March 6, 2015

Bavarian Meats Recalled for Undeclared Soy

Bavarian Meats Recall

Bavarian Meats of Seattle Washington is recalling about 1,400 pounds of Bavarian Brand Loaf products because they contain soy, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. No illnesses have been reported to date. The product was made with soy lecithin used as a releasing agent on the pans the product is baked in. The recalled product is Bavarian Meats Bavarian Brand Loaf in 5 pound, 1 pound, and 1/2 pound packages. The products have the establishment number "EST. 6431" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to wholesale and retail locations in Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington state. If you purchased this product and are allergic to soy, do not eat it. Discard or return to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

Food Poisoning Outbreak at Jail Prompts Lawsuit


Five former inmates of the Kent County Jail in Grand Rapids, Michigan have filed a lawsuit alleging that food poisoning they endured from contaminated or spoiled food was "cruel and unusual punishment." The lawsuit, filed in 17th Circuit Court in Kent County, names Kent County, Sheriff Lawrence Stelma, and food service company Aramark Corp. as defendants. At least 200 inmates became sick after eating a chicken taco meal in 2012, according to  the suit. Lab tests revealed the meal was contaminated with Clostridium perfringens, a spore-producing bacteria, in a rice and cheese product. Symptoms of food poisoning from Clostridium perfringens included diarrhea and abdominal cramping. The complaint argues that Aramark Corp. did not take appropriate food safety measures that would have … [Read more...]

2014 Ground Beef E. coli Outbreak was Linked to Whole Foods

Massachusetts E. coli outbreak from ground beef

An 8-year-old Massachusetts boy died within two weeks of eating a hamburger during an E. coli outbreak last summer that state and federal health authorities associated with grass-fed ground beef the family purchased from Whole Foods Market in South Weymouth, Mass. Two other people were sickened in the outbreak, which was first disclosed in a hamburger E. coli recall notice published by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The recall also covered ground beef sold at Whole Foods Market in Newton, Mass. A Whole Foods ground beef E. coli lawsuit was filed by the boys' parents. They have gone public with their concerns about food safety to prevent other families from having to endure a similar loss. They met in person with federal Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to … [Read more...]

South Dakota Passes Raw Milk Bill

Milking cows

The South Dakota Legislature has passed a raw milk bill that allows producers to continue to sell raw milk with some restrictions. The provisions were put in place to address concerns raised by the commercial dairy industry. Raw milk farmers will continue to be able to sell raw milk at on-farm stores and deliver to farmers markets if the milk is presold to an existing customer of the dairy. They will not be able to sell raw milk at retail stores and must comply with regular inspections. Nationwide, the number of raw milk outbreaks has been increasing in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The number of raw milk outbreaks increased from 30 in 2007-2209, to 51 in 2010- 2012. Those outbreaks resulted in 979 illness and 73 … [Read more...]

Kentucky E. coli Outbreak Associated with Raw Milk in 2014

raw milk e.coli outbreak kentucky

An E. coli outbreak in Kentucky in September 2014 was associated with raw milk consumption, according to the Kentucky Public Health Department. Five children in North Central Kentucky were sickened after drinking unpasteurized milk. Four of the children developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious and life-threatening complication of this infection and had to be hospitalized. Dr. Stephanie Mayfield, DPH Commissioner said in a statement, "at this time, we know that all of the children consumed unpasteurized milk, which is different from the milk and dairy products you purchase at the grocery store. Unpasteurized milk is dangerous and has not undergone a process to kill bacteria before it is consumed, meaning it could contain disease-causing agents such as E. … [Read more...]

New Study Links Government Food Safety Spending and Illness


A new study conducted at the University of Washington School of Nursing has found that local government spending on food safety and sanitation programs affects the number of illnesses occurring in surrounding areas. Researchers looked at 11 years of data from county health departments in Washington state and New York. In Washington state, cuts to public health programs correlated with increasing Salmonella infections. In New York, cuts to public health programs correlated with increased Cryptosporidium infections. There have been major budget cuts and job losses in local health departments in recent years. Higher rates of Salmonella infections, which are usually caused by contaminated food, are associated with fewer food safety services. Cryptosporidiosis is waterborne, usually … [Read more...]

Smoked Salmon Recall for Listeria Updated

Candy Smoked Salmon Listeria Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is updating information about the recall of Refrigerated Candy Smoked Salmon for Listeria monocytogenes. The original recall was issued on February 21, 2015. Salish Seafoods brand Candy Smoked Salmon is being recalled for possible Listeria contamination. It was sold in Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan and may have been sold in other provinces.  Some packages may not have the same brand, product name, or lot code as the described product. Ask your retailer if you aren't sure whether or not you bought this product. The recalled product is Salish Seafoods Candy Smoked Salmon in variable sizes. Some may have been served from deli counters with or without a label or coding. The codes on some of the products are Lot # 6919, Lot # 6920, Lot # … [Read more...]

Healthy Mama Mango Drink Recalled for Undeclared Milk


Maternal Science of New Jersey is recalling healthy mama® Boost It Up!™ Drink because it contains undeclared milk in the form of whey protein isolate. Anyone with an allergy to milk could have a serious allergic reaction if they consume this product. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled products are sold nationwide through limited retailers and through internet sales; sales started April, 2014. The products are healthy mama® Boost It Up!™ Mighty Mango with Ginger in 12 fluid ounce bottles. The codes on the bottle are 14275-11, 10/2015, and 810758020058. The second recalled product is healthy mama® Boost It Up!™ Mighty Mango in 12 fluid ounce bottles. The codes are 14090-11, 03/2015, and 810758020058. If you purchased these products and are allergic to milk, do not … [Read more...]

Campos Foods Recalls H-E-B Beef Burgers for Undeclared Wheat

H-E-B Burger Recall

Campos Foods of Tennessee is recalling about 136,950 pounds of beef products for undeclared wheat, one of the major food allergens. Those with an allergy to wheat or with celiac disease could have a serious reaction if they eat these products. No reports of adverse reactions have been received to date. The recalled products are Ready-to-Eat cheese burgers, produced between August 22, 2014 and January 9, 2015. They include 15 pound cases containing eight 3.75 ounce burgers of "H-E-B Fully Cooked Thick n' Tasty Bacon Cheese Burgers Natural Smoke Flavor Added" and 15 pound cases of eight 3.75-ounce burgers of "H-E-B Fully Cooked Thick n' Tasty Cheese Burgers Natural Smoke Flavor Added." You can see pictures of product labels at the USDA site. The products have establishment number "EST. … [Read more...]

Legislators Reintroduce PARA


Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) reintroduced the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act of 2014 (PARA) to Congress on Monday. This is the Senate version of the House bill PAMTA (Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act). This bill would force the FDA to withdraw approval of medically important antibiotics that are used for disease prevention unless the drug's maker can demonstrate that its use on factory farms doesn't pose a risk to humans. A revised label would need to be issued for antibiotics that meet this standard. The bill would close a gap in the FDA guidelines issued in December 2013. At that time, the government asked - not told - asked the industry to eliminate antibiotic use to help animals gain weight. Industry could still use antibiotics … [Read more...]

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