October 27, 2016

Hawaii Hepatitis A Outbreak Stops Growing

The hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii that has sickened hundreds of people has stopped growing, according to a new post by the Hawaii state Department of Health. From October 6 to October 19, 2016, three new cases were identified. In the last week, no new cases were identified. Illness onset dates have ranged from 6/12/16 - 10/9/16. In total, 291 people were sickened in this outbreak. Seventy-three of them, or 25%, had to be hospitalized because they were so sick. The typical hospitalization rate in a hepatitis A outbreak is about 20%, so the number of people hospitalized in this outbreak is slightly higher than average. The 50 day maximum incubation period from the time the outbreak cause was identified has passed, so no new primary onset cases should be reported. Officials … [Read more...]

Stewart’s Shops Recalls Sportade Fruit Punch for Undeclared Milk

Stewart's Sport Shops is recalling their Sportade Fruit Punch Isotonic Beverage because it may contain undeclared milk, one of the major food allergens. People who are allergic to milk or have lactose intolerance could have a serious reaction if they consume this product. No reactions or illnesses have been reported. The recalled product is Sportade Fruit Punch in 20 ounce plastic bottles. The UPC number is 0 82086 31006 8. The product has a black label with a red plastic cap. The recalled units have an expiration code date DEC 02 that is on the neck of the bottle. About 1,600 units were distributed in upstate New York and southern Vermont. About half of these products were recovered as of October 26, 2016. If you purchased this product and are allergic to milk or are lactose … [Read more...]

Gaiser’s Bologna Recalled for Undeclared Milk, Lack of Inspection

Gaiser's European Style Provisions of New Jersey is recalling 3,895 pounds of chicken and pork bologna products because they contain milk, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label, and were made with meat and poultry that was not federally inspected. No reports of illness or adverse reactions have been received to date. The recalled products were shipped to retail locations and to institutions in California, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and Washington. They have the establishment number "EST. 5385" or "P-5385" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were produced from October 6, 206 to October 20, 2016. The recalled products are 1 pound chubb artificial casing containing “Gaiser’s RUSSIAN BRAND PROFESSORSKAYA BOLOGNA” pork bologna with various … [Read more...]

Sinbad Foods in Detroit Recalls Tahini for Possible Salmonella

Sinbad Foods at 6251 Haggerty Road in West Bloomfield Township, near Detroit, Michigan, is recalling tahini, or sesame paste, for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled products include one pound containers of Tahina Telkef with numbers 0200004506472 and 0200004406413 in the barcode. The two pound containers are also recalled; they have the number 0200000406295 in the barcode. These products were packed on October 7, 016 and have a sell by date of December 5, 2016. The Michigan Department of Agricultural and Rural Development discovered the contamination in routine testing. If you purchased this product in either size, do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed container so other people … [Read more...]

Wild Planet Canned Chicken Breast Recalled for Foreign Material

Crider Inc. of Georgia is recalling about 5,610 pounds of canned Organic Roasted Chicken Breast because it may be contaminated with foreign materials. There is one report of a potential injury associated with the consumption of this product. A distributor received two complaints from consumers about this issue, one on October 2, 2016 and the other on October 9, 2016. The recalled product is 1,496 cases of 5 ounce cans of "Wild Planet Organic Roasted Chicken Breast & Sea Salt - No Liquids Added." The Best Buy Date is 01/16/18. The products have the establishment number "EST. 31812" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to multiple distributors for further distribution. The cans were produced on January 16, 2016. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw … [Read more...]

Tips for a Safe Halloween From the FDA

The FDA is offering tips for a safe Halloween for you and your family. They have tips for safe costumes: look for fire-retardant materials, and wear bright, reflective costumes for safety after dark. Have your kids carry glow sticks or wearing those glowing necklaces. It's important to stay visible on your rounds, especially as it gets dark or if it's raining. For safe treats, which after all is the main point of this holiday, always tell your kids not to eat any treats until they get home and you have inspected it. Sadly, there are true stories of people inserting sharp objects into Halloween candy, although those cases are very rare. And although most parents are concerned about candy that has been altered with dangerous substances, those stories are mostly anecdotal or urban … [Read more...]

Shigella Outbreak in Moberly MO Public Schools

News reports are stating that a Shigella outbreak has occurred at Moberly Public Schools in Missouri in September 2016. "Several" cases at those schools occurred, and cases are now declining. There is no mention of this outbreak on the Randolph County Health Department website or the Moberly Public Schools website. A Shigella outbreak last spring in Moniteau County in central Missouri sickened at least 70 people. That outbreak was also centered on schools. A letter was sent to parents at the end of September, asking them to keep children home if they are experiencing the symptoms of shigellosis, the illness caused by this bacteria. ABC17 states that the letter says 23 people were sickened in this outbreak. Those symptoms include diarrhea that can be bloody, vomiting, fever, … [Read more...]

Mr. Christie’s Biscuits Recalled in Canada; Illnesses Reported

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says that illnesses have been reported in association with the consumption of Mr. Christie's brand Arrowroot Biscuits. The biscuits have been recalled due to potential off-taste. The products have been sold nationally in Canada only. The biscuits are marketed to babies, according to product label photos. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation and is verifying that industry is removing these products from the marketplace. There is no word on how many people may have been sickened, illness onset dates, a possible pathogen, or what the symptoms have been. The recalled products are all Mr. Christie's brand Arrowroot Biscuits in various sizes. The 350 gram size has UPC number 0 66721 01046 9 and Best Before Dates 2017 FE 24 and 2017 FE … [Read more...]

FDA Bans Certain Egyptian Frozen Strawberries for Hepatitis A

The hepatitis A outbreak linked to Tropical Smoothie Cafe products that were made with frozen strawberries has sickened at least 134 people, according to the FDA. Those berries were allegedly imported from Egypt, according to government officials. Now the FDA has issued an import alert banning frozen strawberries from one Egyptian facility, although a portion of the alert with details about the ban is redacted. The only portion in the "notes" field on the alert that isn't blacked out is the phrase "Problem(s): Hepatitis A (1b)." The facility is the International Company for Agricultural Production & Processing. The "1b" denotes the strain of hepatitis A. A notice posted on the Virginia Department of Health website in August 2016 states that testing on the patients has confirmed … [Read more...]

Brownwood Farms Recalls Fruit Preserves for Undeclared Milk

Brownwood Farms of Michigan is recalling 260,000 fruit preserves and fruit products because they contain milk, one of the major food allergens. Anyone who is allergic to milk or has lactose intolerance may become ill if they eat these products. No illnesses or reactions have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The recalled products are AMERICA’S ORIGINAL CHERRY BUTTER in 12 ounce containers with UPC number 018303-005011 and best by dates before 09/28/2018; AMERICA’S ORIGINAL CHERRY BUTTER in 22 ounce containers with UPC number 018303-005301 and best by dates before 09/28/2018; and AMERICA’S ORIGINAL CHERRY BUTTER in 1 gallon packages with best by dates before 09/28/2018. Also recalled are CHERRY RASPBERRY PRESERVES in 12 ounce containers with UPC … [Read more...]

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