September 30, 2014

Mercer Island, Washington E. coli Boil Water Advisory Lifted


The City of Mercer Island, Washington was under a boil water advisory this weekend. Seattle Public Utilities, the City's water supplier tests the water every month. The advisory was lifted this morning at 8:45 a.m. The Mercer Island School District decided to close school today to sanitize its systems. City crews will continue to inspect system facilities and to monitor the system. Engineers were not able to identify a source of the contamination. All samples taken from the water reservoirs on the Island were clean. No increase in gastrointestinal illnesses have been reported, and no confirmed cases of E. coli were linked to the City's water. All food establishments on the Island were told to suspend operations until the boil water advisory was lifted. All owners of food … [Read more...]

In Canada, More Chia & Flax Seed Powder Recalled for Salmonella

Organic Traditions Flax Seed Powder Salmonella Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Advantage Health Matters is updating their recall of flax seed powder and chia seed powder for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these specific products, but there was a Salmonella outbreak in the U.S. and Canada this summer linked to these types of products that sickened at least 83 people. The recalled products are all Organic Traditions brand. They include Sprouted Flax Seed Powder, in 227 gram sizes with product code AHM626140818D and UPC number 8 54260 00626 1; and in 454 gram sizes with product code AHM553140818D and UPC number 8 54260 00553 0. Also recalled is Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder in 227 gram sizes with product codes AHM621140808D, AHM621140811D, … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Outbreak in Clarke County, Alabama

Hepatitis A Virus

The Alabama Department of Public Health is investigating three cases of hepatitis A in Clarke County, Alabama. Two of the people sickened do have a history of international travel, which increases the risk of contracting this disease. There is no more information about whether this may be a larger outbreak or if any single source is responsible for the spread of the virus. Casual contact does not cause infection. The virus is spread when a person drinks contaminated water or eats contaminated food. Objects can also be contaminated when they are touched by an infected person; another person must touch that object and put their fingers in their mouth. The transmission is "fecal-oral". Signs and symptoms of hepatitis A infection appear 2 weeks to 50 days after exposure. They include … [Read more...]

Report: Iowa VA Patients Not Told of Legionnaires’ Risk


Patients at Veterans Affairs hospital in Iowa were not told that the bacteria that causes Legionnaires'  Disease had been found at the facility, according to a report Sunday in the Des Moines Register. Some patients are wondering why they weren't told. The facility plans to spend $6.5 million to replace the plumbing in the patient care areas of the 600,000-square-foot facility. The work is supposed to begin next year. A 2012 Legionnaire’s outbreak at the Pittsburgh VA killed six patients and sickened at least 22 others. Health officials in Pennsylvania are currently trying to determine if a veteran recently diagnosed with Legionnaires’ contracted the disease at the facility. Legionnaires’ disease,  a severe form of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria,  is transmitted when … [Read more...]

Gross Food News: Tapeworms Nearly Kill Man in China


This month's edition of The Neews, our monthly feature of food stories that put the eew in news is about a man in China whose love of raw foods nearly killed him. X-rays show that the body of the man, from Guangdong Province, was riddled with tapeworm courtesy of his steady intake of raw meat. You can get a tapeworm infection from eating any kind of raw or undercooked fish, pork or beef.  Infections associated with salmon have been mirroring the growth in popularity of sushi, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fish tapeworms, Diphyllobothrium latum, are the largest variety capable of reaching 30 feet in length. The worms can remain in the intestine or the larvae can penetrate the intestinal wall and travel to tissue throughout the body, as was the case for … [Read more...]

Wisconsin School Cancels More Football due to Campylobacter


The Durand School District is continuing to reschedule various student activities as the western Wisconsin community grapples with a sweeping outbreak of Campylobacter food poisoning. According to the official school calendar, Monday's C-squad and junior varsity Panther football games against Amery have been canceled. Meanwhile, school volleyball matches canceled last week have been rescheduled for Thursday. The moves were made as the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene continues to offer testing for any ill students and staff. The most recent school district announcement notes that the source of the outbreak is still actively under investigation by the Pepin County Health Department and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. "To date, Campylobacter has been detected in multiple … [Read more...]

U.S. Marshals Seize $5 Million of Raw Kratom


U.S. Marshals have seized more than 25,000 pounds of raw kratom material worth more than $5 million from Rosefield Management, Inc. in Van Nuys, California.  Kratom is a botanical substance native to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.  It is not approved in the U.S. for any medical use but is marketed for its opioid-like analgesic effects and in the treatment of morphine and heroin addiction. Consumption of kratom can cause health problems including respiratory depression, nervousness, agitation, aggression, sleeplessness, hallucinations, delusions, loss of libido, tremors, skin hyperpigmentation, nausea, vomiting, constipation and severe withdrawal signs and symptoms. “We have identified kratom as a botanical substance that poses a risk to public health and has the … [Read more...]

Beef Jerky Recalled For Lack of Inspection


Delicious brand beef jerky is being recalled because it was produced without the benefit of inspection. Consumers who have purchased these products, sold at small retail stores in the Albuquerque,  should not eat them. The recalled products were sold in 2.5 once and 5 ounce plastic bags labeled DELICIOUS BEEF JERKY Lemon Pepper Seasoned Beef Jerky with the  "use-by" date 0911155 and the  “EST. 34408” inside the USDA Mark of Inspection. The problem was discovered by a friend of food inspector purchased the product and the inspector recognized that the product should not bear the mark of inspection. There have been no reports of adverse reactions or illness due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.   … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Coffee Cake Recalled for Undeclared Nuts


Whole Foods is recalling Plain Streusel Coffeecake produced and sold at the Bedford, Massachusetts store because it contains an undeclared tree nut allergen.  Consumers who have a sensitivity or allergy to nuts should not eat this product as they could experience a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction. The coffee cake contained pecans as an ingredient. The recalled product has  "Sell By" dates from September 19 and September 30, 2014. The coffee cake was sold in the store between Friday, September 19 and Thursday, September 25, 2014. Signage was posted at the store to alert customers. No allergic reactions or illnesses have been reported in association with the recall. Consumers with allergies who have purchased product from Whole Foods Market Bedford can return it for a … [Read more...]

Bravo Pet Food Recalled for Salmonella

Cat and Dog

Bravo of Manchester, CT is recalling Bravo turkey and chicken pet foods for potential Salmonella contamination. People who have purchased these products should not use them as pets who eat it could become ill and people who handle it could also become ill. Salmonella poisoning symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Anyone who develops these symptoms after handling the food should contact a healthcare provider. Pets with Salmonella infections may seem lethargic,  have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some will also have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. The recalled products include: Raw Food Diet Bravo! Turkey Blend for Dogs and Cats with the product number: 31-102. It was sold in  2 lb. (32 OZ) … [Read more...]

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