July 25, 2014

Listeria Fruit Recall Includes Whole Foods, Cub, Aldi, Kroger and More

Whole Foods, Kroger, Cub Listeria recall peaches, necatrines, plums, pluots

The stone fruit Listeria recall includes a number of major retailers. Consumers who have purchased peaches, nectarines, plums and plouts should check to see if the store where they were purchased the fruit is included in the recall. According to their websites and information provided by Wawona,  the following retailers are included in the recall: Whole Foods, Cub Foods, Aldi, Kroger, Giants, Martins, Wegmans, Jay C, Dillons, Bakers, Gerbes, Food4less Fremont, King Soopers, City Market, Frys, Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Food4less, FoodsCo, QFC, Smith's, Hannaford, BJs Wolsesale Club, Costco, Trader Joe’s, Sam’s Club and Walmart. This is not a complete list, but is based on information available so far. The recalled fruit was packed between June 1 and  July 12. At this point, no illness have … [Read more...]

Outbreak of Cyclospora in Texas

Cyclospora Parasites

The Tarrant County Public Health Department (TCPH) announced on their Facebook page that there is an outbreak of Cyclospora that has sickened at least 69 people in northern Texas within the last month. Reports of this illness always increase in the summer, but this news comes almost a year to the day when a huge cyclosporiasis outbreak sickened at least 631 people in 25 states. Most of those illnesses were linked to contaminated produce that was imported from Mexico. Public health officials are encouraging healthcare providers to test patients for cyclosporiasis if they have diarrhea that lasts more than a few days, or diarrhea that is accompanied by weight loss, loss of appetite, or fatigue. Nine cases have been reported to TCPH this month; the county has only had one case since … [Read more...]

Recall of Sweet 2 Eat Fruit for Listeria Spreads to Canada

Sweet2Eat Listeria Recalled Fruit Canada

The recall of Sweet 2 Eat brand fresh whole peaches, plums, nectarines, and pluots for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination has spread to Canada. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Wawona Packing Company of California are recalling the fruits as of July 21, 2014. You can see the very long list of recalled products, along with their pack dates and UPC numbers, at the CFIA web site. They include white peaches, organic yellow peaches, organic black plums, organic yellow nectarines, yellow nectarines, whit nectarines, black plums, pluots, and organic red plums. You can also see pictures of the recalled products at the CFIA web site. If you purchased any of these products, do not eat them. Discard in a closed container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

CDPH Issues Final Report on 2013 E. coli Outbreak at Trader Joe’s and Walgreens

E. coli O157:H7 Salad Outbreak 12.11.13

The California Department of Public Health has released a report on their investigation into the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in October 2013 associated with pre-packaged salads sold at Costco and Walgreens stores. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their final report on this outbreak in December 2013. Thirty-three people were sickened in this outbreak; seven of those people were hospitalized. Two people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious complication of an E. coli infection, from their illness. No deaths were reported. The outbreak count per state was: Arizona (1), California (28), Texas (1), and Washington (3). The STEC O157:H7 PFGE pattern was new to the PulseNet database. Epidemiologic and traceback investigations indicated that Field … [Read more...]

If You Bought Fruit Recalled for Listeria, Here’s What to Do

Fruit Recalled for Listeria Contamination

We have received quite a few responses to the story about the recall of fruit from Sam's Club, Costco, and Trader Joe's stores for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. It's difficult to hear about this story, especially if you have already consumed the fruit and fed it to your family. Here's what to do. First, make sure you actually bought the recalled fruit. The FDA has published the Wawona Packing List that contains all of the fruit with lot and BlockID numbers. You can also see all the pictures of the packaging and crates with the UPC numbers and product sizes at the FDA web site. If you aren't sure if you did buy the recalled products, contact the store where you purchased the fruit; they should be able to tell you if you did buy it. Secondly, if you ate the fruit and … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak on Fond du Lac Reservation

E. coli BAct

An E. coli outbreak has sickened between six and 12 members of the Fond du Lac band of Lake Superior Chippewa on the reservation in northeastern MN near Cloquet, about 20 miles west of Duluth. Health authorities say they have not yet determined the food source of the outbreak or the specific bacterial strain. The Minnesota Department of Health is currently investigating an E.coli O111 outbreak in the Twin Cities area. That outbreak has sickened at least 15 people, some of whom ate at Applebee's restaurants between June 23 and June 29 before becoming ill. Four of those sickened in the Twin Cities area were hospitalized and are recovering. Labs do not normally test for E. coli O111, a less common strain of the bacteria, so some cases may not yet be diagnosed. Symptoms of an E. coli … [Read more...]

Researchers Find Cinnamon a Natural Antibacterial Agent

E. coli

Researchers at Washington State University have found that cinnamon may help prevent food poisoning by killing pathogenic bacteria. Their work has been published in Food Control Journal. It turns out that cinnamomum cassia oil is very effective at killing the top six non-O157 STEC (shiga toxin producing E. coli) bacteria. The major component in C. cassia oil is cinnamaldehyde. The government recently declared the six non-O157 STEC bacteria as adulterants and require testing for those bacteria in beef slaughter plants.There is a "zero tolerance" policy for those bacteria in raw ground beef and trimmings. The essential oil "killed several strains of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli" according to the researchers, and it is effective in low concentrations. Just 10 drops in a liter … [Read more...]

CFIA Suspends Operating License of Beef Slaughter Plant

Carcass

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has suspended the operating license of Northern Natural Processing, Establishment 659, effective July 10, 2014. the slaughter plant is located in Neudorf, Saskatchewan. The license was suspended because the company did not implement corrective measures as required by law to ensure the safety of meat products produced at that facility. There is no word on what the problem is or what the food safety violations were. There is also no word on whether or not any illnesses have occurred relating to these alleged violations. The CFIA has determined that adequate controls for food safety were not being implemented on a insistent basis. The plant will not reopen until the "necessary corrective measures" have been taken and the government is … [Read more...]

Ibuprofen and Oxcarbazepine Tablets Recalled for Incorrect Labeling

Recall

American health packaging is recalling Ibuprofen Tablet in a hospital unit dose presentation that may contain Oxcarbazepine Tablets. The recall is the result of a mislabeled inner unit dose blister packaging which could mean patients get ibuprofen instead of their scheduled dose of oxcarbazepine. There was one customer complaint that resulted in the investigation and recall. There have not been any adverse events reported to date. Oxcarbazepine is used for treating seizures in epilepsy patients. These are the affected products: Cartons of 100 count (10x10) Hospital Unit Dose blisters of AHP Ibuprofen Tablets, USP, 600 mg, with outer carton NDC#: 68084-703-01 and individual dose NDC#: 68084-703-11, Lot #142588, Expiration Date, 01/2016. The drug product can be identified by physical … [Read more...]

Whole Foods in Hyannis Recalls Chocolate Chewies for Undeclared Nuts

Recall

Whole Foods Market in Hyannis, Mass.  is recalling "Chocolate Chewies" because they contain undeclared walnuts. No allergic reactions have been reported and no other stores are involved. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to tree nuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Signage has been posted in the store to notify customers of this recall, and all affected product has been removed from shelves. The recalled product was sold in the Hyannis store between Sunday, July 13, 2014 and Friday, July 18, 2014 in clear, clamshell packages with the "Use By" date of: 7/18/14. Consumers with questions should contact the store.     … [Read more...]

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