May 25, 2015

Blue Bell Lawsuit Refers to Via Christi Hospital Outbreak

The nation's first Blue Bell ice cream Listeria lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Texas includes details of similarity between a retirement home director in Houston who nearly died of Listeria meningitis and a cluster of five people in Wichita who were striken by listeriosis after eating Blue Bell ice cream while at Via Christi Hospital. All six individuals ate single-serve ice cream products purchased from Blue Bell Creameries Inc. through institutional, or food service, channels. According to a copy of the lawsuit filed by PritzkerOlsen Attorneys on behalf of David Philip Shockley, he repeatedly ate single-serve Blue Bell ice cream products while on the job at a 462-apartment continuing care retirement community in Houston. The 31-year-old man with a masters degree in public … [Read more...]

Whole Foods in Oakland Recalls Jivara Lactee Milk Chocolate Valrhona

The Whole Foods store in Oakland, located at 230 Bay Place, is recalling Jivara Lactee Milk Chocolate Valrhona cut and wrap pieces due to undeclared hazelnuts on the product label. People who have an allergy or sensitivity to hazelnuts should not eat this product as they run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they do. One mild reaction has been reported to-date. The recalled candy pieces were wrapped in clear plastic wrap with "packed on" dates prior to May 19th 2015 and the  UPC 250344025508. This recall only applies to Whole Foods Market's Oakland store.  Customers with hazelnut allergies may bring in their receipt for a full refund.   … [Read more...]

Sunridge Candy Coconut Chews Recalled for Metal Pieces

Falcon Trading Company, Inc./SunRidge Farms of Royal Oaks, Calif. is recalling Vanilla Candy Coconut Chews because they may contain small pieces of metal wire. No illnesses or injuries had been reported at the time of the recall. The recalled product was distributed on the East Coast on May 7, 2015. It has the item code 023617, the UPC 086700936177 and the lost codes 081545 and 1101545. Consumers who have purchased the recalled product should return it to the retail store where they purchased it for a full refund.   … [Read more...]

Can Parents Help Solve E. coli Outbreak at Milk Makers Fest?

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Can parents of students who attended the Milk Makers Fest in Lynden, Washington help solve the E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 22 people? Health officials think so, according to a report in The Northern Light. Health officials from the Whatcom County Health Department,  the Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been working together to discover the source of the E.coli outbreak associated with the festival that took place April 21- 23 at he Northwest Washington Fairgrounds. More than 1,300 primary school children from all of the school districts in Whatcom County attended the event including: Bellingham, Blaine, Ferndale,  Lynden, and Nooksack. Parents of those children have been sent surveys with a map of the … [Read more...]

Simply Balanced Pork Chile Verde Recalled for Undeclared Wheat

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Culinary Brands Inc. of Vernon, Calif.  is recalling approximately 4,038 pounds of pork products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, wheat. The pork product was mistakenly mislabeled and may contain a mushroom risotto which contains wheat, which is not declared on the product label. The pork chile verde product was produced on March 30 and April 2, 2015. It was sold in 9-oz. plastic tray packages labeled “Simply Balanced Pork Chile Verde” bearing the lot #A5089G2 with the establishment number “EST. 6009” inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were sold at retail stores nationwide. There have been no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.     … [Read more...]

Old World Meats Recalls Top Round Roast for Undeclared Soy

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Old World Meats of Duluth, Minn. is recalling approximately 12 pounds of roast beef products due to misbranding and the undeclared allergen, soy. Consumers who have allergies to soy should not eat this product. The recalled sliced roast beef was produced on April 3 and May 8, 2015 and sold in .5-lb. packages containing “OLD WORLD MEATS TOP ROUND ROAST BEEF.” The recalled packages have the establishment number “EST.34448” inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were sold in a retail location in Minnesota.   … [Read more...]

SunRidge Coconut Recalled for Wire Pieces

Falcon Trading Company Inc. and SunRidge Farms of Royal Oaks, Calif. are recalling bulk bags of shredded coconut that may contain pieces of stainless steel wire. The recalled item was sold in 25-pund bags  with the item code 001120 the UPC 086700011201 and the lot codes DCM-101 AND DCM-102. Customers who have purchased this product should not use it.   No illnesses have been reported in connection with the SunRidge Farms recalled product.  No other SunRidge Farms products are being recalled at this time.   … [Read more...]

Study Follows Norovirus from Irrigation Water to Produce

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A University of Florida researcher is conducting a two-year study of how norovirus travels through irrigation water and onto produce. Dr. Melissa K. Jones, a research assistant professor with the University of Florida, Gainesville, will lead the team. Highly contagious norovirus is responsible for about 40 percent of all food poisoning outbreaks and the leading cause of diarrheal disease in the U.S. "We're kind of on the leading edge of it," said Jones, who will present her findings during the CPS Produce Research Symposium, June 23 - 24, in Atlanta.  "One of the things we're learning about norovirus is they have a really high presence in the environment.  And we've known for a long time that they are very, very stable and can survive for years in the water and the soil." The … [Read more...]

Raw Tuna Salmonella Outbreaks Strike 5 States Twice

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For the second time in three years, a Salmonella outbreak has been linked to raw tuna and five states have been part of both outbreaks. Residents of California, Mississippi, Virginia, Wisconsin and Illinois were part of the 2012 outbreak linked to a raw ground tuna product called tuna scrape and the current outbreak. In 2012, 425 people in 28 states were part of the outbreak which was the largest of 2012. Fifty five people were hospitalized.  The product, called tuna scrape or Nakaochi Scrape, because it is scraped from the bones of the fish, was used to make sushi, sashimi and other seafood dishes.  It was produced in India and distributed in the US by Moon Marine USA Corporation. Health officials have not identified the specific source of the tuna in this outbreak and do not have … [Read more...]

After Listeria Recall, Jeni’s Ice Cream Shops to Reopen Tonight

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After addressing food safety violations that likely contributed to a Listeria recall, Jeni's ice cream shops reopen tonight. On April 23, the company issued a voluntary recall of all of its products after Listeria was found in a pint of dark chocolate ice cream in mid-April. No illnesses had been associated with Jeni's products, but the company issued the recall and stopped production while it tried to isolate the source of the problem and correct it. In response to a Freedom of Information request by the Associated Press, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday released its report from its April 30 inspection of the company's manufacturing facility in Columbus. The kicthen lacked proper space and food safety controls and some employees did not follow food safety … [Read more...]

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