November 27, 2014

Bean Sprout Salmonella Outbreak Hits Massachusetts Hard


A 10-state bean sprout Salmonella outbreak has sickened 68 people, many of them in Massachusetts. In a outbreak update released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the case count by state was as follows: Connecticut (4), Maine (3), Massachusetts (31), Montana (1), New Hampshire (4), New York (5), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (10), Rhode Island (6), and Vermont (3). Health officials say the Montana case contracted the infection while traveling to the East Coast. During patient interviews, case patients, who range in age from less than one year to 83 years old, reported onset of illness dates ranging from September 30, 2014 to November 10, 2014. Fifty-six percent of those sickened are female. There have been 11 hospitalizations. Health officials have linked the … [Read more...]

Sprout Salmonella Outbreak Includes 3 in Maine


Three people in Maine are part of a 10-state Salmonella outbreak. The outbreak has been linked to mung bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods Inc. of Brooklyn has sickened 63 people in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.  Eleven people have been hospitalized. A recall has not been issued for the sprouts which were distributed to Asian restaurants and other establishments in nine states on the East Coast (all of the above except Montana. The single case patient there is believed to have contracted the infection while visiting the East Coast.) Wonton Foods stopped production and shipment of the sprouts on November 21, and made its last shipment it made was November 18. Consumers who have purchased these … [Read more...]

Flying Cow Creamery Yogurt Recalled for Improper Pasteurization


Flying Cow Creamery of Rochester, Washington is recalling one lot of its whole milk yogurt for improper pasteurization. Inspection by the Washington State Department of Agriculture found that time and temperature recordings were not made while that lot was being pasteurized. There is no record of proper pasteurization of the product. The recalled product is Flying Cow Creamery Whole Milk Yogurt in 32 ounce glass jars with a white lid. The batch number is 70. The best before date is 12/3. The yogurt was sold in Rochester, Olympia, Seattle, Chehalis, Federal Way, and Tacoma in Washington state. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of this product. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

Northstar Gabapentin Capsules Recalled

Gabapentin Recall Empty Capsules

Aurobindo Pharma USA is voluntarily recalling one lot of Gabapentin Capsules because the bottles contain some empty capsules. Empty capsules could result in patients missing doses, which would result in adverse health consequences that range from no effect, short term withdrawal effect, or status epilepticus (long period seizures) that could be life-threatening. No reports of adverse health events have been reported to date. Gabapentin is used for the treatment of epilepsy and for the management of postherpetic neuralgia (pain after shingles). The product is sold in 300 mg 100-count bottles. The lot number is GESB14011-A, the expiration date is 12/2015, and the NDC is 16714-662-01. The product has the imprint D on the yellow cap and 03 on yellow body with black edible ink. The product … [Read more...]

Rep. DeLauro Urges OMB to Finalize Mechanically Tenderized Beef Rule


Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) wrote to Shaun Donovan, director of the Office of Management and Budget this week, urging him to finalize the new USDA rule on mechanically tenderized beef products. There may be a delay implementing this critical rule if it is not finalized by December 31, 2014. Mechanically tenderized beef has been pierced with blades or needles to break up connective tissue so the meat is more tender. Unfortunately, this process pushes pathogenic bacteria present on the surface of the cut into the interior. Then, if the meat is cooked less than well-done, those bacteria survive in the center of the product, and can make someone sick. A 2008 study by USDA states that about 50,000,000 pounds of this product are sold every month without labels warning consumers of … [Read more...]

Natura Pet Recalls Food for Vitamin Insufficiency

Evo Pet Food Recall Vitamin Insufficiency

Natura Pet Products is voluntarily recalling some dry cat and ferret food because it has insufficient levels of vitamins and excess minerals. Pets can become sick if they don't consume enough vitamins for prolonged periods of time. Symptoms include vomiting, decreased appetite, lethargy, and weight loss. The presence of excess minerals is not a health concern, according to the company. There have been no reports of animal health concerns to date. The recalled products are EVO Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food in 15.4 pound packages. The UPC number is 5148 541400, the expiration date is 02/19/2016, and the lot code is 4300A700D2. Also recalled is EVO Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food in 2.2 pound packages. The UPC number … [Read more...]

The Three Safe Ways To Thaw A Turkey


There are only three safe ways to thaw a turkey and if you bought a giant, frozen bird your time has run out for one of them. Every year, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) compiles Thanksgiving food safety tips for consumers, including safe methods for thawing. There are three of them: refrigerator, cold water and microwave. To thaw a frozen turkey in the refrigerator, put it on a tray that can collect any juice and place the tray in a fridge with an internal temperature of  40˚F or lower. Allow 24 hours for every 4-5 pounds. So, a 4 to 12 pound turkey needs one to three days,  a 12 to 16 pound turkey needs — three to four days, a 16 to 20 pound turkey needs four to five days and a 20 to 24 pound turkey needs five to six days A fridge- thawed turkey can stay in the fridge one … [Read more...]

FDA’s Consumer Advice on Bean Sprout Salmonella Outbreak


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is offering advice to consumers as a 10-state Salmonella outbreak unfolds on the East Coast. At least 63 people in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont have been diagnosed with Salmonella infections. Eleven people have been hospitalized. The outbreak has been traced to mung bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods Inc of Brooklyn. They were distributed to Asian restaurants and other establishments in nine states on the East Coast (all of the above except Montana. The single case patient there is believed to have contracted the infection while visiting the East Coast.) Wonton Foods has not recalled the sprouts but claims to have contacted companies that took delivery. The … [Read more...]

In Canada, BBQ Products Recalled for Undeclared Mustard

CO-OP Marketplace Smokey Sweet BBQ Recall

It's interesting that some foods that are not considered allergens in the U.S. are in Canada; mustard and sesame are two of them. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Federated Co-operatives Ltd. are recalling Smokey Sweet BBQ meat products because they contain undeclared mustard. Anyone with an allergy to mustard could have a serious allergic reaction if they consume these products. No illnesses have been reported to date. You can see the long list of recalled products at the CFIA web site, along with sizes, codes on the product, and UPC numbers. The recalled products all have brand name CO-OP The Marketplace, and include Smokey Sweet BBQ Chicken Drumsticks, Smokey Sweet BBQ Beef Kabobs, Smokey Sweet BBQ Pork Back Ribs, and Smokey Sweet BBQ Pork Tenderloin, among others. they were … [Read more...]

Coalition Files Papers in Honolulu Court to Defend GE Initiative

Crop Spraying

A coalition of Maui and Moloka'i residents, farmers, and advocacy groups, represented by Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice, filed papers Friday in Honolulu federal district court to defend the County of Maui's GMO crop safety initiative. That initiative won in the November elections, despite massive spending by huge corporations opposed to it. A legal challenge was almost immediately filed by those multinational chemical companies. Hawaii is being used an an outdoor lab for companies like Monsanto to test GE and GMO crops and the pesticides used on them. The ballot initiative prohibits the "growth, testing, or cultivation of GE crops in Maui County until an environmental and public health study can show that the planning operations are safe for the community." Nine days after the … [Read more...]

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