August 25, 2016

FDA Found Listeria Monocytogenes at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

The FDA sent a warning letter to Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream's frozen flavor base Ohio manufacturing facility on August 9, 2016. The inspection that prompted the letter took place on January 25, 2016 through February 9, 2016. That letter states that "your frozen flavor base products are adulterated" because "FDA laboratory analysis of the environmental swabs found the presence of Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes), a human pathogen, in your facility. " A recall of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in April of 2015 was initiated for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. All of the company's ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, and ice cream sandwiches in all flavors and containers were recalled, and all scoop shops were closed. No illnesses were ever reported in connection to … [Read more...]

American Foods Beef Brains Recalled for Risk Materials

Green Bay Dressed Beef, doing business as American Foods Group of Green Bay, Wis. establishment, is recalling approximately 7,420 pounds of beef brain products that may be contaminated with specified risk materials. Customers who took delivery of these products should not use them. The beef brains were produced on various dates between April 24 and August, 11 and sold in 15-unit cases marked with the packaging code 06400 and labeled “AMERICAN FOODS GROUP BEEF BRAINS <30.” The recalled products have the establishment number “EST. 410” inside the USDA mark of inspection and were shipped to a distributor in California. At the time of the recall there had been no confirmed reports of illness.   … [Read more...]

Hawaii Scallop Hepatitis A Outbreak Sickens 228

The hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii linked to imported frozen raw scallops has now sickened 228 people, according to an update by the Hawaii Department of Health. That is an increase of 22 cases since last week. All of the cases have been in adults. Fifty eight people have been hospitalized because the illnesses are so severe. Illness onset dates have ranged from 6/12/16 to 8/16/16. There will probably be more cases identified in the coming weeks, since the incubation period for the virus is 2 weeks to 50 days, the the product believed responsible for the outbreak was no longer being sold in mid-August. The source of the outbreak is focused on Oahu. Public health inspectors found that raw scallops served at Genki Sushi restaurants on the islands of Oahu and Kauai were the likely … [Read more...]

How Does Hepatitis A Get on Strawberries?

The hepatitis A outbreak in Virginia that is linked to strawberries imported from Egypt and allegedly used in smoothies sold at Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations in that state is raising more questions about how the virus is transmitted. The hepatitis A virus is very hardy and contagious. But how does it get on fruit? In 2013, a large nationwide hepatitis A (HAV) outbreak that sickened at least 165 people. Those illnesses were linked to Townsend Farms frozen berries that were sold at Costco stores. It turns out that pomegranates in that product, imported from Goknur, Turkey, were the source of the virus. The genotype of hepatitis A in that outbreak was very rare on the American continent. The food and drinks that are most likely to be contaminated with hepatitis A are fruits, … [Read more...]

Sea Scallops Recalled for Hepatitis A Sold to Restaurants in California, Nevada

Imported sea scallops linked to a Hepatitis A outbreak that has sickened 206 people in Hawaii were also sold to restaurants and retailers in California and Nevada. While it's not clear at this point, which areas of California might be affected, health officials in Nevada say they are not investigating any reports of illnesses linked to the scallops and that "small quantities of the product were received by a local distributor and subsequently discarded; none of the product had been used, distributed or sold." The scallops were supplied by Sea Port Products Corp.  which issued a recall for frozen bay scallops produced on November 23, 2015 and 24, 2015 with lot numbers 5885, 5886, and 5887. Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that is spread from person to person and through the … [Read more...]

FDA, CDC Join Hepatitis A Outbreak Investigation Linked to Sea Scallops

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have joined the investigation into a Hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii that has sickened 206 people. Along with the Hawaii Department of Health, the agencies have conducted epidemiological, laboratory and traceback investigations that have identified sea scallops supplied by Sea Port Products Corp. as the source of the outbreak. On August 18, 2016, the company issued a recall for three lots of frozen bay scallops, produced on November 23, 2015 and 24, 2015, with lot numbers 5885, 5886, and 5887. The recalled scallops were distributed to restaurants and retailers in California, Hawaii, and Nevada. Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that is spread from person to person and through … [Read more...]

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Hepatitis A Outbreak at 17

The hepatitis A outbreak associated with Tropical Smoothie Cafe products in Virginia has now sickened at least 17 people, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The outbreak has been linked to strawberries imported from Egypt that were used in smoothies. Testing on the virus in ill persons has revealed it matches a hepatitis A strain that was found in Egyptian strawberries that caused outbreaks in the past. Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a chain restaurant with locations in Virginia in the cities of Oakton, Leesburg, Fredericksburg, Falls Church, Arlington, Alexandria, and others. There are five cases of the illness in the Eastern Region, four in the Northern Region, four in the Northwestern Region and four in the Central Region. The chain has found another source of … [Read more...]

Baptista’s Bakery Recalls Snack Factory Pretzels for Undeclared Milk

Baptista's Bakery is recalling some of their Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps because they may contain undeclared milk allergens. Anyone who is allergic to milk or who is lactose intolerant may become seriously ill if they eat these products. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The recalled products are Snack Factory Original Pretzel Crisps in 7.2 ounce packages. The UPC number is 049508006008 and the Best By Date is 07-01-17. Also recalled is Snack Factory Sriracha Lime Pretzel Crisps, also in 7.2 ounce packages. The UPC number on that product is 049508006060 and the Best By Date is 07-01-17. The Best By date is on the bottom of the package. If you purchased either product and are allergic to milk or are lactose intolerant, do … [Read more...]

Another Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendant Has Hepatitis A

Another Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant has tested positive for hepatitis A, according to the Hawaii State Department of Health. Anyone who traveled on the flights where that person worked may have been exposed to the virus. The flight attendant served food and beverages to passengers on these flights: Flight HA22 from Honolulu, Hawaii to Seattle, Washington on July 31, 2016; Flight HA21 from Seattle, Washington to Honolulu, Hawaii on August 1, 2016; Flight HA18 from Honolulu, Hawaii to Las Vegas, Nevada on August 10, 2016; and Flight HA17 from Las Vegas, Nevada to Honolulu, Hawaii on August 12, 2016. If you were on the August 10 or August 12 flights you can still get a vaccination against the hepatitis A virus. Vaccinations are only effective if given within two weeks of … [Read more...]

Tropical Smoothie Cafe CEO Apologizes for Hepatitis A Exposure

After Tropical Smoothie Cafe was linked to a Hepatitis A outbreak that has sickened at least 17 people in Virginia, CEO Mike Rotondo apologized to customers on a video posted on the company's website.  Health officials say the source of the outbreak was frozen strawberries imported from Egypt. “I sincerely apologize for any issues that this may have caused for any of our customers,” Rotondo said. “We take this issue very seriously. Your health and your safety is our top priority. We want you to have confident that we source high quality products so that you’ll come back again and visit us very soon. Thank you.” The company removed the imported strawberries from all locations and has found an alternate supplier. Vaccinations can prevent symptoms, but only if given within two weeks … [Read more...]

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