April 19, 2015

Royal Frozen Food Blintzes Recalled for Undeclared Milk

Royal Frozen Foods Blintzes Recall

Royal Frozen Food of California is recalling about 3,821 pound of beef and chicken blintzes because they contain undeclared milk, a food allergen. People who are allergic to milk could suffer a serious illness if they eat this product. No reports of adverse reactions have been received to date. The recalled products are 20-ounce plastic trays containing 10 pieces of "Royal Frozen Food, BLINTZES Blintzes with BEEF" with bar code 6 0723830019 5. The other product is 20-ounce plastic trays containing 10 pieces of "Royal Frozen Food, BLINTZES Blintzes with CHICKEN" with bar code 6 0723830025 6". They were produced before April 16, 2015 and have the establishment number "Est. 20585" or P-20585" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to retail stores in California and … [Read more...]

Salmonella in Raw Milk from Breezy Meadows Dairy in PA

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The Pennsylvania Agriculture Department is warning consumers to discard raw milk purchased from Ben. K. Stoltzfus at Breezy Meadows Dairy at 2457 Stumptown Road, Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania because it is contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Testing on April 7, 2015 was positive for the pathogenic bacteria. The milk is sold directly to consumers at a store on the farm. It is sold in one-gallon and 1/2-gallon plastic containers. The containers containing the milk were not labeled. About 80 gallons of raw milk were sold between April 7 and April 15, 2015. The farm will not be allowed to sell raw milk until two samples taken at least 24 hours apart test negative for Salmonella. Raw milk is legal in Pennsylvania, but farms must be permitted and inspected by the Department of … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak in Canada: Leafy Greens a Possibility

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An E. coli outbreak in Canada has sickened at least 12 people. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, a specific product hasn't been identified as the case of the illnesses, but leafy greens are considered a strong possibility. Those sickened live in: Alberta (9), Saskatchewan (1), Ontario (1), and Newfoundland and Labrador (1). The illness onset dates range from March 13 to March 31, 2015. All of those people are sick with E. coli that have a matching genetic fingerprint. Leafy greens are a possibility and may include kale, spinach, arugula, or chard. Public health officials in Canada are investigating this outbreak and will announce a source when it has been identified. Whenever there is an outbreak in Canada or the United States, there are sometimes cases in the other … [Read more...]

Botulism Outbreak Sickens Two From Lea County NM

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Two people from Lea County, NM have been hospitalized in Texas with botulism, according to the New Mexico Department of Health. Officials have not yet determined the source of the outbreak but they believe it is contaminated food. Botulism causes illness and paralysis and can be fatal. It is caused by a nerve toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum which is found in soil and dust. Symptoms include: double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, muscle weakness, decending paralysis, difficulty breathing and shortness of breath. If untreated, death can occur if the paralysis reaches the respiratory muscles. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should see a doctor. There are three kinds of botulism: foodborne, wound and … [Read more...]

Schnuck’s Recalls Pasta Salad for Salmonella

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Schnuck Markets Inc. of St. Louis is recalling Chef’s Express California Pasta Salad sold in its Deli/Chef’s Express departments from April 2 to April 14, 2015 for Salmonella. Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it as Salmonella can cause serious illness and death. No illnesses have been reported to date related to the consumption of this product. The recalled product was distributed to 99 Schnucks stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. It was labeled Chef’s Express California Pasta Salad and sold by weight through the company’s Deli/Chef’s Express departments. This recall is a result a spinach Salmonella recall by Taylor Farms of  of Salina, Calif. Schnucks has ceased sale of the California Pasta Salad at this time.     … [Read more...]

Campylobacter Outbreak Linked to Undercooked Liver Pâté

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Undercooked chicken liver in restaurant pâté was the source of a January 2014 Campylobacter outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This is the second time a multistate outbreak of campylobacteriosis has been linked to undercooked chicken livers. Two Oregon restaurants were involved in the outbreak that sickened five people. Tests on chicken livers taken from the restaurants were positive for the same strain of Campylobacter found in a culture from one of the patients. Three of the patients, ages  31–76,  were women. Two of the patients were from Ohio and visited an Oregon restaurant, two patients who dined at a second restaurant were from Oregon. A fifth case was discovered in Washington state. That patient had been advised by a naturopathic … [Read more...]

Death of Girl, 4, Spurs Mandatory E.coli Tetsing Bill in Orgeon

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Serena Profitt, age 4, died last summer of E. coli poisoning. A bill introduced in the Oregon House, HB 3540, hopes to prevent similar tragedies. Health authorities believe Serena and her friend, Brad Sutton, 5, both contracted E.coli infections from the same source, but they never identified it. Bradley was hospitalized and survived, but help for Serena came too late. The children both became ill over Labor Day weekend last year experiencing bloody diarrhea. Serena’s family brought her to the hospital twice but she was sent home each time without being tested for E. coli. Serena's symptoms persisted, so the Profitts brought her to a different hospital where she was admitted going into shock and kidney failure. She died two days later after suffering a stroke and a massive … [Read more...]

Listeria Recall Prompts Closure of Spanish Sonrise Dairy in Yacolt, WA

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A raw cream Listeria recall has prompted the closure of Spanish Sonrise Dairy in Yacolt, WA, The Columbian has reported. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall, but the owners say it has prompted them to close the dairy ahead of schedule. During routine testing by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, Listeria was found in raw cream. All raw cow milk, goat milk and cream with expiration dates between April 16 and 21 is being recalled. Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Symptoms, which can take up to 70 days to develop, include fever, headache, stiff neck, muscle stiffness, and gastrointestinal symptoms. Those most at risk are pregnant women, seniors, children and those with compromised immune system. Among pregnant women, Listeria can … [Read more...]

Hannaford Recalls Pine Nuts for Salmonella

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Hannaford Supermarkets and Superior Nut and Candy are recalling pine nuts because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. Routine testing by the FDA discovered the pathogenic bacteria in one package of the pine nuts. They are sold in a 4 ounce package in the produce department with a clear package front and a tan-colored label on the back. The label has Pine Nuts as the only ingredient. The UPC number is 72543920016 and a best by date of November 17, 2015. The announcement on the Hanford recall page says that the best by date is November 11, 2015 as well; we don't know which date is correct. Other sources have stated that the best by dates are from October 22, 2015 through December 27, … [Read more...]

Cleveland Crops Chili Cheezy Kale Chips Recalled

Cleveland Crops Kale Chips Recall

Solutions at Work of Ohio is recalling Cleveland Crops Chili Cheezy Kale Chips because they may contain undeclared raw cashews. Anyone who is allergic to cashews, or tree nuts, could become seriously ill if they eat this product. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled item was distributed at three local retail stores in Cleveland, Ohio between 12/1/2014 and 3/30/2015. The Cleveland Crops Chili Cheezy Kale Chips are packaged in 2 ounce, stand up paper pouches with a clear viewing window on the back. The UPC number is 58736 00504. The problem was caused by mislabeling. If you purchased this product and are allergic to cashews, or tree nuts, do not eat it. Discard or return to the place of purchase for a full refund.   … [Read more...]

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