February 11, 2016

Salmonella Outbreak in Estill County, Kentucky Sickens 49

A Salmonella outbreak at a restaurant in Estill County, Kentucky has sickened 49 people, eight of whom have been hospitalized, according to the Estill County Health Department. So far, one case has been culture confirmed and 23 of the illnesses are suspected cases. County health officials are working with the state health department to determine the cause of the outbreak. They have not named the restaurant associated with the outbreak but say it has voluntarily decided to close to aid the outbreak investigation and allow for additional inspection. According to a WKYT report, the Eagles Roost sports bar and restaurant, in Irvine, has closed temporarily posting a handwritten sign on its door reading "Closed Until Further Notice Thank You!!" The station cites a recent inspection report … [Read more...]

Organic Traditions Flax Seed Powder Recalled for Salmonella

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Advantage Health Matters are recalling Organic Traditions brand Sprouted Flat Seed Powder and Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder for possible Salmonella contamination. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. The recalled products are all Organic Traditions brand. The first is Sprouted Flax Seed Powder in 227 gram packages. The code on the product is LOT:AHM626151118N EXP:09/2017 and the UPC number is 8 54260 00626 1. The second recalled product is Sprouted Flax Seed Powder in 454 gram packages, with code LOT:AHM553151118N EXP:09/2017 and UPC number 8 54260 00553 0. Finally, Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder is recalled, sold in 227 gram packages with code LOT:AHM621151211N EXP:10/2017 and … [Read more...]

Trader Joe’s Bacon Ganache Recalled for Undeclared Coconut

Vosages LTD of Illinois is recalling about 135 pounds of Trader Joe's Uncured Bacon Ganache Bar because it contains coconut, a known allergen, that is not declared on the label. The problem was discovered after the establishment received a consumer complaint, but there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products. The recalled product is Trader Joe's Uncured Bacon Ganache Bar in 3 ounce flow wrapped packages. The SKU number of the carton is 55001. The product has the establishment number "EST. 34647" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The bars were shipped to retail locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. They were packaged on January 15, 2016 to January 22, 2016 and are stamped with a BEST BY code of 03 SEP … [Read more...]

Giant Eagle Recalls Cod Fillets for Undeclared Soy

Giant Eagle and Market District Supermarkets are recalling Giant Eagle brand Japanese Code Fillets that are prepared and sold from the Seafood department for undeclared soy, one of the major food allergens. Anyone who is allergic to soy could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. There are no confirmed illnesses reported to date associated with this recall. The recalled product is Giant Eagle brand Japanese Breaded Cod Fillets sold through February 4, 2016. About 420 packages of the product were purchased by customers in Giant Eagle and Market District supermarkets in Pennsylvania and Ohio. The UPC number of the recalled product begins with 268106. The product label for the fillets, which contain soy, omitted soy as an allergen. All lot codes up to and including February 8, … [Read more...]

California Confirms E. coli Outbreak Linked to Organic Pastures Raw Milk

The California Department of Public Health has confirmed to Food Poisoning Bulletin that there is an E. coli O157 outbreak linked to recalled Organic Pastures raw milk. Via email, they said "there is an outbreak, and as of February 8, 2016, six children with a unique strain of shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157 have been identified; of all of these six children, four have reported drinking Organic Pastures raw milk before they got sick." All six illnesses occurred in January 2016. Public health officials are investigating the dairy and that investigation is ongoing. CDPH's Food and Drug Branch (FDB) has "collected a number of samples from the marketplace, which are currently undergoing laboratory evaluation," according to the communication. The recalled product is Organic Pastures … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak in Alberta, Canada Sickens 14

An E. coli outbreak in Canada has sickened 14 people, according to the Alberta Health Services (AHS).  Testing has linked at least two of the cases to a pork sausage. Alberta consumers who purchased Paolini’s Sausage & Meats Ltd’s Hungarian Farmer’s Sausage before Feb. 2, 2016, should handle the product as though it were raw meat and use a food thermometer to make sure it has reached an internal temperature of 71 C before eating it. Cooking to this temperature will kill any bacteria, AHS advises. Symptoms of an E. coli infection, which usually develop within one to three days of exposure, include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody. Those most at risk are children, seniors and those with compromised immune systems. To reduce the risk of bacterial contamination, … [Read more...]

Organic Pastures Raw Milk Recall is for E. coli O157

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has jumped into the Organic Pastures raw milk recall. The whole raw milk has been recalled for possible E. coli O157 contamination. The product was distributed in northern California and the central coast of California. Use by dates for the products are 1/23/16 (lot code 20160105-1) and 1/26/16 (lot code 20160106-2). The symptoms of an E. coli O157 infection include severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea that may be watery and/or bloody, a mild fever, nausea, and vomiting. Symptoms usually begin three to four days after exposure to the pathogenic bacteria, sometimes up to 10 days. Children under the age of 5 are most susceptible to serious complications from this infection, most notably hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). HUS develops when … [Read more...]

Fresh Express Recalls Chopped Romaine for Allergens

Fresh Express is recalling a limited quantity of chopped Romaine salad because it contains food allergens milk, wheat, eggs, and fish that are not declared on the package label. Anyone who is allergic to those ingredients could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No allergic reactions or illnesses have been reported to date. Sealed condiment packages containing individual servings of dressing, croutons, and Parmesan cheese used in the brand's Caesar salads were mistakenly placed in a limited quantity of the chopped Romaine product. Ingredients in those packages include milk, eggs, wheat, and fish. Even though the packets are enclosed in another sealed package, Fresh Express is issuing a recall out of an abundance of caution. The recalled product is 32-ounce bags Fresh … [Read more...]

Living Tree Macadamia Nut Products Recalled for Salmonella

Living Tree Community Foods of Berkeley, California is recalling Organic Macadamia Nuts and Organic Macadamia Butter because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have  been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The products were distributed throughout the U.S. via retail stores in California and Connecticut, and to mail order customers. The recalled products are Living Tree Community Foods Organic Macadamia Nuts in a 4 ounce, clear plastic pouch marked with lot #153442 on the top. The Living Tree Community Foods Alive, Organic Macadamia Butter that is also recalled comes in an 8 ounce glass jar, with a Living Tree Community Foods label. Lots numbers for that product are 134415, 136215, and 101716, and the UPC number is … [Read more...]

FDA Examining Raw Milk Cheese Criteria

Cheesemakers, especially artisan producers, have suggested that the FDA is applying safety criteria to raw milk cheese production that limits producers without benefitting public health. Raw milk cheeses have been linked to recalls and food poisoning outbreaks in the past several years. Raw milk cheese produced by Family Cow in Pennsylvania caused Campylobacter illnesses in 2013, and there have been dozens of recalls of raw milk cheeses over the years. Raw milk cheese has been recalled for Campylobacter, Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria monocytogenes contamination in all of the four years Food Poisoning Bulletin has been published. Some studies have concluded that aged raw milk cheeses are safe to eat, since the aging process changes the composition of the cheese. Aging reduces the … [Read more...]

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