September 24, 2016

Cut Food Waste But Maintain Food Safety

September is National Food Safety Education Month, and the government is trying to tell consumers that is is possible to reduce food waste while still eating safe food. Every year, there are about 48,000,000 cases of food poisoning in the United States. That leads to 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. But food waste is also a major concern. Every year, 80% of our freshwater, 10% of the available energy, and half of our land is used to get food to our tables. And organic waste, mostly food, is the second biggest component of landfills. Landfills are the third largest source of methane emissions, which contribute to climate change. Since 30 to 40% of food in the U.S. is thrown out, we are contributing to climate change and wasting a lot of money. Americans discard about … [Read more...]

Smoked Salmon Recalled in Canada for Possible Listeria

Central Epicure is recalling Wild Sockeye Smoked Salmon from the marketplace in Canada because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of this product, but the illness caused by this bacteria can take up to 70 days to appear. The recalled products are Wild Sockeye Smoked Salmon in 85 gram packages with no brand name. The code on the product is 2017SE07 and the UPC number is 0 61279 00330 7. Also recalled is Sensations by Compliments brand Wild Smoked Wild Pacific Smoked Salmon in 170 gram packages. The codes on that product are 2017MA30 and 2017JN03. They were sold in Ontario and may have been sold nationally. If you purchased either of these products, do not eat them. Throw them away in a sealed … [Read more...]

Updated Recall of Imperial Caviar Seafood’s Salmon Roe

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has updated a September 15, 2016 recall of Imperial Caviar Seafood’s Salmon Roe to include a wider range of product distribution than was previously recognized. This updated recall alerts the public that the product, potentially contaminated with Clostridium botulinum bacteria, was distributed not only in Quebec at the retail level, but also in New Brunswick, Ontario, and – possibly – nationwide. Clostridium botulinum bacteria produces a toxin that can be deadly in very small quantities. Symptoms include nausea, fatigue, dizziness, vomiting, blurred or double vision, dry mouth, respiratory failure, and paralysis. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these products. The recalled product is Imperial Caviar & … [Read more...]

Memphis La Quinta Inn Closed Due to Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak

The La Quinta Inn at 2979 Millbranch Road in Memphis has been closed indefinitely due to a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak. According to Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) officials, reports have been confirmed that five people who were guests at the hotel, located near Memphis International Airport, have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia. Shelby officials have called upon the Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to collaborate in what will be a multi-state investigation of the outbreak. According to The Commercial Appeal, Shelby Health Department Director Alisa Haushalter announced that the five guests who contracted the dangerous illness stayed at the La Quinta at some point in August: “In the best interests of … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at Fish Fry in Lascassas, TN Sickens 54

A Salmonella outbreak at a Lascassas Fire Department Fish Fry in Tennessee has sickened at least 54 people, Woody McMillin, Director of Communication and Media Relations of the Tennessee Department of Health told Food Poisoning Bulletin. That event was held on September 10, 2016. Public health officials have not been able to determine the cause of this outbreak. The investigation is continuing with patient interviews and laboratory testing. The outbreak was discovered after clinicians in Rutherford County started reporting Salmonella cases. As of Friday, September 23, 2016, there are 54 possible cases. Eight of those cases have been lab-confirmed. Fourteen people have been hospitalized because their illnesses are so serious. There is no word on patient age range, dates of illness … [Read more...]

Campylobacter Outbreak in Pueblo County CO Linked to Raw Milk

A Campylobacter outbreak in Pueblo County, Colorado has sickened at least 20 people, according to news releases from El Paso County Public Health and the Pueblo City-County Department of Public Health. Twelve confirmed and eight probable cases of Campylobacter infections have been reported to public health officials since August 1, 2016. The most recent illness onset date was September 16, 2016. All of those sickened reported drinking raw milk from Larga Vista Ranch in Pueblo County. All of those case patients live in Pueblo and El Paso counties. The state health department has notified about 175 people who are participants in the Larga Vista cow share operation on September 8, 2016 about this problem and are doing so again today. These types of operations let people buy a share … [Read more...]

Bikaji Chowpati Bhelpuri Recalled for Possible Salmonella

Krishna Food Corporation of New Jersey is recalling 16 cartons of Bikaji Chowpati Bhelpuri for possible Salmonella contamination. This product is an Indian street food made of puffed rice, vegetables, and a tamarind sauce. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Bikaji Chowpati Bhelpuri, net weight 300 grams or 10.58 ounces. The batch number is 2016 F97, and the Best Before date is June 2017. It is packaged within a pouch pack. The product was distributed in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania at the retail level. Tests conducted by the FDA show the product is contaminated with Salmonella bacteria, according to the FDA notice. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away or take it back to … [Read more...]

Speedy Foods Recalls Chicken Spring Rolls for Undeclared Egg

Speedy Foods of Colorado is recalling 920 pounds of chicken spring roll products because they contain eggs, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to eggs and eats these products could have a serious allergic reaction. No reactions have been reported to date. The recalled products are 75 ounce Brown Box packages containing 180 pieces of "Whole Fresh Foods Southwest Chicken Spring Rolls." The product has a package code of 3-10-16 and a case code of 16151. Also recalled are 75 ounce Brown Box packages containing 180 pieces of "Whole Fresh Foods Southwest Chicken Spring Rolls." That product has a package code of 08-08-2016 and a case code of 16151. The products have the establishment number "EST. P-7195" inside the USDA mark of … [Read more...]

Weis Pizza Recalled for No Inspection

RFG Canada of Ontario is recalling about 1,250 pounds of meat and poultry pizza products imported from Canada because they were not inspected on entry into the United States. Without the benefit of full inspection, a possibility of adverse health consequences exists. There have been no confirmed reports of illness associated with the consumption of these products. The recalled products are 30.3 ounce packages of "WEIS Self-Rising Pizza; Chicken Bacon Ranch," with UPC number 041497028337. The product's Canada Establishment number is 411 and the best by date is May 16 2017. Also recalled is 20.2 ounce packages of "WEIS Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza 3 Pack" with the UPC number 041497026524 and Canada Establishment number 411. The best by date for that product is DEC 01 2016. The pizzas … [Read more...]

Black Forest Brand Ham with Natural Juices Recalled

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that 502 Boundary Blvd. Inc., headquartered in Algona, Washington, has issued a recall of 8,694 pounds of ham products because they may be contaminated with rubber. Produced and packed by Sofina Foods in London, Ontario on July 18, 2016, the affected products were exported to the United States – the only country where they were distributed – on July 21, 2016. They were then shipped to Costco and Sam’s Club distribution centers and stores in Washington, Utah, and Alaska. The boneless, ready-to-eat hams were packed in 6.02-lb. vacuum-sealed packages labelled as “Fletcher’s Fine Foods CLASSICS Black Forest Brand Ham with Natural Juices.” This label also contains the phrases “Product of Canada” and … [Read more...]

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