March 23, 2017

Wellpet Recalls Canned Topper for Dogs for Elevated Hormone

Wellpet is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of one canned topper dog food product because it may have elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone. WellPet has received no reports of any problems, but the FDA told WellPet three dogs have been affected. The recalled products are Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs in 13.2 ounce cans, with best by dates of 02 FEB 19, 29 AUG 19 and 30 AUG 19, located on the bottom of the can. Elevated levels of this hormone may affect a dog’s metabolism and can be associated with anxiousness, increased thirst, increased urinary output and weight loss. But with prolonged consumption, these symptoms may increase in severity and may include vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid or difficulty breathing. Symptoms should end when your pet is no … [Read more...]

Nabelsi Thyme Product Recalled for Excessive Lead Levels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert that Aroma Imports Inc., located in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, is recalling 450-gram and 4.5-kilogram packages of Nabelsi Brand Thyme. Both the FDA and the Environmental Health Protection division of the Illinois Department of Public Health found excessive levels of lead in this product during testing. According to the FDA, the calculated amount of lead contained in a 30-gram serving size of the thyme is 12,660 µg per serving. The daily limits of lead that are safe for people to consume are 6 µg per day for children, 25 µg per day for pregnant women, and 75 µg per day for healthy adults. When lead accumulates in the body over time, it can cause severe damage to the nervous system and internal organs. Although people with … [Read more...]

H&B Packing Recalls Beef for Possible E. coli O103

H&B Packing of Texas is recalling about 73,742 pounds of boneless beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O103 bacteria. No confirmed reports of illness have been received to date in connection with the consumption of this item. The recalled product is 60 pound box containing boneless beef with case code 69029 and production date 03/06/17; they were produced on March 6, 2017. Also recalled is multiple combo bins containing 73,682-lbs of boneless beef with case code 69029 and production date 03/06/17. These products have the establishment number "EST. M13054" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to food manufacturers in Texas. The problem was discovered when FSIS was notified by the state of Texas' Meat Safety Assurance Unit about a positive non-O157 … [Read more...]

AFC Edamame Recalled for Possible Listeria

Advanced Fresh Concepts (AFC) of California is recalling its Edamame (soybeans) because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. This contamination was discovered via random testing under AFC's Quality Assurance Program. The products were packaged by AFC Franchisees and sold, under refrigeration, in 8.0 ounce (227 gram) packages, identified as "Edamame - Soybeans in Pods." This product was sold at designated retail sushi counters within grocery stores, cafeterias, and corporate dining centers in these states: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, ME, MI, MN, MS, NC, NH, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, and WY. Check with the store where you purchased this product to see if it is part of the recall. If you did buy it, throw it … [Read more...]

Blue Buffalo Recalls Dog Food for Elevated Hormones

Blue Buffalo Company is recalling one lot of Blue Wilderness Rocky Mountain RecipeTM Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs, since it may contain elevated levels of naturally-occurring beef thyroid hormones. Dogs ingesting too many of these compounds could exhibit symptoms such as increased thirst and urination, weight loss, increased heart rate, and restlessness. With prolonged consumption, symptoms may become more severe and may include vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid or difficulty breathing. If these symptoms occur, contact your veterinarian immediately. No reports of sick dogs have been reported to the company, but the FDA told Blue Buffalo about one customer who exhibited those symptoms in one dog, who has fully recovered. The recalled product is Blue Wilderness Rocky Mountain … [Read more...]

Minnesota Issues Advisory for Uneviscerated Fish at Shwe Karen

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has issued a consumer advisory for uneviscerated fish sold from Shwe Karen Market in St. Paul because it may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum bacteria. This bacteria produces a toxin that can cause death. The viscera in fish is more likely to contain this pathogenic bacteria. The product of concern is dried fish more than five inches in length and still containing the viscera (internal organs) of the fish. The product was packaged in 1 kilogram clear plastic bags labeled “Dried Fish” and sold from Shwe Karen Market between February 5 and March 2, 2017. If you purchased this product, do not eat it even if it does not look or smell spoiled. There have been no reports of illness associated with this product. Shwe Karen Market is … [Read more...]

How do Babies Contract Listeriosis?

In some Listeria monocytogenes food poisoning outbreaks, we tell you that infants contracted this infection. In the current listeriosis outbreak linked to recalled Vulto Creamery raw milk cheese, one of the illnesses was reported in a newborn baby. Since babies do not consume raw cow's milk or eat raw cheeses or unpasteurized juices, the most common vectors for this pathogenic bacteria, how do they get sick? Short answer: their mother was sick. When a woman eats food contaminated with this pathogenic bacteria, she can pass the infection to the fetus. And if the fetus survives, since listeriosis can cause miscarriage and stillbirth, they can be born with this infection. In the Bidart Brothers' caramel apple Listeria monocytogenes outbreak, 35 illnesses occurred in pregnant women. … [Read more...]

Steam Makes Melons Safer

After the huge and deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to Jensen Farms cantaloupes in 2011, scientists and researchers have been trying to find ways to make this product safer. The heavily webbed surface of melons is perfect for bacteria to hide and thrive. In that outbreak linked to melons, 147 people in 28 states were sickened, including seven pregnant women. One woman suffered a miscarriage, and three infants were born with listeriosis. In total, 33 deaths from outbreak-associated listeriosis in this outbreak were reported to the CDC.  The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment isolated Listeria monocytogenes bacteria from cantaloupe samples collected from grocery stores and from ill persons' homes. And the FDA isolated Listeria monocytogenes outbreak … [Read more...]

Trader Joe’s Breakfast Burritos Recalled for Foreign Material

Flagship Food Group is recalling about 8,622 pounds of frozen burritos sold at Trader Joe's because they may be contaminated with foreign material in the form of clear hard plastic pieces. Three consumer complaints triggered this recall; one person reported a minor oral injury. The recalled product is Trader Joe's Breakfast Burritos Eggs, Potatoes, Cheese, Turkey Bacon with lot code 266 and SKU 96132. It is packaged in a 12 ounce, 12" x 5" paper card with plastic overwrap. The package code is A26616PFFG3 and case code 100-101280.  It has the establishment number "EST. P-45574" on the product packaging. It was shipped to retail distribution centers in Illinois and Pennsylvania. The burritos were produced on September 22, 2016. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it … [Read more...]

Lawsuit Filed in E. coli O157:H7 I.M. Healthy SoyNut Outbreak

A lawsuit has been filed in the E.coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products. All I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products and I.M. Healthy granola have been recalled as a result of this outbreak. Class action lawsuits are usually not appropriate in these cases, since every case is unique. In the investigation, the Oregon Health Authority found E. coli bacteria in an opened sample of an I.M. Healthy product taken from a home where two brothers were sickened. Epidemiologic evidence collected by the CDC also links the products to the illnesses. In the latest CDC update, fifteen of fifteen people interviewed about their illnesses said they ate I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter at home, at a facility that served it, or at a childcare center that served it the week … [Read more...]

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