January 21, 2018

Salmonella Montevideo Outbreak in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois Associated With Jimmy John’s Sprouts

A multisite outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo infections is associated with sprouts sold at Jimmy John's restaurants in Illinois and Wisconsin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC statement reads, "Epidemiologic evidence indicates that raw sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurants are a likely source of this multistate outbreak." Those sickened in this outbreak reported eating raw sprouts on sandwiches served at Jimmy John's restaurants in those two states. Eight people are sick in those states. The case count by state is: Illinois (2), Minnesota (1), and Wisconsin (5). There have been no hospitalizations and no deaths reported. Illnesses started on dates ranging from December  20, 217 to January 3, 2018. The patient age range is from 26 to 50. All … [Read more...]

Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Associated With Jimmy John’s Sprouts

Another Salmonella outbreak at Jimmy John's restaurants associated with raw sprouts has just been announced. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has posted information about this outbreak; they say that the CDC and FDA are investigating, along with state and local health departments, but there is no information about this outbreak on those other sites.   If you live in a state other than Illinois and you are part of this outbreak, please contact us to let us know. We will be following other government sites so when they post something about the outbreak we will let you know immediately. Two cases of Salmonella Montevideo have been reported in Illinois. Those people got sick December 20 and December 26, 2017. Officials say that the most likely source of the … [Read more...]

Two Chicken Salad Products Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

Two chicken salad products are being recalled for undeclared allergens. One was packaged in the wrong packaging, and the other contains undeclared milk, one of the major food allergens. Cafe Spice GCT is recalling about 289 pounds of chicken salad products because it was packaged with a chicken wrap label, and does not declare milk that is in the product. These products were produced on January 12, 2018. The recalled product is 15 ounce clamshells labeled "southwest-style chicken wrap" but actually contains southwest-style chicken salad. The best by date is January 20, 2018. The product has the establishment number "EST. P-34641" inside the USDA mark of inspection. This chicken salad was shipped to retail locations nationwide. The problem was discovered by a retail customer, who … [Read more...]

Possible Hepatitis A Exposure in Food Worker in Honolulu, Hawaii

A possible case of hepatitis A has been diagnosed in a food worker at the Way Kung Restaurant on Mapunapuna Street in Honolulu, Hawaii. That person worked there between December 1, 2017 and January 6, 2018. Hepatitis A is a very contagious virus. People can contract this illness by person-to-person contact, through food and drink that has been contaminated by feces, and through contact with surfaces. People who are infected with this virus are symptom-free for two weeks, so can easily pass it on to others before they even know they are sick. Unfortunately, a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination is only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. That means that anyone who visited that restaurant after January 4, 2018 is not longer eligible for a shot. Today is the last … [Read more...]

Five Sick in Pennsylvania in the Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Coconut Tree Frozen Shredded Coconut

Five people in Pennsylvania are sick in the Salmonella outbreak that is linked to Coconut Tree frozen shredded coconut, according to the CDC. Nationwide, at least 25 people are sick, and six people have been hospitalized. This outbreak could be much larger than stated, simply because most people who are sick with Salmonella infections don't go to the doctor. The multiplier for this illness is 38. That means there could be more than 900 people sickened across the country in this one outbreak. The states where ill persons live include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Washington. The strains of Salmonella that have caused these illnesses are Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:- and Salmonella Newport. The outbreak strain … [Read more...]

California Hard Hit in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Recalled Frozen Coconut

California has been hard hit in the Salmonella outbreak that is linked to recalled Evershing frozen shredded coconut. As of January 17, 2018, nine people are sick in that state, according to the CDC. This outbreak had an unusual start. Officials at the Massachusetts Department of Health were notified about at least one person who was sick with an unusual strain of Salmonella bacteria in November 2017. One of the patients ate an "Asian-style dessert drink" at a restaurant. We don't know what the actual drink was; it could have been a smoothie, a cocktail, or blended ice cream. The drink was made with frozen shredded coconut. Early testing identified Salmonella Newport bacteria, which was related to an isolate taken from an ill person in Massachusetts. Public health officials … [Read more...]

Recalls of Products for Undeclared Nuts

There are two recalls today for products that were made with undeclared nuts. Whole Foods Market is recalling Cheesecake Bars for undeclared almonds, and Palmer Candy Company is recalling Sea Salt Caramel Hearts for undeclared peanuts. Anyone who is allergic to tree nuts and/or peanuts could have a serious reaction if they eat either of these products. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with either of these recalls. The Palmer Candy Company is recalling Sea Salt Caramel Hearts that were sold only at Bomgaards Supply Store in the midwest U.S. The recalled product is Sea Salt Caramel Hearts in a 12 ounce tub. The best by date on the product is 12/21/18, and the UPC number is 77232-17091. It was sold in Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wyoming, and … [Read more...]

Just Food for Dogs Recalled for Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

Just Food for Dogs of Los Alamitos, California is recalling some recipes of its cooked frozen dog food for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. There is a risk for dogs to get sick, and there is a human risk as well, from handling the food to touching pets. The animals can shed the bacteria and it can be on their coats and in their saliva. These are the foods that are recalled: JustFoodForDogs Turducken with batch dates XX110118 to XX123118; Beef and Russet Potato with batch dates XX110118 to XX011419; and Fish and Sweet Potato, with batch dates XX110118 to XX011419. A customer reported that the Turducken recipe made her dogs with with diarrhea and vomiting. Lab testing by the company gave preliminary results showing that the human-grade green beans used in the product … [Read more...]

Sixty-One Vendors at the New York State Fair Cited for Critical Violations

Sixty-one vendors at the New York State Fair were cited for serious violations, according to Syracuse.com. The violations were for problems and issues that can cause foodborne illness. That paper submitted a request for the violations at the New York State Fair with a Freedom of Information Act request. Two complaints of ill persons were investigated at the fair last year, but were "unsubstantiated," according to the report. The 100 violations were rated as "critical." These types of violations involve cooking, storage temperatures, the condition of food, or the source of the food. They may also be linked to water and sewage, presence of pests, use of toxic materials, and the sanitary practices of food workers. Officials also found 371 non-critical violations at the New York … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Recalled Coconut Tree Frozen Shredded Coconut

At least 25 people are sick with Salmonella infections linked to recalled Coconut Tree brand frozen shredded coconut, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Six people have been hospitalized because their illnesses are so serious. No deaths have been reported. This Salmonella coconut outbreak is scattered across the country. The case count by state is: California (9), Colorado (1), Connecticut (1), Massachusetts (2), New Jersey (1), New York (1), Oklahoma (1), Pennsylvania (5), and Washington (4). Illnesses started on dates ranging from May 11, 2017 to November 4, 2017. The patient age range is from 1 year to 82. The bacteria causing these illnesses have been identified as Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:- and Salmonella Newport. Epidemiologic, laboratory, and … [Read more...]

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