illnesses when compared to 2010-2012. But Christopher Waldrop, Director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) said, "for most pathogens, we haven't really been able to move the needle win recent years. The decrease in Salmonella illnesses is … [Read more...]

Listeria in Raw Milk From Greenfield Dairy Prompts Warning


Raw milk from Greenfield Dairy in Middleburg, PA may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and consumers should not drink it, Pennsylvania agriculture officials are warning. Results of routine tests on a raw milk sample collected from the farm on April 8 tested positive for the bacteria. The raw milk included in the warning was sold at the on-farm retail store in half gallon glass containers with the Greenfield Dairy label dated April 18, 21, 22 and 24. It is labeled as “raw milk.” Raw milk sales at the farm have been halted by agriculture officials until two samples taken at least 24 hours apart are negative for Listeria. Illnesses have not been reported to state health officials. Symptoms of a Listeria infection, called listeriosis, usually appear within one to three weeks … [Read more...]

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