July 28, 2016

High Lead Levels Lead to Two Spice Recalls

Turmeric is a spice that can provide many health benefits. But this golden spice can also have high levels of lead. Two recalls from the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets highlight this issue. No illnesses have been reported to date, but lead can cause long-term serious health problems, including cancer, developmental defects, learning disorders, and brain damage. First, Blue Mountain brand Jamaican Curry Powder is being recalled for elevated levels of lead. The product is packaged in a 6 ounce glass jar with a UPC number 09349-19906. The code on the curry powder is B/B 06/03/19 OPC LOT #060116 on the bottom of the container. This product was sold throughout the United States. Second, Gel Spice, Inc. is recalling Fresh Finds Ground Turmeric for elevated lead levels. … [Read more...]

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Found in Florida Sewage

According to the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota, antibiotic resistant bacteria has been found in Florida sewage. The bacteria was discovered in samples taken from water and sediment after a 2014 sewer-line spill that released 500,000 gallons of untreated wastewater into a St. Petersburg neighborhood. This information was published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. The bacteria, Enterococcus faecium, is resistant to vancomycin, one of the "last resort" antibiotics we have to fight serious infections. That antibiotic has not been used for years because it has toxic side effects. But since more and more antibiotics are becoming less effective against infections, it is being brought back. And that vancomycin-resistant … [Read more...]

Two E. coli Outbreaks in NH and CO and Two Recalls: Coincidence?

Something unusual happened this week. The USDA posted two recalls for beef products on the same day, recalled for E. coli O157:H7. And in those recall notices there was information that the products had been linked, or possibly linked, to two E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks; one in New Hampshire and one in Colorado. The first recall was for more than 8,000 pounds of PT Farm raw beef products that were produced in June 2016. The illness cluster associated with this recall has sickened at least 14 people in New Hampshire. Traceback for 8 case-patients who were interviewed as a result of their illnesses "led back to a single day of production at PT Farm," according to the USDA release. There is a link between beef products from PT Farm and this illness cluster. The second recall was for … [Read more...]

Five Minnesotans Sickened in General Mills Flour E. coli Outbreak

Five people in Minnesota have been sickened in the E. coli O121 and O26 outbreak linked to recalled General Mills flour. The outbreak case count now includes 46 people in 21 states. Thirteen of those ill persons have been hospitalized. One person has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, and no deaths have been reported. Laboratory, traceback, and epidemiologic evidence indicate that flour produced at the General Mills facility in Kansas City, Missouri is a "likely source" of this outbreak. Two strains of E. coli bacteria have been found in the flour; E. coli O121 and E. coli O26. General Mills has expanded its recall of flour produced at that mill twice to include more production dates. Please look carefully at the list of recalled products to see if you purchased any. If you … [Read more...]

Serrano Peppers Recalled for Salmonella

Serrano peppers from Warren Produce are being recalled from the market for possible Salmonella contamination. At least three lot codes are part of the recall according to information posted on a produce company's website. The recall includes lots #115181, #115158, and #115186. Many of the peppers have already been removed from the market, but consumers who recently purchased peppers should check lot numbers. Salmonella symptoms include nausea, fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical care. … [Read more...]

Listeria Recall for Sandwiches Delivered to School Districts Expands

Let’s Do Lunch Inc. of Gardena, CA, dba Integrated Food Service (IFS) is expanding a Listeria recall of sandwiches that were distributed to school districts nationwide. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported but districts that have received these sandwiches should not use them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. The recalled sandwiches include turkey, ham and cheese subs; Italian subs, BBQ rib sandwiches, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chili dogs, sliders and more. To see the complete list, click the preceding link. The expansion of the recall announced in June was issued after additional environmental testing was positive for Listeria. It now includes products produced between May 18 and June 16 distributed to foodservice distributors in the following … [Read more...]

Chestnut Farms, PT Farm, Miles Smith, Robie Farm Beef Recall for E.coli

A New Hampshire E. coli outbreak has triggered a recall of beef products sold under the brand names: Chestnut Farms, PT Farm, Miles Smith and Robie Farm. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as E. coli can cause serious illness and death. Those most at risk for E. coli infections are children, seniors, people with compromised immune systems and pregnant women.The outbreak includes 14 people who consumed the contaminated meat at various locations. The recall, by PT Farm, of North Haverhill, N.H., includes 8,800 pounds of raw beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The recalled products include ground beef, ground beef patties and other sub-primal cuts sold in various weights and various sizes and packed in cardboard boxes produced between … [Read more...]

Meijer Recalls Salads and Sandwiches for Possible Salmonella

Meijer is recalling some fresh salads and sandwiches because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. These products were sold in Meijer stores from July 20, 2016 to July 25, 2016. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these products. The salads and sandwiches contain a cooked egg ingredient sourced from Prime Foods. Prime Foods notified Meijer of a positive Salmonella test of its product. The recalled items are all Meijer brand. They are Macaroni Salad in 1 pound containers, with UPC number 0-41250-16058-8, Macaroni Salad in 3 pound packages with UPC number0-41250-16060-1, and Meijer Egg Salad Spread in 12 ounce containers with UPC number 7-08820-62022-3. Also recalled are Potato Salad Amish in 1 pound containers with UPC … [Read more...]

General Mills E. coli Flour Recall Roundup

The E. coli O121 and O26 outbreak linked to recalled General Mills flour has many people concerned. Since flour is such a ubiquitous product, any kitchen in the country could contain some flour that has been recalled. We have gathered all of the General Mills flour recalls and secondary recalls here so you can have one resource to make sure your kitchen is safe. We will keep this list updated. The first recall was issued on May 31, 2016. These are the products that were recalled at that time: Wondra flour was sold in 13.5 ounce containers with UPC 000-16000-18980 number and Better if Used by Dates 25FEB2017 thru 30MAR2017. The recalled Gold Medal All Purpose flour was sold in 2-pound packages with the UPC number 000-16000-10710 and  Better if Used by Dates 25MAY2017KC thru … [Read more...]

Hawaii Hepatitis A Outbreak Grows; Another Food Worker Diagnosed

The Hawaii Department of Health has updated its investigation into the hepatitis A outbreak in that state. Now 93 people are sick with the viral infection. And another food handler on the island was diagnosed with the disease. Officials have still not identified the source of the outbreak. This illness has a long incubation period of two weeks to a month, and patients are often not able to remember the foods they consumed or where they ate during the exposure period. Healthcare workers are informed to notify the HDOH immediately if they think a patient has hepatitis A. As of July 26, 2016, 19 new cases of hepatitis A have been diagnosed. All of the cases have been in adults. Of the 93 people sickened, 29 have been hospitalized because their illness is so severe. The illness onset … [Read more...]

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